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The Best Way to Protect Your RV from Environmental Damage

| Updated Jul 13, 2023

Sometimes, RV dealerships will try to talk you into expensive add on procedures that really aren't needed.

Indeed, one of their top profit makers is convincing new owners into buying very expensive spray-on treatments for the interior or exterior. After an RV dealer asks for Mike's advice on whether he should pay $900 for such a treatment for his new RV, Mike offers much cheaper and very practical advice.

That's one of many topics tackled in episode 64 of the Roadtreking RV Podcast.


Complete shownotes for episode 64:

How to Protect your RV's Exterior

To the listener who wondered about spraying on some exterior protection for $900 on his new RV, Mike offers his opinion [spp-timestamp time=”9:25″]. Perhaps a better investment is a good cover for your RV, he says. Don’t buy the cheap ones. A good cover is like good shoes. It should snugly fit your RV.

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Over time the roof and exterior of your motorhome begin to show signs of wear, caused by constant exposure to the elements. Ozone in the air and ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun start to take their toll, which is first evident by signs of fading paint. The ozone in the air also causes products like rubber and vinyl to dry out, crack and start to deteriorate. The UV rays from the sun make this aging process happen quicker. If possible, try to keep your RV covered when not using it, to help protect it from Mother Nature.

The cover model Mike recommends is Hugger Covers.

Now… as to having someone spray stuff on… for $900. Mike says he does not recommend this. The best way to protect yourt RV is to clean it. Wash it afer use and wax it once or twice a year. These treatments the caller's dealer is trying to sell him is pure profit. Mike instead suggests that he use Turtle Wax Ice. It costs about $7.50 for a 48 oz bottle and produces a thick foam which encapsulates and loosens abrasive soils. The encapsulation technology helps prevent soils from re-depositing on the paint finish to reduce the formation of swirl marks and minor surface scratches.

Jennifer's RV Tip of the Week

Jennifer shares how she attracts hummingbirds to a feeder that attaches to an ‘sRV outside window. It's called the Perky-Pet 8 oz Window Mount Hummingbird Feeder. It costs about $9 on Amazon. [spp-timestamp time=”7:00″]

Hummingbirds are very active so if there are any in the area you are visiting, it won’t take them long to find you window feeder, even if you have just set it out.

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RV Question: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

A listener asks what kind of tire pressure monitoring system Mike recommends. [spp-timestamp time=”14:53″] While there are many different monitoring systems available. In your case, I would recommend the EEZTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System with six sensors. It costs a little over $300 from Amazon.

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RV Question: Retrofitting an old RV with a generator

Another listener wants to know whether a 20 year old Class B RV can be retrofitted with a a built-in Onan generator. [spp-timestamp time=”17:07″] Installing a generator in an RV that is not equipped for one is a daunting project, says Mike. Even if you have provisions for one, things like mounting, cooling, wiring, fuel supply, exhaust routing, noise and vibration, and accessibility all need to be seriously considered and planned for. Onan generators have lots of good material online, including an RV generator handbook and a guide to choosing a generator for a Class B motorhome.

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RV Question: Finding a Used Roadtrek

A man looking for a used 1995 through 1999 model Roadtrek asks where he should start looking for it.[spp-timestamp time=”21:57″]  Mike has three suggestions:

After answering those listener questions, Mike talks about:

RV News of the week

Traveling Technology

Three apps to keep track of gift buying for friends and family [spp-timestamp time=”37:29″]:

  • Santa’s Bag is one of the best with its ability to import recipients, set budgets, plan gifts and create wish lists. When you’re ready to hit the store, you’ll have everything in a list that will help make sure you have everyone covered and still have money for New Year’s Eve. The ad-supported app is free for iOS.
  • GiftPlanner lets users manage gift-giving for the holidays and other events like birthdays or anniversaries. You can set a countdown so you don’t run short on time and keep track of what you spend – so you don’t run short on budget. Use GiftPlanner’s bookmarking feature to send gift ideas from your computer or tablet to the app. The scanner feature lets you quickly and easily upload info about what you’ve bought. The app is free for iOS.
  • Android users will want to get the app called Christmas Gift List. The app allows users to add recipients and keep track of gifts bought and how much has been spent. Christmas Gift List also includes a countdown to Christmas and a total amount spent on gifts. There’s even a way to check off when you’ve wrapped gifts. Christmas Gift List is free for Android.

The Bucket List Destination of the Week

The Caravelle, FL area on Florida's “Forgotten Coast” [spp-timestamp time=”41:26″]

RV Calendar

A Florida gathering of vintage travel trailers decorated for Christmas that will host an Open House on Dec. 12 [spp-timestamp time=”48:35″]


This episode of Roadtreking the RV Podcast is brought to you by:

  • Van City RV in St. Louis, and their Partner Dealerships Creston RV in Kalispell, Montana, and Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas. Bringing You the largest Inventory of class B’s from three locations
  • Alde… the only name to know when choosing a heating system for your RV
  • Leisure Time RV, a family-owned dealership in central Florida. Your vacation starts at Leisure Time RV
  • Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE Networks

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-12-02

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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