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  • Published on Apr 09, 2014

    Tips for Removing Snow off of Your RV

    After all the recent snow and below zero temperatures, have you cleaned off your RV yet? If not, your RV could be buried not only under snow, but ice as well! Although it may seem like a lot of work to leave your cozy, warm confines, cleaning snow off your RV could help save money and your vehicle down the road. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="252"]RV covered in snow                          RV in Snow[/caption] Snow covered RVs are dangerous because as the snow melts, water can then run into any cracks your RV may have. With the cold temperatures at night, the water that seeps into your vehicle will re-freeze, which can leave your RV with leaks through your vents, and water trapped within your RVs insulation. These problems can cause dry rot, de-lamination, or even mold, which can not only devalue your RV, but also derail that upcoming trip you were planning on making. If done in a timely manner, these snow removal tips can help your RV survive the snow and be ready to run when the warm weather hits.

    1. Use the Proper Tools

    Even though your RV may have a ton of snow on it, steer clear of clearing it off with a metal shovel. RV roofs are not made for metal shovels scraping into it, and it could cause the roof to tear or scratch, increasing the likelihood of water getting into your RV and freezing. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="233"]Soft Roof Snow Rake                Soft Roof Snow Rake[/caption] A popular tool to use is a soft snow rake, which is made to not scratch the surface as it removes snow. The snow rake gently removes snow and also comes in sizes that will allow you to reach high areas, leaving your feet on the ground instead of having to climb a ladder to reach your RVs roof. If you don’t have a snow rake, you can carefully climb a small step ladder and push snow off using a broom or a plastic shovel.

    2. Leave the Ice Alone

    An important thing to remember is that once the snow has been removed from your RV, do not try and remove the ice that might linger beneath the snow. Chipping away at the ice causes more harm than good. This practice could disrupt the seam sealer that is preventing leaks at any seams or joints on your RV. Once the sun comes out, the ice will melt away on its own. So put away that shovel and let Mother Nature work for you.

    3. Safety

    The most important tip for snow removal is safety. With most RVs being taller vehicles, snow removal can be a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be a dangerous one. Always try to use a tool that will keep your feet on the ground. Long-handled brooms or snow rakes are perfect for this. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="203"]safety first                      Always be Safe[/caption] If you have to use a ladder to remove snow, try to use a small step ladder that does not come far off the ground. When using ladders, make sure there is someone there with you to stabilize the ladder or assist you if you need help. Whatever your snow removal technique is, one that should not be done is climbing on your RV to remove snow. Not only is climbing on your RV dangerous, it can also do structural damage to your roof. If you remember these tips for snow removal, your RV and your wallet will be much happier!

    Trailside RV Center

    At Trailside RV we offer one of the largest selections of RV trailer parts for any type of RV. For RV Maintenance Products please visit our online parts store or call one of our knowledgeable parts specialists at (888) 537-0316. We also can service your RV if the winter weather has gotten the best of it and it needs attention. We hope that your house and RV survived the most recent snow-mageddon! Please share your comments on any more snow removal techniques you might have!  

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