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How to Manage Rust on your RV: Top Tips

How to Manage Rust on your RV: Top Tips

Your RV represents a significant investment and should be well looked after -- especially if you intend to maximize your investment when selling it. 

 

Rust is an insidious problem that will affect your vehicle no matter where you live, so it is a good idea to have an RV rust solution and keep your hand on it from the start. Here are a few tips to help you manage this problem.

 

Prevent Rust

Prevent Rust

 

If you can prevent your RV rusting, you will have taken a massive step toward managing this problem. Rust is caused when moisture is allowed to settle and stand in one place, which leads to the metal around the area developing rust. It is vital to keep your RV under cover, clean and dry when it is not being used to minimize moisture accumulation.

 

If you live near the sea, regularly vacation at the sea, or drive over salted roads in winter, take extra care to ensure that your vehicle is often washed in clean water and dried thoroughly. Remember to wash the underside and  the body.

 

The interior of the RV is also prone to rust. Condensation means that moisture builds up around window frames and on the roof. If this is a problem in your RV, consider installing a dehumidifier to help prevent condensation from building up inside.

 

Inspection

 

Thoroughly inspect your vehicle and pay special attention to any drainage holes, water pipes, toilets, and water tanks.

 

Manufacturers often leave holes for water to drain away in places such as doors. If your RV has these, check that they are not blocked. Pay attention to all the areas where you introduce water into the vehicle. Ensure that your water tanks and pipes to the bathroom and kitchen are tightly secured and have not been damaged.

 

Don’t forget to inspect the places that you cannot easily see, such as the undercarriage. Take the vehicle to a garage or somewhere that has an inspection pit so you can stand underneath it and examine the underside.

 

Treating Small Rust Spots

Treating Small Rust Spots

 

If you see a small rust spot starting, deal with it immediately, as leaving it will result in a more significant problem in a short time.

 

To fix RV rust in small areas, rub the spot with a piece of sandpaper or a wire brush. Then apply a rust converter to ensure that all the rust is destroyed. You will then have to use a good-quality primer and repaint the area.

 

For larger areas damaged by rust, you should consider professional assistance to replace the damaged metal. Rusted metal is considerably weakened, which could pose a danger when using the RV.

 

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Prevention is Better Than Cure

 

Rust can quickly destroy the looks of your RV and its value. Preventing rust from starting is the best way to manage it, but if your RV has some small spots, you will want to deal with them quickly. Any good automotive paint outlet will be able to provide you with matching paint to cover the repairs.

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