Originally Posted by Pogo
Thanks, Steve for your help. So, does no one ever replace their roofs? Sounds good to me. I thought that the rubber roofs deteriorated from being in the hot sun. I just don't want to have to always be repairing another part. But, I have never had one and I am learning from you. Sounds like you have repaired yours.
I have not heard of anyone doing a complete replacement on a Sunline, yet. I say "yet" because the first rubber roofs are just beginning to approach 20 years of service. Someone probably has done a replacement, but it might not be documented here on SOC.
The EPDM roofs are spec'ed to last 20 years or more. Early replacement might be necessary if there is major physical damage. Yes, they are designed to slowly disintegrate, but not in 12 years. My '99's roof is still in very good shape and it has never been stored indoors.
Actually, except for some minor scraping and recaulking with Dicor self-leveling caulk, it has not been repaired at all.
However, there are several threads in Repairs and Maintenance regarding repairs to the rubber roofs. Several deal with re-caulking the roof as periodic maintenance. Others are about actual repairs, usually along an edges where the roof meets the walls of the trailer.
Dicor - The Components RVs are Born With
has extensive information on care, maintenance, and repairs of EPDM roofs.
rv.net may have some useful information, too. There are literally thousands of owners of all brands of RV's over there.
FWIW, even a large rip or tear in the EPDM is easily repaired with Eternabond tape and Dicor caulk. Since the EPDM is actually glued down to the substrate, it is not likely to deform very much.
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