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Old 07-03-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Cleaning the roof?

Thought about climbing up topside and washing the roof of our 2013 Wildcat 5th wheel.

I have a soft bristle brush on a pole, but what is the best product to use in washing the roof that does a good job and has no negative side effects.

Share your knowledge with me if you would please,

Thanks in advance,
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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The literature in the owners manual for my brand roof says "Spic and Span". I suggest checking the manual or going online to the roof material manufacturer and getting their recommendation as my 5er may have a different roof. Most say to never use anything with a petroleum distillate.
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:18 AM   #3
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Spic n span works great if you can find it. I Went to 4 different stores and no one had it. Definitely no product with petro distil. In it. I used a bleach n water combo the other day on mine. Just water it down to proper amount. Or go to local rv store and buy a roof specific cleaner if your super concerned.
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Dawn with a splash of bleach in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Applied with a medium bristle brush and rinsed with a garden hose-no pressure washer.

I've heard that simple green contains a petroleum based solvent, 2-Butoxyethanol, and if that is accurate, should not be used. This ingredient in simple green regardless is hazardous and causes cancer in animals and the Army banned its use for cleaning aircraft 20+ years ago. It was probably banned because it can cause corrosion of soft metals such as aluminum which is what my solar panel mounts/frame are made of.
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Carefull with the dawn. Most of the new ones are not compatible with bleach. Says right on the bottle...Do not mix with bleach...for the ones that are not compatible.
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Carefull with the dawn. Most of the new ones are not compatible with bleach. Says right on the bottle...Do not mix with bleach...for the ones that are not compatible.
Thanks for warning. I never noticed any dichloramine gas smell because it was mixed and used outside where it is always windy. I'm assuming Dawn has ammonia in it?
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Old 07-04-2016, 01:21 PM   #7
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I use Murphy's oil soap on our roof. It doesn't get the roof snow white but it cleans it good enough for me and it doesn't have harsh chemicals in it. Lots of forum members use Dawn dish detergent but I would caution against that because it's strips the wax off your finish as you rinse it off. Many will dispute that fact, stating they've used it for years, but just google it and you'll have plenty of reading about it from numerous sources. Good luck jonrjen, and be careful up there!
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Thanks for warning. I never noticed any dichloramine gas smell because it was mixed and used outside where it is always windy. I'm assuming Dawn has ammonia in it?
Not sure about the ammonia. Something with this new oxiginated stuff. I read a long chemistry article the other day, but it was way over my head..lol..I use to do dawn an bleach myself.
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Thought about climbing up topside and washing the roof of our 2013 Wildcat 5th wheel.

I have a soft bristle brush on a pole, but what is the best product to use in washing the roof that does a good job and has no negative side effects.

Share your knowledge with me if you would please,

Thanks in advance,
I buy the roof cleaner from (hate to say) Camping World. buy it by the gal will wash my roof clean and white again. But any mild soap will work with a soft bristle brush. Depending on the size like mine 32' it will do last for 2 or 3 times...
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I use Murphy's oil soap on our roof. It doesn't get the roof snow white but it cleans it good enough for me and it doesn't have harsh chemicals in it. Lots of forum members use Dawn dish detergent but I would caution against that because it's strips the wax off your finish as you rinse it off. Many will dispute that fact, stating they've used it for years, but just google it and you'll have plenty of reading about it from numerous sources. Good luck jonrjen, and be careful up there!
This is correct in fact Dawn dish soap is recommended when detailing a vehicle to remove any old or residual wax or sealant prior to re-waxing or sealing. I suspect Dawn would be ok on the roof itself, but the problem comes in when it runs off on the sides, front cap and rear which is typically waxed or sealed.
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