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Preparing your RV for Burning Man

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Whether you are looking to rent an RV for Burning Man or you have your own, the last thing that you want to do after an amazing Burning Man experience is spend hours and hours cleaning your RV. The Playa dust gets absolutely everywhere! So we’ve put together some tips to keep your RV clean at Burning Man. Okay, maybe not clean but cleaner.

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Photo credit: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Become one with the dirt
The playa dust leaves a film behind that is difficult to break. A vinegar solution helps but no matter how many precautions you take the dust gets everywhere! So do plan to do a big deep clean afterwards. The hardest places to clean – plastic and rubber surfaces.

Cover all vent openings
Either cut up some cheap AC filters, use bandanas or anything to cover over the internal and external vents. Pay close attention to behind the fridge and any openings to circuitry.

Tape over switches and seams
Tape up your external switches and seams (windows, poor sealings, etc). This helps keep electronics from locking up. Just imagine not being able to retract your awning during a dust storm! Any switches that you won’t be using regularly near doors and windows, tape them up too.

Protect upholstery
Cover up any soft surfaces with extra sheets or scrap fabric. This not only protects the upholstery, but when the dust becomes too much you can shake them out.

Wax on
Give your RV (inside and out) a good solid wax before heading out to Black Rock City. It does help the dust blow over instead of sticking right away.

Close it up
If you’re leaving your camp, close everything up – windows, vent fans, doors and retract your awning. Wind and dust storms kick up out of no where and the last thing you want is to arrive back at your camp with your awning blown away.

Minimize openings
This may go without saying but don’t leave your door open and try to limit the amount of times you enter and exit your RV. Some people construct a ‘dust room’ at the entrance to help block the dust and allow for a space to take of dusty clothing and shoes before entering. Baby wipes are great near the door for a little clean up before entering.

Give your flooring some help
Help with the post-playa cleanup by buying sheets of painters plastic and tape them to the floor of the RV.

Tape tips
Make sure to keep tape only on the plastic trim or vinyl floor of the RV. Tape can sometimes remove the finishing from the veneer. Painters tape is great but can sometimes fall off half way through.

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