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Old 06-06-2016, 07:48 AM   #1
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Roof Maintenance

Hey Gang,

What should I be doing yearly to take care of my roof? On my 2015 I don't know if its a rubber roof or EPDM or something else. I keep the rig under covered storage all year; its only out in the sun/elements when I'm using it.

Covered doesn't mean enclosed, just covered.

I inspect my seals at least twice a year and I've already touched up a couple areas of Dicor.

What products should I be purchasing and applying yearly? Anybody have any tips?

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Old 06-06-2016, 08:27 AM   #2
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I read somewhere, if the membrane is perfectly smooth, it's rubber. If it has a slight texture to it, it's TPO, or EPDM. Our TT has the texture, so a bucket of Spic-N-Span and scrub brush seem to do nicely. If you bought it new, there may be a one-sheet instruction in your paperwork, or a quick call to the Jayco gurus.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:11 AM   #3
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It doesn't require anything but inspections and sealing your seams. Personally I put Eternabond on my old trailer and plan to put it on my new trailer as well, just haven't gotten around to it.

There is no need to keep your roof spotless, but some people obsess over a super clean roof. Black streaks are a result of the roof naturally chalking off as part of its UV resistance. Cleaning a roof doesn't prevent or slow down black streaks. All it does is make the top cleaner.
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So it doesn't 'condition' the rubber/membrane or anything of that sort? Its just for looks/vanity?
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The new rubber roofs don't really need conditioning, etc. They are designed to be UV resistant and not dry out or crack. Most people clean theirs 1-2 times per year with mild soap and water. I use a quick squirt of Dawn dish soap in 2gal of warm water and wash by hand with a soft bristled hand scrub brush. I also make sure the edge gutters get cleaned out really well too. I wash the roof first, then the sides top to bottom, then the awning, in that order so gravity helps take the dirt down.
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X2. Agree with SkyBound. In 40 years of RVing have never done or seen the need to put all that goop on a rubber or EDPM roof. Dawn does it all. At least for now.
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If you want your roof too last get rid of the lap sealant self leveling caulking and replace with a 4" fiber backed seam tape that accepts a coating, you will never have to inspect your seams again, why get up on your rv roof multipule times a year? when the lap sealant is the cause of all rv roof leaks.
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When you say 4" fiber backed seam tape that accepts a coating, what type of coating are you referring to? Is this the same tape used on commercial roof applications?
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If you want your roof too last get rid of the lap sealant self leveling caulking and replace with a 4" fiber backed seam tape that accepts a coating, you will never have to inspect your seams again, why get up on your rv roof multipule times a year? when the lap sealant is the cause of all rv roof leaks.
While I would agree the caulking is the cause of most rubber roof issues, my 5 1/2 year old EPDM roof membrane failed. Where the a/c's dripped condensation on the roof the EPDM membran failed and was leaking water through the membrane. My solution was rvroof.com. Not cheap, but no more expensive than a new rubber roof that I will never have again and zero caulking.
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My roof has several tears from low hanging limbs, etc. that have been repaired with Eternabond. Problem fixed.
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