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Old 03-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Question Entire reseal worth it?

I have a 2006 Cherokee 30f that I dearly love. We are seasonal campers and relocating to a nicer lot. So, I thought since we are moving the camper, I would take it in for general maintenance. I wanted all the seams checked and resealed where needed. The service man said I should have an entire reseal. $900.00. I'm going for it. I have no leaks, the seems don't look that bad, a few small cracks in calk i wanted gone. Did I go overboard? I'll admit I am paranoid of water, leaks. He said it is routine to have an entire reseal every 5 years. Ever hear of this?

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:25 AM   #2
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A undetected water leak could do alot of damage over time. When you say 'entire reseal' does that include both roof and sidewalls?
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:33 AM   #3
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If you can not do it yourself, you will have to pay someone. And it is labour intensive, especially at the roof level.

Did you consider having eternabond on the roof seams ? It is a do once forget it seal.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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It includes roof and side seems and around doors and windows. Is this entire do over routine every 5 years?
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Seams, you have to check and recheck frequently, every 3 months at the least. I doubt that those sealants will last five years. They will need to be redone more frequently. That is why I asked if you thought of eternabond for the roof. The side seams are easy to check/remove and redo.
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I've had campers longer than 5 years. Doing regular inspections and maintainance is the key. There were a couple places that needed a little touching up but I never had a complete reseal and no leaks or water damage.
Like Goomph said, on the roof Eternabond is the only way to go.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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We do inspect often, that's why I didn't think it looked bad. What does eternabond look like? Our camper has very wide, thick roof sealant that is almost clear in color and seems quite hard.

I'm more confused now. Oh well, money is committed. Too late now.

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I would have recommended a Seal Tech test instead. That is a test where they apply pressure to the inside of the cabin and apply a soapy liquid completely over the exterior. Where it starts to bubble is where there is a leak. This test is only around $200 and you just repair what is necessary.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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That sounds to the point. I wonder why he didn't suggest it. I'll have to remember that one. Thanks.
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That sounds to the point. I wonder why he didn't suggest it. I'll have to remember that one. Thanks.
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I've only read about that from certain dealers/service centers. It's possible that they don't offer it there.
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I tried that once myself. I used a commercial gas powered blower, and a adapter made of plywood. I waited for a calm morning then I taped the plywood piece to an open window. Started the blower, stuck the nozzle into the hole and left it idle. For a soap solution, I used a 5 gallon bucket with dish soap, dawn I think, and water. I then used my camper-truck wash brush to "wash" the camper down. It worked! I had bubbles everywhere. I was freaking out! bubbles at every window, air conditioner, the door, the compartment openings, etc. Finally in disgust I shut it down and resigned myself to the thought I owned a strainer for a camper. After washing and rinsing off the camper, waxing it, and generally thinking I'm going to have to look for a new camper, I sat down with a favorite beverage. I think best with a cold beverage . It dawned on me that in the videos I saw, those areas were taped off to prevent false leaks. Yep devil is in the details. The videos showed the window openings taped on the trim, the doors taped at the hinges and so on.

Bottom line I never did test again....I'm not allowed. In the process, the blower really jacked up my wifes curtains around the window, and blew the decorations off the table.
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Wish that was on video. LMAO!!!
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