How Much Does RV Detailing Cost?
RV detailing refers to the deep cleaning given to and RV. Not only can a clean RV be more enjoyable and more satisfying, it can also greatly increase the value of the RV. If you are trying to sell the RV, making sure that it is spotless and clean can help you find a buyer much more quickly. However, cleaning an RV is much different than cleaning a home or a car, and special care must me taken.
RV detailing work can be tough, particularly among the inexperienced, because it entails substantial knowledge of products and cleaning techniques; otherwise, you would just ruin the finish and overall appearance of the vehicle. RV detailing requires different products for the cleaning process and protection of both interior and exterior surfaces.
How much does it cost?
- On average, most companies are going to charge by the linear foot. Depending on the size of the RV and the type of job chosen, the costs of RV detailing will be around $4 to $20 per linear foot. The more work that has to be done, the more you are going to have to pay. To budget properly, add around $10-$14 per foot. So for example, if you have a 30 foot trailer, it will probably be around $300 to $420.
- Pleasantdetails.com offers packages that range anywhere from as little as $6 to as much as $14 per foot. A Premium Wash and Wax costs between $8 and $10 per foot, while an Exterior Detail costs around $12 to $15 per foot. An Interior Detail costs around $6 to $9 per foot or $50 per hour, depending on the extent of work to be done.
- Southcentralstorage.com charges anywhere from $3 to as much as $12 per linear foot. Their basic exterior package is $3 per linear foot, while their premium package costs upwards of $12 per linear foot.
What is going to be included?
- Basic services are typically going to include a high pressure wash with soap and wax, a hand drying session, tire and window cleaning, as well as tire protection.
- Higher end services can include UV protection, vacuum session, carpet shampooing, heavy detailing inside of the RV that includes kitchen, living room, bedroom and kitchen, as well as a deep wax and deep wheel well cleaning.
- Many companies are going to have a minimum charge for RVs, which can hover around $150-$200.
What are the extra costs?
- Be prepared to be charged extra for a heavy aluminum polish.
- You may also be charged more for a complex job where detailers spend extra time to complete the work. Some are going to charge by the hour while others will charge by the foot.
- If additional repairs have be done, such as fiberglass, gel coat repair or oxidation removal, the costs can go up.
- Most services will perform a simple waxing session, however, if buffing, compounding and polishing is needed, the prices can go up.
- Expect to shell out more money for an intensive wash, chrome polishing or deep steam detailing, paint correction, and other related services such as shampooing the roof, polishing the wheels or steam cleaning the engine.
- A tip is often added to the overall price, which can be around 15-20%.
Factors that influence the price:
- Pricing may vary according to the size, type, and condition of the vehicle. The amount of time spent on cleaning the RV may also matter in the pricing scheme.
- Job site location also matters in the pricing.
- Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
Tips to know:
- According to the experts, it is advisable to wash your RV every three months and wax it at least every six months. This makes a lot of difference in terms of market value when you decide to sell or trade the vehicle. The cleaning and detailing of an RV is especially important if the RV is used as a wilderness camper rather than a lot camper.
- If your RV is not appropriately protected, the paint can gradually fade due to UV rays, acid rain and road salt, tree sap, and bird droppings. The interior can also deteriorate if it is not properly cared for each time it is used.
How can I save money?
- Have your RV detailed by professional or experienced detailer who knows exactly what is appropriate for your type of vehicle. An inexperienced detailer might use the wrong cleaning materials for your vehicle and may only do harm than good.
- Get different quotes from several detailing companies. Investigate their previous work performance before deciding on one company to service your RV. Do not readily jump at the cheapest offer because it might not deliver the kind of service you want.
- Only pay for the services that are absolutely necessary. For example, the care of the exterior is hard for you to do yourself because of the size, and you most likely do not have access to the needed materials. However, the interior of the RV can be detailed on your own, just like the interior of your home is kept.