What You Will Need
Detergent and water
Cloth or rag for cleaning
Wax polish or EPDM rubber coating
Beach RV camping is always exciting trip and filled with adventure. There is nothing like enjoying the salty sea breeze and silky sand, staying out in front of your RV and sipping on a cold beer or lemonade. However, although this could be a lot of fun, you will have to undertake regular maintenance of your RV in order to save it from salt damage. When you are parked near a beach, you expose your vehicle to an extremely salty environment. When you regularly expose your RV to a salty environment, it can get rusted, and the paint will start to chip off slowly. The only way to make sure that your RV does not get leaky due to this salt damage is to conduct regular checks and maintenance of your RV. Here’s how you can fix the salt damage done to your RV as a result of beach camping.
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Wash the Exterior
When the air gets heavy with salt and humidity, the salt may start to form deposits on the surface of your RV. These deposits can corrode the vehicle’s parts and chip off the paint. The first step towards repairing your RV is to wash off the salt from the surface. Use soapy water (mix a mild detergent in a bucket of water) and a cleaning rag or cloth to clean off the exterior of the vehicle and get rid of any salt deposits.
Paint the Exterior
If the salt deposits has cut into the RV’s paint and have chipped or cracked it, you may have to use some touch-up paint to repair this and to make the paint job look fresh again. Use the paint exactly as directed on the container of the touch-up paint.
Apply Protective Layers
To guard against the RV from further damage by salt, coat the entire car with a protective wax covering. This usually comes in easy-to-use kits. You could also use EPDM rubber coatings, which, though expensive, can care for your vehicle in a much more efficient manner. A single coat of any of these materials can last for up to a year if proper care is taken. A re-coat is usually less expensive and lasts for the same duration.
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Check the Tires
The next thing is to examine the RV’s tires. Salt may create cuts and scrapes on the tires and may even wear out the treading on them. This is best handled by an expert. If your tires have gotten bald, it is best to get them changed. However, if the damage is not much, the tires can be touched up a little.
Check and Clean the Brakes
The brakes may corrode because of the accumulation of salt in them. Check the brakes to ensure there is enough lubrication on them. If salt has accumulated, clean it with a cloth and use lubrication and brake oils.