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Old 12-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Roof Rack Removal?

I have been repairing quite a few roof leaks on my 89 Winnie Chieftain. I can see quite a potential for leaks around the mounts for the roof ladder and luggage rack assembly, so I am considering removing them completely and covering the mounting points with new metal and Eternabond tape. Have any of you removed your rack, and have you lived to regret it?
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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with the old 82 Allegro, we used to just slatther up the kool-seal over the mounts and never had any trouble. I would think thats saffer than removal and band-aiding the old holes ...... Not sure tho, we are talking 1996 last time ever messed with a roof with a rack or a non full piece foof
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:52 AM   #3
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I got rid of mine along with the ladder and all thru-roof mounting points (and the sides as well). I probably eliminated 400 leak points. Patching is ok until you replace your roof. I did mine in fiberglass. It was a ton of work but if should never leak. If I get a hole, it's easy to fix.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:11 AM   #4
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If you've sealed the area and still have leaks, I think it's a pretty good plan? Unless your screw holes are stripped, not sure reinforcing/adding metal is even necessary. What you'll likely find is that at some point, somebody has done an improper repair, then tried to gob sealant on to fix/cover up the issue. Just me, but I'd reinstall the rack and ladder, or at least the ladder, as I use mine on occasion.

Taking it down to bare metal and starting over again is about the only way to deal with it. Properly done, the repair should be as good as new and last for many years if properly maintained. -Al
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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Roof Rack

Thanks for the input. I have leaks in other areas, but I am not sure if the rack mounts are involved or not. Each of them have been slathered with some sealant from hell so many times that I can't even see their bases, so I don't know if they are leaking. I am going to remove them as part of my repair scheme, but just don't know if I should eliminate them completely or not. It just seems that it would eleminate a lot of potential leak sites. I am new at Class A stuff, so I just don't know , reallistically how often I would ever need that rack, but at the same time, I wonder if there should have EVER been a rack there.
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Regarding the rack, I think it's a carry over from the station wagons of the day? I have never seen anyone carry much up there. Maybe a spare tire? Even if you had the need and were willing to go through the hassle of getting it up there and securing it?

Your call...
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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ahicks, I think you've convinced me to just remove the thing. I don't see where I will ever need it. I may leave the ladder just for access.
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