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Old 09-30-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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Bubble in roof on 2012 Grey Wolf

The rubber roofing or whatever the roof material is, has a bubble in it where it is not bonded down to the underlayment. It isn't a big area, only about 16"x16". Is this something that I should really worry about? Or just live with it since we are only planning on keeping the camper for another 3-4 years then upgrade to a bigger TT.

The camper is under warranty yet so I can take it in and have the dealership try to fix it. But being that the roof it is basically like a rubber roof used in commercial construction and I know what a PITA it is to fix a air bubble and also to reseal or patch a rubber roof. So I am just afraid that if I take it into the dealership that I may just be causing more problems, like a possible leak point.

So whats your opinions?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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If its still under warranty I would take it in and see what the dealership has to say.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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The rubber roofing or whatever the roof material is, has a bubble in it where it is not bonded down to the underlayment. It isn't a big area, only about 16"x16". Is this something that I should really worry about? Or just live with it since we are only planning on keeping the camper for another 3-4 years then upgrade to a bigger TT.

The camper is under warranty yet so I can take it in and have the dealership try to fix it. But being that the roof it is basically like a rubber roof used in commercial construction and I know what a PITA it is to fix a air bubble and also to reseal or patch a rubber roof. So I am just afraid that if I take it into the dealership that I may just be causing more problems, like a possible leak point.

So whats your opinions?
Like you I'd leave it alone. I had an 2003 Class C with bubbles originally, none big. Had even more after I sold it 9 years later. Only problem I could come up with is it "may" tear easier then the bonded areas with low hanging interferences. I've seen films of renewing rubber roofs , they are not 100% glued on install. I had no tears in that time, but I did clean and inspect often just to make sure. Flapping large areas is not acceptable of course.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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Take it into the dealer for sure. You can get it fixed for free, and you won't take a ding on the value when you resell.
I WOULD wait until you're done with the camping season though.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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I was told the bubbles on my roof are normal as the membrane is not bonded to the underlayment, it is just attached at the edges. Because the bubbles are considered normal they would not fix mine and a call to Forest River confirmed the bubbles are not considered to be a problem.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:38 PM   #6
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I would take it to the dealer ASAP! I had a Cherokee TT and had the same issue the dealer said it was normal. Of course it developed into a very large defect after it was out of warranty
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