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Old 04-29-2016, 01:10 PM   #1
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Roof Cleaning and Conditioning

Anyone else out there regularly clean their rubber roof with that "cleaner and conditioner" made specifically for RV's? I usually only do it before it's time to do a thorough wash/wax of the rig to keep the streaking to a minimum after it rains. My question is-do I really need to use the conditioning agent or will regular soap work?
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Been Rving for 15 years. Clean my roof twice a year. I just use a little non citric dish soap in a pail of warm water. Use a scrub brush then rinse w/ cool water from a hose.
Clean roof = no black streaks. I try to stay away from "rv supply stores"
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:10 PM   #3
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Used the all in one rubber roof cleaner/uv protectant for the past 12 years on our couch before selling it this month to buy a new 5er. It has served us well and the roof on the unit just sold even at 12 years old, still looked good. Seems to do a good job cleaning...just trusting the treatment to do its job as well. All of the techs I've ever talked to say it's a must if you want a long life out of it.
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Used the all in one rubber roof cleaner/uv protectant for the past 12 years on our couch before selling it this month to buy a new 5er. It has served us well and the roof on the unit just sold even at 12 years old, still looked good. Seems to do a good job cleaning...just trusting the treatment to do its job as well. All of the techs I've ever talked to say it's a must if you want a long life out of it.

That was the exact feedback I was hoping for!
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I put a new roof on a used RV we bought last spring. I wash it with water and a little Dawn in the water, and rinse it thoroughly. Then 303 it a few days later when good and dry. Twice a year.
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I do mine about twice a year, sometimes 3 times. I use separate rubber roof cleaner and the protectant. I'll also take off my Camco vent covers, vacuum the screen, wax it with car wax. I'll also spray silicon on the the rubber seal. I'll also wax the AC & frig covers. Once a year I'll pop off the lens covers on the marker lights and clean them. I'll also get down on my hands and knees and check all caulked areas. One might call me "anal" but if you care about your home one wheels, I take pride in keeping her happy.
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Do you need to take any special precautions to avoid damage to the roof?


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I do mine about twice a year, sometimes 3 times. I use separate rubber roof cleaner and the protectant. I'll also take off my Camco vent covers, vacuum the screen, wax it with car wax. I'll also spray silicon on the the rubber seal. I'll also wax the AC & frig covers. Once a year I'll pop off the lens covers on the marker lights and clean them. I'll also get down on my hands and knees and check all caulked areas. One might call me "anal" but if you care about your home one wheels, I take pride in keeping her happy.

I always check the caulking, but you brought up some other great areas to inspect/maintain.
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Do you need to take any special precautions to avoid damage to the roof?


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Do you mean as far as not tearing up the rubber?
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I was thinking more about trying not to break seals on the edges etc-Not sure if they are fragile or can be easily damaged. I have cleaned mine from a ladder but not very effective.


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My roof wraps around the side of the rig a few inches, so the only seals/joints I need to worry about are the front and rear cap. I just use lap sealant on those. Check them and all the other areas up there like the vents and whatnot once a month when I fire up the generator and back flush the softener.

I could be wrong on this, but if memory serves I believe some roofs are not meant to be walked on. I know ours is fine, but to avoid any potential of damaging the rubber I just make certain to check that no rocks or other hard pointy items aren't stuck in my shoes after I start climbing the ladder.
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Thanks- when all else fails read the owners manual for directions on roof walking! Lol


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Clean mine with Dawn dish soap and a soft brush.
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Been Rving for 15 years. Clean my roof twice a year. I just use a little non citric dish soap in a pail of warm water. Use a scrub brush then rinse w/ cool water from a hose.
Clean roof = no black streaks. I try to stay away from "rv supply stores"
Sounds like you have a poly roof instead of a rubber roof. The rubber streaks from natural caulking. Mine is new 2 years and it streaks terribly. Poly roofs don't caulk so it don't streak sides.
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