Restoring a camper trailer can be done with just a few simple tools. If you have about half a day, you can refurbish the exterior and interior of an RV. Once the siding and panels are upgraded, replace old furnishings and restore facilities for a new and improved look from the inside out. This project does require some labor, but nothing too grueling or beyond the ability of a novice DIYer. Grab your tools and get started.
Things You'll Need
- Auto cleaner
- Microfiber towel
- 400-grit sand paper
- Wood panels
- Air pump
Restore the Exterior of Your Camping Trailer
Clean dirt and debris from the siding of the RV using automotive cleaner and warm water. Wipe the siding dry using a microfiber towel.
Dull surface damage, scratches and rust using 400-grit sandpaper. Use up-and-down action until the surface is dull.
Wipe dust that has accumulated on the siding using a second microfiber cloth.
Restore the finish with an aluminum primer per the manufacturer’s instructions. Let the primer stand for up to four hours. Finish with a top layer of acrylic enamel, which will infuse the siding with added shine.
Restore the Interior of Your Camping Trailer
Upgrade interior fittings and fixtures. Remove old, worn wood veneers and replace with new ones. Consider the characteristics of the wood before making your decision. Examples would be “fine-grained" and "coarse-grained" wood veneers.
Refurbish a leaky bathroom. Pull out trim, paneling and insulation from the walls by hand or with a hack saw if necessary. Remove and replace old, corroded studs. Scrape away dried sealing using a scrapper or screwdriver and reseal with new caulk and silicone. Reinstall the walls.
Restore the cooling system in your RV refrigerator. Remove dust and other debris from the burner assembly using an air pump, which can be purchased at a local hardware store. A dirty burner assembly can cause the cooling system in your RV refrigerator to fail.
Tips & Warnings
- Protect your eyes with goggles when using filler.
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