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Old 03-17-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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Best roof cleaner and sealer?

I have a Fleet wood Pace arrow Vision J and i think it has a Tpo roof or a Epdm roof, what is the best cleaner, and then what is the best cover material. i can't afford 300 a gallon or quart for a good sealer, any help that you can give me in advise or what have you please contact me asap
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What year is the coach? Is the membrane smooth or have a textured finish?
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Camping World carries it all. Check with them.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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What sort of sealer are you looking for? TPO shouldn't need any general coating or sealing - just wash it with a good detergent and caulk the seams and openings. EPDM doesn't need a "coating" either unless the backing fabric is showing, and then we are talking about adding a new finish layer of rubber rather than "sealing".

Perhaps it would be best to back up a bit and ask what problem you are trying to solve rather than offering solutions that may or may not apply.
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the coach is a 1996 and the material is not smooth. I am not having any problem but i don't want to either, i thought that you had to treat the rubber every so often. what kind of cleaner would you suggest?
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Thier has been a section tht was torn and repaired on the roof
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:26 AM   #7
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You probably have an EPDM rubber roof. If it was repaired with Eterna bond tape shouldn't be a problem. Don't know how large of a "Section" you are concerned about.
I use Simple Green and a soft brush to clean my roof. I do it in the spring and in the fall, and as stated use a caulk made for rubber roofs. Dicor is the stuff I use, bought from my local RV supply house. I generally use the self leveling type on flat surfaces on the roof.
Here's a link so you can see the type of product I'm talking about.
Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant - Product - Camping World
And here's where you can get Simple Green
simple green - Walmart.com
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Yes, a 1996 is an EPDM rubber roof. I had a '96 Southwind, which is essentially the identical coach (different trim only).

You only need to keep the roof clean and the seams caulked to prevent leaks. The rubber itself needs no preventatives or "treatments". Use a household detergent (add some bleach is green or black mold is present) and scrub with a medium bristle brush. Wash the sides of the coach afterwards, becasue a lot of milky residue will run down the sides. If you like, put a common household floor wax, e.g. Mop n Glow, on after cleaning to help shed dirt for 3-4 months. Or use one of the RV rubber roof "treatments", though basically those just cost more than household floor waxes. They have no better effect at all.

Inspect the caulked seans at the edges and around skylights and such, Add more if there are deep cracks and remove/replace any that is loose. That is the primary rubber roof maintenance chore.
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You can use Eternabond to "caulk" seams or you can use a caulk. One type of caulk you do NOT want to use is a silicone caulk. Silicone does not flex and on an RV roof you need some flexing as you go down the road. Most use 3M caulking, either 3M 4000, 3M 4200 or 3M 5200. Thou we ended up going with a caulking by Teak Decking - TDS SIS 440.
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I want to than all ove you folks that answered but i think bi 3ill try Gary/s idea first, after the snow leaves again, it was nice for about 2 days and now we have about 2inchs
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