Looking for information, experience and opinions here regarding a replacement roof for our 36RL.
We recently experienced a series of hail storms while in South Dakota. 3 nights out of 4 produced storms that clobbered us with hail of various sizes.
The first night was eggsized and lasted about 30 minutes. The following morning we inspected everything and we were unable to find any damage. Our neighboring RVers were not so lucky.
The second night, we had orange sized hail for about 40 minutes. The noise alone was enough to make you want to get under the trailer. This time we had damage to both the trailer and our truck.
We managed to skip a night and then had three 30 minute sessions of nickle and dime sized hail. At this point, it didn't matter much if any additional damage occured. The duct tape so and we departed the area the next morning.
Here's where I'm looking for help.
Our insurance company came out to inspect the 5er and we found areas where the rubber had come loose and formed blisters near the center of the roof. They agreed to allow me to replace the roof and other items on top that were damaged.
Shortly after we purchased the unit, we noticed areas near penetrations in the roof where the rubber did not seem to be glued down. Our dealer inspected and documented the areas and informed us that this was typical. We have been watching ever since. None of the blistered areas were at the center of the roof.
In investigating replacement roofs for RVs, I ran across the Armor RV company. They appear to have a good product and the guarantee is second to none. They will also install at your campsite, anywhere in the country. It takes two days.
They install over existing roofing material, so there is no need to strip off the old roof unless it is too damaged to work with.
Dealers want over a week and I can't seem to get it scheduled until this Fall. We have not had any dealer who would commit to the time line for repair, they only estimate. Since we full time, this is criticle for us.
Has anyone out there had experience with this company?
We will be at the rally in August and are considering having the roof done at that time (if the campground allows and Redwood doesn't object). We are scheduled to arrive the Monday before the rally starts.
Any comments are welcome on this issue. We are undecided and have not commited to the repair yet. We full time in our unit and want to make the best decision possible. The company says the roof will be carefree for life, the warranty is transferable and covers material and labor for life, and is guaranteed against hail, black streaks and mildew.
Considering that we need to have the roof inspected every year to maintain the warranty, the lenght of time to replace the existing roof, and that it is not covered for hail damage, this looks like a win-win. However, I could be missing some consideration.
Did I mention that our unit is about 18 months old? If you have any ideas or know something I should consider before we move forward, please let me know.
Thanks ahead of time for your help.