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Old 06-15-2013, 04:55 PM   #11
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VinceU,

Funny you should mention this! The tech at the service center said there was about an 18 inch slit at the front edge. That 18 inch number seems to have embedded itself in my conscience. Until I actually put a measuring tape next to the damage, it only slowly dawned on me that the tear is really more than 26 inches and there is a bit more damage to the left of the tear (as seen facing the area). So as you say, nearly the entire left edge of the roof edge is damaged - quite a bit more than I (faultily) visualized.

Herk7769 motivated me about doing the repair myself (thanks, Herk), so I ordered the materials!

But when I mounted my ladder to investigate how to pull back the metal trim from the body in order to tuck the Eternabond tape under the edge of the metal trim, I suddenly realized that I have practically no idea how to do this. While I would prefer to be a competent trailer mechanic, honestly, I'm only a rank newbie and don't want to screw up the rubber roof.

The insurance adjuster will see the roof damage on Monday. I would rather it be repaired properly - which likely means a new rubber top. Cough, gag, pfffffttt!
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #12
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:58 PM   #13
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It is not as hard as it looks.
There is a rubber "cap" that covers the screws.
Squeeze the rubber together "sideways" to pull the rubber strip away from the metal trim clamp strip.

Under the rubber seal are the screws. They may or may not be Dicor'ed in place. (They should be). Use a #2 square bit screwdriver to remove the screws and carefully pull the metal away from the roof material.

Put a line of Dicor under the lips of the tear and press the rubber roof fabric down with a roller (like a wall paper seam roller). Wipe up excess with spirits on a disposable rag.

Spray the membrane with Eternabond Primer and wait a minute for the membrane to get tacky. Starting at one end of the tear (overlapping the start of the tear by a couple of inches) with a pre-cut length of EB tape, peal off the clear bottom tape and carefully unroll the EB tape covering the tear. Make sure the tape will go under and be retained by the metal trim strip.

Press down as you go and make an effort to keep it straight and without air pockets. Use the wall paper roller on the flat areas and use heavy pressure on the edges.

Replace the trim strip, making sure the entire lower edge of the eternabond is under the trim strip. Dip the screws in Dicor lap sealant and snug them up. They are going into plastic and thin plywood so don't overdo the tightening or you will strip them out.

Cover the screw heads with a dab of Dicor and snap the rubber cover back into the track. Remember you don't need to take the whole thing down! Just enough in both directions to pull away the trim to press the EB tape under it with a plastic putty knife.

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Old 06-15-2013, 07:32 PM   #14
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Obviously if your insurance will pay for a new roof, I would be going in that direction; PROVIDED you have accident forgiveness and don't plan on making any other claims for 3 years.

Many folks do not have accident forgiveness and your rates will go up for 3 years. If you have already burned your accident forgiveness, any payout on your collision insurance will raise your rates. You should ask these questions of your carrier before you admit to having had a mishap. NEVER lie to them.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:30 PM   #15
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Thanks to everyone for sharing your experience and know-how. The insurance adjuster inspected the damage to the rubber roof. I suggested that i would be satisfied with a patch repair using Eternabond roof repair tape if from the insurance company's experience that would be a satisfactory long-term repair. (With our $1000 deductible, we sure would prefer paying a few hundred $$ rather than the entire $1000 deductable.)

He said that their experience is they would require the entire rubber roof membrane be replaced rather than attempt a patch repair. He said they have had problems making a permanent patch repair because the rip/damage to the membrane is at the very front edge of the roof line which has sharp edged corner rather than a smooth radius which would permit better adhesion.

Bottom line is the insurance folks want us to replace the entire rubber membrane to ensure long-term roof integrity. So on Monday we will drop off our TT at a nearby full service RV shop (with all good reviews for roof repairs) for a new rubber roof. We will cough up the $1000 deductible and have a like-new roof.

Oh well, my bad. My newbie driving/maneuvering problems are proving to be a costly teacher!
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Good luck with the replacement, I think you will be happy down the road knowing you don't have a potential leak.
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Thanks to everyone for sharing your experience and know-how. The insurance adjuster inspected the damage to the rubber roof. I suggested that i would be satisfied with a patch repair using Eternabond roof repair tape if from the insurance company's experience that would be a satisfactory long-term repair. (With our $1000 deductible, we sure would prefer paying a few hundred $$ rather than the entire $1000 deductable.)

He said that their experience is they would require the entire rubber roof membrane be replaced rather than attempt a patch repair. He said they have had problems making a permanent patch repair because the rip/damage to the membrane is at the very front edge of the roof line which has sharp edged corner rather than a smooth radius which would permit better adhesion.

Bottom line is the insurance folks want us to replace the entire rubber membrane to ensure long-term roof integrity. So on Monday we will drop off our TT at a nearby full service RV shop (with all good reviews for roof repairs) for a new rubber roof. We will cough up the $1000 deductible and have a like-new roof.

Oh well, my bad. My newbie driving/maneuvering problems are proving to be a costly teacher!
Your deduc may be cheap compared to an entire sidewall renewal in 2 years due to water delamination!
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Your deduc may be cheap compared to an entire sidewall renewal in 2 years due to water delamination!
Amen, Brother...
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:40 PM   #19
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What herk7769 said !
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #20
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I think you have a good insurance company that is proactively suggesting they spend more money for your well being. Can you share what company?
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