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Old 04-25-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Is it a good idea to apply Eternabond on a new unit?

I have a new Rockwood fifth wheel we picked up in January and has been in our shed since. In the next week or two I hope to get everything ready for our first camping trip. I have seen good post about eternabond tape, but was wondering if I am wasting my time and money by applying it to a new unit. Most of the time when we are not camping, it will be stored inside. If it is worth while, could someone advise me as to how much tape might be needed and how to prepare the unit before taping. Thanks.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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I just finished applying eternabond on my brand new fifth wheel today. Picked it up Thursday. I purchased 2, 50ft rolls. I bonded all the seams around the vents, antenna, across the front seam where the front cap meets the roof and same on rear. I used about 70 ft total. I didn't use any on the side ends of the roof as the rubber/plastic roof wraps down the sides about an inch or so. I asked the same question on a post before and was told, the sooner the better.. I cleaned the area to be taped with acetone and used only my hands and fingers to press it firmly. It stuck like.....eternabond. I can see why they have a lifetime warranty. It won't be coming off any time soon.
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Thank-you for the information. Could you tell me what width you used? Thanks again.
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I bought one 50-ft roll of 6" tape, and it did my whole roof, but just!
As the front and rear seams are on top of my fifth, they got the full 6 inches. I cut it lengthwise, down to 4" and 3" for other different spots.
I did the three roof vents, the skylight, the TV antenna, and the toilet and sinks vents.
It works best on a new camper, as the original sealant is still very sticky. I can't imagine the Eternabond ever coming off.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:16 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:43 AM   #6
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One further question please. Did you apply the tape over all the existing caulk, even where it is put on very thick?
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:48 AM   #7
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I did not remove any of the original sealant, as it is there for a reason.
The eternabond is VERY flexible, and conforms to the odd shape of the goop. Just be sure to clean the surface on either side of the goop, and clean it well, especially the rubber roof.
Good luck!
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I used 4 " width and doubled ( overlapped) it on the front and end caps. I done the same as Crocus, as he gave me advice earlier. It is very sticky and once it sticks, there's no turning back. It's on there for good.
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Thanks again to both of you, I hope to do the job next week.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:57 AM   #10
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We were told by dealer that this might void the roof warranty. Has anyone else been told this?
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