The Three Most Important Products That Helped Saved My Trailer From Extensive Costly Repairs!
1. Self-Leveling Lap Sealant Tan
As life goes on we all get with one thing or another and put off things of importance.
I knew it was coming close to the time to check and most likely seal some of the roof of my rv.
Now, over time your roof of your rv will flex and twist as it rolls down the road to your next destination. It will be exposed to the elements and beaten down by the sun day after day. This really puts wear and tear on the roof of your unit.
My rv has a rubber membrane roof and around each opening on my roof such as vents and stacks. You will also have your front and rear main seals. Lastly you will have the seal that runs along side of your trailers roof where the rubber meets a metal trim. Over time the sealant will break down and dry out, in return will eventually crack and create opening. My trailers roof was wide open!!! And honestly surprised it didn't leak.
As you should know the roof is the weakness to all RV's and if it gets water in the unit it can bring real problems if not caught quickly. Im sure we have experienced what water damaged can do and what it looks like. Which brings me to where I am now. Luckily my unit didn't leak just yet.
First step, I cleaned off my roof and cleaned each of my seals with a varsol.
That brought the sealant to its original color and would allow for a clean surface to bond the new sealant to.
For the sealants that was around my vents on a flat surface of my roof, I used the Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant Tan which is a malleable material that flexes with the roof and stays soft all year around.
I applied this product and took about 30 minutes to reseal my whole roof.
You may Google how to properly apply this product as it is fairly straightforward.
Main thing you want to ensure complete coverage over your exciting seals and have a clean surface that is worthy of the new sealant to be applied to.
2. Dicor Lap Sealant (Non Sag)
Secondly, along the side of my RV's roof I used the Dicor Lap Sealant (Non Sag).
The difference between the two items are in the title. I'm sure you can imagine the mess the self leveling lap seal would do if I used it on the side seam of my RV as it would drip all over the side of my unit. Not that I'm in the need of some new drip design on the side of my unit. But saves a big mess when you use the right product for the right job.
Same process as the other sealant. If you can remove the old sealant the better. If not, just ensure a clean surface and complete coverage of the new product.
3. Eternabond Roof Seal
Lastly and most unexpectedly....
I found a small slice in my roof that appeared to be from a over head branch. Regardless it exposed the wood roof that the rubber membrane was protecting.
Fortunately it looked fresh from my last travel and had not yet rained.
This is where this other product shines! It is called Eternabond Tape!
Durable and think material. Just like duck tape on steroids. You peel the one side and stick to a clean surface. Make sure you apply a piece that will cover over the area thats been sliced. Press it down to ensure good seal.
I personally applied the left over lap seal self level around the edges of the Eternabond tape to ensure that it will never leak. In fact I think that section will out last my rv haha. For what its worth maintenance is number one part of ownership. Just as having the right product to do the job is just as important.
These items are affordable and easy to use. Remember to check your roof after every major travel or at least 2 times every year. Hope this helps.