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Old 07-09-2015, 04:07 PM   #1
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Best Maintenance Free Roof?

What is the best maintenance free roof on the market for a 5th wheel or travel trailer? Thanks! in advance.
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I don't think there is such a thing as maintance free. They all have to be cleaned and recaulk sometime . Fiberglass or aluminum would be best.
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I think there are a couple of rubber roof replacements that require no calling and are very sturdy. The company that comes to mind is in Green Cove Slrings, FL. You could look at the RV Dreamers Blog/web page as they had this replacement roof installed. They are up front with everything concerning their full time lifestyle.
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IMO there is no such thing as a maintenance free roof. They all should have an annual inspection and the caulking around the vents, a/c and edges checked.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:38 AM   #5
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About the closest to maint. free would probably be the LineX spray on roof. I would still clean it, but it doesn't ever need caulking.
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I don't think there is such a thing as maintance free. They all have to be cleaned and recaulk sometime . Fiberglass or aluminum would be best.
While fiberglass and aluminum are marketed as the best, they also have their shortcomings.

Fiberglass roofs may eventually crack, (particularly Filon), but also while simply walking on the roof to clean it, or a hail storm.

Aluminum roofs are generally sturdier, but are not used on motorhomes so much. However, they are prone to eventual electrolytic erosion failure if there are any steel screws or rivets used in it's assembly.
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...would probably be the LineX spray on roof. I would still clean it, but it doesn't ever need caulking.
Sorry, but I'm not buying that. The seams on the edges and along the front & rear caps are still vulnerable to opening as the structure shifts during travel or when leveling on an uneven site. Coating over the seams works for awhile, but "never needs caulking" is over-optimistic in my opinion. Never is a long, long time...
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Rhino has a RV roof system called Eco-Coat, not the same product as the bed liners. As far as any seams, they radius over the edge so there are no seams on the flat surface. For full paint MH's they can paint that edge to match the sides. There are a couple RV mfrs. that have the Rhino roof as an option. Like Henry Ford they have any roof color choice as long as it is silver, which is supposed to make the inside cooler for the reflection factor, also for protection from UV damage. Again, any surface that can be seen from the ground can be painted to match by the installing dealer. Some installers have a lifetime warranty although Rhino doesn't offer it. There is a you-tube video showing the roof system install. The only question I have is, who is going to keep their RV for a lifetime. If you decide to have the Rhino Eco-Coat put on I would find a installer that if very familiar with RV roofs and has a track record that you can verify good applications. If I ever need to replace a roof the Rhino Eco-Coat is one I would seriously consider.
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Fiberglass is best all around...IMHO.
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