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Old 08-04-2016, 05:03 PM   #1
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Rubber Roof Issue

Today we looked at a 2012 Keystone Cougar 274RLS. It's like new but when I went on the roof I noticed the rubber membrane is bubbled all over the roof. There were no holes or cracks but I'm concerned about the fact that the membrane separated from the roof in lots of areas.

Should I be concerned about this? We put a deposit on it.

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I'd pass on the unit. Current 2013 has no bubbles and the previous usnits with rubber roofs did not have bubbles.


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If you could get the unit at a discount... I would draw a small circle on each bubble... I'd consider putting a hole in each bubble with a needle and letting the air out... I'd push in some adhesive... stick the membrane back down to the roof.... and put a dab of sealer on each pin hole... this is the type of repair a dealer would do.. if the unit was in the shop under warranty... and is a suitable repair...
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I'm with jelag a discount and if they repair it get a written warranty on the repairs, and no it's not normal to have bubbles in the membrane. Sounds like a bad glue job or the glue has broken down.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:53 PM   #5
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I'm with jelag a discount and if they repair it get a written warranty on the repairs, and no it's not normal to have bubbles in the membrane. Sounds like a bad glue job or the glue has broken down.
Fist question to ask is why wasn't it fixed under warranty?

Repairing the roof as described is a tedious task....do you only fix the 1" -1/2" bubbles or do double the work and fix the 3/8" bubble as well ....then there are the 1/4" bubbles. ...What it will look like in 4-5 year and how will the patch up affect the resale at that time.

If the rood isn't right, then what else? Some RVs start out wrong and move through the factory with mistakes being make on one after the other.

Unless the price is discounted more than the cost of replacing the roof I'd move on.....there are thousands of RVs (especially mass produced like Forrest River, Keystone, Jayco) out there for sale.

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That to me sounds like a roof that needs to be replaced,,, not repaired...
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Depending upon the size and location of the bubbles there is likely no real problem other than cosmetic. Unless there are holes the membrane will not leak. Do not intentionally poke holes in it unless you want it to leak.

Negotiate a discount if you and a clause that says if the bubbles increase in size the membrane will be replaced.

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