Your RV can really take a beating from the intense heat and rays of the sun! Even though your RV is meant to be out in the elements, you may be surprised at how much damage can occur if it’s not protected properly. The tires can begin to crack, the exterior paint can fade, and the decals can eventually begin to peel. To help protect your investment, let’s take a look at some preventative measures you can take to protect your RV from the sun.
The sun is not gentle on your tires! In our post titled RV Tire Maintenance Tips, we point out that the sun can dry them out and cause cracking to occur. This weakens the tires and can lead to a potentially life threatening situation. The simplest way to prevent this is to make sure your RV is parked in the shade at all times, especially when in storage. If this isn’t a possibility, invest in wheel covers that filter out UV rays and prevent dry rot. You can find some for as low as $20-30. The soft material they’re made of will fold for easy storage. Use them when you store your RV and even when parked at the campground for an added layer of protection!
Paint & Graphics
The sun’s rays can be very damaging to an RV exterior that is typically made of fiberglass and painted with a gel coat that gives it a polished look. The finish can fade, crack, bubble, and appear cloudy from too much sun exposure. There are a few steps you can take to keep your RV’s finish looking like new. First, wash it often. Easy, right! This will help remove air pollutants, tar, dirt, and bugs that can get baked into the finish. Wax it after washing to provide a barrier between the elements and the paint. When your RV is in storage, cover it with a cover made specifically for an RV. Avoid using an ill-fitting tarp as this could flap around in the wind and cause scratches and even unsightly blue streaks (from a blue tarp!). If you live in your RV full time, consider adding a paint protection since you can’t throw a cover over your RV. This is something you can do yourself or you can contact your local RV service center to see if they offer services for it.
The sun has the same effect on your motorhome’s wiper blades as it does on the tires. The rubber begins to dry out and crack after a while. It’s suggested that you replace your wipers every 2 years, but they generally don’t last that long. The cracks are usually so small that you can’t see them, but you’ll definitely be able to see the diminished quality of water removal as you’re driving. In order to protect them, there are a few things you can do. If you get a cover for your rig while it’s in storage, make sure it’s also going to cover the windshield. This way it will cover up the wiper blades and keep the sun off them. When you do replace the blades, invest in good ones. The more expensive ones tend to have UV protection built right into them to combat the sun hitting them while they sit. If you don’t have a cover that will protect the blades, consider getting wiper blade covers. They just slip over the blades to keep the sun off, and slip off easily when you’re ready to move to a new spot. You can get the right blade covers to fit pretty much any size at RV Quickshades!
The exterior of your RV isn’t the only victim of sun damage. The sun also penetrates into your RV through the windows, causing furniture and carpet to fade. Luckily, you can get window covers to keep the sun out. The covers will also work to keep your interior cool on hot summer days! Use these when you store your RV and while you’re relaxing at the campground if the sun is just too intense! RV Quickshades comes to the rescue again here with tons of options to meet your needs!
Protecting your RV from the sun will allow you and your family to enjoy many years of camping in an RV that looks like new! Since most of these solutions are easy and inexpensive, there’s no reason to wait! Start protecting your investment today!
How do you protect your RV from the sun? Has your RV experienced damage from sun exposure? Let us know in the Comments below.