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3 RV Roof Maintenance Tips

3 RV Roof Maintenance Tips

With winter just around the corner, you might be thinking about prepping your RV for storage. Or, maybe you’re ready to fire it up and head somewhere warm for the season.

Whatever the case and no matter where you are, winter can come with some interesting weather. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling through snow, rain, sleet, or ice, your RV should be in top shape to withstand almost any conditions.

One of the best things you can do to ensure your safety and security is to make sure your roof is stable. Water damage is the most common RV roof problem, but it can typically be avoided with a little extra care and attention.

With that in mind, let’s look at three RV roof maintenance tips that can help to keep you safe, warm, and dry this season.

1. Clean off Debris

The easiest way to consistently check your roof while keeping it strong is to regularly remove debris.

If you’re a frequent camper, leaves and sticks can easily fall on top of your rig when you’re at your site. That might not seem like a big deal, but they can add up over time. If they get wet, the moisture often works as a “glue”, keeping them in place and adding weight. That’s a dangerous combination that could start to cause leaks.

Clean off debris every time you leave a campsite, and try to avoid parking directly under trees.

2. Cover it Up

If your RV is going to be outside and exposed for any length of time, consider using a roof cover and vent covers to keep it safe. It’s a little extra work when you’re parked, but it can make a big difference.

Even if you don’t want to cover your rig every time, make sure to keep track of the local weather forecast. If it’s calling for rain or winds, covering your RV roof will keep it safe from weather damage.

3. Inspect the Sealants

Frequently check on the sealants of your RV and do inspections for any cracks or breaks. This can be easily done when you’re cleaning off the roof and will help you to stay on top of any small problems before they create big leaks.

If you see any sealants that are damaged, you can re-seal them quickly and save a lot of time, money, and headaches dealing with costly water damage.

As you can see, you don’t need any extra maintenance skills to keep your RV roof secure. It just takes a bit of extra time to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be.

Make a habit of checking your roof every time you leave a place you’ve been for longer than a day or two. You might not need to do anything, or you might need to clean away some leaves or twigs. By making it a habit, it’ll be something you do for years to come. That can increase the longevity of your RV and keep it looking great. Most importantly, you won’t have to deal with unsightly water damage trying to ruin your road trip!

Oct 28th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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