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Old 07-21-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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99 Dutch Star Soft Roof at Ladder and leak

We just noticed a mushy area about 2 feet square around where the ladder meets the roof and also water leaked inside during a powerful storm in FL this past week. The roof has been recoated with rubber. Must be roll-on as it is not very thick. I thought this RV roof was aluminum not wood but apparently wrong. The rubber has been applied over the feet of the ladder where it attaches to the roof. Should we just remove this rubber coating and look beneath and see what would be involved in replacing the wood and recoating? If not, do you think it would be better to replace the roof? Anyone near Atlanta,, GA that would be a good choice to do this and anyone know what it would cost? It's 38'. Thanks, again. If this is covered somewhere else, would just move this to that site?
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Aluminum trusses with wooden sheeting, if you can feel it is soft then this is not the first time it leaked.

Can't help with info on a repair facility. Sorry.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:23 PM   #3
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A 99 coach would of had a rubber roof which over time can dry out and become porous allowing water to penetrate the rubber.
If you had a few coats added over the old rubber it may have help seal the roof.
The roof has a metal strip around it screwed into the rubber roof and the metal wrap down to the side walls.
The area at the top of ladder may be attached to the rear fiberglass cap and the seam is dried out allowing water into the under roof decking and its decomposition and rotting.
Here are some links for roof rebuild, maybe you only need to rebuild that area but I would check other area's for soft spots and see if a new roof job maybe necessary.
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The ladder is supported by blocks of wood imbedded in the fiberglass cap on the back wall of cap and the top of ladder on roof part of cap.
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Roof leak around Ladder

Thanks to all of you for the information. Sorry it has taken so long to answer and thank you all. We decided to have a new roof installed until we checked prices here in Atlanta area. $7000 - $9000. We are taking it to an RV repair on our trip to Jacksonville and have it repaired and will search some more for a full roof later on in the year. It's not a huge leak and we have it covered with tarp and water bags right now. Will let you know how the repair goes.
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Thanks for your update to your problem.
After you have the temp fix done you should consider the Newmar factory in the Jan to March time period there is a 15% discount during the time period and it will be done right by the people who know.
You can leave there and they will winterize it while its there and they can do any other work for you like new sealant in seams for your 99 coach which is probably dried out.
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Thank you, 007. Isn't Newmar in Indiana? I have inner ear problem and cannot go to high elevations so I don't do trips North or to mountains. I know Newmar would do a great job but we'll have to find someone here in the south somewhere. There's one near us that is too busy to even give us estimate. Will wait till fall or winter and check them out again, providing the fix works. He came highly recommended so am expecting all to be okay. He's also going to inspect the roof and recaulk any areas that need it. Had someone in Pensacola who gave us one price but after making reservations in a lodge and in a campground, I called him and his price not only went up but he said it would take longer than 5 days to replace the roof and that already with gas was costing us another $1000 and then he started talking about Plan B. I told him we'd have it done elsewhere. Too bad. He'd done work for us before and we were very pleased. He could have just said he hasn't done enough roofs to know what it would cost and he gave no guarantee (redlight on). I'll keep you informed and, again, thanks.
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IN. is in flat farm country. NEWMAR COUNTRY
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