Costs of Having Your Motorhome Professionally Detailed VS. Doing It Yourself

The internals of your motorhome are its most important aspect; after all, if there’s something wrong with the engine, you’re not getting anywhere. However, how your rig looks on the outside is very important, too. You want to make a good impression to everyone else, and a clean and good-looking exterior can instill a sense of pride in the eager RV owner. So, if you’re looking to add some polish to your motorhome, you’ll have to consider whether you want to do it yourself or let the professionals handle it. Here are the factors you’ll want to consider.

Doing It Yourself: The Price

As with doing anything, doing it yourself is going to be cheaper. Naturally, the price is going to completely vary, depending on how you want to go about detailing your car. But, the upside here is that you get to choose all your cleaning supplies by hand, and it’s up to you how much you’d like to spend. If you have time, you’ll be able to compare different cleaning supplies and make an educated choice based on your finances. You should be able to make all your purchases for under a hundred dollars, but again, that depends on how fancy you want to get. For example, an extendable-reach brush is going to cost more than getting on a stepladder.

Having a Professional Do It: The Price

Quite obviously, you’ll have to put up with some additional costs if you decide to hire someone else to detail your car. Consider, though, what you’re paying for: the use of tried-and-true cleaning supplies, and more importantly, the experience of the crew you trust with your rig. Keep in mind, however, that not all cleaning companies will be very flexible with prices and options. While a detailer may offer bundles or packages, you may not have as much flexibility with what you want done than if you were to do it yourself. In the end, you’ll probably spend anywhere from $5 to $15 per foot of your coach.


Doing It Yourself: The Work

Detailing an RV yourself, or with enlisted help from a friend or family member, is going to take work. Depending on how in-depth you want to get, you’ll be polishing, maybe even applying a new paint job, and that’ll take elbow grease. As you know, there’s a lot of surface area to the exterior of your coach, and you’re going to want to cover as much of that as possible. But if you’re willing to devote a day – or maybe even an entire weekend or more – to the work, and you know what you’re getting into, then that’s the choice you can make.

Having a Professional Do It: The Work

The beauty in hiring outside help to do your detailing work is that you can just drop your rig off and take your mind off of it. If you ever want to check in and see how the work is coming, you can drop in or call. The added benefit of hiring a professional to do it, again, is that these crews know exactly what they’re doing.

Doing It Yourself: The End Result

The end result, if you choose to do it by yourself, will depend completely on you and the amount of time you put into polishing your motorhome. If you’re inexperienced, you may regret not having taken the job to professionals, and you may even end up paying more for a restoration due to your mistakes.

Having a Professional Do It: The End Result

Depending on how much you spend, you can be relatively assured that the result will please you. After all, so the team you hire have probably done this many times, and they know their way around a waxer. This is their business, so they’re not looking to do a poor job.

All told, your decision will probably come down to one point: the time involved in detailing your RV versus the money you spend on having it done professionally. Shop around your local detailers to see how much they charge, and pop into the local supermarket to see what detail kits are offered. Then, you’ll really be able to make an informed decision.