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Old 05-11-2014, 06:30 AM   #1
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Roof sealant has holes in it

Was up on the roof the other day to check out my AC problems and noticed that the roof sealant around the crank up antenna has holes in it. Looks like it's shrinking and starting to tear. This is on a 10 month old coach. Anybody know if that's a warranty item?
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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Possibly, but not sure. When mine had its first annual check there were some sealant issues that needed to be addressed. My service dealer said that Redwood and most other manufacturers consider sealant repairs as a maintenance item. That's also one of the big reasons you have it checked at least each year. In my case they were doing other stuff including servicing the wheels and bearings and all they charges me for was a tube of sealant.

FWIW the dealer servicing mine is not the selling dealer but has gone out of their way to help with any warranty issues and also has great service. I'm hoping they pick up Redwood if it becomes available in his area.

If any of you are in the Baltimore area and need service, try Cheasaco RV in Joppa, MD. Great people and top notch service dept.
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Old 05-11-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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Was up on the roof the other day to check out my AC problems and noticed that the roof sealant around the crank up antenna has holes in it. Looks like it's shrinking and starting to tear. This is on a 10 month old coach. Anybody know if that's a warranty item?
This is probably the main reason Redwood requires annual inspections. They want to make sure that any sealant issues are addressed as well as caulking around windows, slides etc. I saw a few spots on my roof that I thought needed to be looked at but the dealer that inspected it saw more than I did. Now my roof caulking looks like overkill as caulk has been added over most of the original caulking from factory. Better safe than sorry!
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I believe it's a warranty issue, if you can get it to the dealer VERY soon, do so...if you can't, add some sealant yourself to prevent any leaking.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Mine was similar. I added some caulking to it while I was up there doing the satellite antenna.

When we went in for our annual, they charged us 2 hrs for the inspection, but they caulked as part of that fee.
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:55 PM   #6
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The day before we left for work I was installing the roof vent covers. And noticed the calking at both ends of the roof had holes big enough to stick two finger through. This RV was new to me in January 14. But must have sat on the lot for a while. I put caulk on everything till I can get it in for other issues.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:23 AM   #7
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I had mine inspected after I found ROOF issue were the END CAPS ALUMINUM WERE EXPOSED, HAD BEEN STEPPED ON TO PUSH STRIPPED SCREWS DOWN into the caulk. I had taken photos and date stamped them thru cell camera, inspector team that told me they had inspected roof, so I went outside climbed on roof took additional photos showing same issue. FOLKS WE PAID QUITE A CHUNK OF CHANGE, inspect it YOURSELF. IF I HAD NOT , when IT rained for a week ON my redwood, sitting without ANYBODY INSIDE, while I was being treated for a year might have been ruined. Ask your dealer for the pre repair checklist, and the post repair checklist, you paid, so get the Inspection. Note: the redwood checklist does not cover the wheel bearings. Good Luck! Remember Dealers are Human, "I think".
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:35 PM   #8
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So I've used the roof sealant before when installing panels, but that was when no prior sealant was there. For an issue like the one mentioned above do I just clean the area really well and put the additional sealant on top of the existing sealant? OR do I need to remove all the sealant and start from scratch?

Also, if it matters I'm using the same Alpha sealant the factory uses so it should be chemically compatible (if that's a real thing!).
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Also, if it matters I'm using the same Alpha sealant the factory uses so it should be chemically compatible (if that's a real thing!).
I heard the factory uses the Alpha sealant. Are you using something else?
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:38 PM   #10
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Nope, ordered up a bunch of the factory Alpha sealant late last year for my solar installation. Have an extra 2 tubes I was keeping for inventory.
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