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Old 08-02-2012, 08:23 AM   #1
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Roof issues

I have a 38ft 2005 Sierra Toybox 5th wheel. I notice when I was up on the ladder on a windy day looking across the roof, I saw air getting under the fabric roof. I have called around locally to get a new roof and was quoted about $5,000. There has to be another option. Is there any suggestions.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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Dan,

When you say fabric roof, do you mean TPO or EDPM "rubber" roof covering? Are you saying you can see air blowing in under the roof covering? If so, you may be able to seal the roof by either using Dicor roof seal, or Eternabond Roof Seal tape. If the roof covering has pulled out from under the edge rail, and the sub roof is still intact, you may be able to add something beside the edge rail that will hold the roof material down. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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I doubt if air is getting under the roof, air moving across the roof is creating a lower pressure above the fabric allowing the higher pressure air lift the fabric up. Sorry, retired science teacher here. Unless the fabric is 'fluttering' in the wind, I don't think it is a big problem. You could inject adhesive under the fabric to glue it to the roof, put a new coat of sealant/rubber roof coating and be done for many years, except for annual checking and caulking. Perhaps just a new roof coating will stiffen the fabric enough it won't move in the wind. I don't think you need a new roof, just some attention.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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Where is raising up at? We had a big bubble in the front of our previous 5th wheel. The guy who repaired it loosened the side trim, carefully pulled back the loose material, and put new adhesive down. Looked like new and held up as long as we owned the 5th wheel.
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X2 on rolling it back and reglueing it. They use contact adhesive. Same stuff used to apply formica to plywood. Can buy it at Lowes. Be sure it is a fresh can. Should be very liquid when first opened, not stringy. need to apply it to both surfaces then let it get tacky. When fabric contacts roof it will not move again. Thus CONTACT cement. Do a small area at a time and have compotent help. Good luck
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X2 on rolling it back and reglueing it. They use contact adhesive. Same stuff used to apply formica to plywood. Can buy it at Lowes. Be sure it is a fresh can. Should be very liquid when first opened, not stringy. need to apply it to both surfaces then let it get tacky. When fabric contacts roof it will not move again. Thus CONTACT cement. Do a small area at a time and have competent help. Good luck
Be careful of that! Some roofs require a water based glue as the others have solvents in them that ruin the roofing material. You'll need to know what roofing you have in order to know what glue to use.
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