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Old 11-11-2010, 08:41 AM   #1
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Jayco FS roof mods...

Guys, I got some nice RV eternabond tape for the roof seams on my Jayco FS 197... Planning on removing the factory and dealer caulk and taping everything up . Now the question comes to mind ... Since I'm doing this , I'd might as well change out the roof material ... Never been happy at all with Jayco's TPO , which is waaaaay too thin and any little thing at all cuts or punches through , producing a potential leak . Thinking for a bit more trouble (got all winter) I could get some really GOOD thick rubber roof material ... something a little more durable ... Although my dealer casually called my trailer "disposable" , I'm trying to make it last ... just a bit ..

Also , I have another layer of ply on my roof , so now it's 1/4" thick instead of the factory's 1/8" thick ply... a dealer repair done after a wayward limb punched little holes in the roof ... He just glued another roof part on top ...

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated...
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That's how new roofs are added. A new layer of sheeting and then the roofing material. It's nearly impossible to remove the old roofing material from the existing sheeting and you can't or shouldn't apply new roofing over the old, so you might want to rethink this. If the new roof is in good condition, it might be wise to maintain it and get as much life out of it as possible before doing it again.
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Ok, that makes sense !!! We'll just have to keep an eye on it then!!! Thanks Unit !!!
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I saw a article about this over on another forum and that exactly what the owner did. He carefully stripped up the old rubber roof and inspect the wood underneth it. Laid a new piece of wood over the top of the old wood gluing and screwing everything. Then install the new rubber roof on top. Looked excellent. But the down side was it cost a bit to do it...
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:51 AM   #5
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Mopar ... it was probably less costly than having a dealer do it ..... My Jayco dealer charged my insurance company $5000 to do the same thing on my 20' Feather Sport ... One third the price of the whole trailer , a price I found ridiculously excessive ... Besides , I didn't get a real rubber roof , but just another TPO (Thin vinyl tablecloth) over the repairs ... I don't know about you guys , but I'd rather have a real rubber roof than that cheap thin c**p... I don't know if Jayco is still using that stuff, But I'd stay away from anything with that material on the roof ... anything touches it and you have a leak ... plus it has a fabric attached to the underside that wicks water all over the place .... good for Dealers , bad for me ...

If I have any more problems , I'm going to replace the roof with a sheet of Aluminum ... something that should have been done from the getgo ... Jayco had all manner of excuses for using the cheap stuff ... weight (?) and Price point .... quality was never mentioned... and all problems were quickly referred to the dealer ... We already know about him ...
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