Advice for a newbie on "sealing" an RV against the play dust

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Advice for a newbie on "sealing" an RV against the play dust

Post by syaikin04 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:19 pm

Greetings and Salutations!

I am very excited to experience Burning Man for the first time this year! I am fortunate enough to be able to borrow a camper trailer for the week. However, the owner of the camper is requesting that I "seal" the trailer from the playa dust without using duct tape on the outside.

I am in need of advice, tips, and techniques, on what to use and how to prevent dust from getting in as best as I can! Any help will be very much appreciated!


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Re: Advice for a newbie on "sealing" an RV against the play dust

Post by caffeineslinger » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:54 pm

Use stucco tape instead of duct tape. It comes off better without leaving a mark. Also remove your shoes before entering every time.

And then realize there is nothing you can do to prevent dust from entering the camper.

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Re: Advice for a newbie on "sealing" an RV against the play dust

Post by Ratty » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:18 pm

You can buy a roll of adhesive protective floor mat. (Like the dealerships use.) I think Wmart sells it for $70 on line. 24 inch by 300 feet to protect the carpet. It makes it easier to keep the interior clean.
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Re: Advice for a newbie on "sealing" an RV against the play dust

Post by some seeing eye » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:20 pm

Your mission in life is to:
1 Survive the wilderness campout.
2 Return the RV to the owner beautifully.

The environment has talcum power blowing dust at all times and "can't see 5 feet" dust storms.

There are several RV threads on ePlaya - search.

To make your renter happy also cover every single interior surface, blue masking tape every exterior gap, carwash it after, maybe twice, and detail it.
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Re: Advice for a newbie on "sealing" an RV against the play dust

Post by Captain Goddammit » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:22 am

I hope you don’t value your friendship much. I’d NEVER loan an RV to anyone going to BM for many reasons, including the fact that playa dust is corrosive and no matter how clean you keep the inside, the frame and various machinery are going to suffer.
Having said that, use gaffer’s tape. Not painters tape.
Seal every hatch and opening of any kind.
Kept it shut and use the AC. You’re gonna need fuel for the generator.
Spend $100 at Home Depot and buy a small contractor’s “pancake” style air compressor and about 100 feet of air hose and a blow gun.
That works absolutely amazing at blowing the dirt and dust out of your hair, clothes, shoes, etc. and us the best tool for dealing with playa dust there is.

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