Most people are aware that they need to winterize their RV, but they may not know that "summerizing" is another important task. This is especially true if your RV spends a lot of time empty and parked in a warm climate. The following tips can help you protect your RV during summer so that it doesn't suffer any damage.
Tip #1: Moisture Management
Dry rot can be a major concern in hot, dry climates. Wood trim and paneling inside the RV can begin to crack and peel, as can fiberglass and plastic. Dry rot is a real threat since the dry air inside a closed up RV becomes heated when it is closed up and empty. A few bowls of water placed on surfaces in the RV can put some moisture in the air via evaporation. It's also a good idea to treat all wood with a wood conditioner before shutting up the RV.
In hot, humid climates, the opposite is a problem. Too much moisture can build up inside of an RV and lead to mold and mildew. Make sure all surfaces are dry. You may also want to wipe them down with a bleach-containing cleaning to disinfect them against mildew and mold spores. Ventilation is also a must. Make sure that any vents on your RV are open before closing it up.
Tip #2: Sun Damage Control
The UV rays in sunlight will eventually damage certain parts of your RV without some protection. Use sun-blocking draperies inside the RV and make sure they are closed completely. Reflective insulating wrap, cut to fit windows, works especially well. Roll up and cover awnings. Tires are especially prone to damage, so it's a good idea to protect them with tire covers when you park. It's also a good idea to have your roof checked and resealed annually as needed to make sure the sun's rays haven't damaged it.
Tip #3: Critter Protection
An empty RV can be an inviting place for pests, both animal and insect. If you leave your roof vents open, make sure that their screens are intact so nothing can make its way through. It's also a good idea to make sure that there are no gaps or access points underneath or in the siding of the RV. Make sure the kitchen is crumb-free and that all surfaces are wiped down. Keep in mind that even items like toothpaste can attract hungry pests, like ants, so make sure that these items are stored in a sealed container and that bathroom sinks are wiped clean.
For more information or advice, consider contacting the professionals at Orangewood RV Center.