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Old 04-03-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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I have been in a few small discussions about the different types of roofs used on RVs. I thought I would take the questions to the largest group of RVers. Which type of roof do you like, rubber, metal or something else?
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The only roof I would have is a one piece fiberglass. It will last the life of the coach with very little care. I haven't seen a metal roof since my old 73 Winnebago, but I am sure there are a few still out there, however not very common on today's market.
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HR'S had two piece aluminum for a long time before the one piece fiberglass.
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One piece fiberglass. Still need to maintain and repair around perimeter and at all penetrations but the roof itself is much preferrred.
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My 93 Newmar Dutchstar has an aluminum roof. I don't like it but it's not leaking yet so I'm not going to replace it. I do however have to re-coat it with Dicor metal roof paint.

The heat soak that is coming through the roof is amazing with spots of bare aluminum.
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The only roof I would have is a one piece fiberglass. It will last the life of the coach with very little care. I haven't seen a metal roof since my old 73 Winnebago, but I am sure there are a few still out there, however not very common on today's market.
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I have had metal, rubber and fiberglass. I replaced the rubber roof on my 93 Allegro Bay with a one piece fiberglass roof and couldn't be happier.
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Only fiberglass roof I've ever had was .. Well, small

RV has RUBBER, it's fast coming up on 9 years old (next month) and I have no complaints... I mop it down a couple times a year with Spic & Span.

The last Trailer I had was fiberglass, All fiberglass, 2 pieces of fiberglass with an aluminum waste line.. I left it parked in one spot under a pine tree a bit too long and it got downright NASTY dirty out.. I wound up using very harsh cleaners.. Did not damage fiberglass.. I'm not so sure my rubber roof could have taken bleach full strength. (I know my trousers could not).

Metal,, That one was a constant pain in the maintenance system.
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I would only recommend a one piece fiberglass roof on an RV. EPDM rubber will chalk and discolor with age. In a humid environment it will mildew and turn black and green. Good luck getting it clean. TPO vinyl will tear much easier than fiberglass, wrinkles , and could turn yellow faster due to UV exposure.
Fiberglass is structurally superior and will stay beautiful for years. Winnebago is the only manufacturer I know that installs fiberglass on every motorhome they make, from small Class C's to their top of the line diesel pushers. Manufacturers that use anything else do so to save a few bucks. Buyer beware!
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