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Old 04-28-2014, 08:21 PM   #1
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Roof Care

Anyone know the type of roof on our Berks?? I know it's not rubber, but it don't appear to be fiberglass either. And how to care for it..... 303 every so often.... but how often??

Finally, what is the life expectancy of these (assuming never covered)??

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Old 04-28-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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I thought it was fiberglass. I could be wrong though.

I've read up on care, some like 303, which is a very good product. I've read about others using Mop n Glow.
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It is fiberglass. Mine lasted one year and it had cracks. Luckily it's a FR product and their crack team installed a new one. I think this one will last. I put 303 on mine and inspect it regularly.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:07 PM   #4
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I have an '08 and thought it was a rubber roof, cause it looks like it when you see it, even has a textured surface like rubber. But it is indeed fiberglass. (apparently FR haven't made a rubber roof since '05, in a motorhome at least). I had it cleaned and waxed as a preventative measure.
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Don't quote me on this, but the roof should be by Crane Composites, and is a FRP. Probably same thing as the GT's and Forester / Sunseekers. It's a white pebble finish. Pretty thin, and not exactly what you would think of when someone mentions "fiberglass roof". Have read about the cracks in just about all FR motorhomes with this roof, but cracking fiberglass roof's aren't isolated to FR for sure. Some of the FRP roof's have held up just fine for some owners.
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Don't quote me on this, but the roof should be by Crane Composites, and is a FRP. Probably same thing as the GT's and Forester / Sunseekers. It's a white pebble finish. Pretty thin, and not exactly what you would think of when someone mentions "fiberglass roof". Have read about the cracks in just about all FR motorhomes with this roof, but cracking fiberglass roof's aren't isolated to FR for sure. Some of the FRP roof's have held up just fine for some owners.
thanks all.... I tend to agree with you John, that it is not REALLY fiberglass. I've owned many FG boats, so know what the stuff looks like. That "pebbley" finish can not be created using gel coat AFAIK.

As far as the cracking, Mitch told me that the problem was confined to a bad batch of raw materials delivered by the manufacturer in late 2010. He further stated that the cracks normally appear around cut-outs like vents, AC, fans, etc.... Finally, I got the impression that FR would stand behind me indefinitely, since their vendor will be "on the hook" for any/all claims.

The reason I asked about all this, is a guy cleaned my roof yesterday, and said the roof panels were "sloughing off" fiberglass material. The guy is by no means an expert and I think he was probably mistaken. He didn't even know what 303 was!!

Boowho??

EDIT: Ok, just looked at Crane's website and the stuff is apparently at least fiberglass REINFORCED plastic. Sorry, Phil..... I guess I was w...w.....wr.....wrong!
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It's ok Bill I was the W word just today. I'm getting used to it. It certainly isn't what I would call fiberglass. I see you are on the move. Safe travels and smooth roads for you.
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Can't help but pass through lowes, and do a double take near the paneling area and say, hey there's my roof. Similar stuff, used in commercial bathrooms. I never put anything on my Forester as far as protectant, just cleaned it with soap and water. 303 definitely won't hurt. Used 303 or Mary Moppins Advantage on my Tiffin FG roof. Good stuff.

On the cracking, I hate that word, but it happened to a 2013 Sunseeker. Rare but it happened. FR actually picked up the tab to have the roof sprayed in Florida at RV Roof (www.rvroof.com) with the FlexArmor. It was cheaper for them to do that than bring it back to the factory for a new roof. Look up the thread "Roof cracks" by 4Gcampers in the Sunseeker section. Expensive, but food for thought if anybody ever has any major issues with the FRP roof.
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John do you know what it costs for a forty foot. I don't need it know but never know.
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I think my 40' fifth wheel was around $5700 or so. Pricey, but along the lines of a rubber roof replacement. I'll have to see if I can find the quote they gave me.
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