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Old 08-05-2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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Do I have a problem?

While doing my weekly walk around of my trailer I looked up and saw what appeared to be a tear in TPO on the edge of my roof. I climbed up there and while it's not a tear it does appear there is something that is pushing against the membrane. It hasn't come through yet but I'm concerned it may in the future. There is no wood in the roof. It is all composite material. Do I have a problem and what would be the fix should it come through? My trailer is an orphan as Evergreen recently went out of business. Thanks for your help.Click image for larger version

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Hard to tell scale of the raised section. A staple or other fastener could be working loose. A gentle tap with a hammer on a piece of soft wood covering the raised item might make it flat again. If the roof gets torn, Eternabond tape is a very good product.
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Can you take the drip rail off and lift the TPO enough to look underneath? While tough to determine scale from the picture is does appear to be a staple pulling out.
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I thought about tapping the two spots down but was worried that it might go ahead and push through. Eternabond is what I was thinking too. I may go ahead and cover the two areas. One is about the size of a nail head and the other is about an inch long. These are the only two spots I've found. Thanks for the response.
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Can you take the drip rail off and lift the TPO enough to look underneath? While tough to determine scale from the picture is does appear to be a staple pulling out.
One of the great things about this trailer (or not) is the glue is mechanically applied. Meaning every inch has glue on it. At least that's what we were told. I don't know if it can be pulled up. What ever is under there is much larger than a staple, say an inch or a little more. We check the roof routinely and it has not been moved since spring. This is the only spot I've found.
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Can you send a photograph to the factory and ask if they have any suggestions for what it could be?


Underlying this it could be advisable to leave it alone and keep an eye on it. If it pokes through or is close apply a layer of Eternabond tape. Or at that point hammer it down and then apply the tape.
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A shot in the dark here, but perhaps they used metal over the radius of the roof, and that is a very long staple, working its way out ?
It seems to me that post #2 and #3 have the best suggestions. It doesn't appear to be close to an end of the RV, so post #2 would be the better idea.
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Hard to tell scale of the raised section. A staple or other fastener could be working loose. A gentle tap with a hammer on a piece of soft wood covering the raised item might make it flat again. If the roof gets torn, Eternabond tape is a very good product.
Agreed!
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Agreed!

I had a similar protrusion. After 3 yrs and hitting a few limbs it finally sliced through. You can pound it in w/a soft wood backer, repair w/ eternabond now or wait until later.
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Thanks guy's. I think I'll watch it a little while and see what happens and then take your advice. My trailer was orphaned a couple of months ago so talking with the factory is out. Lost a year's warranty on that. But thanks again and happy camping.
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