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Old 08-02-2014, 03:05 AM   #1
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Had black streaks on my old stick built trailer, always thought the cause was the rubber roof. I now have them on the Escape so the rubber roof theory is out. Do folks on the west coast have these too? wondering about acid rain so I guess you wouldn't have them if you store under a roof.

If you so afflicted, what do you use for removing such? I used Simple Green today but wonder if it's too harsh on the decals and wax.
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Had black streaks on my old stick built trailer, always thought the cause was the rubber roof. I now have them on the Escape so the rubber roof theory is out. Do folks on the west coast have these too? wondering about acid rain so I guess you wouldn't have them if you store under a roof.

If you so afflicted, what do you use for removing such? I used Simple Green today but wonder if it's too harsh on the decals and wax.
Check out this thread on rv.net. The key seems to be to dilute it so it won't harm the decals.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Simple Green??
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I use Turtle Wax Bug 'n' Tar.
Easy peasy. But, I don't know how bad your black streak problem is. No issues with decals.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:53 AM   #4
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Had black streaks on my old stick built trailer, always thought the cause was the rubber roof. I now have them on the Escape so the rubber roof theory is out. Do folks on the west coast have these too? wondering about acid rain so I guess you wouldn't have them if you store under a roof.

If you so afflicted, what do you use for removing such? I used Simple Green today but wonder if it's too harsh on the decals and wax.
Hi: padlin... Ever wonder where the rubber goes, when your tires wear out. We live on a secondary highway, that parallels the lake shore. The black streaks appear on "Escape Hatch II" while she's just sitting in the driveway!!! LA's Totally Awesome cleaner from the Dollar Store is best I've found. Spray it on the cloth and wipe away the streaks. Then wash the entire trailer specially the roof!!! Alf
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:10 AM   #5
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Once you remove any excess of tape around the windows it will help with the black streaks, after that it is caused by the aging of the rubber around the windows. I use Armorall or 303 yearly to keep mine clean and protected, seems to help.
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"LA's Totally Awesome", just sounds so Ronco, right up there with Veg-O-Matic. I'll give it a shot and trim off the extra butyl rubber.

Alf, have you tried getting up to the roof of yours? I'm going to need a bigger ladder.
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I've tried several things mentioned but found that "totally awesome" works the best with very little elbow grease required. Plus it works on all kinds of other things as well - and as mentioned above, the price is right.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:08 AM   #8
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"LA's Totally Awesome", just sounds so Ronco, right up there with Veg-O-Matic. I'll give it a shot and trim off the extra butyl rubber.

Alf, have you tried getting up to the roof of yours? I'm going to need a bigger ladder.
Hi: padlin... My thoughts exactly... till I tried it!!!
I bought a 10' step ladder at "Home Despot" right up there with flimsy. The only thing I hate worse than HD. is ladders. 6' is five to many for me.
My wife suggested that I kneel the trailer to make the roof come down to my level...Hmm... Two minds are better than one. Alf
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"LA's Totally Awesome", just sounds so Ronco, right up there with Veg-O-Matic. I'll give it a shot and trim off the extra butyl rubber.

Alf, have you tried getting up to the roof of yours? I'm going to need a bigger ladder.
While LA's TAC is truly awesome taking care of those black streaks, the best part about buying it is seeing what else a dollar will get you these days. You'll be surprised.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:34 AM   #10
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I've tried several things mentioned but found that "totally awesome" works the best with very little elbow grease required. Plus it works on all kinds of other things as well - and as mentioned above, the price is right.
Hi: Chapitre... I'm going to put LA's to the ultimate test... The BBQ I just haven't muster'd the courage yet!!! Alf
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