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Old 05-07-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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2000 Wildwood soft wall - help

I just got the trailer last (5th wheel) year and have noticed that the back wall is a bit spongy. we all know what that means

I intially thought that it was a sealing issue around the rear window, however, I was up on the roof this weekend and noticed that the sealant was lifting with water when hit with the hose, lightly.

I know it will all need to be resealed across the top where the roof meets the aluminum siding on the back.

after searching I see two terms come up and would like some advice on what to use and how to reseal properly. I see eternabond and dicor.

also, I'm in Canada and would like to know where to buy whichever is better for this job. Obviously, I want to get it done sooner than later.

I know there's more repairs needed but I want to get the outside sealed asap before I figure out how to tackle the inside.

this is ALL new to me, my first RV

thanks for any input & advice (below are the areas circled in red)

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Old 05-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about the leak and soft walls. To answer your questions, EternaBond is a very sticky and strong tape used to seal roofs. You can search this forum for a lot of threads about the stuff.

"Dicor" is short for Dicor Lap Sealant (that is usually what people are referring to when they say, "take a tube of dicor and seal your roof"). Dicor is in fact a company who makes a lot of different RV products including rubber (EPDM) roofs for RVs and other stuff to take care of it
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I should add that EternaBond is a permanent solution to leaks while any Sealant like Dicor will need to be checked and touched up as needed.

I am not sure where you would buy either in Canada but I know you can get both on Amazon.

Read through the threads about EternaBond. I think you will be impressed.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:23 AM   #4
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an update on this as I was at the trailer this weekend and the weather cooperated.

I got as much of the old sealant off. 99% of it came off the rubber roof material and some remained on the aluminum lip/flashing that comes up from the back wall and curls over the rubber roof. I then cleaned the roof material as best i could with a brush and cleaner. then rinsed and let it dry completely.

I bought two tubes of the dicor lap sealant the EPDM stuff.

what I did notice is that each of the back corners on the roof are soft. in a triangle shape 4" - 5" out.

is there a better, more permanent fix to this without peeling back the roof? where they are soft they also sag down about 1/4" - 1/2" at the lowest spot in the corners. I filled the sags and actually laid probably 3 separate layers working my way out from the corners (or worst spots).

what does concern me is that maybe sooner than later this sealant will also lift and allow water in again.

is this something that I should really 'fill' somehow and use the eternabond over top of? I don't want the roof to look patched up all ghetto like .. but I also don't want it to leak, obviously.

I saw a friend using an aluminum patch panel and eternabond as well as a brush on sealer on his fathers aluminum roof.. it looked very permanent. the same patch panel would probably not be appropriate for the rubber roof I'm guessing?

where I work we sell aluminum patch panels for the sides of transport truck trailers and their roofs. they are finished in white one one size and are sticky on the other side.

thoughts? (and thanks again)

sorry, forgot to take pics..
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