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Old 10-18-2021, 12:04 PM   #1
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Replace or harden?

Was washing the roof of our “new to us” camper and heard a definite sound change when the hose sprayed the area where the coax goes through the roof. I have a circular soft spot about 10 inches in diameter. Should I cut this out and replace it or could hardener be used instead? ~Teresa
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Old 10-18-2021, 12:43 PM   #3
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Is the sealant/caulking good? Is the roof membrane good? Is the ceiling underneath good and not stained?
If yes to all that, I would be tempted to leave well enough alone and just watch it and see if it changes. If it's not broke, don't fix it
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Old 10-18-2021, 12:48 PM   #4
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Is the sealant/caulking good? Is the roof membrane good? Is the ceiling underneath good and not stained?
If yes to all that, I would be tempted to leave well enough alone and just watch it and see if it changes. If it's not broke, don't fix it
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Unless we have a better idea of the "soft spot" we are guessing at best.

It's possible the membrane simply lifted (adhesive failure) from the roof platform and has some gap between it and the roof.

Then again, it could be completely rotten under it. We really can't tell from here.
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Is the sealant/caulking good? Is the roof membrane good? Is the ceiling underneath good and not stained?
If yes to all that, I would be tempted to leave well enough alone and just watch it and see if it changes. If it's not broke, don't fix it
Evidently there has been some water intrusion around the sealant where the satellite coax goes through the roof. Other than the wood being soft, there’s no other indication of water. But it’s very soft and I could easily push it down.
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Evidently there has been some water intrusion around the sealant where the satellite coax goes through the roof. Other than the wood being soft, there’s no other indication of water. But it’s very soft and I could easily push it down.
Caulking is easy to remove/replace to ensure there is no more leakage.
Repairing the wood underneath is going to be a much bigger project with a chance of exacerbating the problem or creating an entirely new problem.
Another option is to get a trusted RV repair service (not a dealer) to look at it and give you an estimate/advice.
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