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Old 06-13-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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Roof seams-any reason NOT to use Eternabond?

I am trying to identify any downsides to Eterñabond tape vs caulk on the 4 roof edge seams?

The only downside I have found is that it is a one time application and can not be removed/replaced. It can only be covered up. Given the tape's robustness, and longevity, seems pretty minor.

Just wondering why anyone would bother with caulk. What am I missing?
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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Just wondering why anyone would bother with caulk. What am I missing?
I wonder about that too...

going on 3 years with my Eternabond on the seams install... still looks the same as when I finished...

I have never recaulked as my install of E-bond was about 2 years from mfg date on my trailer...
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:43 PM   #3
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I ordered the Eternabond tape for the roof yesterday, that is the first thing on my to do list. Well maybe #2 new tires mount and balanced on the way home.
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previous write up on Eternabond and roof seams...

Roof preventive maintenance
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:25 PM   #5
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Eterna bond holding power

I used 2x6 inch strips of eternabond tape to hold down wires for solar panels on the roof of our Silverback, guess what? It does let go, lost 2 strips in the last 2200 kilometres. Roof was cleaned and applied on a warm sunny day! What did I do wrong?
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Prairiecamper, not sure what your procedure was but did you roll the tape after application? It’s the pressure from rolling the tape that activates the adhesive on the tape not necessarily heat from the sun. If you rolled it then not sure what caused your failure. Round trip from Regina, Sk to Mission, Texas and we had no issues.
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Watching this as I just purchased some eternabond with the same thought. I did use it when I installed a new fan on my unit and two years later it is holding just fine.
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I used 2x6 inch strips of eternabond tape to hold down wires for solar panels on the roof of our Silverback, guess what? It does let go
what is a 2/6 inch strip?

put the eternabond the entire length...


impossible... if installed correctly... it does NOT let go...

mineral spirits to clean the roof then 93% IPA to clean off the spirits, let dry, and push or roll the Eternabond to the roof to adhere... nothing magic about this
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what is a 2/6 inch strip?

put the eternabond the entire length...


impossible... if installed correctly... it does NOT let go...

mineral spirits to clean the roof then 93% IPA to clean off the spirits, let dry, and push or roll the Eternabond to the roof to adhere... nothing magic about this
It’s 2 inches wide and 6 inches long taped over a wire onto a cleaned rubber roof and rolled on with a seam roller on a warm sunny day!! The only thing I can think of is that the tape ( dicor ) I purchased was past its best before date because it didn’t stick to the roof like people here on the forum say it does. P.S. what’s IPA?
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India Pale Ale don't waste it on the roof....
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Now seriously what is IPA? cleaning agent? Oh Oh maybe isopropyl alcohol.
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On another forum, one person who is a RV tech said he doesn’t like it because its too difficult to get off when he has to do a repair.
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because its too difficult to get off when he has to do a repair.
now that IS funny...

IPA Isopropal Alcohol... any drug store or Walmart or Dollar store has it in stock... different % strengths... I like the most percentage I can get usually 93%, but as low as 40%...
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Ok India pale ale that’s what I thought of at first, nah can’t be LOL. ISO propol alcohol, I’ll give that a try when I get home.
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I have the Alpha TPO roof on my trailer. I cleaned my seams with mineral spirits then wiped the spirits off with denatured alcohol. As your cleaning it just do a few feet at a time so the mineral spirits doesn't remain on the roof very long. Make sure you have plenty of rags. Once the roof is cleaned then start at the back seam, then the side seams, then do the front last. Over lap the side tapes on the rear tape and overlap the front tape on the side tapes. There is no need to remove the old caulking, place the eternabond right over it. Buy the roller and roll it down good.


I used 6" wide tape on the front and rear and 3" wide on the sides. Still looks great.
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It’s 2 inches wide and 6 inches long taped over a wire onto a cleaned rubber roof and rolled on with a seam roller on a warm sunny day!!
To do THAT job I would use Gorilla Tape...

true story... 3 week trip in June to Sioux Lookout, Canada to fish, my live well pump broke on the trip up and left a neat 1 inch round hole below the water line to allow water to enter when launching the first day... Canadian friend says" I will whittle a plug" to push into the hole. I said "I brought a roll of Gorilla tape". I tore off a 2 inch by 6 inch piece, cleaned around the hole and taped over the hole on the transom of my aluminum boat. 3 WEEKS later... under water and near the prop of my 50 Hp Honda for much of the 3 weeks mind you... NEVER A LEAK nor any pulling off of that tape... I had to use pliers to pull the tape off the transom when I went to replace the broken live-well pump when I got home... as everyone knows, you can't use a live-well in CA anyway!
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I used 6" wide tape on the front and rear and 3" wide on the sides. Still looks great.
That is HOW to DO it RIGHT!
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Now seriously what is IPA? cleaning agent? Oh Oh maybe isopropyl alcohol.
IPA was rubbing alcohol WAY BEFORE IPA was a popular style of beer... POPULAR I SAID... I know it was invented in like the 1800's... but not very popular with the beer drinking crowd until lately...

I currently like the Elysium Space Dust IPA...
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