This weekend I want to do some work on my roof, I just bought this rv and I am in the military and come May I will be gone for most of a year, so the roof doesn't look bad but I havent been up on the roof walking around. The RV I have is a 1999 Jayco Eagle 263 (28') with a slide. I don't have a ladder built on the unit, so I was looking for a ladder to buy and install, but I read an article that said if your unit didn't come with one, it wasn't built to walk on, I have a hard time believing that, but want to make sure. Also, I have done some research and have Eternabond 4" roll on the way and got Dicor lap sealant, self leveling, but the tube says for 1/4" to 3/8" beads. Did I order the wrong stuff, or can I use it a little thicker? Say 1/2" bead, or should I buy a few tubes of other Dicor product? So with a 28' x 8' wide (224 SQ FT) what is that going to take, say 3-4 gallons? Does Home Depot have any good elastomeric paint, or should I stick with ordering off the internet? This is my wife and my first nice Fifth wheel so I want it to stay nice, but leaving for a year, I don't want to get a leak and it be destroyed by the time I get back.
From what I have read, my plans are get on the roof, I will be bucket and sponging it clean(soft bristle brush) and I bought a spray bottle of rubber roof cleaner at Wally world, Use a metal scraper and a utility knife to peel off the old sealer, Clean with acetone, I saw that at walmart too but it was like $7.00 for a can, could I use rubbing alcohol instead? I will be using eternabond on everything that I can, self leveling lap sealant on what I can't use eternabond with, then finally roll on elastomeric paint( and I think what I read was do at least 2 coats, but three is best, is this correct?
One last thing, the Fifth wheel we bought was lived in for a year right before we got it. The top of the slide is rough, should it be smooth and like a waxed surface? It was dirty when I picked it up, swept it off, but haven't used alot of cleaners on this rig yet. What is good to store in an RV for extended periods so the rig doesn't smell all musty for when I get back, Something like Bounce?
Thanks ahead of time,