The Daily RV Maintenance Habit You’re Probably Not Doing, But Should Be

January 16, 2023

RV life bring a long list of maintenance needs to keep everything in working order. One thing I see and hear a lot of people talking about is humidity. Whether it is summer or winter, moisture in an RV will not only be an issue, but if left unchecked, can cause major damage to your rig. When the outside and inside temperatures are at extreme opposites, condensation can and will build up fast. And since we full time in Florida, it is a constant battle.

If you don’t know, the ideal humidity inside should be 30%-50%. We purchased a small magnetic thermometer and hygrometer for only a few dollars and keep it on the refrigerator in the center of our rig. This allows us to monitor and adjust as needed.

Everyone told us to get a dehumidifier for our RV, and we did. It takes a bit of research to find the right size for your rig, but it helps a lot. We make sure to run it after everyone showers, as well as in various rooms as needed. Some people also like to use damp rid or other chemicals, but with dogs, we don’t like having it around.

But sometimes the humidity gets too low, so I do also have a humidifier (yay sinus problems).

Another tool we use that some people may disagree with is a Himalayan salt rock. These are great for absorbing humidity, plus they have a great light. I found one that has a small cup in the top to allow me to use oils for fragrance instead of burning candles.

After a year of RV life full time, and almost a decade of RVing as an adult, I can tell you this is still not enough to keep it at bay, so I had to find something else.

With our small, one room 16 foot travel trailer, we just took a small hand towel and wiped windows and walls down daily. But with a 37ft 5th wheel, it’s not as simple, and we found a smarter solution.

In addition to using the salt rock and dehumidifier, every day, I take the shower squeegee and yesterday’s hand towel and wipe down the windows and window sills. If the walls need it, we wipe that down, too.

This little trick takes only a few minutes a day and is something even younger children can help with, but it can save a lot of headaches!

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