RV Maintenance Tips: Maintaining Sealants | Abilene, TX
Sealants play an important role in keeping water out of your RV. However, sealant degrades over time. Everything from UV rays and the weather to the jostling caused by towing the RV can cause the sealant to gradually decay and, eventually, begin letting water in.
How To Avoid Water Damage
Water damage can be tremendously troublesome and expensive to repair, so the best way to avoid it is to stay on top of sealant maintenance. To do this, you should regularly inspect and clean sealants as well as routinely check for signs of water leakage.
We recommend checking your sealants or having them checked by a professional every six months at the minimum. That includes the roof and all four sides of the RV. The roof is the biggest concern as it is the most exposed to the elements, including things like animal droppings and sap, which can eat through sealant.
It’s also much easier to maintain your RV’s sealants if you regularly inspect and clean the RV. By keeping the RV’s exterior free of dirt and dust, you’ll have a better time identifying trouble areas.
Choosing and Applying Sealant
Eventually, you’ll need to replace sealant. There are many different types of sealant available on the market, so it’s important to do your research (or better yet, ask an expert) about the right product for your specific RV unit as well as the climate you most commonly use and store it in.
For example, in wetter climates, your sealant will be frequently assailed by mold and mildew. In sunny climates, ultraviolet damage is your biggest enemy.
On modern RVs like the ones you can find at RVs of West Texas, you don’t need to remove the old sealant, unless it’s peeling off. Simply apply more of the new one. Visit our lot in Baird, Texas, to check out our wide array of high-quality RVs.