Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof

The majority of RV damage is water damage from leaks as a result of lack of maintenance.

Wahweap RV Park & Campground, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof. Location: Wahweap RV Park & Campground, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVs have an inherent flexibility to them and flex to absorb the variable road conditions upon which they travel. This means that soft flexible sealants are required at the seams where major pieces of the coach meet.

When you take all this into consideration, the RVs we have do a pretty good job at keeping out the elements, but will only do so if maintained properly.

Water kills RVs. Over time, most RVs exposed to water intrusion will rot and fail in one way or another, not to mention the fact that the moisture can lead to problems like mold and mildew.

Take extreme care when working on the roof of an RV, especially when wet.

First, you need to know the type of roof you have on your RV.

There are three primary roofing types used in the RV industry: Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), and fiberglass.

EPDM is the rubber roofing seen on most RVs and is usually pure white with a black bottom layer. EPDM weathers causing a white powder to form as it ages in the sun and if you rub it with your hand you will get it on you. EPDM is smooth to the touch.

Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenburg, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof. Lovation: Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenburg, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

TPO is basically a plastic and comes in several colors and has a textured surface. TPO doesn’t weather the same way EPDM does, so you won’t have the white powder that gets on you when you work on the roof. Because TPO is a plastic, the roof is the same color all the way through. TPO roofing is glued down to the roof decking in the same way that EPDM is, but using a different adhesive.

Cleaning starts with your RV roof, because whatever lands on your roof eventually ends up everywhere else on the RV.

Cleaning a TPO roof is pretty easy. Use a non-abrasive household cleaner, such as Top Job or Spic-N-Span, and a medium-bristled scrub brush. Do not use any harsh or highly-abrasive products during cleaning.

EPDM roofing should be cleaned with a rubber roof cleaner and conditioner, several of which are available commercially through your RV parts supplier. These cleaners and conditioners not only wash away the excess ‘white powder’ from the membrane, but also seal the membrane and reduce the formation of the powder (weathering) from UV and environmental exposure.

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Tips For Cleaning Your RV Roof. Location: American RV Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

CAUTION: DO NOT use cleaners or conditioners containing petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citric-based cleaners on either roof type. You may cause irreparable damage to your roof and may void your warranty.

RV roof seals are often covered in one of two types of sealant materials. First, and the most common is a liquid self-leveling sealant appropriate for the type of roof upon which it is being applied. Second, is a tape product with a super tacky sealant attached to one side and a white plastic or metallic tape on the other.

WARNING: It is imperative that you use a compatible sealant for the roof you have. EPDM and TPO sealants are NOT interchangeable. NEVER use silicone sealant on the roof of an RV. Silicone is NOT compatible with most RV roofing sealants, and doesn’t have the performance properties needed to properly seal the RV.

When inspecting the roof look for tears or holes. Beware of small slices that can allow water intrusion. Get any holes or slices repaired immediately.

Self-leveling sealants are used around everything that goes through the roof, including antennas, vents, and the terminations at the front and back of the roof. Look for peeling, cracking, or openings in the sealants and if found should be cleaned, dried, and resealed. If you believe moisture and dirt have penetrated the sealants, they should be removed and replaced.

If you keep on top of all the seals on your RV (not just the roof) you’ll do a lot to help maintain the long-term value of your unit.

Flag City RV Resort, Lodi, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Flag City RV Resort, Lodi, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Don’t let leaves, pine needles, and other debris collect on the roof of the RV or the slideout toppers. This debris holds and wicks water into lesser protected areas of the roof causing extreme damage. Installing slide toppers keeps this debris off the slide out roofs and out of the slide out seals and keeping the rest of the roof clean and debris free.

With a little bit of work and care your RV can provide you with many years of enjoyment, as well as maintain its value much longer for when it comes time to… you know… trade up!

Hey, we all do it!

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Tips For Cleaning Your RV Exterior

Regular cleaning of a recreational vehicle is essential for its maintenance and to ensure the longevity of your RV especially after a long winter in storage.

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Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future. Location: Blake Ranch RV Park, Kingman, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A favorable weather forecast; assorted brushes, sponges, bucket, water, hoses, and spray nozzle; quality cleaning products; and time are the necessary ingredients needed for a sparkling clean RV.

Since there are myriad RV cleaning products on the market, choosing the one that’s right for you can be a challenge.

Opt for high-quality products that will help to ensure the finish on your RV lasts longer.

Some cleaners are created for special purposes such as cleaning awnings or rubber roofs and others are multi-purpose cleaners that can be used for a variety of cleaning applications inside and outside your coach.

The best way to clean your RV is from the top to bottom, which makes perfect sense. Cleaning starts with your RV roof, because whatever lands on your roof eventually ends up everywhere else on the RV.

The roof is oftentimes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ part of the RV, but it should actually be the last thing that is ‘out of mind’ because it is so vital to protecting the RV and its contents.

First, head up on the RV roof, but do so safely. Take extreme care when working on the roof of an RV, especially when wet.

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A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm storm to blow through. Location: Buckhorn Lake RV Resort. Kerrville,Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There are three primary roofing types used in the RV industry: Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), and fiberglass.

EPDM roofing should be cleaned with a rubber roof cleaner and conditioner and UV inhibitor, several of which are available commercially through your RV parts supplier.

Cleaning a TPO or fiberglass roof is pretty easy. Use a non-abrasive household cleaner, such as Top Job or Spic-N-Span, and a medium-bristled scrub brush.

CAUTION: DO NOT use any harsh or highly-abrasive products during cleaning; and DO NOT use cleaners or conditioners containing petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citric-based cleaners on your roof. You may cause irreparable damage to your roof and may void your warranty.

When inspecting the roof look for tears or holes. Inspect the sealant around the roof vents, air conditioner, and all roof seams for signs of cracks or deterioration.

WARNING: It is imperative that you use a compatible sealant for the roof you have. EPDM and TPO sealants are NOT interchangeable. NEVER use silicone sealant on the roof of an RV. Silicone is NOT compatible with most RV roofing sealants and doesn’t have the performance properties needed to properly seal the RV.

Open awnings and check for frayed or ripped material. Remove stains and mildew with special awning cleaner and allow awning to dry before rolling back up. Check hardware for functionality and replace as needed.

Tips For Cleaning Your RV Exterior
Tips For Cleaning Your RV Exterior

Next clean the front of the RV including side mirrors, the side walls, and back using a quality RV wash such as McGuire’s. The safest and easiest way to reach the upper part of the RV is with an extension pole system.

Pay special attention to the seams where the wall joints, storage bay doors, marker lights, and appliance outlets are found. Remove dirt, bugs, tar, and other road residue from the surface of your RV.

Inspect the side walls and around windows and doors for cracks or voids in the seams and seals. Scrape and reseal any affected areas with the appropriate sealant.

Insects and rodents can make winter homes in the outside compartments. Clear any nests or debris and inspect wiring and hoses for signs of chewing.

After a general clean with the soap and water it’s time to wax the beast with a quality product such as McGuire’s Wash and Wax. Waxing the RV is a huge task. Compared to a car it has a massive surface area.

Cleaning the tires and rims and inspect them for splits, cracks, and weatherization damage.

And finally, admire a great job well done.

And finally, admire a great job well done. It is now time to crack open your favorite beverage and sit back and admire your gleaming rig. Location: Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
And finally, admire a great job well done. It is now time to crack open your favorite beverage and sit back and admire your gleaming rig. Location: Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There, what a beautiful RV.

It is now time to crack open your favorite beverage and sit back and admire your gleaming rig. Best to let it all soak in quick because that next rain, dust storm, or mud covered adventure is on the way.

With a little bit of work and care your RV can provide you with many years of enjoyment, as well as maintain its value much longer for when it comes time to… you know… trade up!

Hey, we all do it!

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Cleaning Your RV Exterior

Nothing stays clean for long including your recreational vehicle. A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm or sand storm to blow through.

A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm storm to blow through. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
A recently washed RV just begs for a thunderstorm storm to blow through. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Regular RV cleaning is important for the maintenance and longevity of your RV.

Following are a few RV cleaning tips to use the next time you clean and maintain your RV.

Since there are myriad RV cleaning products on the market, choosing the one that’s right for you can be a challenge.

Opt for a high-quality cleaner that will help make the finish on your RV last longer. Look for a multi-purpose RV cleaner as well to save some money.

Some cleaners are created for special purposes such as cleaning awnings or rubber roofs, but others can be used for a variety of cleaning applications inside and outside your coach. The best solution is an RV cleaner with several applications to save your pocketbook.

It’s best to clean the RV from the top down. First, head up on the RV roof. Inspect the sealant around the roof vents, air conditioner, and all roof seams for signs of cracks or deterioration.

The roof is oftentimes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ part of the RV, but it should actually be the last thing that is ‘out of mind’ because it is so vital to protecting the RV and its contents.

Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Open awnings and check for frayed or ripped material. Remove stains and mildew with special awning cleaner and allow awning to dry before rolling back up. Check hardware for functionality and replace as needed.

Next clean the RV side walls and back using a standard RV washing soap. Pay special attention to the seams where the wall joints, storage bay doors, marker lights, and appliance outlets are found. Remove dirt, bugs, tar, and other road residue from the surface of your RV.

Inspect the side walls and around windows and doors for cracks or voids in the seams and seals. Scrape and reseal any affected areas with the appropriate sealant.

Insects and rodents can make winter homes in the outside compartments. Clear any nests or debris and inspect wiring and hoses for signs of chewing.

The front of the RV including side mirrors, whether a trailer fiberglass cap or motorhome, demands more specialized cleaning. This is where the bug abuse takes place. Sometimes the carnage can be enormous.

A good defense against super stuck on bug guts is a well waxed front cap.

A super absorbent microfiber sponge is a proven product for lint-, streak- and scratch-free cleaning.

Another method of removing the squashed little buggers is with a dryer sheet. Wet down the area and the dryer sheet prior to tackling the area.

Clean your RV as soon as possible after each trip using high-quality cleaning supplies that won’t scratch or mar the RV surface. Use soft, natural cotton washing cloths and soaps and cleansers made specifically for RVs.

Just like your home, your RV requires some necessary TLC. Cleaning your recreational vehicle will not only improve its look but will also prevent any unnecessary paint chipping and parasite growth, increasing its lifespan and maintaining its value over time. At the same time, making sure your home away from home is spic and span is also important.

And finally, admire a great job well done. It is now time to crack open your favorite beverage and sit back and admire your gleaming rig. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
And finally, admire a great job well done. It is now time to crack open your favorite beverage and sit back and admire your gleaming rig. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Don’t forget to look through Camping World’s vast selection of cleaning tools and supplies for your RV.

Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future.

After a general clean with the soap and water it’s time to wax the beast. Waxing the RV is a huge task. Compared to a car it has a massive surface area. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your particular RV.

And finally, admire a great job well done.

There, what a beautiful RV.

It is now time to crack open your favorite beverage and sit back and admire your gleaming rig. Best to let it all soak in quick because that next rain, dust storm, or mud covered adventure is on the way.

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Dicor Adds 4th Color to New TPO Roofing Material

Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has added the color “Cream” as a fourth color option to its new TPO roofing material called DiFlex II, continuing to extend the range of roofing choices available for RVs.

epdm-tpoDiFlex II already featured the hues of Dove (bright white), Tan, and Grey.

“Four color choices is unheard of in RV roofing. DiFlex II really gives manufacturers some striking new options to help differentiate their RVs and enhance the overall attractiveness of their product,” said Jeff Gaff, general manager of Dicor Products, in a news release.

“At Dicor Products, we are all about continuous improvement and bringing new products to the fore to help spur innovation in appearance and function.”

“The new DiFlex II TPO material is a very flexible, non-fleece-backed membrane that is easy to install for snug, watertight fit on virtually any roofing surface,” said Gaff.

“It is also compatible with all Dicor aftermarket cleaners, protectants, sealant, and bonding adhesives, and can be installed with Dicor’s matching lap sealants for a fully coordinated, beautiful appearance.”

The material is embossed with a light pebble pattern to dull harsh reflections and provide a classic look.

dicor-products-roofLike EPDM, DiFlex II remains flexible and UV resistant throughout its lifetime. It is even flexible in cold weather and less prone to cracking than other TPO material, Gaff explained.

It is easily repairable throughout its lifetime, and not affected by ponding water or environmental contaminants, plus it comes with a 12-year limited warranty.

DiFlex II is currently available in pre-cut widths and will soon be provided in rolls.

Widths are 8 feet, 6 feet, and 9 feet 6 inches, with available lengths of 21 , 25, 30, 36, and 40 foot lengths.

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Dicor Products

Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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Dicor Introduces How-to Videos on RV Roof Care, Repair & Restore

Dicor Products has added more videos to its expanding library of helpful care, repair, and restore information for RV roofs.

Dicor-Rudy-videos-webpage-640x330Introduced by Dicor Products’ roofing expert icon, Rudy, the reports help RVers care for their units with the correct aftermarket cleaning, repairing, protecting, and restoring products, according to a company news release.

The videos and reports break down such projects as sealant repair, roof coating, and roof cleaning into easy-to-understand steps that encourage RVers to take better care of their RVs with the available products, adding value and longevity to their RVs.

“This is part of our ongoing outreach to the RV consumer and the RV aftermarket,” said Dave Majewski, vice president of sales and marketing for Dicor Products.

“There are many things the RV owner can do for themselves to care for and preserve the value of their RV. The roof is oftentimes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ part of the RV, but it should actually be the last thing that is ‘out of mind’ because it is so vital to protecting the RV and its contents. These videos are meant to empower RV owners with the proper techniques and materials to keep their roofs in good condition.”

dicor-products-roof“You could look at it as a ‘Roof Awareness’ program that can enhance the RV experience and help RVers make optimum use of the aftermarket products available. These are all things dealers and manufacturers should get behind.”

Rudy, The Dicor Products Answer Man

Dicor Products wants to make your RV ownership experience as easy and trouble-free as possible.

Rudy has many of the answers you need.

Visitors to Dicor Products’ care page can also sign-up for twice-monthly e-bulletins on these topics while accessing a broad range of articles along with such videos as:

  • Coating a Metal RV Roof
  • Cleaning and Protecting an RV Roof
  • RV Roof Repair
  • Determine Your RV Roof Type
  • Applying Lap Sealants

Some of the articles also address wheel cover and tire care/inflation topics.

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Dicor Products

epdm-tpoDicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Dicor Introduces CoolCoat to Keep RVs Cooler

To help RVers escape the heat, Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has introduced a new heat-reducing coating option to its two-part coating system for EPDM rubber RV roofs.

The company’s new CoolCoat Insulating Coating uses advanced MicroCells technology to reduce heat transfer from the RV roof to the RV interior.

Tests show that this new ceramic coating can reduce the interior temperature by as much as 29 percent from the roof temperature.

The temperature reducing coating material is a new alternative to the popular acrylic coating that RVers have used for years in Dicor’s two-part coating system for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofs, according to a company news release.

Dicor Products said it is critical to prepare the roof with the cleaner/activator (first part) before applying either coating (second part) to ensure maximum coating adhesion.

CoolCoat contains MicroCells, which are nano-sized spheres, inside of which a vacuum has been created, which helps to dramatically slow heat flux—the rate of heat transfer from one surface to another, according to the release.

Dicor CoolCoat Insulating Coating

In this case, the heat transfer is from the RV’s exterior roofing surface to the RV’s interior surfaces, from where the heat can radiate into the RV. Using such vacuum-filled spheres is similar to the way a Thermos works in keeping liquids hot and cold for an extended period of time.

When CoolCoat cures, the MicroCells become tightly packed and help create a tough coating that reflects and dissipates heat by minimizing heat flux. This allows everything under the roof to stay cooler, longer—thereby reducing the load on air conditioning and saving energy, the company noted.

The durability and longevity of the EPDM coating is also improved. As with the other parts of the coating system, CoolCoat Insulating Coating is easy to apply and dries quickly.

Like Dicor’s EPDM Roof Acrylic Coating, CoolCoat extends the life and beauty of rubber roof membranes in forming a protective barrier with superior resistance to harsh weather and ultraviolet light, the company noted.

CoolCoat Insulating Coating is expected to be available at RV dealers and stores starting this month.

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Dicor Products

Dicor Products delivers smart ways to make RVs more functional, better-looking, and more dependable for RV buyers.

Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

Dicor are also very well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers.

Their Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website: dicorproducts.com

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When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

—Edward Teller

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