Prepare your vehicle for new adventures.
For the motorhome owner, the arrival of good weather means you can get back to doing your favourite open-air activities. Of course, it’s also the perfect time to overhaul your Ducato-based motorhome and get it back into tiptop shape. Here are our tips for maintenance and cleaning.
It's springtime and the more welcoming climate is enticing you to set off on new adventures in your motorhome. However, the arrival of decent weather is also a good time to give your vehicle a thorough overhaul and undertake various preparatory activities before your next trip.
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR
To begin with, we’ll wash the outside of your motorhome, an operation requiring the highest level of care. The best way to do it is by aiming the jets of water (which must never be too strong) from the top down, thereby reducing any seepage to a minimum. Once the layer of dust has been removed, carefully examine all the external panels. You might see some small holes or dents, possibly caused by branches; it's absolutely crucial to take extra care to avoid water seeping inside.
CLEANING THE INTERIOR
Now let’s clean the inside of your motorhome. Check the condition of the walls and ceiling, and after taking down the curtains, move onto washing with water and special soap using a damp cloth. This will get rid of any dust and exhaust gas. It’s an important job: we live and breathe inside the vehicle, so it makes sense to sanitise it thoroughly.
Empty the lockers and brush away any soil, sand and dirt residues which have accumulated over the winter. Use a vacuum cleaner and a damp sponge dipped in a mixture of water and vinegar (one glass) or baking soda. Give them a good airing before closing.
If there are any odours, mould or damp, check the walls for any signs of seepage.
Seals, hinges and locks
Dust down and remove any dirt from door and window seals, getting rid of stones, pine needles, dust, grease, etc. You just need a damp sponge, and when dried, go over the seals with a soft paintbrush dipped in talc: they'll be good as new. An alternative is to use silicone oil. In this case, just gently wipe a dampened cloth over the rubber.
Hinges can be lubricated with special sprays to prevent squeaks and creaks which are signs of possible oxidisation and seizure. Lubricate the pins, allowing the liquid to filter into the cracks and gently move the door backwards and forwards, just enough to allow the liquid to penetrate. Don't forget the locks, including the one for starting the engine. Graphite powder is ideal for this purpose.
Cupboards and kitchen accessories
While travelling in a motorhome, dust and exhaust fumes get inside and collect in drawers and cupboards where we store our cutlery, cooking pans, plates and other accessories. Therefore, after emptying, clean them with a cloth thoroughly soaked in water and detergent and dry them. Next move onto cleaning the sinks, cooker and fridge. Pay particular attention to the fridge; it's not enough to empty it, you have to remove all the shelves and wash and degrease them, rinsing with plenty of hot water. Dry the fridge, remembering never to close it completely, so as to avoid the formation of unpleasant odours.
Upholstery and fabrics
Again, baking soda works very well, by neutralising acid deposits formed by dust and dirt on fibres and eliminating unpleasant odours. After cleaning and beating the fabrics of seats, mats and curtains, dust the surface with baking powder. Leave it to work for an hour or more, then shake it off and clean everything with a vacuum cleaner. You will see the results for yourself.
Beds and lofts
It's essential to air mattresses and cushions often by fully opening the motorhome windows and skylights, and then vacuuming all the gaps and corners of the bed, above and below the mattresses. This will prevent the collection of stale dust in the places hardest to reach.
Cleaning your motorhome requires patience, dedication and a dash of precision. Certainly qualities not lacking in good motorhome owners.
Are you ready? Have a good trip this spring!