10 Nifty Detailing Tips to Make Your RV Shine Like New

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January 25, 2019

Use these RV detailing tips to bring the gleam back to your RVing machine.

Regular washing and the occasional waxing of your RV can keep your rig looking new for years. But if you really want that showroom look, additional detailing should be done from time to time. While there are many items involved in detailing an RV, here are 10 nifty detailing tips that may help you make your vehicle stand out in the crowd.

Remove All Bugs From Front of Rig: Spray on Pam Cooking Oil on bug-encrusted surfaces and wipe them off.

Clean Leather and Vinyl Seats: Use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to scrub the dirt away with ease and bring out the original bright color. Several additional leather cleaners can help you do a great job.

Carpet Type Floor Mat Cleaning: Remove and spray these surfaces with a stain remover. Put them in the washing machine with some laundry detergent. Let dry and reinstall.

Remove Odors From Interior: Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, cloth furniture and generally throughout the interior. Leave overnight and vacuum up the next day.

Clean Cup Holders: Place an old sock over a cup. Spray the sock with Windex. Insert the cup into holder and rotate. Remove the cup, leaving a clean fresh-looking cup holder.

Clean Vents, Switches, and Seams: Using a silica gel or Silly Putty, press on and pull off. Dust and dirt will adhere to the putty. Hand work and reuse.

Clean Dash Components and Crevices: Using a toothbrush is great for getting perforated seats and trim clean.

Clean the Inside of the Windshield: Add a teaspoon of dish detergent and a few drops of vinegar to a warm bowl of water. Use this solution on a clean cloth and wipe the entire surface. Dry as needed with a dry cloth.

Outside of Windshield: Clean the windshield with a quality, streak-free glass cleaner and clean cloth.

Windshield Wiper Blades: Fold out wiper arms to access blade edges. Wipe blades with rubbing alcohol and fold wipers back onto windscreen. Wipers will no longer streak on glass.

These proven methods will hopefully work to make your RV shine like new.

Peter Mercer — It’s all in the Detail


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  1. Peter Mercer

    Great point! A deep shampoo for the carpets is certainly in order. Thanks for your input.

  2. Love the tips. Don’t forget to deep clean those carpets!