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Old 01-14-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Roof Replacement/Repair on 36RL

In Oct. 2011 we purchased a 2011 Redwood 36RL which, because it was a "demo" unit was being sold at a significant discount. We accepted the terms that it was being sold without warranty and in our purchase agreement had to acknowledge that condition. We have since learned that our unit was the 3rd one off the RW assembly line. Although we have had many small to medium issues with the unit, I have been able to fix them myself.

Now, we have discovered a major issue . . . the plywood roof sheathing in the area of the bathroom skylight and vent (approx. 8'x6' in area) has developed severe dry rot to the point that any pressure of a hand or foot in that area would puncture the rubber roof membrane. There are no tears in the membrane at this time. Caulking around all roof penetrations in this area has been well maintained. There has been no water leakage in that area. We did have a major leak this winter around the forward A/C unit due to the hold down screws stripping out from the wood ceiling joists but that area is 4' or so down slope from the dry rot area. An RV repair shop here in Florida where we live in the RW 7 mo out of the year feels that the dry rot developed from moisture from the shower penetrating the shower skylight seal or shower wall/ceiling joints. The repair shop says that the entire roof will need to be stripped, the sheathing repaired, and a new rubber membrane installed at a cost of $7,000 to $11,000 and that such repairs would take 2 to 3 weeks.

We would appreciate your thoughts on this repair quote or other options including the possibility of RW factory repair. It is very difficult for us to be out of the RV for 2 to 3 weeks so are leaning toward waiting until May to have it done during the summer while in Maine. The dealer from whom we bought the RW in 2011 sold their dealership to Camping World a few months after we bought the RW. Camping World is not an authorized RW dealer or repair facility and there are no RW dealers in Maine or NH.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:51 PM   #2
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There are some companies that specialize in RV Roof Repairs and do a great job.
We had our Roof repaired by RV Armor due to the membrane blowing up in route to Texas. They did a great job and we are very happy with the results.
The cost of these applied coatings is typically lower than a membrane replacement and the warranty is much better than a membrane replacement.
The RV Armor Roof we got has a Transferable Lifetime of the Coach Warranty.

The two major players in the Roof Repair business are RV Armor and RV Flex Armor


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Old 01-14-2016, 09:04 PM   #3
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If I had to replace my roof , I would also go the RV Armor route ! ! I would not mess around with the original style roof membrane ..
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I would only use the RV Armor for the roof as well. I think the roofing systems on the RVs are accidents waiting to happen in most cases.
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But will these 2 companies replace the damaged wood sheeting
Don't they just go over the existing membrane with the new product
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:36 PM   #6
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One way to find out, call. If I were guessing I'd say they would & would also guess it would be cheaper & better quality than the repairs, prices, & length of repair time you've been quoted.
If I recall they cut/removed the stretched membrane from Robs before spraying & they would on yours as well on the bad area & replacing the piece of decking would be a simple job once the membrane was removed.
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Mainerovers, Try Harvey RV in Bangor, 207-990-5081. They were an RW Dealer this past summer as they did some work for us while in that area. Really good Service Department to work with.
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Roof Replacement/Repair on 36RL

Thanks for the information on RV Armor and RV Flex Armor! Both appear to be a good alternative to membrane replacement. The RVRoof.com site does show several "before" pictures of rotted plywood sheathing which was in the process of being replaced. We are in Titusville, FL for the winter so either of the RV Roof locations in Palmetto or Glen Cove Springs would be less than 2 1/2 hrs away. Guess we would have to stay in a motel and board the animals while the work is being done. It does not appear that either company services Maine.
Will give both RV Armor and RV Flex Armor calls tomorrow.

One question: Were there any concerns about the added weight (if any) of a sprayed on approach?
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But will these 2 companies replace the damaged wood sheeting
Don't they just go over the existing membrane with the new product
Yes, they will do wood sheeting repair and replacement if needed
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One question: Were there any concerns about the added weight (if any) of a sprayed on approach?
The applied roof systems add approximately 100 lbs of weight to the rig.

No concerns about the additional weight, just throw a couple of our gold bars out and we are good to go, sure glad we have a lifetime warranty
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