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Old 03-03-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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EPDM roof cleaning...BarKeepersFriend Anyone?

If you haven't read I just bought a brand new 2010 Jayco Jay Feather 23k 3wks ago from a dealer in MI. The roof looks really good, they resealed the seams before purchase but did not clean it. The roof is nothing horrendous as it has sat for over 2+ yrs in an open lot(no trees) but is quite dirty. I have read all kinds of posts as to what to use to clean the EPDM roof such as AJAX, dish soaps, CAMCO cleaners, and Protect-All Treatments etc as long as it doesn't have petroleum distillates. AJAX has bleach and is abrasive, dish soaps not tough enough same with CAMCO, and Protect-All lots of steps and don't get on sides of TT etc. Has anyone ever tried Bar Keepers Friend? Lot less abrasive than AJAX,COMET, no bleach and easy rinse. I was considering, used before on pop-up canvas and was a miracle, also used in the house for various jobs. Also, if used, should I really re-seal/re-treat using a product i.e. Protect-All to re-seal etc. I have also read Dicor/Alpha System statements to just wash or leave alone. Some say out of sight out of mind especially if you trade-in/sell often enough. I'm keeping this 23k longer than that, took long enough to get this one. The Jayco generic "all model" manual I got with just basically says "clean". I am relying on the endless wisdom of this forum to steer me in the right direction. Any tricks of the trade, do's and dont's besides don't fall of the roof while cleaning? Sorry to beat a dead horse or bring up a tired subject for the veteran TT owners but I'm the kind that wants to know everything a manual won't tell you to keep it as nice and as long as I can. We work too hard for what we have to neglect it once we have it. Thanks for your time.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:53 AM   #2
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Here is the link to Alpha Systems which my manual states is what is on my roof (EPDM). As said they give a few suggestions on what to use.

http://www.alphasystemsinc.com/ProductCare

I`ve already forgot what I used last time! I think most cleaners are OK, provided they contain no petroleum distillates. Another important thing is to be sure and remember to check the condition of all roof sealants and reseal as necessary when cleaning the roof bi-annually.
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I know that I am very lax at my roof cleaning regiment but it is good to get the manufacturers recommendation. It is interesting that they do not recommend any treatment, just cleaning.
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Where in the manual does it tell you what type of roof you have? Dicor or Alpha, EPDM or TPO? I find no info like that in mine cover to cover. I assume EPDM due to the looks/texture of it and that the TT is a 2010. Are all Jayco manuals the same as mine, non trailer model specific? The dealership gave me a manual that covers all Jay Feathers and Eagles combined, even talks about canvas care, pop-up instructions, hybrid use and care, slide-out info etc. They also gave me a 2009 manual as well for some reason. It also doesn't say what type of sealant to use either, just to check and a few recommended places to check. Very vague manual. The "goodie bag" was all in disarray and shoved in a bag like someone had dug through it. Am I missing info? The dealership was horrible on many things...long story...really bad experience.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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On page 81 of the 2010 Jayflight manual " The rubber roof on your RV is manufactured by Alpha Systems. Read and follow OEM operator`s manual when cleaning the rubber roof. If you have questions , contact your dealer." Very vague. I`m guessing the Jayfeather of the same year would have the same roof, but there are no absolutes with RV`s which I`m becoming more aware of all the time!
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As per my Alpha Systems warranty card, they suggest Ajax, Spic-N-Span or Comet for EPDM Roof. They recommend a soft-bristled scub brush in place of a sponge.
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Okay, don't laugh at the new guy! As many of you know, we are waiting for our new 308 RETS to arrive. All this roof talk got me thinking! How often or what type of maintenance on the roof should we be doing to our new TT!

I'm quite anal (yes ask my wife) about taking care of everything that we've owned (boats, motorcycles, cars, etc..). Figure it's new I'll want to keep it in like new condition so that I don't have issues down the road.

For the most part, our TT will be sitting on a permanent site with just a few trees near by, nothing overtop of the camper.

Okay, you can stop laughing... LOL
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I use LA Totaly awsome cleaner from the dollar store, it works good on just about everything. I use the same brush that i clean the sides with. I treat my roof with 303 protectant since i use that on my vinly seats for the boat. On 303 website they have the specs and application rate for the rubber roofs and for fiberglass.
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Okay, don't laugh at the new guy! As many of you know, we are waiting for our new 308 RETS to arrive. All this roof talk got me thinking! How often or what type of maintenance on the roof should we be doing to our new TT!

I'm quite anal (yes ask my wife) about taking care of everything that we've owned (boats, motorcycles, cars, etc..). Figure it's new I'll want to keep it in like new condition so that I don't have issues down the road.

For the most part, our TT will be sitting on a permanent site with just a few trees near by, nothing overtop of the camper.

Okay, you can stop laughing... LOL

Wash the roof and check the sealants twice a year. (check sealant around roof air vents, TV antenna, front and rear end caps, skylights, frig vents, etc) If roof sealants appear compromised in any way, reseal with Dicor self leveling lap sealant. Check all other seals at this time also, clearance lights, windows, corner moldings, around cargo doors, etc. It is the responsibility of the owner to maintain these seals, even during the warranty period. Not laughing, these are good questions which can save future headaches and heartaches. Water entry is the number one enemy of any RV, and many have found out the hard way their warranty did not cover water damage due to improper seal maintanance.

Alpha Systems roof care: (your roof may or may not be an Alpha, this is general info http://www.alphasystemsinc.com/ProductCare
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Thanks Crabman..Good information!
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