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 5/15/2004 7:38 PM
 
I am looking to purchase a larger used motorhome. I have heard some pretty ugly things said about rubber roofs. How can I determine what models have what roofs or other features for that matter without going out and looking at every motorhome that is advertised. Is there a manual or guide that compares features of motorhomes?
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 5/16/2004 7:10 AM
 
Having RVed for the better part of 25 years or more, I can vividly remember when "everybody" wanted one of "those rubber roofs" to get rid of the aluminum leaking ones. I think the horror stories you hear are a little over played. I've owned several rigs with most all kinds of roofs and I had no trouble at all with the rubber ones. Just like everything else RV related, it will require a certain amount of maintenance, then it will serve you well if you take care of it accordingly. Aluminum roofs dent in hail storms (been there, done that) fiberglass can crack, currently a kind of Vinyl seems to be the desireable choice. I certainly wouldn't pass up a good deal on an older rig just because someone said they had trouble and don't care for rubber roofs.

Neil
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 5/16/2004 10:35 AM
 
Thanks for the information.
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 5/18/2004 7:06 PM
 
My present coach has a fiberglass roof and I'm happy with it. Two previous coaches had rubber roofs and they were good, also. No leaks except one around a vent, and that was a sealant. I had reason to look over a 1991 Fleetwood Flair the other day, and was up on the roof. The rubber roof on this coach was not a pristine white like it had come from the factory, but it was in good shape and looked as if it would be satisfactory for some more time on the road. So I wouldn't shy away from a rubber roof that is in good condition. Look for tears and rips on the roof. Pay attention to where the rubber roof curves down over the side, as this is where branches can tear the material. Also look for any staining of the headliner (ceiling) inside the coach. Dutch Hebron, MD Polk City, FL
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 5/18/2004 7:58 PM
 
Had em all! No preference between glass and rubber in today's rigs. There are plus and minuses to all of them and they just about even out. I wouldn't really want to have an aluminum one today though.
John Veach www.TheRollingHome.com

Libby and John and RV the CAT www.TheRollingHome.com 1999 Fleetwood Discovery 37V Unit 38 Fort Clark Springs Brackettville, TX towing a 2005 Chevy Colorado Z71 4x4 Click here to see our current location
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 5/20/2004 4:53 AM
 
As a contractor who does a lot of rubber roofing, I can tell you this material is a good choice for any flat roof, but it must be correctly installed. RV's have many protrusions through the roof & this is usually where the leaks occur. Rubber is also easily punctured by tree branches, etc., but is easy to patch with an inner tube repair kit. Any type of RV roof should be inspected regularly for physical damage & deterioration, especially seals around vents, skylites, AC units, etc. I certainly would not "rule out" a rig with a rubber roof.
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