How do I Restore a Camping Trailer?

How do I Restore a Camping Trailer?
Using a few simple tools and restorative processes, you can restore your RV trailer in less than 24 hours. You can restore the interior and exterior of the vehicle as well as add new furnishings and facilities to improve its overall appearance and utility. Most of the restoration can be done on your own without the assistance of an RV repairman--unless a serious problem is discovered.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Auto cleaner
  • Microfiber towel
  • 400-grit sand paper
  • Primer
  • Enamel
  • Wood panels
  • Filler
  • Baton strips
  • Caulk
  • Silicone
  • Air pump
  • Battery
Step 1
Restore the exterior of the RV. Clean the exterior of the RV using an automotive cleaner, then dry with a microfiber towel. Sand pits, dents and scratches to a dull finish using 400-grit sandpaper. Sweep a cloth across the exterior to remove any dust that has accumulated on the surface of the RV during the sanding process. Apply aluminum primer and let stand for at least two hours, but up to four. Add a top layer of acrylic enamel for added shine.
Step 2
Restore the interior of the RV. Replace outdated or worn wood veneers. Match the new to the old according to the characteristics of the wood, which may be "fine-grained" or "coarse-grained," depending on the veneer.
Step 3
Restore dents in woodwork and wall paneling. Use filler for holes and scratches in oak, walnut or other wood paneling colors. Apply matching baton strip in the same material finish to restore wall blemishes.
Step 4
Restore an old, leaky bathroom. Find any visible signs of damage. Remove trim, paneling and insulation from the walls. Remove and replace damaged studs. Remove any dried sealing and replace it with new caulk and silicone. Reinstall the walls.
Step 5
Restore appliances inside the RV. For example, use an air pump to remove dirt and dust from the burner assembly, which can cause improper cooling in an RV refrigerator. Restore an RV furnace by changing the battery if it is old and verifying that you have 12 volts at the furnace.

Tips & Warnings

Use a squeeze tube for the easiest application of filler.
Always wear eye protection and gloves when handling filler and other materials with strong fumes.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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