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Old 07-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Fiberglass Roof: How Noisy?

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!

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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I think you will find responses to your question very confusing as I would expect a wide variety of answers. It will depend on the quality of the coach and degree of insulation. Mine is as quiet as the mh i had with a rubber roof. Quieter than the one with an aluminum roof. If your that concerned get out the hose and get it wet before you buy. Imo

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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For us it would be a deal breaker if the MH did NOT have a fiberglass roof.
I believe our Tiffin fiberglass is quieter than our previous other brand MH with EPDM type.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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Not sure if my MH has EPDM... white plastic looking material?

But it is LOUD when it rains! I don't mind it though... for some reason it is a comforting sound to me. Maybe because for years I tent camped and knew the next day would SUCK when I heard that sound in a tent!!

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Old 07-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #5
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it also depends on the MH as the higher end ones are much queiter in my opinion. our LA is very quite in the rain unless its hails then I can hear it but you can in all.. jeff
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:03 PM   #6
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I'm on my second Newmar MH, the first had EPDM, this one has fiberglass. I don't hear any difference and I like the maintenence on the fiberglass a lot better
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by greatlakes View Post
I think you will find responses to your question very confusing as I would expect a wide variety of answers.
So far not confusing at all!
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:25 PM   #8
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Had rubber on our 2001 Gulfstream and now have fiberglass on 06 Surf Side. I can see no difference in noise level from rain.
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Have had both fiberglass and BriteTek on Newmar DSDP's. The BriteTek is quieter BUT we also have the optional roof insulation in the 2002. Both rigs also had dual pane windows but the 2000 didn't have the extra roof insulation.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:35 PM   #10
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This is my second fiberglass roof no problems with noise sleep like a baby.
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We have had both, first rubber, now fiberglass. It is hard to remember sound levels but both my wife and I really do not think there is much difference between the two. There is a huge difference in maintenance though, and fiberglass is much easier to keep looking good.
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If you are going for a high end model fiberglass will be standard as that what customers demand. Just did the Newmar factory tour and they are now offering fiberglass as an option on most of their models to be competitive with other manufacturers. Alpine Coach had fiberglass roofs from day 1 in 1998 so that is the way it is. Noise may be more an issue of how much insulation there is. Mine is 5" thick.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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We have 2004 Dutch Star w/fiberglass roof. Wife & I have both commented on it being much quieter than our roof on our previous Dolphin MH, We enjoy hearing the"pitter patter" of rain on the roof. We hardly hear it anymore. Don
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #14
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We have had both. Much prefer fiberglass. Noise level about the same as old MH with rubber.

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