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Old 09-03-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Roof inspection on a 90 day old trailer

I picked up my Flagstaff Microlite 21FBRS on Memorial Day weekend and now suddenly it is Labor Day. The guy who walked me through the trailer said to get up on the roof after 90 days and check for any cracks and such and patch with Dicor. My question is, should I use Dicor or Eternabond tape? Should I just fix cracks or should I seal along every edge up there like I have seen some do here?

Also, can the roof hold 225 lbs?
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Yes, the roof will hold you. I'm 265 and have been up on mine (different brand, but they're made for it).

I'd be surprised that after 90 days that you need more sealant.

Dicor or Eternabond both work. Eternabond seems to be a longer-lasting fix, but more time consuming as you have to remove what is there now fully before applying it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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Good questions.

Yes - the roof is made to support your weight. Just don't stomp around up there.

The choice of Eternabond vs LAP sealant is a personal one. Many who have gone the Eternabond route are happy. Its a lot of work; but it seems to be permanent so reduced labor down the road. There are a few threads that discuss it in more depth. Here's one discussion that I bookmarked from a few years ago... Eternabond complete....well, almost

As for inspecting and touching up, I am not sure if you have EPDM or TPO. We have resources from both Alpha (TPO) and Dicor (EPDM) on how to clean and touch up your roof. Forest River Forums - Downloads - Awnings, Roofs and Exterior
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One more question, how do I know what kind of roof I have and if Dicor is the right stuff to use?
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One more question, how do I know what kind of roof I have and if Dicor is the right stuff to use?
Rubber roof (AKA “EPDM”) membranes are smooth and will be slippery when wet. TPO roof membranes have a texture like an orange peel. Source
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Oops - disn't see your second question about sealant.

Dicor LAP sealant is a commonly used sealant for both roofs.

Dicor and the like are usually found at RV stores. At least my hardware stores have never carried them.

Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant


There is also a sealant for vertical surfaces that is not self-leveling.
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My advice would be to Dicor any imperfections, indentations, or obvious screw head exposures and let it "set" for a week.

THEN do a complete EB tape cover of your roof seams. That way you know you are working with a water tight roof to start with.

Don't forget to tape under the roof antenna (at least where it contacts the membrane). Constant wind vibration while traveling can put a hole in your roof.
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@Triguy, ok, Dicor it is. But after reading some of the PDF files you linked to I am scared to clean my camper & roof! There are warnings galore about not using this, that or the other cleaner, don't use citrus based cleaners which many are these days. The cleaners for the roof say not to get it on the sides or metal parts which would be pretty much impossible since you are cleaning the roof. Is there any single cleaner that will clean both the roof and sides without messing up anything?

Thanks for all the help so far.
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Is there any single cleaner that will clean both the roof and sides without messing up anything?

Thanks for all the help so far.
I don't think there is one solution. Or, maybe there is but I'm not familiar with it. Here is what I do for the roof, then the sides and awning:

Roof:

I have only ever used two types on the roof of our 233S: Murphy's Oil Soap or Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. The Simple Green really did a good job - better than the Murphy's.

Basically, the roof needs to be cleaned with a non-petroleum based cleaner. While you are up there, closely inspect the seals for cracks and use Dicor LAP sealant to touch-up (leveling for horizontal surfaces and non-leveling for vertical surfaces).


Body:
I like Wash Wax ALL Cleaner from Aero Cosmetics. I will use water/soap to get the heavy road grime off where needed but the Wash Wax All does a good job for 95% of the trailer. The key is to take your time even if you need to plan on a couple of days. Spray on in a small enough area where you can immediately wipe dry. Do not let it dry on its own as it will leave streaks. A box of disposable rags is nice to use.

Awning:
I like LA's Totally Awesome. The process I use is to dilute the concentrated Awesome, spray it on the underside (make sure to wear safety goggles and old clothes), climb on top of my camper and spray it on the topside of the awning, roll up and let it sit for 30 minutes. Unroll the awning and wipe off with a mop and water. Rinse top and bottom with a hose when done cleaning. Let dry.
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