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Old 04-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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Roof issue!

It's amazing how they clean up. My son called me over to his house the other day to see his new to him Sportsmaster by Kit. Not sure of the age but it really looked pretty good. I helped him go through stove, furnace, water heater, fridge, air conditioner, toilet and lighting inside and out. Everything worked just as the seller said they did. Unit looked clean and well kept Except a little softness in bathroom floor. Further investigation revealed there had been a major water issues at some point, but system was fine .
Up to the roof, man what a surprise! I assumed it was a rubber roof at some point, but now it was a cloth stretched over the unit with a little bit of rubberization herel and there that just hadn't worn off yet.
Here's the question, son doesn't want to sink a lot of money in camper, he purchased it at a very cheap price and is considering two course of action. One is a big blue tarp stretched over it once he gets to campground, second is some rubber stuff advertised on TV that comes in spray can.
Anyone used this stuff or have any suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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I wouldn't use the spray rubber, too much damage can be done to the roof, ceiling, and structure when it fails. A new EDPM rubber membrane should be put on or look to the new roof products like offered here:

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Rhino Linings RV Roof Repair - YouTube
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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They sell stuff at rv supply house made to paint on rv roofs. Try searching rv roof repair on youtube, should be a video showing how to do it.
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You can buy liquid roof that can be rolled on for about 70.00 a gallon.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #5
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I'm not sure ANY roof coating would be step one. Remember, OP said, "Up to the roof, man what a surprise! I assumed it was a rubber roof at some point, but now it was a cloth stretched over the unit with a little bit of rubberization herel and there that just hadn't worn off yet."
The roof coatings are to cover and rejuvenate an intact EDPM membrane. Doesn't sound like that's what's up there. If the camper is worth anything, a bandaid is not a wise repair. Any coating, on a bad membrane, will fail. That would mean mold, rot, and junking the unit. Spend a bit now to make it leakproof and good for years to come. If you go cheap now, what about the next repair? the next? It just goes on and on.
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Spend a bit now to make it leakproof and good for years to come. If you go cheap now, what about the next repair? the next? It just goes on and on.

I have to second this. There are no cheap quick fixes for some things.

The bad roof is probably why he got such a good deal on it.
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