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Old 03-01-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Help me with deciding on roof

I have had lots of different RV's. The diesel pusher was the best, but no matter what, I want my next one to be a class A -- Less work.

My last class A had a fiberglass roof, I think I want that again. Or will get an aluminum roof. I don't want "rubber" again.

I will buy pre-owned -- much better value. Problem is, I don't know what brands and models have which roof.

Year range will be 2000 to 2010, for those years. Who has what roof?
Thanks for helping me with my research. I have been on this forum through lots of changes in my RV life. It has been great.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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Hi Kiwi,
Some Newmar Mountain Aire CA's had a fiberglass roof. Not sure which years. If you find a Newmar Mountain Aire CA, one will need to ask. However, if the roof is not fiberglass it will be BriteTEC. For me, BriteTEC is as good as fiberglass. My roof is BriteTEC. It has been through 10 years of tornados, hurricanes and Florida sun. I wash it once a year and it looks almost as good as the day I took delivery (new).
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Hi Kiwi,
Some Newmar Mountain Aire CA's had a fiberglass roof. Not sure which years. If you find a Newmar Mountain Aire CA, one will need to ask. However, if the roof is not fiberglass it will be BriteTEC. For me, BriteTEC is as good as fiberglass. My roof is BriteTEC. It has been through 10 years of tornados, hurricanes and Florida sun. I wash it once a year and it looks almost as good as the day I took delivery (new).
I can say the same for my BriteTEK. Good as the day it was put on.
I think I read somewhere these roofs are good for 25 years with proper maintenance but I could be wrong.
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I'm glad I clicked on this post because I too really didn't know what to think about the rubber roof. So I take it as not being a deal breaker. I guess ask how old the roof is and then how do you know is condition other than just looking at it. Will it show some aging or cracking?
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I replaced the rubber roof on our 5er after 10 years. Nothing wrong with the rubber but the manufacturer did not do a good job with installing the air conditioner. The roof leaked and I had to replace the sheeting. Could have reused the rubber if I would have taken the time to clean up the rubber.

It was easier to spend 500 for new EPDM after replacing the roof sheeting with plywood.

The old rubber showed very little aging. Would have been good for at least another 10 years.

We have a fiberglass roof on the MH. The rubber roof is much quieter.
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I've had both and can't tell the difference. Do the required maintenance and they shall last a long time. But like I told my better half, don't get the horse before the barn.
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I'm glad I clicked on this post because I too really didn't know what to think about the rubber roof. So I take it as not being a deal breaker. I guess ask how old the roof is and then how do you know is condition other than just looking at it. Will it show some aging or cracking?
There are signs (that I am aware of) as to the condition of a rubber roof.

- Look for black or dark spots indicating the white coating has deteriorated.
- look for bubbles which indicate the rubber is no longer bonded to the sub structure (plywood)
- look at all the joints for signs of cracking/peeling. This is not a bad thing, it just means some elbow grease to remove old caulking (Dicor Self Levelling Sealant) clean and reseal. There is a product called Eternabond that is being used to recondition old joints with success but I have not used it.
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I replaced the rubber roof on our 5er after 10 years. Nothing wrong with the rubber but the manufacturer did not do a good job with installing the air conditioner. The roof leaked and I had to replace the sheeting. Could have reused the rubber if I would have taken the time to clean up the rubber.

It was easier to spend 500 for new EPDM after replacing the roof sheeting with plywood.

The old rubber showed very little aging. Would have been good for at least another 10 years.

We have a fiberglass roof on the MH. The rubber roof is much quieter.

I figured they were probably much quieter especially in a hail storm
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I have a 2005 Newmar Kountry Star gasser and it has a fiberglass roof. It was an option installed when the original owner ordered the coach. So if looking used you proceed to climb up and look.
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Any Winnebago has fiberglass. I also believe that Tiffins have fiberglass roofs. You do have to do maintenance on all of them on a regular basis.
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If you are one to park in the shade under trees, avoid rubber roofs as the tree branches are like to poke holes in the rubber. The "little" holes are very difficult to spot when doing maintenance inspections. As to fiberglass being noisey, if it really bothers you paint a coat of rubberized material on it.
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I have had fiberglass on a Winnebago so I know they use fiberglass, EDPM on a 5ver and now a TPO on my Fleetwood. I prefer the TPO. It is quieter as others have said and no black streks like the EDPM. TPO is used on commercial buildings as is EDPM. So far I am happy with TPO over the others. I don't know if Fleetwood uses TPO on all rigs.
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