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Old 02-26-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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New RV Owner_ Roof Pealing/Bubbling/Seperated_Need HELP

Hello Fellow RV enthusiasts,
I just purchased a 1975 Dodge Sportsman 22' 360 V-8 with a Dreamliner Cab?? I think that's how to refer to the "house" portion of the RV.

I was in a Dream like status when I purchased this RV and did not notice the wood rot in the "overcab" {Bed above the driver and passenger} OR that the roof sealant actually separated from what i believe is a diamond aluminum roof. I hope the pictures help with clarifying anything i am misrepresenting.

The rain is coming and I don't have a permanent structure cover the whole rig in order to continue work without getting anymore moisture inside.

I was thinking of getting a large 30' x 40' tarp to drape it over the whole RV while I work on opening up the Overcab to remove the wood rot before sealing the entire roof. .....

OR..

Should I strip the roof off of all it's "sealant" , clean it up with mineral spirits and lay down some Liquid Roof BEFORE i start working on removing the Overcab front aluminum cover to fix the overcab.


I'm just not sure which end to start on. I don't have the budget to do both.

Any suggestions...
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Old 02-26-2015, 05:20 PM   #2
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pictures attached?? hopefully

Hopefully these pictures I uploaded managed to work.
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Old 02-26-2015, 05:27 PM   #3
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If you strip and seal before the repair, you will fight your own caulk...I would cover it with the tarp and proceed in that manner. I would also go from the top down for the repair, not the bottom up.

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Old 02-26-2015, 05:36 PM   #4
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Thanks Tim, I was thinking that but needed confirmation that it was madness and double the work.

So I'm guessing the plan is to Tarp the RV when it rains all the while removing the sealant to investigate the full extent of the damage and repairs. Maybe then I'll be able to see why I'm having such difficulty in removing the Bed from the Over-cab. Passenger side is very loose and i can easily lift it from the frame, yet the driver side seems to appear glued/screwed down to the frame??? not sure if it's due to the fact that the passenger side wall is gone ( wood rot).
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:14 AM   #5
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first of all welcome to
yes tim gave you the best advise,,,work from the top down,, i also ran into your problem on my first mh,..lol..you have found a great website here with alot of great people and they are full of helpfull advise and are eager to help......i have learned so very much here in just a short time by reading other peoples build threads,,,

best of luck with your project...
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:07 PM   #6
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So far I've removed the cracked and loose sealant around potential leak spots. I stopped trying to remove the whole sealant layer on the front since it looks to be intact for the most part.

Since rain is in the forecast for tonight and all tomorrow, I had to end it for the day and get her under a big blue tarp.

thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions and motivation.
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Progress Report

Quick little update.

I removed the siding and screw( what was left, some were so rusted it crumbled as I attempted to remove them). Front aluminum panel and began separating the side panels as well. Will be cutting screws that are holding bed in place and parts of the wall that have rotted away.
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