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Old 03-12-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Question About Washing My RV

It's time to get my MH ready for my first camping trip of the year. I need to clean it, but I am not sure what to use as a cleaner on the roof. I can not climb on top of the camper or reach it with a tool, so I need to do some of the cleaning from a distance (nearby deck). I would like to use Clorox Outdoor Cleaner (spray on, let sit, wash off), which I use to clean the vinyl siding of my house and it does a fantastic job. Since it contains bleach, would it be safe to use on the roof, or would it damage/deteriorate the caulking of the roof seams? I am not concerned about the sides of the vehicle, I have used it there before without any problems.

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Old 03-12-2016, 12:41 PM   #2
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My dealer told us to use Dawn Dishwashing liquid when we wash ours. So far it works very nicely!

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Old 03-12-2016, 12:44 PM   #3
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Kas I would not use bleach on the roof. Way to caustic for the roof and seals.
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The literature that came with my camper recommended Pine-Sol.
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:56 AM   #5
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I'd still be concerned about what bleach might do as it runs off the roof and stays on the paint (clearcoat) for several minutes. You very well could have gotten away with it before, however, I'd still be concerned you could end up with "ghost shadows" where the bleach ran down your coach sides! Bleach is NOT recommended for auto/RV painted finishes!!!!
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We use Murphy's Oil Soap to clean our roof. Works well, it's cheap, safe for the roof membrane and won't harm other surfaces.

I would not use bleach as others have stated, way too caustic. I also wouldn't recommend Dawn dish detergent. Dawn will strip the wax off any painted/gel coat surface.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:18 AM   #7
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I also advise against using the clorox cleaner.

I use the Camco Rv wash and wax that i use on the rest of the camper, and a soft brush on a long pole made for washing rvs. (I do climb on the roof)I dont towl off the roof like you have to do to buff the wax residue off the sides though.
Camco does make a rv roof wash as well.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:29 AM   #8
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No way would I use Clorox on my roof. Like others have said, way to caustic and as it runs down the sides it could also do damage. The literature that came with my RV said to only use a gentle cleaner like soap and water on my roof.
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Originally Posted by Mtelkman View Post
The literature that came with my RV said to only use a gentle cleaner like soap and water on my roof.
Mine, too. (Probably same roof) Manual also says don't use any kind of treatment or sealer.
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We were advised by Alpha (who makes our roof membrane) our dealer and the factory, to use Dawn dish wash liquid.

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