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Old 07-30-2007, 11:46 AM   #1
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For those that own a Monaco product - or any RV for that matter.

I have been doing some normal maintenance on my 07 HR Ambassador. I found I needed to replace some of the caulking that was starting to lift off the fiberglass roof. No leaks, but figured I better get it done so I don't have that problem. To be sure, I took a heat gun and putty knife and removed the entire caulking along the side, This is where the awning "L" bracket attaches to the single piece fiberglass roof. I figured it would be best if I cleaned it and resealed it. While my coach is still under warranty, I figured it would be best, for me, if I did it myself since I am a bit picky about such things.

The caulking that was done closest to the edge of the awning is in perfect shape, so I don't need to mess with that. Since the roof is rounded where it meets the side, they installed an "L" piece of aluminum the whole length of the awning so that the awning has a flat surface to attach to.

I'm sure most of you have read or used Eternabond tape. Kind of spendy for a 50 foot roll, but no water will get underneath it. Guaranteed to be flexible, pliable and fused in a temperature range of -70? F to over 200? F!

Very impressed with this stuff.

I know pictures tell the story better, so I attached a couple.

Caulking coming loose on the white fiberglass roof and awning "L" bracket.





After it was removed.





Now with the Eternabond tape sealant.





You can see that Monaco (the maker of the coach) used this same tape around skylights and on the front edge of the cap and back end cap, so I guess they figured it was not necessary for this "L" shaped section for the awning. Of course, by replacing the standard caulking with the tape, which has a cleaner edge, it channels water off the roof quicker.

I still need to put down some self leveling Dicor sealant around the screw heads - which is todays project. Other wise, my little project is done.
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
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I have been doing some normal maintenance on my 07 HR Ambassador. I found I needed to replace some of the caulking that was starting to lift off the fiberglass roof. No leaks, but figured I better get it done so I don't have that problem. To be sure, I took a heat gun and putty knife and removed the entire caulking along the side, This is where the awning "L" bracket attaches to the single piece fiberglass roof. I figured it would be best if I cleaned it and resealed it. While my coach is still under warranty, I figured it would be best, for me, if I did it myself since I am a bit picky about such things.

The caulking that was done closest to the edge of the awning is in perfect shape, so I don't need to mess with that. Since the roof is rounded where it meets the side, they installed an "L" piece of aluminum the whole length of the awning so that the awning has a flat surface to attach to.

I'm sure most of you have read or used Eternabond tape. Kind of spendy for a 50 foot roll, but no water will get underneath it. Guaranteed to be flexible, pliable and fused in a temperature range of -70? F to over 200? F!

Very impressed with this stuff.

I know pictures tell the story better, so I attached a couple.

Caulking coming loose on the white fiberglass roof and awning "L" bracket.





After it was removed.





Now with the Eternabond tape sealant.





You can see that Monaco (the maker of the coach) used this same tape around skylights and on the front edge of the cap and back end cap, so I guess they figured it was not necessary for this "L" shaped section for the awning. Of course, by replacing the standard caulking with the tape, which has a cleaner edge, it channels water off the roof quicker.

I still need to put down some self leveling Dicor sealant around the screw heads - which is todays project. Other wise, my little project is done.
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Those of us who've used eternabond on the Winnebago roof seam (to avoid the recommended annual re-caulking) have enjoyed the peace of mind it provides. When I need to re-do caulking around vents, etc., I will certainly use it again.

Nice job.
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Finished with all the caulking.





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Eternabond can solve a host of little problems around an RV. I keep a roll of it in the tool bin for whatever. Have it on all my seams, and even re-sealed my skylight edges with it.
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