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Old 06-28-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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2012 RV Roof - Reseal?

Hi,

Below are some pictures I took of my RV's roof upon inspection.

1. Does this need to be resealed by a professional or is some extra caulking where the cracks are all I need to do?

Also the last picture is on the side rail. I though it was a bit odd...
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If it were me, It would be a "do-it-yourself" job. My 2013 tt looked just about like that when I was on the roof this spring. I got a caulk tube of Dicor Lap Sealant "self-leveling". Got on my hands and knees and inspected every seam. My front side to side seam just before it wraps over the front cap looked rather bad. Also the skylight cover over the shower needed some.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:24 AM   #4
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now would be a good time to scrub the roof then apply eternabond tape this way you won't have to worry about sealing the roof for years
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2500HD nailed it, use eternabond tape. I bought a 50 ft roll 4 inches wide from ebay for 58.00 with free shipping. I sealed the front cap and the rear cap and the skylight of my motor home NO MORE CAULKING HOORAY! EVER
All you have to do is remove all the old caulking with a putty knife, careful not to tear the rubber roof if that is what you have. Then I used some acetone from ACE hardware to clean the area where the tape would be applied and put it down.
I rolled out the tape for the end caps all the way across so there is no splice. Just be careful when you remove the backing of the tape cause when it touches something it is there forever (Eterna Bond). So just peel back a couple of inches and work your way across the coach. Around the other objects just cut for each side and put it down with an overlap at the corners. Cured all my coaches leaks.
Then if you have some stains on your ceiling as we did around the skylight for the shower, use another product called Instagone this stuff is MAGIC. You spray it on and the stain disappears before your eyes! It works. I bought mine again from E-bay, big fan, you can probably find it on Amazon also.
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Thank you all for your help. I am leaning towards the eternabond solution but am limited to the horizontal roof area. What would be an alternative for the sidewall caulking that appears to have rotted as shown below. Thanks
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And this is on a 2012 RV ?
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And this is on a 2012 RV ?
Yes
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Seems like a lot of repair for such a new rig. Our is 2011 and this spring everything looked good. And if you think you have rot, deal with it before you close up the area with Dicor or Eternabond. Which ever method you use watch the you tube videos, because this is a job you can do yourself.
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Hi George1285,
Consider Flex Seal. It works advertised. It is easy to apply. Google "flex seal" for places to purchase.
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How could I tell if this is rot or just a break in the seal/caulking?
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George1285,
Good question. The only way is to tear it apart.

If you decide not to do that, water travels down hill. EternaBond the roof and Flex Seal the opening on the side. If it is rot, it should not spread and it should dry out.
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George1285,
Good question. The only way is to tear it apart.

If you decide not to do that, water travels down hill. EternaBond the roof and Flex Seal the opening on the side. If it is rot, it should not spread and it should dry out.
Thank you! I just bought the RV a couple months ago from a dealer in So Cal. I wish I would have known what to look for prior to purchasing it. It wasn't until I decided to start doing all the preventative maintenance that I came across this. Thanks
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I just upgraded to an 07....I took a look at the calking on the roof & most if not all was just cracking.

I go a bucket of sopy water & a brush, scrubbed the calk likes to clean them up, let it dry for about 30 + minutes & used lap sealant to cover the cracks. Make sure that lap selant is at room temp, Lay them on the roof to warm up.

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