How long does canvas last on a Pop-Up Camper Trailer?

Wanting to know how long your canvas will last on your pop-up camper trailer?

Interested to learn some tips on how to extend the life of your pop-up camper trailer?

I have spent many hours speaking with experience pop-up camper trailer owners and reading forums to find out how long canvas lasts.

The average life of canvas on a Pop-Up Camper is around 15-20 yearsHowever, life expectancy will vary on how well the canvas is maintained and stored. If regularly clean, stored dry undercover and in a clean environment the canvas will last for many years longer, 20 years plus.

So now I have answered the main question that will explain the top 3 reasons that affect canvas life expectancy and what can be done to extend the canvas life. 

How to prevent mold from forming on pop-up camper?

The best way to prevent mold and mildew from forming on pop canvas is to regularly clean the canvas using a homemade solution consisting of 70% water and 30% cleaning vinegar.

Using gloves and a sponge wipe down the canvas.

Leaving the solution to dry on the canvas. Mold and Mildew won’t like sunlight.

How do you get rid of mold on pop-up camper?

To remove mold and mildew on pop-up camper is to clean the canvas using the homemade solution of 70% water and 30% cleaning vinegar.

Using gloves and a sponge wipe down the canvas.

Leaving the solution to dry on the canvas. Mold and mildew won’t like the sunlight.

For stubborn stains use squirt in some bleach into the solution. But to be safe,

It always best to check the manufacturers’ instructions before you start cleaning.

Best not to use harsh materials like scrubbing brushes to scrub the canvas, they can easily leave scratches.

If there are stubborn stains you may need to continue the process of wiping down the canvas.

Persistence in cleaning off the mold and mildew extend the life of the canvas on your pop-up.

So what are Mold and Mildew?

Mold and Mildew can grow on just about anywhere, quickly growing.

Caused by moisture and humidity can grow about anywhere Including wood and plastic.

If left unattended on your canvas will become difficult to remove and penetrate the surface of the canvas.

Mold and Mildew are not only bad for your canvas it can also be bad for your health.

Causing health issues, the spore can irritate the eye, throat, nose, and lungs.

People with allergies such as asthma are more likely to get sick.

Mildew is typically identified as white, grey, or yellow. Mold is identified as being black, grey, fuzzy, and will grow underneath the surface.

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To prevent mold and mildew its best to regularly clean the canvas with a homemade solution of cleaning (as described above)

Storage of Pop-Up Camper to prevent mold

Before storing your pop-up camper wipe down the canvas inside and out. Leave it out in the full sun too full dry.

Perform a close inspection to ensure there is no moisture that can allow mold and mildew to form.

Just to be sure, wipe down with dry clean cloth the canvas inside and out.

Inspect the cracks and joins for any moisture.

Your camper should always be stored dried, never leave it wet inside and out.

It’s always good to give it a clean before parking it away so it’s clean and ready to use for the next camping adventure.

Being airborne Mold and mildew can easily spread, so be sure to empty out the water tank and faucets making sure they are empty and dry.

Before you pack it away in the garage remember to take out any perishable and wet towels or clothing otherwise you will receive a nasty surprise when next using the pop-up camper.

You can store the camper outside, best not use a tarp to cover the trailer as it can damage the corners. Best to use a softer breathable RV cover.

Rodents! Even though you have taken out all the food, rodents are still attracted to warm dark places that they can set-up nest.

Make sure you place rodent bait in and around the trailer.

This also includes inserting mothballs.

If there are kids around these need to placed carefully and removed when going on the next adventure.

Final Thoughts

With some regular care and storing your pop-up camper dry will protect the canvas from obtaining mold and mildew.

If you find spots where mold and mildew have formed you will need to treat it immediately, before it spreads and gets worse

If you are considering putting in an offer for a pop-up trailer make sure you thoroughly examine the trailer before purchasing it (especially if its second hand).

If you have any feedback or ideas please leave a comment below. We would appreciate any other tips or ideas.

Further Information

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