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Old 04-12-2015, 02:43 AM   #1
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Tehachapi CA
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Red face Leaking roof

Just went full time 2 weeks ago, drove from California to Ohio on 40/66 and 70 through the middle of the country. The roads in many of the states liked to have shook our teeth out, we were driving 50-55 mph a lot of the time. Got into some storms as we overnighted in OK, but didn't notice any problems until we got to Ohio where we are going to stay.

Since arriving we have had nothing but rain and thunderstorms and discovered we had a couple of pretty good roof leaks, especially around the skylight in the bathroom. Water running through the motorhome when we came back from a shopping trip. What a mess. Had a let up the next day so I climbed topside and tried to seal anything that even looked like it might leak, started raining again that afternoon, and the same problem, but not quite as bad.

Called National General Ins (Good Sam's) and they asked when the last time the seams were resealed and I didn't know, we have had the rig for about 2 years and have inspected it, but not resealed it. They said first that we were supposed to have the seams resealed every 6 months and if there were signs of hail damage from the storm they would cover repairs, but not for general wear and tear (which is to be expected).

The park we are in has a full service repair shop so they checked it out and told us We have holes in our slide toppers (apparently from hail), but our one piece fiberglass roof didn't show any damage, so it looks like we will be footing the bill for this hard and expensive lesson.

It is possible that the rough roads caused the seams to separate, but no real way to say. The Insurance did say they are having a third party review the case, but it doesn't look hopeful. It does look like they will pay to replace the damage toppers.

The shop is charging us $650 to strip all of the seams and reseal them. I know this is a lot of work and think this if pretty fair. The ceilings which are holding water will need to have 5 panels replace at another $1,600, again, for the amount of work they are doing, that didn't seem too bad, but having just retired it's taking money we don't have.

Bottom line is, if you have the ability, have your seems resealed before you think you have a problem, or it may be too late.

Russ & Melody
Tehachapi, CA
2005 Forest River Georgetown 37'5", Ford, 3 slides
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:59 AM   #2
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Columbus, OH
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I'm in Columbus, OH - what park are you in that has full-time rv service. Always looking for a reliable shop. We had a cracked skylight in our rig and had a hard time getting a good repair.
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