10 ways to keep your RV clean and sanitized

By Joel S. Snyder

Camping, living and driving away in your RV can be one of the most rewarding and adventurous ways to live your life, even if you’re only using them for a vacation. However, as you’re probably aware, hygiene and cleanliness can be some of the biggest problems.

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to talk through 10 of the best ways you can maximize your sanitizing standards and maintain a clean RV.

Let’s jump straight into.

#1 – Clean Your Tank Sensor
Jumping straight into the deep end, a common problem is the tank of your RV giving an improper reading which means your tank can read full, even when it’s empty. To clean your sensor, simply put some ice cubes in your toilet and let them melt. The cubes will hopefully move around to clean your sensors.

#2 – Read the Manual
With every RV, the chances are you’ve got an RV, or you can find a relevant one online. This is ideal reading material because it probably says everything you need to know about your specific RV and how to keep it clean. If there are any tricks of the trade you need to know, you’ll find them here.

#3 – Maintain Your Toilet Seal
Take a look into your toilet, and you’ll find the toilet seal. Of course, the main purpose of this is to keep your toilet water in your toilet, and if this isn’t doing its job, well, you’re going to have toilet water everywhere.

“Whenever you clean, make sure you check your seal for any wear and tear or damage. If you can keep this part of your RV well-maintained, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble in the long-term,” explains Tom Fenner, an RV enthusiast for WriteMYX.

#4 – Keep on Top of Laundry
Whether you’re thinking about clothing, linen, dishcloths and everything in between, keep up to date with your laundry. All these fabrics go through every area in your RV and will, therefore, carry dirt with them, which is only going to spread the mess you have to clean.

#5 – Keep Everything Well Maintained
When it comes to servicing your RV, try to keep on top of it as much as possible. There’s nothing worse than encountering an oil or water leak from your engine which spreads into the inside of your RV and causes more problems.

“Also, check your undercarriage for quality and rust. If anything breaks, this will cause problems and other nasties like dirt and grime could rise up and cause odors,” shares Nick Taylor, a vehicle mechanic for 1Day2Write and Academic Brits.

#6 – Get a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Handheld vacuum cleaners have come a long way and getting one for your RV can be a great way to keep on top of the everyday grime and dirt that appears in your mobile home from dust to food. Give your main living areas a quick sweep round every day to maintain your hygiene levels.

#7 – Keep on Top of Your Food Inventory
It can be so easy to forget about the food you keep in your fridge and cupboards, so make sure you’re keeping an eye on it and keep up to date with everything you have. You’ll also want to make sure no fresh food gets lost into any little gaps.

This can cause bad odors and attract bugs and other rotting nasties, so keep it clean. Regularly go through your jars and packets of stuff to make sure nothing is out of date, and you get to use everything before it goes off.

#8 – Clean Both Sides of the Windows
This point should go without saying. Of course, you’re going to want to clean the outside because these can get dirtiest, but cleaning the inside windows are just as important. Not only will water and sweat condense on this side, but this can encourage mold to grow around the edges which can be a health hazard in extreme cases.

#9 – Clean Your Seals
Hand in hand with the consideration above, all seals are meant to stop water and moisture getting in, and therefore will get wet and collect moisture themselves. Try to keep your seals as dry as possible at all times.
Also clean them regularly around your doors and windows to maintain quality, hygiene and stop mold growing there.

#10 – Consider Your Roof
While you may pay attention to the quality of your roof on the inside (and if you don’t already, this is another point to think about), think about the outside of your roof. Check it other regularly, clean off any debris, any dirt, and check for damage or leaks that could cause problems at a later date.

The more ahead of damage and repairs you can be, the less expensive it will be and the less problem they’ll cause you.


Joel Syder is traveling buff and writer at Originwritings.com and Academicbrits.com. He enjoys helping people make the most of their RV adventures and travels, as well as blogging tips and advice on Britstudent.com website.

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