Before we started RV Living, we assumed the dirtiest job would certainly be the sewer hose. Well, we were absolutely wrong! These are our top 3 dirty jobs as well as some bonus tips! 😊
The shower drain in our RV is a little bit different than our sticks and bricks shower.
Many RV shower drains have no P-Trap and instead, use a HepvO waterless valve. This type of valve uses a rubber tube that's flat on the bottom end and seals up when water isn't flowing. The catch with tis type of valve versus a P-Trap is you cannot use some traditional snakes, wire hangers, etc. Doing so will damage the rubber and ruin the valve.
Even though we use a shower shroom (actually a “tub” shroom – they are a little shorter) and clean it out frequently, the cross member collects residue and buildup and will start limiting water flow.
Cleaning this up is just a manual process. We use a flat head screwdriver and some super skinny needle nose pliers to work out all the gunk.
Bathroom Sink P-Trap
We step up the yuk factor in this one. We discovered how disgusting the p-trap under the bathroom skink can get when I replaced the drain once. Over time, toothpaste and other “stuff” starts to collect in this area and it gets NASTY!
Generally, the P-Trap is easy to remove by hand and cleaning it isn't complicated. Have a bucket/bowl and towel ready to dump it out, then just run some toilet paper through it.
Be gentle threading it back on so as not to cross-thread it and do a leak check before calling it “done”.
Toilet Tube 🚽
This is the really gross one and, so far, the dirtiest RV job we've come across. The sides of the tube seem to get coated in some kind of buildup all the way from just under the valve, all the way down to the tank.
To get a brush down in there, I created our own extendible brush using an interlocking extendible pole and a standard toilet brush. I need this extra length to get down in there, but also for lateral leverage to scrub the sides.
Washing Machine Door Seal (bonus)
Even though we try to keep the washer door ajar to air out, the rubber door seal tends to get lots of mildew.
The Magic Eraser cleans this up pretty well, but there are still stains left behind. That said, we've decided to replace the door seal and try to do a better job keeping it clean.
I was hopeful that I would plug in our washer model number and find the part fairly easily, but that was not the case. So, we called Westland Sales (800-356-0766) and they were able to look it up by model and serial number. They were very helpful and we have a new seal on order for around $90.
Cabinet and Furniture Care (bonus 2)
Tara has tried a lot of various products to clean and polish out cabinets. But, they never look quite good. The routered edges are particularly difficult to clean. The wood grain tends to trap dust and is impossible to get out.
Recently, we tried Old English Scratch Cover and it works great! Simply wipe in on and buff it off.
- Dump your RV into a Toilet! – youtu.be/I_xiU0L8-W0
- Tools for Full Time RV Living! – youtu.be/cjD8fhm4gJ0
- Shower (Tub) Shroom: amzn.to/3c52yK3
- Craftsman 6” Mini Needle Nose Pliers: amzn.to/2KHlqDz
- Oxygenics Brushed Nickel Body Spa RV Shower Head: amzn.to/3c6ciUo
- Danze Metal Interlock Shower Hose (replaces the one from the Oxygenics): amzn.to/3c5NA6r
- NEBO 500 Lumen Rechargeable Flashlight Work-Light: amzn.to/3qL2hzN
- All-Purpose 2-Section Interlock Pole, 3-Feet: amzn.to/3pd2PhH
- Rubbermaid Commercial 14.5 Inch Toilet Bowl Brush: amzn.to/2Y59ZbV
- Slik Seal Plumbers Grease: amzn.to/3c4nqkp
- Nitrile Gloves with Diamond Texture Grip: amzn.to/3p6YYmd
- Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads: amzn.to/397sym2
- Kitchen Sink Strainer: amzn.to/3sOQKBx
- Old English Scratch Cover (Dark): amzn.to/2KFJHK4
- Westland Sales: westlandsales.com/
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