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Spring Time RV Windshield Wiper Maintenance

The Importance of Checking and Changing Your RV Windshield Wipers

As spring approaches, RV enthusiasts eagerly prepare to hit the open road. Whether you’re planning a cross-country adventure or a weekend getaway, ensuring your recreational vehicle (RV) is in top shape is crucial for a safe and enjoyable journey. One often overlooked aspect of RV maintenance is the condition of your windshield wipers. Let’s dive into why these seemingly humble rubber blades play a vital role in your travel safety.

Why Are Windshield Wipers So Important?

  1. Visual Clarity: According to the American Optometric Association, 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues. Your windshield wipers are your first line of defense against rain, snow, and debris obstructing your view. A clear windshield ensures you can react promptly to changing road conditions.

  2. Safety in All Weather: Spring weather can be unpredictable. From sudden showers to dust storms, your wipers keep your windshield clear, allowing you to navigate safely. Imagine driving through a downpour without functional wipers—it’s a recipe for disaster.

  3. Preventing Scratches: Damaged wipers or worn-out blades can scratch your windshield. Over time, these scratches impair visibility, especially when sunlight or headlights hit them. Regular wiper maintenance prevents costly windshield replacements.

Dos and Don’ts for Windshield Wiper Care

Do These for Your Windshield and Wipers:

  1. Remove Debris: Clear leaves and other debris from the bottom of your windshield where the wipers rest when not in use. A clean area ensures optimal wiper performance.

  2. Scrub the Blades: Extend the wiper away from the windshield and scrub the blades using soapy water and shop towels. For conditioning, wipe them with denatured alcohol.

  3. Keep Your Windshield Clean: Wash it each time you refuel your RV. Don’t forget to clean the wipers too.

  4. Upgrade Your Glass Cleaner and Wiper Fluid: Specially formulated auto glass cleaner and wiper fluid work better than household glass cleaner. Some wiper fluids even condition the blades.

  5. Lift Wipers in Extreme Conditions: When scraping ice or snow off the windshield, lift the wipers. Park in the shade or a covered space to protect them from extreme heat or cold.

Don’t Do These:

  1. Run Dry Wipers: Never run the wipers on a dry windshield.

  2. Use Wipers for Ice Removal: Let the defroster handle ice removal.

  3. Ignore Wiper “Chatter”: Check that the wipers are parallel to the windshield. Reposition them gently if needed.

Final Thoughts and Tips:

  • Consider using combination silicone-rubber wiper blades for longevity.
  • Learn how to change wiper blades; many auto parts stores offer installation services.
  • Replace wiper blades twice a year, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Remember, your RV windshield wipers are more than mere accessories—they’re your safety net during spring showers, summer storms, and autumn leaves. So, before you embark on your next adventure, take a moment to inspect those trusty wipers. Happy travels! 🚐🌧️

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