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Old 09-06-2014, 12:26 AM   #1
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Friendly Reminder - Roof Caulking

Friendly Reminder - Remember to inspect the caulking on your roof. I bought a new motorhome in 2013 (Itasca Sunstar 26HE) and had the RV dealership install a solar system.

Today, I had my motorhome at my local Ford dealership for an oil change and to replace the black/gray tank vents on the roof with 360 Siphon Vents. My Ford mechanic is a great mechanic and treats my motorhome like it was his.

Anyway, while he was replacing the roof vents, he noticed when the RV dealership installed the solar panels on the roof, they ran the wire in one of the access holes for the vent pipe, but did not properly seal it. My mechanic said water/rain was definitely leaking into the motorhome and would have been difficult to diagnose where the leak was coming from once it had started to show inside (most likely staining the carpet on the ceiling). He also said one of the existing black/gray vents was not properly sealed and the skylight for the shower overlapped it. He said it was a good thing I decided to replace these vents because that would have been a problem too.

Just a friendly reminder to carefully check the roof and ensure to inspect the work you have done on your motorhome.
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Winnebago requires owners to have their sealants inspected every 6 months according to my 2005 Suncruiser paperwork.

• Inspect all sealants, a minimum of every six
months.
* Inspect the moldings, windows, clearance
lights, compartment doors and all
their attachments.
* Check for cracks, voids, gaps, breaks,
adhesion, and any sign of physical deterioration.
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Winnebago requires owners to have their sealants inspected every 6 months according to my 2005 Suncruiser paperwork.

Inspect all sealants, a minimum of every six
months.
* Inspect the moldings, windows, clearance
lights, compartment doors and all
their attachments.
* Check for cracks, voids, gaps, breaks,
adhesion, and any sign of physical deterioration.

What bothers me is that these issues were not caused by deterioration, or by the movement or vibration of the motorhome. These issues were caused by poor workmanship from the factory and RV dealership. The issue with the skylight was discovered because I had the one vent removed and replaced with the 360 siphon vent. If I had not, the problem may not have been discovered until it was too late.
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