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Old 11-07-2018, 11:54 PM   #11
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That's laughable. Take it in 5 years from now with a roof leak and see if they cover it. They'll tell you the roof wasn't caulked and deny your claim. That manual is an outright lie.
Technically they are correct, the TPO itself doesn't need maintenance. But all the sealant the glop on does. What I find interesting is how thin that TPO is only 12-15 mills thick. The stuff we install commercially is 3-4 times, or even more, thicker. I have already sourced a short roll of a high grade Kee PVC commercial stuff, I have it stored in my shop for the inevitable roof replacement.

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Old 11-08-2018, 05:02 AM   #12
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Perhaps. Just saying what the manual says. Also, it may be referring to the roof itself, not caulked areas.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:04 AM   #13
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Interesting, An ultralite that has a walk able roof.


So my email got trumped by your phone call
I wonder if you could see what your roof is made of under that TPO? If you ever take the inside cover off your A/C, check it out.



Only shows how confusing it is getting the correct information.



Good luck and thanks for the update.
Your email was fine....I just thought I'd call them to be sure. I am learning a lot about RVs as this is our first one. Quite the crazy world, I tell ya. And yes - sometimes tricky to find good information. Thanks for the advice though! These are such helpful discussions for me.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:54 AM   #14
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Hate to say wildwest is right again. The material itself may have a 12 year warranty for degradation (but I would doubt even that), but I'll bet you the farm that if you go in with a seam leak or any other kind of leak in 366 days, you'll be SOL. Every roof, with maybe the exception of the aftermarket armor roofs or similar, need bi-annual inspection and cleaning. Just my opinion and experience.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:34 PM   #15
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Technically they are correct, the TPO itself doesn't need maintenance. But all the sealant the glop on does. What I find interesting is how thin that TPO is only 12-15 mills thick. The stuff we install commercially is 3-4 times, or even more, thicker. I have already sourced a short roll of a high grade Kee PVC commercial stuff, I have it stored in my shop for the inevitable roof replacement.

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That was supposed to be my point, I just worded it wrong. I recently replaced my roof vents and was shocked at how thin the TPO was. It does stretch well, but wherever there is a small hole tears easily. I was poking and prodding the flaps they leave down inside the vent opening.
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Talked to service mgr to add a ladder so I can get to the roof. He said the outside walls are not strong enough to hold a ladder safely. So... Can I check and repair my roof? Yes. Just get your own ladder.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:38 PM   #17
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:26 PM   #18
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Your email was fine....I just thought I'd call them to be sure. I am learning a lot about RVs as this is our first one. Quite the crazy world, I tell ya. And yes - sometimes tricky to find good information. Thanks for the advice though! These are such helpful discussions for me.

I took no umbrage at all. Always happy to get more info. Only way to get it right is get all the info you can. Being a newbie also is a daunting task sometimes. Spending $thousands and the manufacturer only muddies the water sometimes.


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Old 11-12-2018, 09:38 PM   #19
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I had a motorhome before this TT. The roof felt solid. We bought the 2017 TT and the dealer specifically said get up there and check your roof several times a year. I get up there with a ladder and look it over several times a year and I actually get on the roof twice a year and wash it down with soap and a brush. It does not feel secure and I walk like a cat as best as I can up there.

My experience is that preventing the first leak is critical. So, If I see something that even hints at a future leak I'm going to try to deal with it. On that old motorhome I was spending way more time than I wish I had keeping that roof sealed. It was dry as a bone when I sold it but, I have no faith that it could be ignored for an extended period of time.

Nevertheless, getting up there and checking really close is time well spent.
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