The Rudy RV Improvement Report - Dicor Products

You’ve heard me say in other reports that you should regularly inspect your RV roof because it is the main protector of your RV investment. If you’re getting your unit ready for winter storage, NOW would be an especially good time to do one of those inspections. This is most important in terms of finding leaks, especially those that may not be readily noticeable.

Roof Gard protectant keeps pollutants from getting a good grip.

Think about it — even if you have a tiny leak somewhere, and you don’t have your RV completely out of the weather, and you’re not going to be in it for a while, there could be a lot of damage done by the time you do get in it again and notice the extensive mold on your ceiling or other damage that may have been caused over time. Indeed, you need to even look at potential places for leaks or repair needs, as any “chinks in the armor” so to speak are likely to be exacerbated by the winter weather.

So before you park your RV someplace for the upcoming months, this is the time to do at least three important things, especially if you haven’t done them lately: inspect, repair and clean your roof.

Inspection: A good place to start is actually inside the RV. You’re looking for any signs of where moisture may have entered, from mushrooms growing in the cupboard, to a small black streak wiggling down a wall. These are clues as to where you might find entryways for water from the outside.

There are many areas of your roof that need inspection.

Once on the roof, check for areas of damage and where sealants are deteriorating, cracking or coming loose. Make sure the corners and sides of the roof are well joined and sealed as they connect to the caps and sidewalls. Check around roof appliances and their fasteners. Note where sealant may be just a little loose or brittle. In other words, you want to make sure all the seals are thoroughly robust for the coming months.

Make any needed repairs and do a good cleaning — for advice, look over my previous RV reports at ,(click here). Stains, black streaks and other contaminants are easier to get off now before they become “frozen” in place for a few months.

A final note: you might want to put on a roof protectant after you clean, such as Dicor Product’s Roof Gard, that not only blocks UV rays but also reduces oxidation and keeps other pollutants from getting a good grip on your roof.

Taking care of your roof in this manner will give you great peace of mind about the protection of your RV over the coming months. And, when spring comes, you’ll feel ready to get going that much faster to enjoy another great season of RVing!

Under cover?

Even if you are able to store your unit completely inside, this is still a good time for inspection, repair and cleaning. Some people ask about using a cover for your RV if stored outside. We do not actually recommend this, as covers can trap moisture inside even after rain or snow has passed. If you feel a cover would be helpful, make sure it is made of breathable material.

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