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Old 05-03-2016, 09:56 AM   #1
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Re-Sealing 2006 Grand Surveyor Roof

Ok... I purchased a VERY cheap 2006 Grand Surveyor 240BH Fifth wheel... It needs some love. Just put new floors in it this past weekend and worked on some leak issues which some I feel were more of a bandaid than a fix so.... On to my questions....

I have some 4" Eternabond tape on order. I just want to do the seams as I have little delamination in different places and little damage on the inside. But as I have learned, fix the leaks before repairing the inside. I currently have opened up some areas that I know have little damage inside so they can dry out.

The seams down the side of the roof are not on top of the roof but down the side of it. Seems like they are covered by the gutters. I was thinking about taking the tape and running down each side all the way. With the edge on top of the roof than possible down to the edge of the gutter (Well running over the edge of the gutter into it so nothing leaks behind the gutter which I think is currently one of my issues.) I saw in my searching of the threads on here that someone recommended removing the gutters and than applying the tape under where the gutters attach instead on top of the gutters. Then running some Dicor. They said due to the tape will stick better to the flat surface. Is this the best way to seal this seam since it is on the side? Or is my orginial plan better? Also if I take off the gutters, should I also reinstall them with new putty tape behind them? Also if the tape is behind the gutters, I will have to run the screws back through it... Is that ok?

Thanks for anyones help with this in advance. This forum is great since its very active and Forest River specifically. This is our first camper and we picked up a fixer upper as we wanted to make sure we got enough use out of it before diving into a loan on a newer model.
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Old 05-03-2016, 01:34 PM   #2
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I found some pictures where people leave the gutters on and just stick the Enternabond down into them but not in the channel. That is my orginial idea but before investing in a lot of preparation and tape... Want everyone's opinion if this is the right way to do things. I am thinking even if I stick the tape over top of the top of the gutters, I will take the gutters off and put new putty tape under them. Unless y'all think gutters do not have to be reseamed and I should leave them alone. Here is the example picture of my orginial idea.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:51 PM   #3
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I'd be inclined to apply it as depicted in the picture you posted. The problem you're going to have with that is getting the gutter channel clean enough to ensure a good eternabond seal.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:23 AM   #4
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Another question...

For my TPO roof... What should I clean it with before the tape goes on? Many people talk about using Acetone... Is that safe for my roof? Is that safe for my fiberglass sidewall? How do I go about it? Just pour onto rag and scrub the areas?
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:10 PM   #5
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I used acetone on my '06 and it worked well. Eternabond also recommends roughing up the membrane with ScotchBrite or a sanding sponge and then cleaning the dust off before applying the tape.
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I used acetone on my '06 and it worked well. Eternabond also recommends roughing up the membrane with ScotchBrite or a sanding sponge and then cleaning the dust off before applying the tape.
So clean with the acetone and then slightly rough it up little bit / dust off...
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:30 PM   #7
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That's the suggestion I read. If it were me, I think I'd sand it first, then clean it with the solvent. That way there's no chance of leaving any of the 'dust' behind to affect the seal.
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Eternabond sells cleaner and primer. You might want to use those.
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On my Roo I used acetone to clean the Dicor sealant but I tried to avoid getting it on the TPO membrane. If you use acetone from a can you won't need the Eternaclean which I believe is just an acetone spray. As long as the TPO is good and clean it should stick well. I did a thorough cleaning of the roof the week before and let it dry well before applying the Eternabond tape. I did use the Eternaprime lightly on the Dicor and TPO to get the surface a bit tacky and help the tape stick.
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