RV Mold And Mildew

RV Mold And Mildew

Many RV owners are concerned about preventing mold and mildew in order to avoid potential health problems and financial loss. Unfortunately, many RV owners simply assume their RV insurance covers against mold and mildew, but in fact, that is often not the case.

What Causes Mold Growth?

 

Molds are found in damp and dark areas like

  • air conditioners
  • bathrooms
  • carpets
  • garbage containers
  • mattresses
  • old foam rubber pillows
  • places with standing water
  • refrigerators
  • under sinks
  • upholstery

Problems Associated With Mold

  • Medical: Mold spores are microscopic organisms that can float through the air and cause problems with allergies, asthma, infections, and other respiratory issues. Anyone can suffer from medical issues related to mold. However, infants and children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems may experience more severe reactions. People with breathing problems like asthma or who have weakened immune systems should stay away from moldy sites.
  • RV: If your RV has mold, everything that has been contaminated must be cleaned properly and dried. Items that cannot be properly cleaned and dried must be removed and thrown away.

A few tips on how to prevent mold and mildew

  1. Routinely check gaskets and seals. Making sure that your RV is well-sealed is one of the first steps to preventing a future moisture problem that could lead to mold or mildew.
  2. Allow air to circulate. Air circulation is critical in preventing mold and mildew in an RV, especially in humid environments. Keep air filters clean and maintain proper circulation at all times.
  3. Keep it clean. Use a simple solution of bleach and water when cleaning showers, sinks, or other areas associated with high humidity.
  4. Prompt repairs. Make sure all repairs are performed promptly and by a reputable service provider. Be sure to test the seal for window, vinyl or other repairs where moisture could become a problem.
  5. Leaks. A potential source of leaks includes sinks, hook-ups, and toilets. Schedule a routine leak inspection.

How to Remove Mold and Repair Your RV

Mold removal and repairs are serious projects that may be difficult or dangerous, so it may be best to get help from a professional. If you must remove the mold yourself, follow these steps:

  • Wear Protective Gear: If you are removing any damaged property on your own, make sure you wear protective eye masks or goggles, filter face masks, gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and waterproof boots to avoid contact with the mold.
  • Dry the Structure: Clean and dry the structure as quickly as possible. If your RV has been empty for several days, open the doors and windows to let the RV air out for at least 30 minutes before you stay for any length of time. Open inside doors, especially closets and bathrooms. Open kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity doors, and wipe them clean.
  • Circulate Air: When electricity is safe to operate, use fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture. Position fans to blow air out doors and windows.
  • Remove All Contaminated Materials: Ensure that you have located all contaminated materials and personal property. Remove and dispose of anything that was wet and can’t be cleaned and dried completely.
  • Cleaning: Clean with water and detergent. Remove all mold you can see. Dry right away. If you use cleaning products, do not mix cleaning products together. DO NOT mix bleach and ammonia because they can create toxic vapors.  After you finish cleaning the RV, shower and change your clothes as soon as possible. This will help you avoid carrying mold and other hazards back to your current living quarters.
  • Repair: Painting or caulking over mold will not prevent mold from growing. Fix the water or moisture problem completely and clean up all the mold before you paint or caulk. All mold must be removed and all areas must be disinfected before repairs can begin.

Remember, mold and mildew are preventable problems that are rarely covered by your RV insurance but could substantially reduce the appraisal of the RV.

Top 11 Weird yet Wonderful and Unique RVs

Top 11 Weird yet Wonderful and Unique RVs

These RV owners wanted to stand out from the crowd. Many of them created one-of-a-kind homemade RVs.

This first RV looks a little retro and a little futuristic at the same time!

1. The Extreme RV – as seen on the HGTV show Artscape 2013

 

Extreme RV from HGTV
Image Credit: Forsaken Fotos / flickr

This Stretched VW Beetle with trailer is a crazy one-of-a-kind RV. Can you imagine pulling into your favorite National park and seeing this thing parked next to you?

2. The Extended VW

Stretched VW Beetle with trailer
Image Credit: Janko Trajanov / flickr

This Volkswagen Beetle camper combination will cause you to do a double take. Is it a camper or is it a beetle? Looks like both to me.

3. The Beetle Camper

VW bug camper
Image Credit: Joseph Kubik / flickr

This looks like the offspring of a Volvo and Wooden Boat. I especially like the porthole Windows

4. Volvo wooden wagon/boat/camper thing

Volvo CamperImage Credit: Pasco Olivier / flickr

This DIY teardrop camper looks like the owner found his inspiration at the local Home Depot. This is the ultimate DIY budget camper.

5. DIY Budget Camper

DIY Teardrop Trailer
Image Credit: dwstucke / flickr

A custom RV with a deck. This custom camper offers a great view from the rear deck. I wish my RV had a deck like this. What about you?

6. The Rear Deck Camper

DIY Motor HomeImage Credit: Ed Bierman / flickr

What’s with all the stuffed animals? Ok I don’t really understand why you would do this. I guess you will make kids smile but I still don’t get this RV.

7. The Plush RV

Class C RV
Image Credit: Todd Dwyer / flickr

The MotoHome™ is a concept from the mind of Jeremy Carman, a senior architecture student at USC’s School of Architecture.  It’s like a truck cap camper, but for motorcycles,

8. The Motorcycle RV Combo

The MotoHome
Image Credit: Jeremy Carman / GoFundMe

Check out the extra axle & wheels added to this 1960s Chrysler station wagon. This one-of-a-kind RV certainly doesn’t rely on aerodynamic design!

9. 1960s Chrysler station wagon with residential conversion

Station Wagon RV Conversion
Image Credit: Todd Lappin / flickr

This old-school camper is so cute. I would love to see this in person. This antique RV needs to be in the RV hall of fame that how cool it is.

10. 1941 Western Flyer Motorhome


Image Credit: Greg Gjerdingen / flickr

11. Featured Image: 1956 Chevrolet Campervan via Riley / flickr