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Protect Your RV From The Damaging Effects Of UV Light

This post was updated on March 27th, 2024

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Protect Your RV From The Damaging Effects Of UV Light

Everyone knows the harmful effects of UV rays on the skin, but not many people realize sunlight can also degrade motorhomes and trailers.

Over time, sun exposure can cause your exterior graphics to fade, making your rig look more aged than it actually is. Light shining in through the windows can also eventually cause your interior fabrics to look dull.

It is essential to protect your RV from the damaging effects of sunlight. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your home on wheels looking good as new.

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Wax your RV regularly

Invest in a quality RV wax to keep your vehicle in the best condition for as long as possible.  It will not only give your RV a good shine but a solid clear coat for a lasting protection from UV light.

Many types of wax are available, but not all offer protection against sunlight and other environmental damage. Meguiar makes a great non-abrasive cleaner wax that polishes your RV and protects it from salt air, corrosion, and the sun’s UV rays.

Another good option is Butter Wet Wax by Chemical Guys.  The carnauba-based wax got its name “Butter Wet Wax” because it can easily be applied and wiped off as easy as butter.   It makes the colors on your vehicle pop out and also helps with water spots, bird droppings, and road tar.

Some brands like Turtle Wax also offer a wax in super convenient spray bottles.  It takes less effort and time to apply, but still delivers a streak-free shine and UV protection.

Block out the UV light in your windows

Sunlight coming in through the windows will degrade the upholstery over time, causing fabrics like your sofa cushions to look dull.

If you don’t have tinted windows, consider hanging up some blackout curtain liners or blackout paper shades.  They will give you UV protection in addition to insulation, keeping it cooler inside on a hot summer day.

Park in the shade whenever possible

Of course, parking in the shade is ideal but not always possible. If you need to park in the light for solar power, check out this easy mod to make your rooftop solar panels movable or invest in a portable folding solar system that you can take out and set in the sun.

Store your RV correctly over the winter

If you’re not a full-timer and plan on storing your RV by the winter, keep in mind that leaving your RV outside will expose it to all the elements. It is worth every penny to have a cover for your RV if you do not plan on storing your rig inside. Cover your tires as well to protect them from UV damage.

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3 thoughts on “Protect Your RV From The Damaging Effects Of UV Light”

  1. Ok…I’m there with my2007 Coachman Aurora FWS… the coach, hate the graphics. I want them taken off and replaced, but not willing to pay $2000. I can do a lot of traveling for that. Any suggestions who could do it for less? I live in Tampa, FL

  2. R V industry would answer it’s cheaper than paint and it’s better than nothing on the coach. My choice would be nothing but I don’t work for the industry. When they fade and wrinkle I get my heat gun out and take them off.

  3. Boo hoo to all those vinyl graphics that look like heck after a few years. Why do they insist on using them? They’re ugly even before they get worn.

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