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Old 07-08-2015, 05:16 PM   #1
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Rubber roof Jayco vs FG roof Forest River

I've got my target MH purchase down to 2012 to 2014 27-28' class C Greyhawk or Forester. One has rubber and other has FG. The Forester rep while telling me the Jayco MH is a good product but said FG roofing is the way to go. He said the rubber roof has to be "coated" with something every 6 months?? I went so far as to call a large RV repair shop that does warranty work for both manuf. They have replaced numerous FG roofs and they replace them with rubber! I think Jayco builds quality MHs and doubt they would put rubber roofs on them if they were bad.

What to do??

I'm sure this subject has been flogged before but I couldn't find the link. I would like some input from you long-timers.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:36 PM   #2
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If you check the roofs for most all top tier Class A, Class B, and Class C motorhomes, the roof will be fiberglass or aluminum. If a fiberglass room is damaged for whatever reason, it will be very difficult and expensive to replace the single piece for most secondary RV Service Centers. The less expensive solution is to remove the FG roof and to replace it with any number of excellent synthetic materials. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-08-2015, 06:36 PM   #3
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FWIW the Jayco Seneca has had a fiberglass roof for awhile. New for 2016, Greyhawks now have one too. Not sure about the Redhawk.
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:33 PM   #4
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I'd say that is worth a good bit. Sounds like Jayco is morphing over to glass.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:03 PM   #5
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Fiberglass roof

I purchased a 2006 Winnebago View from its original owner last year. She was 78 and had all suggested maintenance done on time every time. She trusted her local RV dealer. Bad move. For example, they had her doing oil changes every 3000 miles! She had them do roof inspections and work. All they did was add sealant over sealant. They even mixed sealant types. I just got done doing the roof. It is fiberglass. I removed all the lap and silicone and what ever type they used. I had about 10 pounds of the stuff. When I removed it, it was pretty easy to get it off the fiberglass. I replaced it with eternabond tape and used M1 sealant to seal all the tape edges. I also compounded and waxed the fiberglass roof. I should have a good roof for many years to come. I like the fiberglass. it is strong like a boat deck. Easy to scrub if you get stuff on it. I have a 26 ft Terry Resort fiver I bought new in 1990. It has an aluminum roof with three crimped seams. It is a painted roof. I did the same thing with the eternabond tape a few years ago. That roof has never leaked before the tape or after. I scrub it and wax it every year. My parents had a fiver with a rubber roof. Nothing but trouble. Stains, cuts (nobody knows from what) and a pain to up keep. I will take fiberglass or metal any day!

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Old 07-25-2015, 08:06 AM   #6
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Not a roof expert. But I would venture to say there are allot more “rubber roofs” out there than the more durable FG or metal.

“He said the rubber roof has to be "coated" with something every 6 months?” his lips were moving…..

Wash yes, treat with something is new to me.

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