I just recently sold my 2005 (had it since 2004) 24' TT and never did anything to the roof. It will discolor slightly over time but never leaked at all. Does this mean I was just lucky? Hard to say but it was exposed to the elements and stored outside year round. It never hurts to be diligent obout certain things on your RV when trying to preserve the life of it but twice a year sounds a little bit much to me. JMHO
If your motor home, travel trailer or fifthwheel was made in the last few years, chances are it has a rubber roof. It's not the natural latex rubber we normally think of though. It's a material called Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) which is specially made for roofing. EPDM rubber roofing membrane is made to last 20 years or longer and usually has a 10 to 12 year guarantee, depending on the brand.
EPDM manufacturers advise that rubber roof membranes do not require the use of any protective roof treatment or roof protector product. The only maintenance recommended is cleaning the roof four times a year.
If you have owned a rig with an EPDM roof for a few years, you've no doubt noticed that the roof surface is chalky. Manufacturers say not to worry, this is a normal process of age and, and that even after 10 years, only 10 percent of the material is lost due to chalking. Plenty of roof is left.
Regular cleaning will reduce chalk buildup and minimize white streaks on the sides of your RV. The correct cleaning product is of great importance for your EPDM rubber roof. Never use cleaners or conditioners containing petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives or citric based cleaners on your EPDM roof. Using such solvents will cause irreparable damage and will most likely void your warranty. If you are uncertain about what is in the product, don't use it. Of course each EPDM manufacturer recommends using their own brand of cleaner, but all approve the use of mild laundry detergent.
While EPDM rubber roofing does not need to be protected from ultra violet rays (UV ) and ozone, the manufacturers do approve 303 Aerospace Protectant as a safe way to resist staining and make future cleaning easier.
To reduce the expense, you may want to treat the whole roof once a year and do only the part of the roof that can be seen from the ground the rest of the time.
After the roof is clean and before you climb down, be sure to inspect all the roof seams, around vents, etc., to make sure the caulking is still in good condition. While you1re up there you might as well check the condition of all vent covers, the air conditioner cover and the TV/satellite antenna, etc.
It doesn't seem to be an issue of it leaking but of general cleaning maintenance.
well I clean mine 2 time a year, once in the spring and once in the fall when I wash and wax and winterize it, then cover for the winter months. I use spic and span well diluted and rinse well. So for it is still looking good. This year is going to be different, I plan on removing all chalking around all POI and redo. I think this will make it last longer and assure me of no leaks.
My rubber roof was losing the white skin and turning black so I replaced it at year 10/11. I used different household cleaners on it. The EPDM warranty was only for 10 years when I bought the RV new in 1995.
The slides are still original EPDM material, but since they are not extended all the time they have fared much better. I wash my new roof occasionally with a rubber roof cleaning product and treat the slides with a rubber roof UV protectorate. Seems to be working.
Hi folks, I'm new here, but have just purchased a 1973 International Traveline Motor Home. I don't know what size the engine it has. Does anyone know? Also the roof is cracked and peeling, what would you suggest to put on it? Thanks so much for your time!! James and Donna--New RVers.
maybe a new roof or a for sale sign. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: just kidding on the for sale sign. I really don't know except maybe a new roof if it is cracked bad and leaking. There are some smart RV tech on here and will give you better advise. BTW welcome to the forum and good luck. :bleh: :bleh:
No, it's not necessary to clean and treat your rubber roof twice a year because Liquid rubber coating by epdmcoatings gives the maximum benefit what is necessary. Roofs features have different angles; they have pipes, vents and other features that protrude. As a Liquid its approach is at every hidden and appeared point. No any space can be left over without repairing sealant.