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Old 01-11-2020, 10:51 AM   #1
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Tree fell on camper

Well not the whole tree just a few limbs one was 6" in diameter. This just happened and there's rain on the way.
No major damage but put 20 plus tears in the roof material. The camper is a toy hauler 2019 Cherokee Grey Wolf 22RR Limited. All of the damage is in the rear section.

I put duck tape over the holes not what I wanted but all I had.

What would be good to put over the tears until I can have it repaired?

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Old 01-11-2020, 11:04 AM   #2
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Eternabond is a normal temporary or semi permanent roof patch tape. Extremely difficult to remove once applied. Use it to cover the tears and punctures and possibly cover with tarp also if more rain is expected.
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If you can't get Eternabond tape, the second best is Gorilla Tape for quick repairs. Wal-Mart has it in the hardware section (I assume there is probably one within 20 min of anywhere).

They have it in White and a number of other colors.
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Eternabond will seal and hold well until you can get something more permanent. cut it an few inches larger than the hole, then use a seam roller to get a good seal.



Sorry to hear about the tree - I hope you can get it patched up and get camping.



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Old 01-11-2020, 11:26 AM   #5
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If you can't get Eternabond tape, the second best is Gorilla Tape for quick repairs. Wal-Mart has it in the hardware section (I assume there is probably one within 20 min of anywhere).

They have it in White and a number of other colors.
Gorilla tape will not hold up on a roof where wet and sun will effect it . it simply will not stick for very long in those conditions
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Old 01-11-2020, 12:09 PM   #6
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Eternabond tape.
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Gorilla tape will not hold up on a roof where wet and sun will effect it . it simply will not stick for very long in those conditions
Not my experience for a short period of time.. yes, I've done it. Roof was dry when applied.

Agree (as stated earlier) that Eternabond would be best.. not sure if he can get that right now. The Gorilla Tape is better than nothing.
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Thanks wasn't sure what tape to get.
Ordered some Eternabond tape from Amazon will be here Monday.
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Enternabond is great stuff no hurry to do anything else. I think it’s better the the roof material itself. Good luck I hope insurance company is good to you .
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Also in a pinch, Lowe's and Home Depot sell adhesive backed rubber roof flashing tape and once applied will peel wood so it sticks well.

It wouldn't be a permanent repair but if someone needed to rain proof something temporarily, it would work for sure.
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Take good photos of the damage and submit your insurance claim promptly. Your dealer will likely recommend full roof replacement which can be costly but necessary to prevent water damage!
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Old 01-11-2020, 03:29 PM   #12
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Enternabond is great stuff no hurry to do anything else. I think it’s better the the roof material itself. Good luck I hope insurance company is good to you .
I like Eternabond and am a satisfied user. But I'm also a realistic user.

Eternabond is a two-ply product (once the separation tape is removed. The sticky sealing layer is perhaps 1/16" thick. The outer layer seems to be 1 mil vinyl.

Our 2008 Cherokee has some seams on the slideouts where Eternabond was used to cover the metal strip that bridges the seams. Round head Robertson screws were used to fasten the bridging strip. After ten years, the sticky part has sagged around the screw heads. The vinyl is stretched around the screw heads and some have popped through. I can post pictures if you like.

This tape has been exposed to the weather for eleven years--a long time. My plan is to scrub it and simply lay another layer atop the first one.

I can't think of anything else that would have lasted that long, except perhaps a strip of EPDM roofing bonded with contact cement.
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Old 01-11-2020, 04:36 PM   #13
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Had to have my roof replaced from storm damage. The cost was 9,800. Insurance paid all but 500.00 deductible. Work was done at Camping World. They kept it 3 months.
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X2-Eternabond, expensive but worth every penny. I had a small tear from a tree limb, put some on 3 years ago. Still tight on edges. I started putting around edges when I replace skylights or vents.
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Old 01-11-2020, 06:15 PM   #15
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Gorilla Waterproof Patch & Seal Tape. Menard's, Home Depot have it.
I can't think of the name of another tape, but their ad shows them putting it on a leaking pipe, a leaking swimming pool and a boat that they cut the bottom out of.
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For a temp patch, I would look at flex seal tape product. Lowe’s and Walmart.
If a new roof is necessary, I would look at rvroof.com for a spray on lifetime warranty and the end of using caulk. Would be faster and cost less than $9800. IMHO
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I had RVRoof in Green Cove Springs FL spray my 2017 Mini-Lite and I couldn't be happier. Good Folks, had it done a day early, but I couldn't get there before bad weather and they let me pick it up a few days later after the storm passed.
I had no damage, just did it to protect my investment. It's $180 a linear foot to prep and spray, my 18 foot box was $3200.
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Tried Flex Seal for a leaking rain gutter seam and it didn't work. Not a fan or can I recommend it. Tried several times and it still leaked. The commercials look great though!
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