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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Camper trailer - rubber roof

Our camp is a mid 90's camper we bought last Spring. It's modest, but we enjoy it. The one big issue is the roof. We have a lot of leaks, and it has to be fixed this coming season.

The existing rubber membrane is shot. It's old and dry and has holes all over the place. This roof has an AC unit and vents sticking out all over. How do you replace such a thing? Remove all of that and peel it up and replace? Cut out around that stuff and seal around it? If you go around the stuff mounted on the roof, do you try to peel up the old membrane first or just clean it and lay the new stuff over it?

Any help is appreciated.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 03:51 PM
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Friedl, hard to tell without seeing it.
If a large portion of the roof is shot. Replacing the entire roof is most likely best.
Look carefully at vents and other items coming out of roof. You are looking for how the protrusions are sealed.
Take pictures. These will be helpful when you goto get materials.
If the roof is leaking bad the underlayment should be scrutinized. As it may need replaced also.
Would a metal roof be an option?

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Re: Camper trailer - rubber roof

Ours is a 2003 and we also had some issues with leaks. A buddy of mine gave me some stuff in a gallon can to use. It had fiberglass in it and had a milky texture to it. Went on pretty thin but seemed to do the trick. I used it to go around everything on the roof & the seams. He bought it at Wise Trailer Sales in Ebensburg. Its pretty expensive though - $100 a gallon. I think it was called pro-flex. I didn't use more than about an inch of stuff from the can so it does go far.

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Re: Camper trailer - rubber roof

We went over and over with this type problem at our Camp.
We finally had a Pavilion made over the double wide we have about 10 years ago.
Consisted of 4x6 post and 29 foot trusses with a baked enamel tin roof with a 50 year warranty.
Best thing we had ever done,
I truly believe had we not done this we would no longer have a Camp.
We tried everything imaginable before this to stop the leaks.
We wasted so much time and money on trial and error.
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I used a product called Greco the guy at the roofing supply house sold me on it. I applied 2 coats and sealed every leak it's been 3 years now no complaints
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Just put a metal roof over the whole like a pavillion as mentioned before, way easier. Use rough cut hemlock and pressure treated for the posts...

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Re: Camper trailer - rubber roof

If it comes in a can, it's a temporary fix at best. battled a trailer roof for years and was always playin catch-up with it. Good stuff, cheap stuff, none of it lasted long. If the trailer is a good one and you plan on keeping it a while, do to pavillion style roof and you'll be much happier for a long time. Even if the trailer you have now is getting tired, you can just as easily do a pavillion that'll accomodate a new one some day.

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Re: Camper trailer - rubber roof

We put a metal carport roof over our camp that is a 33' travel trailer with a 10' x 20' sunroom added on. The carport is 20' x 44' with 10' high legs and it is long enough to have a screened in 8' deep porch on front and an open 8' deep porch at the back. No leaks and a great improvement.

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I used a product called Greco the guy at the roofing supply house sold me on it. I applied 2 coats and sealed every leak it's been 3 years now no complaints
This product I highly recommend. We have a small trailer court out at a hunt club I belong to. Several members have used this product on their rubber roofs. It's like a thick rubber paint. There is no way water can get through this stuff. It's very expensive though.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-27-2014, 01:21 PM
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Building a pavilion-type roof with wooden posts, trusses, and a steel or shingled roof it the best way to solve the problem. leave the current roof alone - don't mess with it -- just cover it and be done with it!
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