As the Victoria Day weekend approaches, now is the best time to check on seasonal vehicles before getting them back on the road. One of the most vulnerable areas on an RV or travel trailer is the roof – it’s exposed to the elements and requires regular maintenance. Here are some tips to help you get ready for a worry-free RV season:
• Keep roofs clean and inspect seams for damage or potential leaks. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning and sealing techniques.
• Clean rubber roofs three to four times a year. It may need to be cleaned more often, depending on storage and parking location.
• Check for cracks, tears and other signs of damage especially around vents and areas with worn caulking.
• Repair any damage and re-seal areas such as tears on a rubber roof.
• Check seams on metal roofs for lifting or missing screws and seal with special RV seam tape.
• Be cautious when working on the roof to prevent potentially serious injuries from a fall.
• If you need to walk on the roof, lay a couple of pieces of plywood or particle board to help distribute your weight and tread lightly.
• Use cleaners or conditioners that contain petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives or citrus ingredients on rubber or vinyl roofs.
• Walk on the roof while inspecting for damage or leaks. If there is no ladder attached, it’s probably not designed to be walked on.