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Old 06-01-2016, 12:07 PM   #11
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So for those who bought their trailers new, how long was it before the original caulking/lap sealant needed attention?
That's a good question.

I've owned my trailer a little over 2 years. That means 4 inspections so far (#5 is due currently, but it won't stop raining) and nothing to report. Everything is holding up well, so I'm curious when others begin seeing problems.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:39 PM   #12
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I inspect mine often. No leaks in 5+ years but I have caulked several areas that were cracking around the ladder and places that get a lot of flexing. I installed Eternabond tape on the front and rear caps and around the roof openings.

Waiting till you see water damage is not the way to go. Regular inspection and attention is the only way to go. I would not trust it to anyone that I did not trust either.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:40 PM   #13
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So for those who bought their trailers new, how long was it before the original caulking/lap sealant needed attention?
In my case; I have a 2012, Last fall I found a few spots on the walls that needed a bit caulking. This spring was the first time the roof needed any caulking. This spring I found a couple more spots on the walls that needed a little attention. I am seriously thinking about buying a roll of eternabond, and do all the roof seams this fall, to eliminate most of the future work.
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Depends on the climate i would think. Here i colorado it gets super dry during the summer but then heavy snow in the winter.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:53 PM   #15
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In my case; I have a 2012, Last fall I found a few spots on the walls that needed a bit caulking. This spring was the first time the roof needed any caulking. This spring I found a couple more spots on the walls that needed a little attention. I am seriously thinking about buying a roll of eternabond, and do all the roof seams this fall, to eliminate most of the future work.
I'm pretty close to doing that myself. I just don't know if I can convince DW to let me pull the trigger (it would be a bit of money, and means working on the roof where she doesn't like me being). She figures if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I figure, I'd rather fix it so it don't break. It's always been an issue in our marriage. She puts WAY too much faith in the people who design and put these things together. On the flip-side, I probably put too little faith, but I like my way better.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:46 PM   #16
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Before taking delivery of the last three campers I had the roof done with eternabond tape. No leaks. Inspections are simple you just look to see if any of the tape has lifted, done. I worked with a new dealer on my last purchase and was told by the service manager that they had never seen a roof leak from a camper that had the seams covered with this tape unless they tape had been put over a dirty roof or was stretched when it was applied, IOW not following the instructions on install.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:30 PM   #17
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when i picked up my x17z from de-winterizing they mentioned that the most important thing is to weatherproof the roof about every 6 months.
they said i should hose it down, then spray a sealant on it and then rinse again.
Does that sound about right? what do you guys do? any tips or tricks?

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Wait... what? Your roof is rubber. Its already weatherproof. You don't need to "seal" a rubber roof, they are just trying to sell product.

Find out why manufactured your roofing material and follow THOSE instructions. The only thing that you need to worry about is the caulking between the roof and the sidewalls and the penetrations through the roof.

Some people absolutely have to have a clean roof, so they clean it, condition it, seal it, etc. There is ZERO need for that. The EPDM roofing material was designed for commercial use where it would be placed and left alone. 10 or 15 years ago there weren't any specific cleaning products for these roofing systems, because there wasn't any need. People started looking around for products to use because they just felt the need to do something. Because people were looking to blow money on a product, companies started to make products to sell.

The reality is that you can clean your roof if you want to, but there is no need (other than for inspection of penetrations and edges). If you want to clean, you don't need a specific cleaner, sealant, conditioner, etc. You can use regular car wash soap and a soft bristle car wash brush and clean the roof. It won't extend the life of the roof. It won't make it "more" waterproof. It won't make women attracted to you. All it will do is make your roof clean for a short period of time before it gets dirty again.
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And you still need to inspect it for nicks and caulk cracks no matter.
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I bought a 2001 Jayco Kiwi17a in May of '14 that had been sitting neglected and uncovered since it was purchased. The former owner had made an attempt at covering it with tarps but by the time I discovered it, the tarps were ripped to shreds. I got it for such a low price, that all the money invested to bring it up to decent I considered a bargain. Anyway, the first thing I had to do was seal both ends where the roof meets the caps with Dicor self leveling lap sealant. in Sept of last year I bought 2 gallons of the roof reseal (the 2 part kind) I only needed one though. I rolled it on and it is looking good! I did put the cover on it about 3 weeks ago even though it will be coming off in another month for our first summer outing.
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In my case; I have a 2012, Last fall I found a few spots on the walls that needed a bit caulking. This spring was the first time the roof needed any caulking. This spring I found a couple more spots on the walls that needed a little attention. I am seriously thinking about buying a roll of eternabond, and do all the roof seams this fall, to eliminate most of the future work.
I just did the Eternabond route this past weekend. Purchased all of it from Amazon. I got 4" & 6" wide tape and a roll of Eternabond seam eliminator. It's 8" wide x 10' long. That went over the front cap seam. I went over ALL the Dicor.
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