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Old 06-24-2019, 10:45 PM   #1
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Brite-Tek Roof and Exposed Screws

I just picked up my 2019 Bay Star motorhome on Saturday. During our recent PDI I was inspecting the roof and noticed that along the edges Newmar secures the roof with what appears to be an aluminum channel with lots of screws. The edges of the channel are caulked, but I was surprised to see that none of the screw heads were sealed. The tech said that this is how all Newmar rigs are done and that I could put it on my punch list and have them caulked as a warranty item if I insisted it be done as they have to get approval from Newmar. Iím just wondering if the installation sounds normal for those of you with the Brite-Tek roof.

Thanks for the help.
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I just picked up my 2019 Bay Star motorhome on Saturday. During our recent PDI I was inspecting the roof and noticed that along the edges Newmar secures the roof with what appears to be an aluminum channel with lots of screws. The edges of the channel are caulked, but I was surprised to see that none of the screw heads were sealed. The tech said that this is how all Newmar rigs are done and that I could put it on my punch list and have them caulked as a warranty item if I insisted it be done as they have to get approval from Newmar. Iím just wondering if the installation sounds normal for those of you with the Brite-Tek roof.

Thanks for the help.
Covered the channels/screws with a double layer of Eterna Bond tape. Found some of the screws loose when doing so.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:28 AM   #3
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My BSS roof is the same way. So far after three years no issues.
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Yea, I was a bit shocked at mine as well. Seems what they do is run a bead of dicor/caulk, then put down the metal channel and screw it down. I guess the theory is the screws are sealed as they go through the dicor.

My Ventana roof.

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Itís was just odd to me as all of my previous rigs have never had exposed screws, but it does appear to be ďthe wayĒ on Newmarís. I do frequent roof inspections and Iíll keep an eye on things.

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Itís was just odd to me as all of my previous rigs have never had exposed screws, but it does appear to be ďthe wayĒ on Newmarís. I do frequent roof inspections and Iíll keep an eye on things.

Thanks everyone.
Yea, I was shocked when I first checked out the roof. Really expected it to be completely covered with Dicor.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:17 PM   #7
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Until a year ago I had a 2003 Dutchstar with a BriteTec roof. The aluminum rails were held exactly as you describe without any coating over the screws.
After fifteen years the roof was like new and never leaked. I think Newmar has a pretty good handle on how to install their BriteTec roof.
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I replaced about 150 of those screws which were starting to show signs of rust from the A/C condensation. Than I covered all of them with Dicor sealant.

If the dealer is willing, have all of the screws sealed.
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Yes that's the way they have done the roof for years starting with my 98 coach, you can eventually add the E-BOND Tape as you will find a picture in this link from QT's 1 & 2.
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My 2017 Baystar is the same. Exposed screw heads. I perform an annual roof inspection and would consider Dicor over them but so far no leaks or appearance change around the edges
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My 7 year old Baystar is the same. So far it has been leak free, but I have noticed that some of the screw heads show signs of rust. May be time to cover them or perhaps replace them, although that sounds like a big job.
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