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Old 04-08-2015, 12:17 PM   #1
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Waxes and roof protection

So first I will apologize because I know that this has been discussed a lot on here.

I'm still trying to figure out what a safe wax is for my 5th wheel. I know the biggest concerns based on what I have read is decals fading and/or peeling from wax and that we need to use certain ones that are safe.

We bought our 5th wheel (1st camper we actually owned but not new to camping) last October so it's time to wash/wax and protect for the season.

Second, we have a rubber roof and from what I was reading on here last night, some say to put a protection coating on it.. others say to just wash it a few times a year and keep it clean.

I want to make sure I am doing everything right to try to make this camper last.

I have someone who does detailing for about 8 car dealerships who will wax my camper for me with his professional equipment. He even mentioned to me about the decals fading from wax before I brought it up so I know he knows what he is talking about. He told me to find out what wax to use and he'll do it for me.

So although this has probably been beaten to death over the years, any additional help would be appreciated.

Thanks and Happy Camping!!!
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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For the gel coat I prefer Buff Magic or Meguiar's. Both are easy on and off. I use them on my trailer and boat.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:51 PM   #3
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Probably lots of good stuff out there.

For my cars/truck, I like Meguiars wax but for Rocky, I start on the roof with Camco 41062 Rubber cleaner then wash her with Mequiars Gold Class Car Wash then wax her with Pro's RV, Boat, and Aircraft wax. (My rotator cuff isn't so good so I use a Porter-Cable variable speed polisher to apply it and just wipe off by hand.)
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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So happen to stop by my local Camping World.. I know quite a few of the techs as they come to my work for lunch several times a week for the past 5+ years. I talked to them today and inquired about this very thing and here is what they suggested.

They recommended a product they carry for the roof protection (can't remember the name).. said to wash the roof with soap and water and then spray it on and use a cloth or mop to spread it around and let dry (twice a year because it will be in 13 hour direct sunlight). Then to wash the camper good because it will drop down and stain the camper (makes sense).

They said that because the camper is so new not to worry about a full detail. They said to wash it twice a year with a gelcoat product they recommended that pours into the soap bucket. Doing it twice a year (yes I can wash it more often but use the product in the soap twice a year) will prevent me from having to wax it. They said if it was several years old, that is a different story because if it wasn't taken care of correctly since day 1, they would be recommending much more labor intensive detailing with other products.

I believe they were very honest with me and like that they didn't try to sell me on products that they feel I don't need (typical sales person).
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I don't what type of roof is on your Coachman. EPDM requires a rubber roof cleaner and come back with a UV Protector. My first TT had the EPDM roof and I used Protect All cleaner and followed up with 303 Aerospace UV Protectan.
Now with my Windjammer it has the Alpha Systems Roof they only need to be cleaned with Top Job or Spic-N-Span, no UV protection products needed.

For waxing the fiberglass, I like Meguiars Flagship Premium Marine Wax, I even go over the decals. If the Decals are old, faded and edges rolling up that would be another story. I use a Porter Cable 7424xp with Lake Country polishing pads when applying.
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Your roof is probably an Alpha roof, give them a call at574-295-5206.


For my fiberglass I have found that Shuhold's Pro Polish is the best product to use. It goes on easy and wipes clean without a lot of elbow or rotor cuff workout. the first time I used it I got my buffer all plugged in and ready to go and found that it was easier to just wife it off with a towel. The product doesn't have any fillers so it doesn't create a lot of powdery dust. check it out at Shurhold.com/pro-polish.
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So happen to stop by my local Camping World.. I know quite a few of the techs as they come to my work for lunch several times a week for the past 5+ years. I talked to them today and inquired about this very thing and here is what they suggested.

They recommended a product they carry for the roof protection (can't remember the name).. said to wash the roof with soap and water and then spray it on and use a cloth or mop to spread it around and let dry (twice a year because it will be in 13 hour direct sunlight). Then to wash the camper good because it will drop down and stain the camper (makes sense).

They said that because the camper is so new not to worry about a full detail. They said to wash it twice a year with a gelcoat product they recommended that pours into the soap bucket. Doing it twice a year (yes I can wash it more often but use the product in the soap twice a year) will prevent me from having to wax it. They said if it was several years old, that is a different story because if it wasn't taken care of correctly since day 1, they would be recommending much more labor intensive detailing with other products.

I believe they were very honest with me and like that they didn't try to sell me on products that they feel I don't need (typical sales person).
How about some product information.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:11 PM   #8
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I have a 2011 Forest River and the instructions that came with the ALPHA roof say to clean with comet, spic n span, ajax, etc. ... Use a soft bristled brush in place of a sponge. ... The Alpha Membrane does not require periodic applications of any product to protect it from ultra-violet or ozone. These products can often cause damage to the Alpha Membrane. If you have questions contact Alpha systems. ...
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Most roof manufacturers do not recommend any kind of roof protection and read your owners manual for what your specific roof recommends. Mine says to wash with spic and span a couple times a year. I try to do mine at least once a year also make sure to go up on top to inspect caulking seams and joints for cracks and even missed areas manufacturers missed when manufacturing. As for wax to each his own I use a turtle wax in the spray bottle and it seems to last a year and hasn't hurt my decals at all and I have used it on several different campers I owned. Spray it on and wipe it off no buffing and polishing required quick and easy. When you go to my campground and look at my rig it is one of the cleanest looking rigs there although I wash it several times a year to get the pollen in the spring and dust off in the summer. I scrub the camper with a long handled soft bristle brush. The awning I use a commercial awning cleaner I buy at wally world and a bottle lasts me a few years. You wouldn't believe the stuff that washes off your awning and how clean it comes out.
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How about some product information.
I'll get the info next Thursday and post. I'm dropping my camper off then to get some warranty work done and will snap some pics of the products they told me to use.


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Going to pull my manuals out tonight and read up on the roof to see what it says. Thanks!!
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