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Old 05-21-2013, 07:55 AM   #21
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What wax
Dish soap is good for removing greasy dirt. Since the roof most likely
does not have greasy dirt but it does have bird stuff, dust, pollen, pollution,
bug droppings, algae, etc I have used simple green at times and just about
any brand of car was shampoo such as turtle wax car shampoo or my
son works at a body shop and he got me a gallon of cherry bomb car soap.
All worked about the same.
Like Turbs said, it takes elbow grease to get it clean.

I'm ok with some remaining grunge. I get most of it and move on.
It's a roof. It doesn't have to look like a whitewall on a show car!

Don't scrub the caulking too hard. Some dirt in the creases is OK!
Do check for any cracks or voids in the roof caulk while you are up there!

Do set your jacks so the trailer isn't rocking and rolling while you're up
there!

DO NOT WEAR FOAM FLIP FLOPS on a wet roof!!!! Just don't do it!!
Bare feet are almost as slippery. I wear normal tennis shoes for reasonable
traction while I'm up there.
TREE SAP! OMG NASTY!

Just so you know the black dots on the roof is just that..... tree sap.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:03 PM   #22
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DO NOT WEAR FOAM FLIP FLOPS on a wet roof!!!! Just don't do it!!
Bare feet are almost as slippery. I wear normal tennis shoes for reasonable
traction while I'm up there.

I hope you didn't learn this one the hard way. DH usually wears sneakers on the roof. I have only ventured up there once, he is up there checking the roof almost monthly. We only washed ita handful of times because we couldn't get it in and out of the neighborhood at our old house without a lot of jockeying and hoping people weren't parked on both sides of the street. there was no water source at the storage lot. Now that we are in the new house, I think it will be a little easier to get in and out for frequent washing. Also the neighbor has just started an auto detailing business. I think we will be enlisting his services to help us get it shiny again. He said no charge but I think he and his wife will get a nice dinner out with us plus lots of beer!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #23
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:11 PM   #24
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Also the neighbor has just started an auto detailing business. I think we will be enlisting his services to help us get it shiny again. He said no charge but I think he and his wife will get a nice dinner out with us plus lots of beer!
Now, that is my kind of neighbor!!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #25
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have over 100,000 miles towing a cargo trailer (1 piece aluminum roof, never cleaned, 8 years no issues) .. but this is my first foray into a camper/toy hauler with a rubber roof on my xlr27hfs. Roof looks a lot like yours in the photos.
I have some Protect All rubber roof treatment stuff that came with my toy hauler. it's stored outside, and the bottle claims to have uv protective stuff.
I will clean it first as you do, but would i be wasting my time with the protect all product ? just had this 2013 xlr waxed, but my detail guy was asking about what he wanted me to do with the roof..
I coat it after the once a year wash. So far so good.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #26
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I coat it after the once a year wash. So far so good.
What do you coat it with?
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:54 PM   #27
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I gotta blog about cleaning my roof. These 12 hour nights at work take up my time.

I use Best Cleaner and UV protectant, recommended by my friendly RV dealer and supplies.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:52 AM   #28
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Roof turned out very nice!
I did the same thing this past weekend. I first washed the roof, then the rest of the TT.
I put another coat of wax on the entire TT. I used the Nu-Finish wax this time after reading about it on FRF. The stuff really does work well. Easy on, easy off. Nice, deep shine. It took total of about 8 hours to complete a 34' coachman.
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.......I have some Protect All rubber roof treatment stuff that came with my toy hauler. it's stored outside, and the bottle claims to have uv protective stuff.
I will clean it first as you do, but would i be wasting my time with the protect all product ? just had this 2013 xlr waxed, but my detail guy was asking about what he wanted me to do with the roof..
I have used Protect All for a couple of years. Love the stuff. Here's a link to a thread I posted the first time I used it;
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ent-13764.html
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Turbo, I can appreciate what you done to your roof. I just did the same thing to mine. My arms and knees are killing me. After the roof, I washed the sides. I am half way done with a wax. Hope to finish it by Thursday. I have more $$ in beer, than wax, at this point………
Isnt t hat the way it is supposed to be done, More money in beer than wax!!!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:25 AM   #31
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My last 5er, after I bought it I went on the roof and it was almost black, I do not think the people had ever washed it in the 6 or 7 years they had it. I used Simple Green on it the first time and them some stuff I bought at the RV dealer for the rubber roofs
Thetford Premium RV Rubber Roof Cleaner & Conditioner

.Then to get all the brack streaks off of the sides after I washed the roof, I used simple green as well. It cleaned it good but it took the shine away from it so I had the wax it to get the shine back.
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And here I'm thinking about taking mine (or bringing a mobile detailer) to get cleaned... I feel like such a slacker.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:10 AM   #33
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And here I'm thinking about taking mine (or bringing a mobile detailer) to get cleaned... I feel like such a slacker.
The more ya clean it the faster it is to clean each time!

Be careful on the rounded front end !
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And here I'm thinking about taking mine (or bringing a mobile detailer) to get cleaned... I feel like such a slacker.
For me, I did the cleaning from a ladder against the sides and a long pole brush.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:40 PM   #35
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What is the ratio of cleaner to water does everyone use. Was thinking of going the dish washing liquid path(Dawn). Any suggestions?
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I will be picking up some 303 UV protectant for the awnings. This product would probably be great for the roof also!
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What is the ratio of cleaner to water does everyone use. Was thinking of going the dish washing liquid path(Dawn). Any suggestions?
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I wash mine 4-5 times a year (we live in the woods) I have a truck wash brush (really soft) and bare feet, all my roofs on past trailers looked brand new
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This is on my to do list when I get the camper out again in 2 weeks for our next trip. Since the camper is in the "cold storage" area at my dads shop I think I may just wash it out there, his shop is on its own well and we have the very expensive city water at our house. No since in pay lots of money for water (since our water rates have tripled in the last 2 years) when it can be had for almost free at the shop...
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