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 3/5/2012 8:56 AM
 
 Modified By BettyLou  on 3/5/2012 9:06:44 AM

Good Morning,

Yesterday while doing some work on the MH we found a small leak in the inside of one of the top side cabinets!!

since this rig is old (1995) thinking we should put some kind of coat on the whole roof, do you know what we should use and is it something we could do or must we pay someone to apply? This is our first MH and we are clueless but eagar to learn

Sorry I put this in the wrong place


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 3/6/2012 6:48 PM
 

the first thing I would do is check the caulking. check everywhere as the water may be running from someplace other than right above the spot you see. I think you have a rubber roof and if you do there are many opinions as to what to coat it with. have you cleaned it every year and if so do you have any black spots showing? if so you need to do something soon. the white chalks off and there is black underneath that means it is getting very thin. chances are that you just need to clean it good and put a conditioner on and recaulk with self leveling Dicor caulk.


mike
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 3/6/2012 6:58 PM
 

by the way, I would not think any leak in an RV as being small. it needs imediate attention.


mike
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 3/6/2012 11:22 PM
 

Having owned a 96 Bounder maybe I can give you some insight as to where to start looking for leaks. The first place "I'd" check is the A/C seal. The foam type rubber gasket between the A/C unit and the roof. If you have two units, I'd replace the seal on both. In order to check the seal, pull the plastic diffuser cover/filter housing, off and carefully inspect the seal from the inside. You should be able to tell if water is seeping in. Come back to the forum once you've done this, and if you need step by step help removing the roof A/C units one of us can walk you through it.


Neil
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 3/9/2012 10:40 AM
 
Also, check all the seams, especially the front and back caps. I periodically clean all the old caulk of those and reseal them. My current rig is now 13 years old (where does the time go?) I had to replace my roof after hurricane damage in 04 but other than that, rubber roofs are quite durable. Black spots are generally mold, not wear. Brand new rubber roofs get black spots. You can wash roof with soap and water and scrub that roof to remove most of those black spots. However, they really don't hurt anything.
Leaks can also occur at any point where the roof is penetrated. Do you have solar panels, a satellite dish, dome or crank up, the batwing antenna and of course as mentioned before the AC units.
You need to stop that leak before major damage occurs. If you cannot find it, take to a reputable RV repair shop. When Libby and I sold RVs, our shop had a smoke machine that was used to put non toxic smoke inside the rig. Wherever it appeared on the outside, was where a leak existed!
There is never a good reason to coat a rubber roof other than to put money in the pocket of whoever sells you a product. The only thing a manufacturer of rubber roofs recommends you put on that material is soap and water. If the roof is truly kaput, just have a new one put on. Mine cost about 5k back in 05. I've had metal, fiberglass and rubber roofed motorhomes and trailers. Each has its advantages and disadvantages but the rubber/dicor material is the easiest to replace if and when that is required.

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 3/19/2012 4:59 PM
 

Thanks for all the suggestions, I read them all to my husband, although he had bought some kind of stuff that you coat the roof of a mobile home. Kind of a rubbery and flexible stuff. He coated seams around the solar panels etc on top and then rolled the entire top of the MH. Hope this is good, he never reads instructions and listens to me half the time, but he means well.

I had a picture of the roof to post, but now I'm having issues with photobucket. Just not my week, just got my computer back after 10 days waiting on a replacement part. so I'm just getting over internet withdrawals

done complaining LOL!!

Thanks again!!


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