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The RV Armor roof is extremely durable, flexible and tough, plus it’s resistant to fungus, salt, acids and most chemicals. According to the company, it won’t crack, peel or chalk.

By Chris Hemer
June 29, 2016
Filed under Gear, Gear Reviews, RV News, RV Reviews


RV Armor’s unique liquid-applied, UV-resistant system creates A high-performance and long-lasting roof membrane

Ask motorhome owners, and they’ll probably tell you that the thing that worries them most about their coach is its roof. It’s easy to understand why. The roof stands up to the forces of Mother Nature, providing protection from rain, snow and hail, and it doesn’t help matters that something as small as a cracked strip of caulking can lead to thousands of dollars in water damage. Interior stains, mold and mildew infiltration, and delamination of the side walls are all common issues caused by a roof that is failing in one way or another, and a hot, dry climate is no assurance of immunity to these problems. UV rays can cause rubber roofs to blister, peel and crack, and all roof types can suffer from chalking and fading over time. Protecting the roof with a high-quality RV cover is an obvious solution, but you can’t do that 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Or can you?

RV Armor says you can. Through a painstaking process of rigorous inspection, cleaning, repair and a liquid-applied membrane and roof system, RV Armor says it can effectively make your motorhome roof maintenance-free, yielding what the company claims will be the last roof your coach will ever need. In fact, the company guarantees it with a lifetime warranty for materials and labor that is transferable and not prorated. Perhaps best of all, there’s no need to drive to a shop to have the RV Armor system applied; a nationwide network of factory-trained technicians stands at the ready to visit wherever you may be and can even treat your roof while you continue to live in the motorhome.


The owner of this RV kept it covered most of the time, so the roof was in good shape and relatively clean, which made preparation easier. The first step was a quick sweep to remove dust and accumulated dirt, followed by a wipe-down with denatured alcohol.


On RVs with a radius roof, the edges are carefully inspected for areas where the underlayment is starting to delaminate, causing the rubber membrane to lift in some areas. While RV Armor can’t completely solve this issue from an appearance standpoint (that would require removing and replacing the membrane altogether), the technicians can improve upon it and stop the issue from worsening. The first step in this direction is to make a small L-shaped incision in the membrane where the underlayment is rising.


A self-tapping screw is then driven in place.


The area is then covered with foil tape.


With the roof secured, the next step is to inspect the sealant around the vents and skylights. If the sealant is in good shape, as was the case here, it is cleaned thoroughly with a terry towel and degreaser. Cracked or peeling sealant would be scraped off and resealed prior to applying the RV Armor system.


The plumbing vent covers are removed, and the sealant around them is cleaned and inspected.


On rubber roofs, the RV Armor process involves three different stages over two days (sometimes three). The first is a yellow epoxy primer that creates a barrier between the membrane and the base/final coats, preventing solvents in the product from forming gas pockets underneath the membrane.


The primer is cut in with a brush along the edges, near the front and rear caps, and around the vents and skylights.


Part of what makes it possible to apply RV Armor at a home, campground or storage lot is that each application is rolled on by hand with a common paint roller. Spraying the product on would create overspray that could potentially land on nearby vehicles, homes, etc.


Once the yellow primer is applied, it is allowed to dry for approximately two hours.


Prior to application of the gray base coat, the roof is recaulked along the edges ...


... and as needed along the front and rear caps ...


... and sealed around the antenna, vents and skylights with self-leveling sealant.


After the self-leveling sealant is applied, fabric mesh is gently pushed into it while it is still wet, helping to strengthen the area and prevent cracking once cured.


Once the sealant is dry, the gray base coat is applied. This is actually the same material as the third and final white coat, but using two colors makes it easier for the technician to see which areas have been covered and which ones haven’t during the final coat application.


As with the previous step, the gray coating is first cut in around vents and skylights, etc., before it is rolled on. It will then cure overnight.


The next morning, the RV Armor technician began by applying another layer of sealant over the fabric mesh in all areas, then placing masking tape along the edges.


Finally, the white coat is laid on nice and thick, and the masking tape removed, leaving a clean exterior edge. It will dry overnight and cure completely within four days.


The finished product looks great and is guaranteed for the life of the RV.

Based in Florida, RV Armor is the brainchild of Lee Thaxton, a third-generation roofing contractor and full-time RVer. For years, he and his wife, Carol, had searched for a way to tie his commercial roofing expertise and product knowledge into the lifestyle they were passionate about, and RV Armor was born.

The process is most commonly applied to problematic rubber roofs but may also be used on one-piece fiberglass, TPO, vinyl, metal and even directly on wood decking. RV Armor technicians can also replace or repair wood damage, repair damaged membrane, and replace vents and skylights. In short, RV Armor offers a one-stop, one-time solution to roof problems, and the system typically costs 30 to 50 percent less than a roof tear-off or replacement, according to the company.

The process usually takes two full days to complete but may take up to three. Once finished, the RV Armor roof is extremely durable, flexible and tough, plus it’s resistant to fungus, salt, acids and most chemicals. The UV-resistant formula has a temperature range of minus 75 degrees to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and the company says it won’t crack, peel, chip or chalk. As a side benefit, the bright white coating (also available in gray or tan) can even net an improvement in thermal efficiency, keeping the motorhome cooler in hot summer months.

The owner of the 2013 motorhome shown in these photos wanted it to be the last one he ever owns — so even though the roof was in relatively good condition, he elected to have it treated to the RV Armor process before it began to degrade. We met the owner, and RV Armor installation technician Luis Mendes, at a storage lot near the owner’s home in La Verne, California. Mendes was prompt, courteous and very detail-oriented, carefully explaining the process to the owner before and during the installation. In the end, we were impressed with the final result and could see no reason why the treated roof would not live up to the company’s claim of lifetime durability.

The RV lifestyle should be worry-free. If the roof of your motorhome is a concern, RV Armor could be the ideal solution. The company even offers financing.

RV Armor | 855-782-7667 |


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