Spring Cleaning

That was the roof of my coach after I had spent 8 or 9 hours washing, drying, detailing and buffing last spring. I think it turned out really well however I should have protected the roof right from when we first took delivery of the coach. I had used Rejex on the body of the coach back then but left the roof unattended. And even though the coach was still relatively new, it was a much bigger job than I expected to get the surface of the roof clean and well protected a year or so after having taken delivery.

The first challenge was how to get up to the roof itself. In the video below, you will see that I used a general purpose ladder to get access topside. With the ladder fully extended, I had to use a couple of interesting moves to swing my body up and over as the ladder was not tall enough. We had checked with Newmar and they told us that there was no issue with putting the ladder against the sidewall of the coach. More than strong enough to support the weight. We used towels at the end of the ladder to protect the finish.

Lorraine helped to bring the supplies up to the roof. I began with a hose, wash and rinse bucket and a lot of towels. Because it was still relatively early in the year, there was a lot of dew. There were quite a few black streaks around the air conditioning units as well. The black streaks were really tough to remove from the roof.

Once the roof was clean, I worked in sections of about 8 feet by 4 feet. I used some spare towels to mark the area. Once applied, I waited for the Rejex to haze, which doesn’t take very long at all, and then buffed out the area. That translated into ten sections to wax and buff. I do own a dual action orbiter however I elected to do the roof the old fashioned way: by hand. I removed my shoes so perhaps I should say by hand and by foot.

Quite the effort. Here is a short video that gives you a bit of sense of the task.

Although I do not have a particular fear of going up on the roof, I have been told that at my age I should just let someone else do the work topside.

When we were at Hearthside Grove in September of last year, we hired a detailer to come out to wash and wax the coach. I had them do the roof as well.

They were able to do in about 45 minutes what it took me over 8 hours to accomplish. They used a premium coating product and told me that it should last the coach until we go south to Florida later this year. The same detailing team from Hearthside heads south for the winter and I will use them again when we are at RiverBend in December.

Spring cleaning is going to come much later this year. Almost mid-April and our temperatures are still hovering around the freezing mark with snow in the forecast.

4 replies
  1. VP (NoGas)
    VP (NoGas) says:

    Your roof looks great! Between regular washes, I’ve found a quick California Car Duster and semi-regular use of this to be the best solution – Optimum (NR2010Q) No Rinse Wash & Shine – 32 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D8DR0AO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_6XmZAb24EA1ME. There’s no substitute for getting up there to maintain your roof. Since our coach doesn’t have a built-on ladder either, this is my solution – https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30775&page=2

    • Richard
      Richard says:

      Thank you 🙂

      I like to keep our coach neat and tidy.

      Looks like you have an M380 in your profile pic. Haven’t seen a Wanderlodge on the road as yet.

      Lorraine and I have looked at bringing a telescoping ladder on the road. Right now I use a double-sided folding stick ladder for things like cleaning the windshield and working on the sides of the coach: https://www.amazon.ca/Telesteps-700FLD-Compliant-Double-folding/dp/B00CF2O3T0

      I would like to be able to get up to the roof when we are on the road and I like your solution!


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