By the time you ask yourself, “Should I sell my RV?” your vehicle has probably seen a lot of miles and experienced all that the rugged trails and rocky roads have to offer. That includes a lot of mud, dirt, and worn-down parts along with those majestic views and fun adventures.
Proper maintenance can make a difference of several thousand dollars when you do eventually trade or sell a Heartland motorhome. Here’s a checklist of some of the things you can do to maintain your RV before you sell it.
· Wash and Wax: Given the size of the average motorhome, washing the exterior can seem intimidating, but you’d be surprised how a good wash can change the looks of your motorhome. A quick day of scrubbing and rinsing and your RV should look sparkling clean. Waxing is a bit more difficult and in most cases impossible. Newer models fortunately come with protection packages, which include an exterior paint sealant. Invest in a cover so you won’t have to endure washing so frequently.
· Interiors: The interior of your RV should be just as clean as your own home. Vacuum the carpet. Scrub the vinyl. Wipe down any furniture, appliances, and flat surfaces. Protection packages often include protection for interior fabrics, carpet, and leather. If you don’t have the protection package, you may need to shampoo your carpet and replace torn upholstery.
· Windows and Windshield: Your windows should look pristine. A quick rinse should be enough to remove bugs, debris, and milky areas. Use a scratch remover on the small scuffs and scratches, but larger cracks might mean replacing the entire window or windshield.
· Tires: Tires should be inflated at the proper pressure. Cracked and dried-out tires are what you have to watch out for. Fortunately, treating cracking tires is fairly easy. Give them a gentle wash and then apply wax and a carbon black component and you should be good to go.
· The Service Compartment: Make sure all the hoses are stored tidily away. Wipe down the compartment itself to remove any dust. Even with the sewage hose passing through, the service compartment should be odor free. If things smell less than pleasant when you open your service compartment, you most likely have a leak that needs patching.
· Roof and Ceiling: Reapply any caulking around the camper’s roof. Water stains can ruin the ceiling and the interior, so patch up any leaks before you remove the stains.
All used RVs could use some good maintenance. Treat your motorhome right, and you’ll be sufficiently rewarded.