The Complete Guide To RV Trailer Cleaning

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This blog aims to give you a complete guide on rv trailer cleaning. It does not matter if you are using the top of the line or the most basic one on the market, there is always something that you can do to make your experience with the trailer more enjoyable.

From the day of purchase until the day it is retired, there are little things that you can do that will help you get more out of your investment. With a little thought and effort, your RV Trailer will almost be as clean and valuable on the day it is retired from use as it was on your first trip.

Why Cleaning an RV is Important

An RV is a big investment, so it only makes sense to keep it in tip top shape. Cleaning your RV can be a daunting and unpleasant task if you don't know what you're doing. However, cleaning your RV regularly can help prevent costly repairs down the road.

Steps to clean your rv trailer exterior

If you have access to water and electricity, you can use that to power your rinsing system. If not, you can use a hose with a high pressure nozzle or power washer to spray off the dirt.

  • Step 1: Remove all items from the outside of your RV.
  • Step 2: Use a water hose or high-pressure nozzle to spray down the entire exterior of your RV trailer, including the roof. This will remove loose debris and help loosen any stains that may be on the surface.
  • Step 3: Clean areas of your RV that are stained by using a cleaning solution like TSP and water (1 part TSP to 9 parts water). Use this solution and a stiff brush to scrub away at any stains until they are gone, wiping away the residue with clean water afterward.
  • Step 4: Repair any defects in the rubber seal around your doors and windows, if applicable. You want these seals to be properly repaired so that rainwater doesn't seep in through them during heavy storms. Seal any tears with PVC cement, which can be purchased at most hardware stores, then apply silicone caulk around the sealer to prevent further stains from occurring.

Steps to clean your rv trailer interior

  • Step 1: Remove all personal items from your trailer. If you leave something inside, make sure you clean around it or behind it so that it is not covered in cleaning products or dirt.
  • Step 2: Wipe down all of the walls, counters, cabinets and floors with a disinfectant cleaner or soap and water solution. Pay special attention to areas where people touch frequently like doorknobs, handles and faucets.
  • Step 3: Scrub the flooring with a disinfectant cleaner or soap and water solution (make sure the floor is dry before placing mats down).
  • Step 4: Wipe down all of the curtains, blinds, rugs and other furnishings with a disinfectant cleaner or soap and water solution.

How much does RV cleaning cost?

The cost of cleaning an RV trailer varies from one job to another, depending on the size of the trailer and the extent of the damage.

The average cost of cleaning a typical RV is about $200-$300. People who have more extensive damage, such as mold or mildew growth can spend up to $1,000-$2,000 for a complete restoration. It is important to note that this price includes all labor costs and materials.

The prices mentioned above are estimates for a typical RV that does not have any special needs. If you have additional damage or special requirements for your trailer, such as removing nicotine stains or fixing a leaky roof; you should expect to pay extra for those services.

No matter what you call it: a camper, a travel trailer, a RV, or an RV trailer, cleaning one can be more of a chore than you realized.

But it's not just the cleaning that hurts. It's the knowing that you have to clean it! When you bought your RV trailer, you probably had visions of camping trips and adventures in your mind. You saw yourself enjoying the outdoors as well as being able to relax inside your home on wheels.

Unfortunately, sometimes even with the best laid plans, things don't go according to plan. One thing that is almost always certain with RVs is that there will be some sort of maintenance issue at some point in time that will require your attention.

No one really enjoys doing maintenance work on their RV; it would be great if we could just plug it in and hit the road for a few months without having to do anything to it (other than drive). Unfortunately, this isn't realistic when we are talking about recreational vehicles.

They are designed to be used and enjoyed, not just stored in a garage while we decide when to use them next. If they weren't used often then they wouldn't be owning.

A good cleaning will cover the following:

  • Outside of RV : Wash and clean the outside of your RV including roof, sides, and any exterior accessories.
  • Inside of RV: Clean with a mildew cleaner and wipe down all cabinets, fixtures and surfaces. Scrub the bathtub, toilet, shower and sink. Dust walls and ceiling. Wipe down furniture and appliances using non-toxic cleaners.
  • Carpets: Vacuum carpets or shampoo carpets if they are washable.
  • Windows and Mirrors: Polish windows inside and out using vinegar and glass cleaner or non-toxic cleaners. Buff mirrors with microfiber towels.


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How often should you clean an RV?

There are many different opinions on this question, but there isn't one specific answer. Everyone has their own system for cleaning their vehicles, and there isn't necessarily a wrong way or right way to do it. It just depends on what works for you and your schedule.

You should aim to give your interior a good cleaning at least twice per year. This type of cleaning should be the type of cleaning you would do if you are planning on selling the vehicle. Rule of thumb is to clean the outside of your rv anytime it gets dirty. This is more true when it is winter time and your rv trailer might have salt on it.

Tips: Don't use harsh chemicals on your RV trailer. Paint will begin to deteriorate when exposed to these strong chemicals and oxidation will occur which can lead to further damage in the future. Try a product specifically designed for cleaning fiberglass surfaces if you are concerned about the effects of cleaners on paint.


There are many different things that need to be done to properly maintain your RV. A lot of people who own them don't really know how to clean them, so they end up letting them go. You don't want that to happen. You want your RV to look good and last a long time.

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