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How to Remove Decals from an RV


Want to give your RV a new look? See how easy it is to remove decals without hurting the surface of the vehicle.
decal being removed from the back of an RV

We love the logo we had developed for this blog. A large vinyl sticker of the logo was ordered and we put it on the tire cover of our pop-up trailer.

We decided to put our blog URL on the back too, but that meant we needed to remove the RV decals that came on the trailer.

After searching how to do this online we found that people use a heat gun for sticker removal.

We didn’t want to damage the paint on our trailer, so we tried a steamer.

It was an easy way to remove decals on our pop-up. This method also works for removing old cracked decals from RV or vehicles.

How to Remove Decals from a Vehicle

We used a handheld steamer to remove the decals from our trailer.

The steam melted the glue and then we carefully peeled off each decal.
decal being removed from the back of an RV

Watch the video at the top or side of this post to see the whole process.

This is the steamer we used.

We bought it years ago for cleaning, but it’s helped us out in many ways.
electric steamer

The decal came off without leaving any marks. The surface was so nice and white.

We added our blog decal. Doesn’t it look great?
back of a camper from Let's Camp S'more

We removed some striping from the side and added a map of the states we’ve camped in.

The map really pops against the white!

Do you have decals to remove from your camper?
photos of the back of an RV with the decal being removed and the new decal


Friday 13th of May 2022

I used a hair dryer also. It was just enough heat to loosen up decal and it peels right off.


Friday 19th of October 2018

Where did you get your custom graphics? They look great and easy to read from a distance too.


Sunday 21st of October 2018

The large logo sticker on our tire cover was done by Sticker Guy. The letter decals are from Rapid Vinyl.


Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Thanks for the tip on using a steamer to remove our nasty, woren out trailer decals. It worked wonderful. Also, I found “Goof Off” works fantastic to take off any left behind glue and also didn’t harm the surface.

Barry Knoth

Friday 17th of January 2020

It's called Goo Off...


Tuesday 30th of July 2019

googol is another citrus based cleaner.


Thursday 9th of August 2018

I'll have to check out Goof Off!


Friday 19th of January 2018

A heat gun is faster, and will in no way harm the surface, as long as you keep it moving. You don't have to heat it that much. Just enough to loosen the glue.

I'm a professional RV decal fabricator.


Sunday 21st of January 2018

Thanks for the tips, Steve! We were slow and careful on our newer RV. :)

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