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Old 09-19-2019, 12:04 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
My wife and I are considering buying a 2002 Sightseer 30 with low miles. It has a rubber roof and I wonder if this could be a maintenance nightmare. Comments would be appreciated.

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Old 09-19-2019, 12:19 PM   #2
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That year Winnebago has a fiberglass roof. You just need to check the attachment along the rails for loose spots. This forum has many posts about checking and fixing the roof.

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Old 09-19-2019, 10:50 PM   #3
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We have an 03 Itasca Sunova, same as the Sightseer. Bought it new in early 2003 and have really enjoyed it. The Workhorse chassis has had a few hiccups over the years and the decals show their age, otherwise the coach itself has held up great. Everything is original and still working (knocking on wood).

Ours has a fiberglass roof so I figured the 2002 model should as well. Just looked up the brochure and sure enough, it shows the 02 models to have the fiberglass roof.

Here's the brochure if you're interested.

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Old 09-20-2019, 03:35 AM   #4
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Yes, be sure to check the channel on each side of the fiberglass roof....where the fiberglass curves down the side into a small channel.
This has to be completely sealed.

I noticed that my seal was beginning to fail so I removed all of the old sealant, cleaned the channel, and resealed the "gutter" with the recommended sealant/adhesive.
Took about all day, but worth the time.
1 1/2 years later and the channel is still secure.

Also check for other leak sources, eg. the skylight.

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Old 09-20-2019, 09:49 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:09 PM   #6
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So far the statement that the Sightseer came standard with a fiberglass roof is true. The recommendation to replace the adhesive-sealant along the J-Groove channel is spot-on. But, consider what would have happened if the channel sealant had not been replaced and the thin fiberglass overlay popped out of the channel was subsequently torn away from the substrate. Wouldn't the least expensive way to repair the roof be the use of TPO or EPDM coverings?

If the roof really does have a flexible material covering, I'd be more likely to pass up that coach. It's been jerry-rigged instead of properly repaired after a roof damaging incident.
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