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Old 10-24-2017, 01:55 PM   #1
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Small Roof holes in new 2507S

I know there are other threads on roof repair but wanted to post this after speaking to service dept at my dealer to get some advise. We purchased a 2018 Mini Lite 2507S in July and have it out on a couple of weekend trips. We are getting ready to hit the road for a month so got up on the roof to check things and found a few small holes in the roof. I have no idea how they got there and don't recall driving under anything that would have caused it(though possible could have been a tree branch). After reading on the forum that Eternabond seemed to be the best repair option I called the dealer to see what they thought. I was first told to use Dycor, but after explaining there were about half a dozen very small holes(about 1/4" each) I was told the integrity of the rubber roof is compromised and needs to be replaced. I was told I should turn it into the insurance and the typical roof replacement runs $6,000-$8,000! After spending $25,000 on a trailer and using it twice, having to spending thousands more on a repair frankly really pisses me off! Any advise is much appreciated.
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:09 PM   #2
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If the plywood is not soft , tape it and go. I had my roof replaced at the factory, brand new better then ever cost was 5200.00. I have a 32' trailer. Birds could even had did that damage. Mine was a whole from a branch about the size of a dime. But it took out a spot about 24x24. Also my insurance paid for it, under comp. i think you have a Rockwood, if you do and want to replace the roof, PM me and i will give you the contact info. if the plywood is not soft or delamed, DONT REPLACE IT. Hopes this helps, its a bummer and i know.
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:20 PM   #3
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I have a pretty new RV and would not think twice about an eternabond repair. Prolly better that the roof material. Just follow manufacturers procedures.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:18 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advise. I think I will go with the tape. The wood is fine as the holes are very small and have only been there a short time. Here in northern California we have had one night where we had a very very light rain so far. I think a tree branch may have caused my issues as well because you can see in the photos a black streak where something drug along the roof inline with the holes.

Just got a response from someone at FR :

Good afternoon,
Based off the pictures unless you can get someone to heat patch the holes with matching tpo material I would recommend replacing the roof. They would take pieces of roof material heat it up over the areas with holes and use a putty knife or spade to smooth over the material to blend with the current roof. if done correctly you can not notice the repair.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:57 PM   #5
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I would Eternabond that all day long. Get on it ASAP.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:02 PM   #6
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I had the exact same issue when I was in Florida and was in clear weather until I hit Kansas and was headed into a thunderstorm. I stopped at a truck stop and pulled under their canopy and cleaned the area with acetone and applied the Eternabond. Went through the nasty storm and checked when I got home and the patches looked great. I always carry a 6"x50' roll with for this issue. Those stupid trees always sneak up on you!
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:04 PM   #7
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I would Eternabond that all day long. Get on it ASAP.
WHAT HE SAID...

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heat it up over the areas with holes and use a putty knife or spade to smooth over the material to blend with the current roof. if done correctly you can not notice the repair.
Who cares if it blends in... nobody sees the roof...

Spend $50 and 15 minutes and forget about it with Eternabond...
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Exactly what I thought. Not concerned if it blends in, more concerned with leaks or tearing! Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:20 PM   #9
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You're insane if you pay to replace that roof. Another vote for Eternabond. Just check it regularly. "The integrity of the rubber roof is compromised." You do realize that you've got probably around 6-8 MASSIVE holes in the roof from the factory, right!!!!! A/C, vents(fridge, tanks, fresh air), antenna. Those didn't "compromise" the roof and are sealed with Dicor, but by golly those few little ones have "compromised" it!!! Just too funny!!!
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:24 PM   #10
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but by golly those few little ones have "compromised" it!!! Just too funny!!!
I suspect the FR rep has now did his CYA duty for a possible future roof problem...
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:33 AM   #11
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Eternabond! If you have your doubts about it, as a test stick it on something with a texture similar to your roof. Try pulling it off.
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Repairing this week end, is it safe to clean the rubber ( TPO) roofs with acetone?
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:38 PM   #14
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At least as far as I know, make sure you have a roller to put it down, something like a wallpaper seam roller, once it's down you will not be able to pull it up.
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Cleaning Recommendations

For EPDM and metal clean with a "hot" (fast evaporating) solvent like - lacquer thinner, acetone, automotive brake parts cleaner, or a commercial EPDM cleaner, or a good, non-residue leaving cleaner.
For thermoplastic roofs like PVC, TPO, Hypalon, score the surface of with a Scotch-brite like pad (or equal), sand cloth a sanding sponge, etc. Wipe off dust.
For rusty metal modified / granulated roofs, stucco, concrete, wood or other porous surfaces - blow or brush off loose or heavy dust / dirt. Coat surface with a light coat of EternaPrime®.
the above is a direct quote from the eternabond website... I think acetone is not a good idea...

I used a little mineral spirits on a rag, followed immediately by 91% IPA (alcohol) from the Dollar store to cut and clean off all traces of the mineral spirits. The mineral spirits cleaned off any tree sap.
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I had the exact same type of damage to the roof on my Micro-Lite, likely from a tree branch. 10 minutes and a few pieces of Eternabond tape later and all is good for years to come.
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I would Eternabond that all day long. Get on it ASAP.
Definitely.
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I did my TPO roof seams about 1-1/2 months ago, used lacquer thinner to clean it, looks great. Just don't use too much or let the lacquer thinner stay on too long before wiping it off. Have plenty of rags and just dampen the rag.
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