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Old 08-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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2000 southwind 36T rubber roof

Hi every one just joined irv2.
I have purchased a 2000 Southwind 36T last may,i knew that there was a roof leak at one time,saw the stain on the ceiling over the driver's seat.

I resealed the roof and now everything is fine no more leaks.

But i noticed that between the rubber membrane and the plywood roof there's a bubble about 12" in diameter, my question is " how is the rubber membrane installed is it glued to the plywood or simply laid down.

By the way the plywood seems to be in good shape still, because it does not feel soft when walking on that part of the roof.

Thanks again for the info.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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That roof is glued down, can you push the bubble down and when you do is it solid or soft like air under it because the roof can be glued to the wood and the wood could have come loose causing it to lift up
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2. We are glad you joined us. Sorry I can't answer your questions as I have never had a rubber roof on a coach. I would recommend you visit our Fleetwood Products Owners Forum. You will likely receive more input there.

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Old 08-04-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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Hi John! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you join us! I'm almost certain that the rubber was glued to the wood. I would look VERY carefully at and around the bubble for any tiny hole that could have, over a long period of time, let water in. That would seem unlikely though, because if there was a hole it should have let any air out. Since the wood seems solid under it, everything is probably OK. I would use a razor knife to slit a very small hole in the middle of the bubble and force the air out, then use a patch of Eternabond tape to fix it. You can buy small Eternabond patches as Camping World or most any RV supply. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info Mark, i thought it was glued but with that buldge i wasn't quite sure. To answer your question, the answer is yes i can push the bubble down to the roof i can even walk on that section and the plywood feels solid not soft.

Is there a way to glue that section only by injecting some glue with some king of needle or syringe?
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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Thank you every one for your reply,much appreciated, if i failed to thank some of you forgive me i'm new on this forum and learning how to use it,but it'll come,have a good weekend wherever you are. John
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Hi John, welcome to the forum.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:35 PM   #8
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John, the best way to repair the rubber roof is to purchase some eternabond tape and the contact cement that is used for rubber roofs. Most roofing supply companies can provide you both products. Cut the roof material on three sides so you can fold the bad area back. Clean the back of the roof material and the plywood, coat both the back of the roof material and the plywood with the glue and wait whatever time the instructions are before placing the roofing material back on the plywood, normally until it is not tacky. Once you have the roof material back in place use strips of Eternabond to cover the cut areas.
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