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Old 02-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Lightbulb New Roof yay or nah

I've kept the snow clear off my roof after every snow storm, I can see every truss that goes acrosss the roof. So at this point I guess I need to redo the entire roof.. I guess my question is, Has anyone else on here done this job? Is it bad/real hard to do? What do I use? better to have a shop do it? I would like to get a few more years out of this trailer but, with seeing the shape of the roof I think my time maybe limited. It's not leaking anywhere either.

Thanks for any help or info.
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What you are stating may be a new one, or at least new to being a topic recently.

Pictures of what you are seeing will really help.

I can envision seeing the appearance of the rafter as I can see mine some times. But they come and go with heat and shrink too.

Need to know how bad yours are to know if you have a new issue. We have had folks redo roofs yes, but not for this reason.

Any chance of some pics? Need to know for sure what you are up agasint before we recommend you need an entire new roof.

Hope this helps and really curious on what you have....

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I cleaned 12" of snow off it yesterday afternoon then we got another 3" last night. I'll clean if off after work today and see if I can get some pics.

When I looked at it the roof looked good. After I picked it up and got it home in Sept. it rained for a day or so, I noticed very little water was running off the roof. I lowered the jack and gallons of water came off the roof. Made sure the gutters were clear (which they were). Now that snow is here you can see all the rafters and ice is pocketing, even with the jack all the way down.

I kind of would like to beef up the roof to and possibly have some sort of metal or aluminum type of roof, like newer ones. Is that possible?
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I kind of would like to beef up the roof to and possibly have some sort of metal or aluminum type of roof, like newer ones. Is that possible?
Yes, please get some pic when you get a chance.

And also yes, and entire new roof can be put on. Very doable. If you are hiring it out, the cost is high and may be a negative to the cost of the TT pending who you get. If you do wood working it is doable at home providing what kind of shop and tools you have. And time. This is time consuming.

EMD_Driver has a local guy who does good work and has had roof work down on their prior 5er. He may be able to help on the cost. This may be the lowest hired cost. The actaul materials are not that bad, the labor is the big cost.
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No time for pics yesterday. Ended up plowing after work then it was dark..

I would do all the work myself if possible. I haven't checked any local shops yet, but I'm sure that a new roof would cost more than the trailer is worth.

Another question is what would, or could I use to redo it?
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Here is some pics.. I think lol
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One at a time and sideways I guess
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Strait stick I put on the roof so you can get an idea of how bad it is
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Strait stick I put on the roof so you can get an idea of how bad it is
OK, that one shows a lot..... The 1st 2 I did not see anything that bad, but the one with the stick has issues.

I have not seen that before that bad on a Sunline. They may happen as you have one.... just is in not a frequent thing that is talked about here on SOC.

I agree, I myself would have concerns on this. The more puzzling part is, did the rubber stretch that much or did it pull free from the sides? If it pulled free from the sides, that will be a water intrusion spot real soon if it is not already.

Is there more than 1 area sagged bad like that?

I would sweep the water out and tarp the camper at least a few feet over the sides or all the way to the bottom until you can get to it.

I'll start hunting for some roof repair pics

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So you know what your getting into:

This one if not the greatest but it does show the job. Note: he had a walk on roof, your Sunline is not.

RV Trailer Roof Replacement - YouTube

A condensed one
The RV Repair Process - YouTube

Here is more creditably instructions from Dicro. Click the tabs for more.

https://dicorproducts.com/catalog/ro...ubber-roofing/

I have run into this site before. Never bought from them though so cannot comment there.
http://www.bestmaterials.com/PDF_Fil...eplacement.pdf

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Sunline bonded the rubber to a heavy corrugate board they call bud board. Then they put the bud board over the rafters. You will need to do plan B. Plywood or other broad. How thick it is depends on how much weight can can take on and not go over your GVWR.

You will need to use butyl sealing tape on the gutter rails, roof vents and end caps. That tape works correct with the rubber and does not dry out like putty tape does.

There is quite a bit out there on RV roofs. We have had member here do parts of a roof before that can provide some better tips.

There may be a chance if your damage is only localized to one spot, you may only have to peel part of the roof back.

Good luck and if you do go through with this, please make a post on it. It will help a lot of others as the Sunlines are more unique than other brands in the roof area.

We have some rafter pictures if your are the same. EMD_Driver may have some when he took apart a wrecked camper for parts.

Hope this helps

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I have a few spots like that.. It seems that the rubber streched. I would like to fix it because I don't want to leave it covered all the time. That also is with the jack all the way down, I have to go out there after we get a lot of rain and sweep it. This trailer was only towed for the first few years of it's life, the previous owner said only about 2-2500 miles, then it was a seasonal. So I think that the snow never got cleaned off and in time it colapsed the bud board and strecthed the rubber.

So at this point I'll show my father these videos, see what he thinks and see if I can get into my buddies shop. Then look into materials.

Thanks for all the info so far!
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