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Old 06-01-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Soft Roof

Should I avoid looking to purchase motorhomes that generally have soft roofs?

To clarify, I'm not asking about a soft spot in the roof, but rather when the whole roof is soft and gives a little bit under my weight (170lbs) as I walk the roof. I've noticed some roofs are rock solid and don't give at all like the '94 Thor Residency and some roofs in good condition are generally soft like a Georgie Boy Cruise Master. I would assume that's a difference in construction materials and design rather than a maintenance issue and I'm thinking it's not an absolute deal breaker, but I thought it best to ask.
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Deal breaker for me
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Soft roof= thin underlayment. To me that would be a symptom of cheap construction of the whole RV.
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I wouldn't get one. Even our 92 Eagle did not have a soft roof. Even though it had had some leaks it was steel all underneath and we were over every inch of the thing and there is nothing soft. I replaced the skylights and all had steel, so hard I had to drive pilot holes and use self taping screws.

I agree with others either thin underlayment or bad roof.

Also my all aluminum 1983 Silver Streaks have aluminum frames and no soft roofs. One has a front window we have to seal but neither one leaks through the roof. Talk about quality.
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Soft roof= thin underlayment. To me that would be a symptom of cheap construction of the whole RV.
Exactly what I was thinking......

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Exactly what I was thinking......

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Thank you all for the feedback. I appreciate it.
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At best it is thin underlayment; at worst it is a rotten roof. Neither one is a good thing.
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Yeah, but a soft roof would suggest 'lightness' so you'd get better fuel mileage.
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^ Perhaps. Although aluminum constructions is lighter than wood construction. That has me thinking it's not just about weight, but about cost of materials.
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Not worth going any further with this coach, you will always be concerned with the roof if you did. Been there done that. You want to spend your money on something you have no doubts about. Happy MH hunting.
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^ Thank you.
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GeorgieBoy roof construction: ducted structural foam, aluminum framing with luan and then the rubber roofing. I've had two, 1990 CruiseMaster for 10 years and my present Landau since 2001, original owner. Never had a problem with either roof. The "soft" feel is probably due to the styrofoam but it is durable, structurally sound... No problem walking on the roof, cleaning, annual seal/re-caulk etc...
Georgie Boy advertises that all framing above the floor is aluminum and the metal compartments below the floor are galvanized.

FWIW, only roof leak was on the Landau shortly after purchase, dealer overtightened screws on skylight and cracked the plastic, replaced skylight 2-3 weeks later.



Hope this helps...
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if the roof is soft check the ceiling inside because it could(dose)have a leak.
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