How to Remove RV Interior Light Covers

The interior light covers of an RV can be removed. Either to be replaced or to undergo maintenance. They usually become clogged with insect debris that hinders the proper lighting of the campsite. Also, they can deteriorate or become dull for a long time without cleaning.

These covers do not require much effort to remove them. However, it is necessary to have the right tools. In addition, help and organization are needed. No matter if they are going to be changed or cleaned, the ideal is to do it step by step. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to do to remove them successfully.

Steps to remove RV Interior Light Covers

Step by step
Removing the interior light covers of an RV is extremely simple. You are not required to have professional knowledge, let alone contact one. You just need to have the necessary accessories for their correct removal. In addition, of an organization so that they do not break and avoid that something is misplaced. Let’s see what should be done:
Keep the campsite turned off
For everyone’s safety, the procedure of changing internal light covers, and the motor home should be turned off. You can even disconnect the battery terminals and any other power supply. This way we avoid a passage of electricity through the caravan and we can work better in an electrical area.
Put on safety accessories
In this type of work inside an RV, it is necessary to use safety equipment. Not only because we will be disassembling the covers. Also, we will be working in a very small space. Where mobility is limited and for any circumstance, we can stumble or make a wrong move.

Among the equipment to use are a resistant helmet, and anti-cut and anti-static gloves. Protective glasses and have at hand all the equipment such as screwdrivers, pliers, adhesive tape, and whatever is required.
Free up workspace
When going for the internal light covers of the caravan, it is necessary to free up space. The place is cramped and we must have as much freedom of movement as possible. Start by removing anything that is loose, such as chairs, kitchen items, and whatever else you consider.
Don’t work alone, get a helper
Although the two of you inside the RV doing a job of removing internal light covers are not comfortable, a helper is necessary. However, this can be strategically placed at the door of the camper, but with everything at hand to reach them.
Unscrew the cover
Depending on the type of screw head, you must use a suitable screwdriver. Try to do it very carefully, considering the time it has been attached. If you apply too much pressure, you may break the cover and lose the day. Also, extreme caution with screws that can fall out and get lost.

In case of changing tires, it is necessary that you take the sample before buying the new ones. This is because of the measurements and if it really fits in the space. If you want to save time, you can take a photograph or search the internet for the model that corresponds to you.

On the other hand, there are covers that come out under pressure. That is to say, they are not screwed, only put on and adjusted with a system of springs. The way to remove them is to make a small force or lever on the locking system. Automatically, it will loosen and release the cover. Be careful with this process, because if the wrong pressure is applied or in the wrong place, we can break the cover.

What to do with the cover?

If you have removed the cover from your motor home’s interior lights to clean them, here are some tips on how to do it. From homemade tips to products you can find in specialized stores. Let’s see what’s involved:

Toothpaste
One of the most tried and tested myths for cleaning light covers. The corrosive power of toothpaste is very powerful. If it is able to kill the tartar that accumulates on the teeth, it can remove the dullness of these covers.

A delicate layer is applied to the cover and rubbed with a toothbrush. Try to cover the entire tooth and then let it sit. When the toothpaste takes effect, gently remove the excess with a dry cloth. Take advantage and apply a little pressure to polish the surface.

Apply a second time, if you consider that it has not been completely cleaned, and repeat the process. You can accompany it with a little vinegar if you notice that it has been too dry. Finally, apply soap and water to eliminate odors and finish cleaning.
Baking soda
The power of baking soda to remove grease, moisture, and other contaminants is superior to any other product. All you have to do is create a paste, mixing the baking soda with lubricating oil. 

The mixture should be placed on the entire cover. But first, clean it well with soap and water to remove impurities. Polish the lighthouse making small circular movements. Let it rest for about 10 minutes and remove it with soapy water.

With these two homemade recipes, you can clean the cover of the internal lights of your RV. You can also go to a specialized center and they will polish it for you or buy specialized products. However, both methods can be expensive and have the same result using toothpaste and baking soda.

Problems when removing a camper’s internal light cover

Although the process is quite simple, removing the internal light cover of a motor home can cause problems. Below, we will mention the most common ones and what to do when faced with this failure.

The cover is stuck to the surface

It happens a lot in very old campers with a low maintenance system. So much time of use and, depending on its location, it can adhere more than normal. For example, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. The important thing, in this case, is to avoid putting pressure, because we could break the cover or damage its surroundings.

The best way to release this pressure is to lubricate the cover. This can be done with soap and water and spray all over the jammed area. To remove it, you have to pry it from one side while moving it from one side to the other.

Remember to do this as gently as possible. Although, if you break it, nothing happens, you can buy another one in the market. However, it is recommended to do constant maintenance work on these parts.

The cover is an integrated part

There are covers that are small and are only attached with screws to the roof of the caravan. However, some more modern ones depend on other parts to be removed. In that case, we must look for the base of the whole structure and remove it. 

Then, try to remove the cover and make it independent from the whole piece. We must be careful because if we break something when removing it, we must buy the whole piece. This generates more unnecessary expenses that we can invest in the caravan.

Doing it with the wrong tools

When it comes to removing the internal light cover of a motor home, it is mandatory to have the necessary equipment. We are talking about screwdrivers, levers, safety equipment, and others. If you are going to do it yourself, keep these aspects in mind. 

On the other hand, removing these parts requires time. If you do not have the patience or you have to do it in a hurry, it is better to seek help from professionals. Pay for the service and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Putting them back on

We have repeatedly said that removing these covers is simple. However, we must ask ourselves, what about when we have to put them back on? It can be complex if we do not note or have not taken a good look at the step-by-step in reverse.

That is to say, how the part goes in case of being snapped out or the correct fitting position. The screws that we removed during the dismantling of the cover. If it has been attached to other structures. Anyway, to avoid this, draw each part of the process. Or you can make a recording and facilitate the assembly.

Is it better to pay or do it yourself?

Let’s remember that the internal light covers of a motor home are several. The idea is to remove them all, service them or simply upgrade to a newer model. This whole process takes time and effort. 

Before undertaking this work on your own, you must answer the following question: Do I know how to do it correctly? Do I have the time to remove all the covers, change them or clean them? Do I have the necessary equipment to successfully accomplish this task?

Many campers don’t have the time to do it. But if this is your case, you should know the importance and responsibility you have in your hands. If you apply each of the steps outlined above when it comes to removing the covers, you will certainly succeed. Also, if you have helpers who can facilitate the activity, do not hesitate to do it by yourself. Otherwise, call a professional and pay for their services.

FAQs

In most cases, yes. You can gently wash them with soap and water, being careful not to get any water inside the fixture. Alternatively, you can wipe them down with a damp cloth. If your light covers are very dirty or damaged, you may need to replace them.

Yes, you can paint light covers if you want to change the color or style. Just be sure to use a paint that is designed for use on plastics. Test the paint on a small area first to make sure it adheres properly and doesn't damage the material.

Citations

https://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f8/removing-interior-light-covers-206098.html
https://www.crossroadsowners.com/forums/f25/how-to-remove-interior-light-cover-14710.html
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7/interior-light-cover-removal-61885.html
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/light-cover-removal-460609.html

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