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Old 07-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #15
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Shopping for a new-to-us Class A and while a rubber roof on a nice motor home wouldn't be a deal breaker my default position is that I'd like to have fibreglass.

I've talked to a number of people however, many of whom have fibreglass roofs, and a common complaint is noise level when it is raining. One person described it as "deafening".

I know it is hard to describe noise level but I'm wondering exactly how bad is it? We travel with pets and they can be skittish enough as it is!
I would question this person's experience level? Or inquire/wonder "deafening" as compared to what?

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:27 PM   #16
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I'm sure that fiberglass roofs are noisier than rubber roofs in the rain, but the advantages FAR outweigh the disadvantages! To me there is no comparison! There is very little to go wrong with a fiberglass roof, even after many years of use. Just be sure they are sealed around the edges.

As I said, for me it's a no-brainer!

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Old 07-18-2013, 01:20 PM   #17
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I've had both and I don't hear any difference. I will say, my current coach has the FG roof and I would never get another rubber roof coach.
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We traded-in our 05 Grand Junction 5er with an EPDM roof covering for a 00 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom MH with a fiberglass roof. We seldom heard rain on the roof of the 5er, the MH sounds like it is raining heavily when actually it is only a sparse, light rain. I don't know, it may be the Grand Junction had much better insulation than this top-of-the-line Winnebago.
That said, I much prefer the fiberglass to EPDM material for a roof, and I liked an aluminum roof better than either one for durability and care-free use.
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Never noticed anything different than in a sticks and bricks house during a downpour.

If the sound of rain was "deafening" then the builder simply did not provide enough acoustical insulation.

When dry camping with another couple (not RV'ers), they just thought it was kind of "cozy" as the rain came down.

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The storm of the day just pasted while we sit in the motorhome north of Atlanta tonight, what sound we could hear was a soft patter...the storm wasn't nice it took our slider awning off at the seams, still very relaxing inside. Fiber glass roof no problem.
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Good info - thanks all. Fibreglass is still #1 on my wish list.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #22
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Had rubber, fiberglass and now EPDM. Fiberglass was louder, but the one I felt most comfortable with

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