5 COVID19 RV Cleaning Tips

These tips will help to keep you safe while RVing

5 COVID19 RV Cleaning Tips

By Molly Crockett 

An RV can be fun, whether you live in one, or going on vacation in one. However, with the coronavirus pandemic continuing, RVing may seem like an impossible thing to do at this time.

But, if you are going to travel in an RV, now is a good time to perfect your usual cleaning routine, so you won’t contract the virus while on the road, and risk spreading it to other people. 

In this article, we have put together a list of five tips on how to practice good housekeeping in your RV, and how to keep your cool during the pandemic. And don’t worry! We will be referring to the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

1. Read and Watch the News

Whether you are on the go in your RV, or you are camped in a state park, it is important to stay informed on what is going on, when it comes to COVID-19. Although the Internet is packed with information and news about the coronavirus, the most reliable sources are:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
  • The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America 
  • The National Park Service (or individual state-run parks and wildlife departments)

These sources can help RVers learn the latest COVID-19 news and how the virus might impact RV travel and overnight stays in state parks.

2. Use Gloves and Paper Towels

5 COVID19 RV Cleaning Tips

There is nothing wrong with wearing gloves in your RV, especially when you are cleaning and disinfecting the interior. It is also important to have paper towels handy to help you clean and disinfect the RV. And once you are done cleaning and disinfecting, throw away your used gloves and paper towels. While washable gloves and towels can do the same job as disposable ones, they will only spread the germs around from one place to another. 

3. Clean and Disinfect

Cleaning should come before disinfecting, because cleaning removes the dirt, germs, and other gross things with soap and water. Disinfecting annihilates what is left of the germs and harmful stuff that can make you sick. When using a disinfecting after cleaning, use a disinfectant that is a diluted bleach solution or an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol. 

When disinfecting, keep the following objectives in mind:

  • Focus on the touch spots – doorknobs, countertops, handles, switches, etc.
  • Be sure to read the labels carefully. Instructions on disinfecting products can differ from each other when it comes to handling and housekeeping.

Want to make your own bleach solution?

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water, OR 
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

4. Make Other Preparations

Preparation is also part of the RV lifestyle. When you live in an RV, you will be moving around quite a bit, especially during emergency situations. Even state parks and camping areas are responding to the CDC’s recommendations, and are temporarily closing to the public.

Here are a few things to do to be ready for anything:

  • Check the opening and closing status of all camping locations and routes.
  • Study your campsite – where the exits are at, where RVs can park and set up camp, etc.
  • Make sure you stock up on necessities like food, supplies, etc. that will last for at least 72 hours. Having enough stuff to keep you self-contained for three days is crucial, especially when grocery stores can sell out really quick with the pandemic still going.
  • Do NOT disregard the CDC’s Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations; the CDC is a trusted source of learning more about COVID-19, and how to keep you and your family safe from the virus. Their guidelines also cover RV cleaning and disinfecting practices.
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5. Remain Calm

Finally, it is extremely important that you and or anyone else in your RV stay calm about the situation at hand. In fact, all RVers, like everyone else, should keep informed, connected, and prepared for anything involving the coronavirus. As long as you are calm, and everyone else around you are calm, chances are you’ll have a clear plan on what to do in any situation, regardless if it’s on a regular or emergency basis. 


RVing should be fun and exciting. Although the coronavirus has introduced a “new normal” for everyone, you can still live and or travel in an RV, as long as you keep in mind these five tips and stay safe during these challenging times. 

About The Author

Molly Crockett writes for Bigassignments.com and Oxessays.com. She also writes and edits for Stateofwriting.com. As a marketing writer, she shares her unique lifestyle tips and personal development advice with her audience.

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