Jimbo’s Mobile RV Repair | Exterior Cleaning

A Man cleaning his RV using a large brush (photo credits to tigerwashbr.com)

As much as we wish it wasn’t the case, things get dirty.  Whether it’s a room, a desk, furniture, a car or an RV, nature always finds a way to make sure that dust, grease, stains, mold and all manners of other nastiness always find a way to latch themselves onto wherever they please.  In this article, we’d like to talk about some solid procedures and practices that you can adopt when trying to clean the Exterior of your RV.  Everyone likes it when their RV looks as sparkly and shiny as it can be, and today we’re going to show you how to accomplish just that.

The Roof

As far as cleaning your RV is concerned, all you really need from a supplies standpoint is just a free morning or afternoon, some solid cleaning products, and a bit of time and elbow grease.  In my opinion, the best way to clean is top-down, meaning you start up high and work your way down. In this case, that means we start with the roof, and then onto the walls, then finally the tires.  When cleaning your roof, you first need to make sure that you have to right type of cleaner for your roof (I.E. Fiberglass cleaner for Fiberglass Roofs and Rubber Cleaner for Rubber roofs), which will usually be specified in your manufacturer’s manual.  Go ahead and spray down your roof with water to knock down any loose debris such as leaves, branches, clumps of dirt and anything else that happened to find its’ way up there.  Once you give your roof a general wash over, it’s time to head up the ladder and start scrubbing.  Optimally, you should have a soft bristle brush with a long handle.  Depending on the size of your RV, you should be able to clean about 20% of your RV’s roof before having to move the ladder.  Once you’ve cleaned the entire roof, you should then rinse off all the soap very thoroughly.  After you’re done, it’s time to move on to the walls.


A man's hand holding a sponge, scrubbing at a dirty roof. (photo credits to rvshare.com)

(photo credits to rvshare.com)




This is the part where elbow grease really comes into play!  First, fill a bucket with water and an appropriate amount of wash & wax.  As far as cleaning implements is concerned, any kind of sponge (the larger the better) should do you just fine.  One side at a time, start at the top and work your way down.  Once you’re done removing any tough stains and you’ve completed that side, it’s time to wash it off and move on to the next.  For particularly tough stains, you’ll want to switch to something a bit larger, such as a stiff bristled brush and some kind of streak remover.  Some popular brands are Star Brite, Camco, and Thetford, but most general auto stain removers should do the trick just fine.  After you apply the stain remover and rinse it off, you should usually go over it again with the wash & wax, just to make sure.




While you’re at it, it’s never a bad idea to check your tires for any kind of cracks, excessive tread wear or damage.  If you have time, checking the underside of your RV wouldn’t hurt either. While it’s unnecessary to clean much of anything here a whole lot, it’s worth checking it out for any sort of damage or wear.  We’ve got a guide that goes over tire health in greater detail that you can find in our blog archive.  Windows are pretty self-explanatory, just take some Windex spray and some paper towels, and that will likely be all you need.