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Old 04-15-2013, 07:36 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by RV Guy 5 View Post
1st let's not mistake TPO for rubber, the new TPO roofs are made with an elastic vinyl type of material and has a felt backing to them. This material has reduced the black streaks significantly. With the felt backer there is no more use of chalk under the roof, to move the rubber while it is stretched thus again eliminating the chalk residue that turns black.
Also since the TPO is elastic and is stretched it will move while the unit is flexing during travel. When a fiberglass roof is laminated to the backer the is no stretching or flexing that is allowed and may crack. If your fiberglass roof cracks it will be a significant cost for repair apposed to a patch over the TPO. A side note fiberglass that most manufacturers use is not supposed to be bent at a 90 degree angle to wrap around the side of your roof, make sure there is not a trim piece on top of the roof to puddle water from running off or leaks are likely to occur! TPO comes with a 12 year warranty against defects, what is your warranty on a fiberglass roof? 1 year possibly?
Winnebago offers a 10 year parts and labor warranty on their fiberglass you cover labor or the material itself?

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Old 04-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #12
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Not to mention the vinyl has a felt backer...felt does what? absorbs water.

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Old 04-20-2013, 03:33 PM   #13
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When I had fibreglass boats they took a heck of a beating. Never found it cracking.
Had a trailer with the vinyl roof and never had black streaks like I did with my 2 rubber roofed trailers.
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Do you travel with your cat? If yes, how did the cat adapt to it? How were you able to incorporate scratching post, litter box, toys, food and water bowls.

I'm Tanya, soon a newbie, researching my first Motorhome purchase and I will be traveling solo with two cats.
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:42 PM   #15
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I must be missing something?

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