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Old 04-18-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Washing / Keeping Clean ???

Being new to the TT world I have read that the roof is rubber although I have not gone up there to look? Due to spring weather there is alot of Dust/Pollen on our new TT and would like everyone's advice on what best to wash the TT with and wax? I have read other forums that say that lucas oil makes a spray on wax, has anyone tried this or have a better suggestion? Whats best to use on the rubber roof? I plan on cleaning him (yes HIM, I named my truck Rosie, so my wife decided to name the TT Renaldo) this weekend and was thinking if using a soft brush and just water to clean him off. Any and all advice including do's and dont's are appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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When I got my TT I ordered some RV wash and RV wax (two separate items) from Camping World. I don`t think its anything special, probably similar if not equal to automotive wash and wax. It does the job. I clean my roof with a mild detergent like tide and water with a soft bristle brush. What folks use and say is best is all over the place. I try to wash the roof once, maybe twice a year. I use a spray on wax for touch ups or to remove streaks on the side of the trailer from the roof. Personally I would not worry about dust and pollen being on the roof, if your trailer is new, no need to clean the roof for awhile. Washing and waxing the siding will make keeping it clean in the future much easier. I washed and waxed the whole trailer about a month ago. -Lee
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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Check your manuals,

If you have an Alpha roof, you really need to pay attention to the simple instructions. Use a soft bristled brush and use Spic and Span or Comet, Ajax etc... Not really much too it...dont get wrapped all around the axle over it. Jayco uses the better roofs as of late...
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:43 PM   #4
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You are not supposed to use anything on the roof that contains any type of petroleum product. I rinse it and get any sticks or leaves of it about every other month. I just use a good quality RV wash on it twice a year or so - it is not snow white - but it looks fine.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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Every 6 months, the roof on my 2006 Jayco at our seasonal site looks like: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...e/100_0353.jpg


Every 6 months (spring and fall) I manually wax the sides, front and rear of my TT. I use Meguiars RV wax and if it isn't available, I use Meguiars auto wax instead. re: http://marinerv.meguiars.com/product...ep-Cleaner-Wax

Note: Wax on, way off and its white paste dries white within the corners / inner edges. Other waxes (like Turtle wax) dries green and its green within cracks can be seen. White (of Meguiars wax) in the small cracks / corners on white TT trailer isn't seen.

For cleaning the roof, I use Protect-All RV Rubber Roof Cleaner, a bucket and sponges. re: http://www.protectall.com/rrclong.aspx

For treating our Rubber roof (every 6 months), I use Protect-All Rubber Roof Treatment. re: http://www.protectall.com/searchresu...x?CategoryID=7

If wondering, I do NOT walk on my TT's roof. I remove my shoes, slip on some thick socks, slip on some thick knee pads and "crawl" on my TT's roof. Always keeping near the edge and always ensuring 3 contact points at the same time. IMO, cleaning / treating an RV roof is like doing cleaning / treatment maintenance on a kitchen floor. For best results, I do it "on all 4s" method, adding some elbow grease and doing a "close up" visual checks at the same time. And if needed, I apply Dicor caulking after cleaning and before treatment as well. Up and Close (the old fashion way) - for best results.

Note: Some folks don't treat their RV's EDPM roof. It's their choice. For me, I see the positive results of before and after Protect-All Roof Treatment. And, I've seen for myself that Protect-All Treatment Treatment dramatically reduces (near eliminates) black streaks as well.

Hope this helps in your research....

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Ours will get cleaned once a year and inspected for caulk at the vents. Our old Prowler was 13 years old with no cleaning and also no leaks. My neighbor bought it 5 years ago and he hasn't been on it either. Also no leaks. So that is 18 years with no maintenance. Who keeps one that long?
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info.
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