Remove Mildew From Used Campers

By: Brian Kroll

One of the things that plagues used campers is mildew.

To start, mildew in used campers usually starts in the tent area, caulking around doors, windows, under sinks, cabinets, ceiling vents, refrigerators, bath room and shower. This can be from leaks during rain and storage or general careless use of the camper. This water goes unchecked and not properly cleaned up.

For instance, I purchased a used camper this summer that was in pristine condition. The owner walked me through the detailed steps of how he unpacks and packs the camper each time he uses the camper. He gave specific attention to the air conditioner. When the air is running, condensation runoff builds up on the roof. If enough accumulates, it can start running off the roof and onto the tent that encloses the side-out bunk. This condensation can soak the tent material in a very short amount of time. So, you must dry off the effected areas before the camper can be let back down. If you don't, the moisture will turn into mildew.

Treating Used Campers

Treat moldy areas of used campers using a water and bleach solution or a store bought cleaner. Let the cleaner soak for a few minutes to kill the germs that caused the mold or mildew. Be sure to completely dry any areas that you treat. The most effective way to combat mold and mildew is to keep a dry atmosphere inside your RV.

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