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Old 04-25-2018, 08:42 AM   #1
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Here's How Long a Rubber Roof Actually Lasts

17 years.

At this point the white coating of the EPDM was gone and it was down to black rubber over about 50% of the roof. The black rubber was cracked through in many places and the trailer was destroyed by leaks.

This trailer was at a permanent site in the mid-Atlantic with year round full sun and no cover or roof treatments. The roof probably should have been replaced at 15 years old to save the trailer.

This was a neighbor's camper in my campground with permanent sites. I am curious to hear experiences of those who have actually opted to have new rubber roofs installed to extend the life of an older camper. What did it actually cost and were you pleased with the result?

So much on this forum deals with brand new units that I thought this would be an interesting discussion. My previous camper was 35 years old and still in decent shape when we got rid of it. It, of course, had an aluminum roof. I do not like the idea of treating an expensive RV as a disposable unit.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:02 AM   #2
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17 years

Our 2001 Santara got a new roof prior to selling it a few months ago. Old roof was still watertight. Coach used monthly and parked under a roof when not in use, would probably have lasted another couple of years....

Cost $1000.00
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:06 AM   #3
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My first trailer roof lasted 16 years before I sold it. It was still in good condition with no "black" showing and never a leak. This is surprising as the desert sun at my elevation is brutal. Never covered.

BUT, I believe that ozone and other pollutants are a major culprit in deterioration and basically we have very little out here.
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My camper rubber roof was about that same age when I bought the camper. It also was worn down to black, and had some little pin holes from where a tree branch had rubbed.

On posts #10 and 11 of this thread...

Insane 1999 Wildwood repair....pic heavy!

..you can see what kind of rotted wood damage it caused. I would not be surprised if you do not have that same type of damage, or worse.

Apparently, the PO of our campers did not maintain the roof properly. It is supposed to be re-coated every couple of years.

On post # 276, I show how I re-coated mine. It's now white again!

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Old 04-25-2018, 12:12 PM   #6
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I recoat and treat my roof every year. Less than $30 for the treatment and a couple hours of time. Worth the effort and expense I think. My driveway sits below the level of the house so I can see it every day. I like it white!
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I recoat and treat my roof every year. Less than $30 for the treatment and a couple hours of time. Worth the effort and expense I think. My driveway sits below the level of the house so I can see it every day. I like it white!
Do you recoat the entire roof? How do you apply it? What do you use? Our TT is 18 years old now. We bought it in 2000. I wash the roof every year after getting it out of storage and 1-2 times through out the summer. I look at the sealer at all the seams, etc and reseal as needed. The roof is light gray in color as it was when we bought it.
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Rubber roof cleaner and sealer. Can get at wal mart or any camper supply.
Mix with water according to instructions. Small sponge mop. Wet roof, clean 4 x 4 area, rinse. Do entire roof, rinse well, rinse sides. Nice white roof!
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I used to repaint the roof of my 36Ft, aluminum roofed trailer every other year.
It had a number of seams that I kept an eye on between coatings.
I used a silver coloured roof recovering type "paint" that had an elastic component to it; the name of which escapes me, but I never had a roof leak. I think it came from a farm co-op and was used to seal leaks etc. on barns and other outbuildings.
A leak around the patio door and windows was another matter, despite a careful watch on the caulking.
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I had a 1995 camper that started to show black areas after 10 or 12 years. Coated with a paint on product that went on with a roller that lasted for years. Cost a few hundred $.
New 5th wheel has a PVC roof that has a full 12 year warranty. Clean up is so easy, run a brush over it one time and it looks like new again. Also calls for no treatments ever. Looks like a great product that has been used on buildings for a long time. Not missing the old rubber roof.
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