How to Repair Salt Damage from Beach RV Camping

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  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-200
What You'll Need
Detergent and water
Cloth or rag for cleaning
Touch-up paint
Wax polish or EPDM rubber coating
Brake oils

Beach RV camping is always exciting and filled with adventure. There is nothing like enjoying the salty sea breeze and silky sand, sitting out in front of your RV and sipping on a cold beer or lemonade. However, although this can be a lot of fun, you will need to undertake regular maintenance of your RV in order to save it from salt damage. When you are parked near a beach, you expose your car to an extremely salty environment. When you regularly expose your RV to a salty environment, it can get rusted, and the paint will begin to chip off slowly. The only way to make sure that your RV does not become leaky due to this salt damage is to conduct regular checks and maintenance of your RV. Here’s how you can repair the salt damage done to your RV as a result of beach camping.

Step 1–Wash the Exterior

When the air becomes heavy with salt and humidity, the salt may begin to form deposits on the surface of your RV. These deposits can corrode the RV’s parts and chip off the paint. The first step towards repairing your RV is to wash off the salt from the surface. Use soapy water (mix a mild detergent in a bucket of water) and a cleaning rag or cloth to clean off the exterior of the RV and get rid of any salt deposits.

Step 2–Paint the Exterior

If the salt deposits have cut into the RV's paint and have chipped or cracked it, you may need to use some touch-up paint to repair this and to make the paint job look fresh again. Use the paint exactly as directed on the container of the touch-up paint.

Step 3–Apply Protective Layers

To protect the RV from further damage by salt, coat the entire vehicle with a protective wax covering. This usually comes in easy-to-use kits. You can also use EPDM rubber coatings, which, though expensive, can care for your RV in a much more efficient manner. A single coat of any of these materials can last for up to a year if proper care is taken. A re-coat is usually less expensive and lasts for the same duration.

Step 4–Examine the Tires

The next step is to examine the RV's tires. Salt may cause cuts and scrapes on the tires and may even wear out the treading on them. This is best handled by an expert. If your tires have become bald, it is best to get them replaced. However, if the damage is not much, the tires can be touched up a little.

Step 5–Inspect and Clean the Brakes

The brakes may corrode due to the accumulation of salt in them. Check the brakes to ensure there is enough lubrication on them. If salt has accumulated, clean it with a cloth and use lubrication and brake oils.