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Old 09-28-2020, 06:40 AM   #1
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New to me trailer: 1993 Fleetwood Wilderness: Roofing Question

Howdy folks! This is my first RV, and my first post!

I purchased, yesterday, a 93 Fleetwood Wilderness. It is in pretty good shape, considering the age, with no leaks, all appliances work, etc.

However, the guy I bought it from said 'My brother painted the roof a few years ago...It wasn't leaking, but it was starting to look black, and we wanted it to look nice. He didn't use the right stuff, and it's been flaking off'.

Well, if you look at the below picture, you can see that's true!

So, my questions are thus:

1. How much of this stuff should I remove before recoating?
2. Anyone have any good ideas of how to remove it? Little scared to pressure wash...but I can.
3. Can I stand on this roof?
4. What should I recoat it with?
5. How much stuff would I take off the top to recoat?

Thanks...and sorry for the bevy of questions!

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Old 09-28-2020, 10:50 AM   #2
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looks like a nice unit. i would try a low pressure pressure washer like they sell at Walmart for around 150.00 or so. they don't have enough pressure to really destroy anything but do a good job of cleaning. Horrible Freight has a 1750PSI for around 50.00. i would try and get it ALL off, no sense in putting good stuff over something that's going to come off. you'll just have to get up there and check. mine is kind of flimsy so i put down a piece of plywood 1/2 in. thick and about 3'x3'.
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Old 09-28-2020, 11:20 AM   #3
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The black you are seeing is the "underneath" layer on the EPDM roof, which means it is significantly worn. You have a 27 year old roof. I would give serious consideration to replacing the roof if you plan to keep it long at all. I would bet with close inspection, you will find lots of small cracks or tears. Replacing the roof is a pretty big job, but doable if you have the time. Lots of videos on You Tube to give you some ideas. If you want to recoat it, I would definitely not pressure wash it. You will likely force water places it shouldn't be. Dicor makes an EPDM coating system, and I'm sure they have recommendations on how to clean before applying. No idea how much it would take to cover, but the instructions should give coverage rates also.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:18 PM   #4
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The trailer looks very nice. The first thing that you need to determine is what the original roof was made of. In 1993 both metal and EDPM were being used by some manufacturers. If it is a metal roof you should be able to pressure wash it but be very careful about the amount of pressure.
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Old 09-29-2020, 02:19 AM   #5
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I would at least investigate using a white rubber 5 gallon bucket roof sealant that is used on mobile homes and I think flat commercial roofs.

Do not use any spray rubberized stuff as that stuff dries up and peels off.
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You have to inspect the roof to determine the condition. I would doubt the black was the under layer of the roof but possible. If the roof is rubber and in decent condition I would remove all of coating that was painted on and then coat with some roof sealer like Tuffr2 suggested. It all depends on the condition of the roof.
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The black you are seeing is the "underneath" layer on the EPDM roof, which means it is significantly worn. You have a 27 year old roof. I would give serious consideration to replacing the roof if you plan to keep it long at all.
Concur !

The typical life of an EPDM roof is about 10 years. It should be replaced NOT RE-COATED ! Don't be surprised if you find some rotten wood !
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