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Old 01-10-2019, 07:10 PM   #1
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Roof Cleaning went well. The bad news....the sealant!

Nice 70 degree day on Tuesday, got half the roof clean with Dawn and some bleach. Kept rinsing the sides and all is good.


EXCEPT!


The trailer is barely 15 months from date of manufacture.
Last time I checked and washed the roof was last spring. No problem. Is this normal for such huge cracks to develop so soon?


No leaks. Yet. So, I guess I need a recommendation for what to use to plug up the cracks.



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Old 01-10-2019, 07:25 PM   #2
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Usual? That’s kinda hard to answer... as a lot depends on location, amount of sun exposure, hot & cold cycles which expand & contract materials, etc.

I have my roof checked every 6 months or so... cracks usually filled with DICOR, provided nothing more serious involved.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:28 PM   #3
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The DICOR website has LOTS of videos concerning that sealant.

Video Gallery | The Dicor Corporation | Official Website

Look under DICOR PRODUCTS, REPLACE. I have a powered caulking gun which is REALLY handy for this stuff since you will use several tubes of this stuff. Order it on-line, much cheaper.
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Thanks, I understand. Heat/cold/ expansion.
Just seems kind of fast.



Alas! Welcome to the world of RVs ughhh.


I think if I had know what a pain they were hahaha


I would be camping in a pup tent.
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The DICOR website has LOTS of videos concerning that sealant.

Video Gallery | The Dicor Corporation | Official Website

Look under DICOR PRODUCTS, REPLACE.

Thanks, Dicor it is.
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I am not normally anal retentive.....hahaha


But looking at this roof makes me want to tear all the old "adhesive" off and replace it.



In this day and age you would thinks something better in roofs exists???


Bang! That was me falling off my soapbox
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getting the old sealant off will not go well and you will most likely tear something. Follow the instructions on the video and be well. I have heard some folks take that sealant off and utilize ETERNABOND in place of the sealant. BUT, with eternabond, hope you never need to remove it because it is true to it's name.

https://www.eternabond.com/

I keep a roll of the stuff because I put my solar panels up on the roof with it (I have the flat flexible ones).
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https://www.eternabond.com/articles.asp?id=148
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getting the old sealant off will not go well and you will most likely tear something. Follow the instructions on the video and be well. I have heard some folks take that sealant off and utilize ETERNABOND in place of the sealant. BUT, with eternabond, hope you never need to remove it because it is true to it's name.

https://www.eternabond.com/

I keep a roll of the stuff because I put my solar panels up on the roof with it (I have the flat flexible ones).

Yeah, I kind of figured that. I'm just venting.
Have to check out that tape.


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I am not normally anal retentive.....hahaha


But looking at this roof makes me want to tear all the old "adhesive" off and replace it.



In this day and age you would thinks something better in roofs exists???


Bang! That was me falling off my soapbox
They do but the RV industry is too cheap to use it, and it weighs more. I know that I will be replacing the roof on my motor home sooner or later. I have already sourced commercial roofing material from my work place. It is probably 10 times thicker than what the RV industry uses, much more puncture resistant and will last longer than I will be on this earth.

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