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Old 05-04-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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Roof repair advice needed

I have a 1998 Monaco Diplomat. I don't have any leaks in my roof, but noticed that the seams that run from side to side have a hard coating that is starting to curl and crack. The roof also looks very "chaulky". What can I do to make the roof look like new again and make sure that it is water tight? Any recommendations on what to use to remove the hard coating on the seams?
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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Been there - done that.

Take a look at this thread http://www.irv2.com/forums/f115/roof...-up-48544.html .

To answer your question:

Buy a caulking removal tool and while not doing any damage to your roof sheeting in general, you scrape off the old stuff that has cracked. It is very hard work but well worth it. Any remaining "small bits" you remove with 3M's "General purpose adhesive cleaner" or something similar.

Once you get to apply your new seals, I can recommend the product Eternabond which is a sort of wide tape that you can use instead of a new caulking. You can find Eternabond at competitive price at some of the dealers who sponsors the IRV2 website.

I know this works because I have done this myself.

Best of luck.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:21 PM   #3
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The Esterbond is an excellent product. It is expensive a 4" by 50' roll cost 89 bucks at CW.

I used it for the edges of the bedroom slide out at the bottom where the sides meet, they were seperating and taking on water. Bullet proof now.

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Old 05-04-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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Eternabond prices here. CW is very expensive.

http://www.bigrocksupply.com/eternab...3_104_351.html
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Thank you for the Esterbond information. Do you need to remove all of the existing sealant or just the bad areas? What is the white coating that is applied over the Esterbond? I tried to remove some and it is almost impossible. It looks like it is brushed on, over the actual Esterbond. Also, is it a good idea to wax your roof?
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Is there a weight limit for walking on the roof of a motor home? I am about 250 and afraid to get up on the roof, I do not want to break any joints on the roof and fall through. I really want to get up there to check the condition of the roof.
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Eternabond prices here. CW is very expensive.

http://www.bigrocksupply.com/eternab...3_104_351.html

Wow those are great prices, Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:51 PM   #8
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Is there a weight limit for walking on the roof of a motor home? I am about 250 and afraid to get up on the roof, I do not want to break any joints on the roof and fall through. I really want to get up there to check the condition of the roof.
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I'm good for 205 and I shovel snow and ice off my roof all winter. I wouldn't jump up and down on it, and I stay along the sides when traveling from front to back. If you don't have major leaking and rot up there now I wouldn't worry one bit about going up and checking things out. I've had to bust 2" of ice and a foot and a half of snow off my roof.

Thats weight. If your really worried where your big shoe's.
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I just got done resealing our roof and used Dicor. Looked at, and tried a small area, with Eternabond and just wasn't comfortable with the fit and finish. Area also had to be spotless or it would look like a Rube Goldburg job.
What I liked about the Dicor was the fact it "flowed" to conform with the area it was being used on and looked like it came from the factory. Used 6 tubes @ $7.00 a tube so it's also a lot less costly. Just wear old cloths as it will Not wash out!
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Is there a weight limit for walking on the roof of a motor home? I am about 250 and afraid to get up on the roof, I do not want to break any joints on the roof and fall through. I really want to get up there to check the condition of the roof.
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One of the reason we bought our 1999 Vacationer was they had an advertising picture with about 20 workers standing on the roof. I do not think they have changes the structural building of the coaches since then, just the skin. Back then the Vacationer was all aluminum--sides and roof. I weigh 220lbs and walk on our 2006 Ambassador all the time. I stay away from the sides, afraid of falling. s/Toby
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Thank you for the Esterbond information. Do you need to remove all of the existing sealant or just the bad areas? What is the white coating that is applied over the Esterbond? I tried to remove some and it is almost impossible. It looks like it is brushed on, over the actual Esterbond. Also, is it a good idea to wax your roof?
The product I was referring to is called Eternabond - not Esterbond.

The "white stuff" could well be a type of self-levelling caulking (look for the name Dicor mentionen in an earlier thread). You will sometimes find that this type caulking has been used as a supplement to Eternabond in f.x. tight corners etc.

Personally I would remove everything if at all possible. I have myself found that BIF (brute force and ignorance ) goes a long way.

Waxing you roof? I am sure that it will look much nicer and that you roof will be much easier to clean. It may also prevent the roof sheets from oxydizing, but if it should be on the "must do" list if am not certain.
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Thanks for all of the advise. I started the roof work this weekend and found that under all the years of weathering, there is a nice looking roof. Not the easiest job, but well worth the chiropractic visit I will need when it is completed.
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Thanks for all of the advise. I started the roof work this weekend and found that under all the years of weathering, there is a nice looking roof. Not the easiest job, but well worth the chiropractic visit I will need when it is completed.
Good decision and good luck with your job. I am sure that you will be well pleased with the result when you eventually finish
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