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Old 04-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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New Roof Or New 5th Wheel???

We have a section of our 15 year old 5th wheel that has gotten wet and it is now pretty much "soft" We brought it to an RV place to get an estimate. They would not guarantee it, said about $1600 just to take that section off, did not recommend moving it after that (so no more camping) and said it would cost more than it was worth to replace the enitre roof than the 5th wheel was worth. Does this sound right?? We live in Alaska where prices are a bit higher than down the states. If we live it and just fix the place where it is leaking, I imagine the rot/soft spot will move along the roof to the entire length???

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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I spent $5000 on a new roof. I grazed a tree with my new then 2010 Montana. It scraped 16 feet of roof and pealed back some of the roof. No structural damage. They replaced the entire roof. It took about one week. It is mostly labor intensive. Everything up there has to come off, air conditioners, vents, skylights, ladder, etc., then be put back.

Based on the value of a 15 year old unit with a rotted roof, I'd junk it.

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Old 04-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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Based on the value of a 15 year old unit with a rotted roof, I'd junk it.

Hate to say it but, when you're right......... you are right...
Even if you buy used instead of new you will be better off junking it out....
or moving all you 5th wheel internals to a bus per say.. Lots of them on the road too.... Check out skoolies.net for bus info.
Good luck on you choice and the process.
If cost is a LOT cheaper in the lower 48 it might benefit you to travel south and pick up another unit if possible.....

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Old 04-17-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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What kind of roof structure do you have? What model trailer? My alpenlite has 1/2 in plywood just under the rubber roof. Had a section get wet and soft. Cut rubber to roll it back replaced damaged area, glued rubber back down with contact cement. Taped seams with Endurabond. Covered the whole roof with EDPM rubber roof compound. Lots of diy labor and $800.00 in parts. My trailer is 18 yrs old and still worth $10,000.00
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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Roof repair

Try to sell it as is or as others have suggested sell it for parts. Take your time to find another unit. Search the internet and travel to a cheaper area in the lower 48 for a better deal.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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I'm with oldbeek. If you are fairly handy and can get some time under something like a pole barn you can fix your rig better than what you could buy for a whole lot less. Especially in Alaska. Your assertion that the rot will spread even if you fix the leak is not necessarily true.

Now if you are feeling the itch to get a new rig, by all means take the Marine Ferry to Washington state, find a replacement, and then haul it back to the Last Frontier.

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