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Old 04-10-2012, 05:53 PM   #11
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Obviously EternaClean Roof Cleaner is the answer; however I think we are beyond that.

Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond®

also has some tips. I see that lacquer thinner is also an approved substitute (sorry if you bought acetone on my recommendation - it was not mentioned in a different article I read).

Rubber Roof Cleaner - Protect All

is what I used the day before I did the EB tape seam sealing. I then used the EB cleaner spray the day of and the EB primer spray right before I put down the tape.

A roller (like a wall paper roller) is really required to make sure your seams get pressed down into the Dicor sealant and the EDPM roof material.

The seams are as tight as the day I put them down.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #12
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Did you put this stuff down as soon as you got the TT new or did you wait until you started to see some cracks?

Is this something I should do on my new trailer as soon as I get it? Does it matter that the roofs they are putting on the trailer now is a vinyl/rubber combo?
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:25 PM   #13
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I put Eternabond on my roof when the camper was quite new. The seam sealant was still very sticky, and to me, that is ideal, as the Eternabond stuck to it like you wouldn't believe!
I also liked the idea of doing it while the factory sealant was fresh, as now it will not dry out and I have two good moisture barriers. The chances of getting a leak are about as close to zero as I could imagine.
I see no reason to wait!
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:32 PM   #14
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On the web site there were several types of Eternabond tape. Which type do I get?
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:50 PM   #15
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I bought a six inch wide "seam kit" and a roll of 2 inch wide tape.

The seam kit had enough for my front cap and rear seams.
The 2 inch roll had enough to do all the vents; skylight; roof antenna; pipe vents; basically everything except the air conditioner (it has its own foam seal).

I used a large off cut of the 6 inch seam tape to put under my antenna.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:54 PM   #16
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Do you think that if you put this on a new TT it would void the warrenty ,or at least give them a reason to deny a claim if the sealent failed. I know they look for any reason to deny a claim seeing the tape on a new TT might throw up a red flag.
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OK, the short answer is that it would most likely void your roof "warranty."

However,

The roof warranty has NOTHING to do with leaks. That is all you.
The roof warranty is for defects in the MATERIAL of the roof.
It is provided by the manufacturer of the material; not FR.

FR has a 1 year (extend-able to 2) warranty on their workmanship installing the roof material and they certify it did not leak when they tested it at the factory. Now it is up to YOU to prove they did a bad job if your roof leaks. Once you drive it off the dealer's lot, everything that happens to the roof is "your fault for not maintaining it like the manual says and documenting it with the dealer that you did that maintenance."

I posted that manual in the FAQ just a minute ago. You are required to perform maintenance on the roof every 6 months (page 69)
That roof maintenance was 200 bucks at my so called "dealer".
It consisted of a 300 pound dude and a Dicor gun walking around squirting it in big ugly blobs all over the roof.

your call...
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I do not think it would void the warranty. Wouldn't it be considered roof maintenance? You are only trying to make sure the seams are sealed and won't have water intrusion. IT would be the same as squirting caulk all over, just the tape does a better job. If you add caulking to your seams, that does not void the warranty, so not sure how or why the tape would. I will ask my dealer though, is a worthwhile question.

Another question for you guys. I noticed that the seams on my roof that go around the perimeter are not on the top of the roof like my previous TT. It seems that FR is taking the vinyl roof and bringing it over the edge of the TT. Would this be harder to tape and not sure about the look of it and room for the tape since I have the drip rail and all. I should get my TT in 2 weeks and I will take pics for you. Maybe that will help determine what I need to do.
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I didn't Eternabond the sides of the roof for the reasons you mention.
But I would hope that the roof material is lapped OVER the sidewalls, and then caulked and sealed with the drip rail trim, in which case a leak there would be highly unlikely. But if I am relying on "hoping" the factory did the right thing, I might be fooling myself!
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Yes you would think they lapped it and the drip rail trim would hold it even more secure. I would also think that it helps that no "standing water" will ever be on it like it would if the seams were on the roof.

If anyone else has a TT with this type of roof with seams on the side, give me your experience. Knowledge needed.
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