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Old 05-12-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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Resealing the Seals on the Roof

I have a question....the seal that is around the various vents and such on the roof is cracking. When I had my annual roof Inspection a couple of months ago...they indicated that while they are not a problem now, I may want to consider resealing the seals sometime over the next year. The RV repair guys quoted me around $800-1,000. When I talked to a friend of mine he said that they are wrong, that I can get some "self-Leveling" sealant and do it myself for a fraction of the cost. Apparently you just spread some"self-Leveling" caulk on them and it seeps into the cracks creating the seal....

Has anyone done this...or are familiar with this?

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Old 05-12-2015, 09:59 PM   #2
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Here is a photo of what I am talking about.....
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:16 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure the small, shallow cracks are normal. I am on the roof every month or so checking. Our unit has just had it's first birthday and I've had to add the self levelling chalk about 4-5 times on different areas. If you are in doubt, chalk it.
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Old 05-13-2015, 01:11 PM   #4
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You can purchase AlphaPly self leveling and non self leveling caulk at a couple of retail outlets and this is what is recommended by Alpha Systems LLC. They recommend to replace existing caulk if it is easily removed. If it is not easily removable, they recommend you wash with water, let dry, then cover existing caulk with new caulk. You can easily do this yourself. I know for sure you can purchase the caulk through www.PPLmotorhomes.com. Item #'s 38-1805 Lap Sealant and 2 self leveling #'s 38-1806 and 38-1807 for $6.89 each. Don't go overboard purchasing it because it only has a shelf life of 1 year.
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Old 05-13-2015, 03:21 PM   #5
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Okay thanks....I'll give it a try. It looks pretty easy. I'll see if I can do it without making too much of a mess!
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Almost no one sells the self leveling Alpha sealant anymore, PPL quit carrying it, Tweetys won't ship, two local RV Dealers don't carry it and not on Amazon. I found it on RV Parts nation, and $20 shipping. How bad is the Dicor self leveling? There are tons of sellers for Dicor. Have a seam coming up the rear cap, so thought I'd fix it and reseal the whole thing. Anyone use Dicor, have any issues?
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:34 PM   #7
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I've had great results using dicor. Used around vents and re-sealed the seam area on two slides. I cleaned the area well and let dry. Applied the dicor and let cure a couple of days before I put the slides in. Was self- leveling, so you can't apply it to vertical surfaces. Also, it is VERY sticky...I recommend wearing disposable gloves when applying. I used caulking gun to apply.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:54 PM   #8
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I would recommend sticking with Alpha sealants on your Redwood Alpha systems roof product. Alpha for Alpha, and Dicor for Dicor. Specifically made for their particular product. Not saying that to use something in an emergency is worse than not using anything at all. Maybe as a temporary fix.

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Stick with alpha, dissimilar sealants can do more damage than good.
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Almost no one sells the self leveling Alpha sealant anymore, PPL quit carrying it, Tweetys won't ship, two local RV Dealers don't carry it and not on Amazon. I found it on RV Parts nation, and $20 shipping. How bad is the Dicor self leveling? There are tons of sellers for Dicor. Have a seam coming up the rear cap, so thought I'd fix it and reseal the whole thing. Anyone use Dicor, have any issues?

Don't use Dicor on the Alpha Systems roof material that Redwood installs. I have seen where using the wrong material can cause a roof failure in as short as two years.
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