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Old 09-23-2020, 03:56 PM   #1
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Rubber roof condition

In the spring the roof looked good, but then again this is my first ever camper. Now as we head into the winter months, I am questioning the status of my roof. I have noticed bubbles forming at all the roof joints. Is this a major concern? Or typical?

Also should I be looking for a storage unit for the wisconsin winter, or will I be fine leaving it outside?
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:19 AM   #2
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Roofs on RV's are notorious for leakage. Inspect annually at a minimum and especially when storing for long periods. Best bet is to stored covered - either by a building or RV cover.
I've repaired a couple of different rigs due to water damage from small roof leaks: 1st one - water migrated down the walls and into the insulation, 2nd one, I had to gut the entire bedroom and replace flooring and carpeting.

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Old 09-24-2020, 12:52 AM   #3
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swixelann, that is exactly what I am trying to avoid. I am hoping a pound in preparation will be worth 10 in repairs. So far I am striking out on finding a shelter for the winter, but I will keep looking.

I know the picture doesn't show it all, but do I need to worry about the roof "bubbling" all down the side? Should I be thinking replacement? Or can I trim the fat and reseal?

I do appreciate the response
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If the roof material is sound for the majority sake, I would pursue a repair of the bubbled areas. There are many products out there that will accommodate repairs. Establish repair boundaries using some form of masking to get better finished results, whether brushing or spraying.
My last repair of roofing included a large gap (1/2") at the leading edge of the RV where the front cap joins the roof. I used mess screen imbedding in the sealant with a second coat the following day. I used a product named "Ultra Roof 1000". It is a white polymer elastic coating. Third year after repair yields no degradation.
Be sure to replace any rusted fasteners with stainless steel equivalents. Cost a little more, but your time is worth a lot.
BTW: If storing where it potentially freezes, be sure to drain all water lines, remove charcoal filters under sinks as applicable, drain the water tank and leave the faucets open to facilitate drainage. Best of luck with your rig.
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