November 23, 2010
My 2006 TT has an EPDM rubber roof. These roofs have about a 10 year lifespan from what I understand. I do not have any roof leaks but my RV mechanic checked it out and said it is about time for some maintenance BEFORE I have a leak. I trust the guy. He knows I do a lot of my own work and what my capabilities are.
He sold me some Kool Seal rubber roof type paint stuff….about $60 per gallon. 2 gallons of primer and 2 gallons of the roof stuff, I paid $230 for the stuff. He said I could go to Home Depot and buy some Kool Seal stuff cheaper, $100 for 5 gallons, but it is not the same stuff and will not hold up. He was insistant that I use the primer and then top coat. Also the roof must be dry with no rain in the forecast as I do this. Could I have gotten it cheaper on Amazon….probably, but sometimes it is worth it to pay the local guy so I can pick his brain on different stuff (that’s the same reason I buy pool chemicals from my local guy and not Wal Mart)
So the first step is cleaning the roof. I was originally afraid to go up on the roof fearing I would harm the rubber roof. Nope. I can walk all around up there no problem. Now I won’t say it isn’t freaky feeling it move a bit but it will hold me. I was also afraid to hit it with a power washer. He said don’t worry. As long as I am not using the crazy strong tip and keeping it about 8 inches away I won’t do damage. I used just some soap and a scrub brush to clean the roof the first time. The next time I go up there I will go up with some chemicals. The roof was dirty. I park under a tree.
My second step is cleaning the roof again. I’ll take some pictures next time I’m up there.
Once I have the roof clean I will find a dry weekend to paint the roof. It should be just a matter of cutting in and then rolling the rest.
I will keep this thread updated so others can learn from my mistakes 😀
Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer. Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.
January 22, 2015