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Old 07-24-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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Recaulking roof yearly? Does this sound correct?

The guy who did the final trailer walk around said that all the caulking on the roof should be replaced yearly. Especially the joint where the vinyl roof and the front cap attached. He said that a plastic putty knife can be used to remove the old caulking then use the special cleaner to remove any dirt etc. Then use the non leveling caulk to seal up again.

He also said that if a leak happens between the cap and roof this is not a warranty issue but a maintenance issue.

He also said this procedure should be done around all the vents, fan housings, antennas, etc.

Have you heard this statement before?
I have done preventive caulking but never removed any then reapply yearly.


What do you think. BS or feasable?
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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This is entirely dependant on how well you take care of the rig and where you store it in my book. I think once a year sounds excessive and I have never heard that. That said, if you live in Arizona (which I see you do) or a similar area where the sun beats down on it constantly and you don't keep the rig under cover then it very well could need it every year. If you are in the really hot part of AZ then it doesn't matter what you do the heat is going to kill everything from your batteries to anything plastic and your caulking. For the amount of money we all spend on our rigs I highly recommend covering your RV in any way possible. No matter if it's just one of the dedicated soft RV covers, a leanto, tent or garage, by any means possible cover the rig! And don't use a tarp directly on the rig as this has been mentioned before as a no, no.

Our first rig came from Yuma and it was a mess and leaked like crazy when we got it and it was only 2 years old. Had to re-caulk everything on the roof and replace lots of plastic stuff inside. The winshield washer bottle just fell apart.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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My trailer spends the winters indoors (snowy, southern Ontario). That being said, I was surprised to find that the leveling caulking was actually peeling away from itself after the first season of use in one spot around the bath vent. I found the same thing this past spring near the front cap. It was just starting but could have been an issue if I didn't find it.

I think that a thorough inspection in the spring and fall is time well spent. If you see something that needs fixing take care of it. As far as fixing something that isn't broke... what would the benefit be?

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I think that a thorough inspection in the spring and fall is time well spent.

Ours gets a thorough external cleaning twice a year. When I'm up mopping the roof all the caulking (and everything else up there) gets a serious looking at. Just past the 2 year mark and everything is fine.
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Iggy,

While the trailer is new and clean, I'd seal all the roof seams with Eternabond.

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In the older link it said they contacted Forest River and they said is is not for their roof and may void your warranty. Anyone else hear that?

Where are you buying this stuff from? Camping World doesn't carry it but another brand.

I kind of like the video and pictures showing how it seals. I may consider this being my rig is new.

Lets keep talking about this. Anyone else use it on a new Rockwood vinyl roof?
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In the older link it said they contacted Forest River and they said is is not for their roof and may void your warranty. Anyone else hear that?

Where are you buying this stuff from? Camping World doesn't carry it but another brand.

I kind of like the video and pictures showing how it seals. I may consider this being my rig is new.

Lets keep talking about this. Anyone else use it on a new Rockwood vinyl roof?
Yes, that was me talking through my dealer to FR.

I plan on buying several rolls of Eternabond as soon as the budget allows. Tires for the camper and truck (plus our planned vacations of course) is all there is for this year.
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Yes, that was me talking through my dealer to FR.

I plan on buying several rolls of Eternabond as soon as the budget allows. Tires for the camper and truck (plus our planned vacations of course) is all there is for this year.

Yes it is very expensive but if it works on our roofs it should be no problems for a long time.

Has anyone found any way to remove itif you have to replace a vent?
Seem like it will never come up???? Just a question.
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Yes it is very expensive but if it works on our roofs it should be no problems for a long time.

Has anyone found any way to remove itif you have to replace a vent?
Seem like it will never come up???? Just a question.
Great question.
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Check out their double sided and 6 inch wide seam sealer rolls too.
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