RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-01-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Dutchmen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NYC Area
Posts: 151
Cracking roof

2015 Rockwood Premier 2514g Click image for larger version

Name:	1493687129948.jpg
Views:	216
Size:	41.0 KB
ID:	136551Click image for larger version

Name:	1493687129948.jpg
Views:	216
Size:	41.0 KB
ID:	136551
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1493687109697.jpg
Views:	212
Size:	39.6 KB
ID:	136550   Click image for larger version

Name:	1493687153057.jpg
Views:	210
Size:	21.8 KB
ID:	136552  
Dutchmen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2017, 08:11 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Dutchmen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NYC Area
Posts: 151
This was discovered when I uncovered for the season. Only 2 years old. Pretty disappointed. Forest River said it's covered under warranty. Now I have to bring it to an authorized dealer for a whole new roof replacement. Will ne laid up 6 to 8 weeks
Dutchmen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2017, 08:40 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
sgtlm17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,355
Wow what would even cause that?
__________________
2016 Forester GTS 2801QSF
2011 Jeep JK Toad
Habitual RV Modifier
sgtlm17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2017, 08:47 PM   #4
Site Team
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 23,829
Probably freezing temperatures.
__________________
Dan-Retired California Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 SCREW XTR 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
4pt Equal-i-zer WDH and 1828lbs of payload capacity
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2017, 09:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 2,024
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Probably freezing temperatures.
+10 on that freezing temperatures and moisture under the roof material. Why mine always stays inside in the winter. I keep mine in a heated (60) equipment barn but even an unheated area works because covering an RV will retain moisture under the cover, especially a cheap poly tarp.

If you have to store outside, no cover is better than a cheap tarp (if you use a cheap tarp that is).
SidecarFlip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 12:25 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Amartin453's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Treasure Coast
Posts: 265
Cracking roof

I have the same problem with my 2016 Rockwood Premier 2516 G. It's called "delamination." Forest River told me I need a new roof as well and to bring it to an authorized FR dealership to have it repaired. I have an appointment June 1st to have it replaced. I'm concerned the camper won't be the same. Not only does the dealer have to replace the roof, but they also have to remove the air-conditioning unit and awning from the old roof and install it on the new roof. What a nightmare!

Please let me know how yours turns out and I'll do the same!Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1844.jpg
Views:	177
Size:	335.5 KB
ID:	136575Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1839.jpg
Views:	185
Size:	224.7 KB
ID:	136576
Amartin453 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 01:06 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Amartin453's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Treasure Coast
Posts: 265
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Probably freezing temperatures.


I have the same issue and I live in sunny Florida.
Amartin453 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 02:48 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 10,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dutchmen View Post
This was discovered when I uncovered for the season. Only 2 years old. Pretty disappointed. Forest River said it's covered under warranty. Now I have to bring it to an authorized dealer for a whole new roof replacement. Will ne laid up 6 to 8 weeks
Call Fr and tell them you want the factory to do it. It will take them 4 days, either drive it there and wait in a motel or have them pick it up and bring it back, they will do it, I would never have a dealer replace my roof. I drove mine to the factory to have mine replaced. took 4 days....
__________________
Coachmen M/H
Concord
2018 / 300 DSC

Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 03:39 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2,270
This issue go's back at least 7 years. We met a couple with a new Palomino popup back in 2009. He had his roof replaced at least 3 times under warranty and when the last one cracked out of warranty was left holding the bag. We had a new 2010 Palomino Y4124 at the time and dumped it after a year when we noticed cracks developing at the front curl.

I was told those roofs are all built in one location no matter what FR division they are destined for.
Mr Havercamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 06:13 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 10,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Havercamp View Post
This issue go's back at least 7 years. We met a couple with a new Palomino popup back in 2009. He had his roof replaced at least 3 times under warranty and when the last one cracked out of warranty was left holding the bag. We had a new 2010 Palomino Y4124 at the time and dumped it after a year when we noticed cracks developing at the front curl.

I was told those roofs are all built in one location no matter what FR division they are destined for.
Your probably correct, but the factory probably have 500 of them waiting to be put on a unit, the dealer has to get it ordered and delv. Since when do you trust a stealer, are you mellowing in your golden years....
__________________
Coachmen M/H
Concord
2018 / 300 DSC

Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 06:48 AM   #11
Handyman
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Mobile, AL
Posts: 114
What material is this?
__________________
2016 Salem Cruise Lite 253RLXL
2013 F-150 XLT 5.0 Crew Cab
2009 F-150 King Ranch 5.4 Crew Cab
tfmdgm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2017, 07:22 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2,270
Quote:
Originally Posted by Witch Doctor View Post
Your probably correct, but the factory probably have 500 of them waiting to be put on a unit, the dealer has to get it ordered and delv. Since when do you trust a stealer, are you mellowing in your golden years....
I have 3 stealers I actually trust LOL.

What good are 500 roofs ready to go if they're destined to crack also? Past history says they stand a good chance of doing so, and it's always at that radius, some worse than others.

The material is a type of Filon.
Mr Havercamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 03:32 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 10,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Havercamp View Post
I have 3 stealers I actually trust LOL.

What good are 500 roofs ready to go if they're destined to crack also? Past history says they stand a good chance of doing so, and it's always at that radius, some worse than others.

The material is a type of Filon.
True, my point was a faster turn around, Fr will just send one out of there stock , that's like saying why buy a trailer they are going to break
__________________
Coachmen M/H
Concord
2018 / 300 DSC

Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 04:15 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2,270
Quote:
Originally Posted by Witch Doctor View Post
True, my point was a faster turn around, Fr will just send one out of there stock , that's like saying why buy a trailer they are going to break
Not really......Its saying the replacement roof stands a decent chance of cracking also. That is unless they are now building them different which I highly doubt.
Mr Havercamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 04:18 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
grumpy0374's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,452
At least FR is fixing your rigs, even after 2 years.
Back in 2013 I found several cracks on our 2012 Lexington. Rig was out of warranty by several months.
FR response was basically "it's out of warranty, not our problem. So sorry."
The cracks were all small when I found em, 6-8 inches in length. Fixwd em by drilling a small hole at the end of each crack to stop them from lengthening.
Then smeared some Dicor into each crack, and then put a piece of Eternabond over the crack.
That was 4 years ago, and thankfully the repairs have held up. No leaks and cracks didn't grow.
Grumpy
__________________
Steve & Cheryl + Zoey, and Ziggy, our furry kids.

2012 Forrest River Lexington 283ts
Toad, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
grumpy0374 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 04:33 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Amartin453's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Treasure Coast
Posts: 265
That sucks! Glad to hear there were no leaks and the cracks did not grow larger.
Amartin453 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 05:45 AM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Eggleston, Virginia
Posts: 97
What Grumpy said: drill ends of cracks and fill with Dicor ( or Geocel Proflex RV, I've even had good luck using epoxy), then Eternabond over that after it cures.

Will probably have entire roof covered in Eternabond before I'm done with my fourteen year old Roo! Stays dry though.
__________________
'06 Suburban 1500
'03 Rockwood Roo M-21

Eggleston, Virginia
Go Hokies!!!
MoonStomper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 05:52 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
grumpy0374's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,452
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amartin453 View Post
I have the same problem with my 2016 Rockwood Premier 2516 G. It's called "delamination." Forest River told me I need a new roof as well and to bring it to an authorized FR dealership to have it repaired. I have an appointment June 1st to have it replaced. I'm concerned the camper won't be the same. Not only does the dealer have to replace the roof, but they also have to remove the air-conditioning unit and awning from the old roof and install it on the new roof. What a nightmare!

Please let me know how yours turns out and I'll do the same!Attachment 136575Attachment 136576
At least their going to replace it. And, if all they have to remove is the ac and awning, it shouldn't be a problem.
If they had decided to replace the roof on our Lexi, or any other motorhome/trailer, they would have to remove the ac, awning, 2 powered vents, antenna, vent pipes, seperate the roof from the sides and front and rear caps. Don't think I would ever trust them, even the factory, to do a good job on that much removal of parts and repair.
If our Lexi ever gets to the point where the roof needs to be replaced, I believe I would go to/trust one of the aftermarket roof coating companies. May be more expensive, but most of them have great reputations, and guarantee their work for upwards of 10 years.
Grumpy
__________________
Steve & Cheryl + Zoey, and Ziggy, our furry kids.

2012 Forrest River Lexington 283ts
Toad, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
grumpy0374 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 07:19 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 2,024
Why not re-roof it with a single sheet of 16 or 18 gauge aluminum and be done with it?... if out of warranty...
SidecarFlip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2017, 10:12 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: 8300 Feet - Rocky Mountains
Posts: 1,429
Well, this was an ugly eye-opener!
Our roof is not failing yet, and silly me, I thought it was aluminum. We added a thicker mattress, and I often have to sit on the edge of the roof to compress the mattress and blankets enough to close the camper for travel.

I learned a lot from this thread, and I plan to keep a close eye on my roof. I'm not sure what to do about closing it without sitting on the roof.

Someone mentioned a cover contributing to problems. We have no garage, so I've been using an "Elements" brand RV cover. It seems to be breathable fabric. Here in CO, the sun is brutal, so keeping the camper (and tires) covered is essential. The Elements cover has at least 4 shrouded ventilation ports at the roof line. Any thoughts on whether this is a net positive or negative for long-term durability?
__________________
Jim & Renee
2020 Jayco Jay Feather X-213
previously 2014 Forest River/Rockwood HW 277
2006 Ram 1500 4WD Crew with Firestone Airbags
Every weekend boondocking in the National Forests or at Lake Wellington
jimmoore13 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
crack, roo, roof

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:42 PM.