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Old 10-07-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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I have a 2006 Alpine Apex and it is my understanding that it has an all fiberglass roof. It should only need resealing around the cut in items when needed. My roofing was improperly installed from the factory because when the edges were pulled down it developed some creases. My local repair company states that these creases are now cracking open and will leak when it rains. They are recommending a rhino roofing being added to take care of all the problems. Since there are only a few of these cracking areas, installing a complete new roof seems extreme and is also very expensive. Have any of you had this problem and or a solution. Any comments will be appreciated.

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Old 10-07-2014, 09:36 PM   #2
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Hello Joe, I have had the same problem on my 2001 Alpine. I have used a good caulk which I reseal every couple of years and I have had no leaks. This year I am trying white spray on (rattle can from an auto parts store) bed liner. Since I just sprayed it on a couple of months ago the verdict is not in if it will last. I know it will seal the Cracks I just do not know how long it will adhere. I did not do a good prep so time will tell.

I do not think a complete spray on bed liner is needed. The fiberglass roof should not need a complete spray unless there's other problems. I would have another shop give you a second opinion before having anything done.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:01 AM   #3
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Another possibility: This wrinkled roof at the edges was a fairly common issue in 2006. While under warranty, WRV repaired the right rear corner of my Apex by grinding down the wrinkles and doing a fiberglass repair. Other than some paint over spray on the roof, they did a good job.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:20 PM   #4
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I have the same problem with our '05. We have decided to leave it, we do not have any leaks, yet.
Dave, Bobbi and Fenway
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:15 PM   #5
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We, too, have creases along the roof edges of our 05. Been there for at least 5 years. No leaks yet. I just keep an eye on them whenever I'm on the roof.
Jerry & Judy, Fremont, California
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:50 PM   #6
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I too have the wavy creases at the front right of the roof, just above my door. No leaks yet, I figure it's best to just continue to monitor.
David & Stilla
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:31 PM   #7
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I used “EternaBond RSW-6-50 White Roof Seal” to seal over the front and rear cap joints and around all the other stuff on the roof. I used 6” wide on the front & rear cap joints and cut it to an appropriate width for other areas. EternaBond tape will last forever (well, longer than you coach). Just remember to clean all the area with Mineral Spirits and let it dry good before applying tape. I cut a strip long enough to cover the area and then only remove part of the release paper at a time. It takes a little practice. Once the tape sticks to something – that’s it, it’s stuck – so be careful.

The 1st time I sealed the Front & rear caps with “Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant – White” and that seemed to work OK but I wanted to be sure because I had a leak in the front over the driver seat cabinet and all the electronics were ruined. eternabond

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