You’ve taken the plunge and invested in a gorgeous RV. It has everything you wanted from a large slide in the bedroom to a luxurious outdoor kitchen. After visiting the local campground last weekend, you’re already making plans on taking your new toy out to another one you’ve heard is awesome. You won’t be able to make the trip for a few weeks, and you want to make sure that your motorhome stays in great condition while it’s in storage. One of the biggest enemies of any stored RV is mold and mildew. It’s not covered by insurance, and it can ruin your luxurious camper and cause health problems for your family. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep this dangerous invader out of your RV for good.
Proper Ventilation is Necessary in Every RV
You may think that sealing the RV tightly will keep mold away, but it’s better to allow for a little ventilation. Special vent covers are available that allow you to open the roof vents without worrying about rain entering through the opening. These covers are especially important in hot weather when temperatures and humidity can build up inside the camper.
Watch the Roof for Leaks
Even a new RV can develop a leak in one of the roof seams. While the problem may be covered under warranty, you still don’t want mold to develop in your lovely RV. Examine the roof of your camper twice a year for exposed fasteners, deterioration, cracked seams or mold and mildew. If you see signs of a water leak inside the RV, you should immediately take steps to correct the leak and keep the interior dry. If you are unable to find and fix the leak yourself, then you should take the camper in for service as soon as possible.
Inspect Water Lines Before Every Trip
Things can happen on the road, and you don’t always realize that something is damaged. That’s why it’s important to inspect your water lines when you’re at home. Put some water in the tank to pressurize the system and then check all faucets. Look for leaks, and repair any problems as quickly as possible. Remember that the substructure of your RV is largely made of plywood, so a leaking toilet can do serious damage to your camper.
The best way to deal with a mold problem in your new camper is to avoid it completely. When you are proactive with maintenance and check your water system for leaks regularly, it is less likely that you will have to deal with mold. This is good news for the value of your camper, and it ensures that you will be able to breathe easier when you head out on your next trip.
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