I am so upset. We just bought our TT 2 weeks ago from an RV dealer. We checked the ceiling, floors, everything we could think of. This past weekend we went on our first shakedown trip. The eastcoast had a really good rainstorm, the first in a long time. Low and behold the ceiling around the skylight started dripping and the wallpaper started to ripple. We called the dealer and he said he would fix the problem. I am afraid he will only caulk around the skylight and the underlying problem may not be fixed. Also, I am guessing that this has happened before, for the wallpaper to start rippling. Do you think it would be crazy for me to try to get him to take up part of the roof and see if there is old mold and rot on the roof? I know it is buyer beware in buying used, but we were hoping that buying from a dealer would help in that department. Our trip was great, except for the leak. Any advice?
2008 SunnyBrook Edgewater 266RBE
2011 F150 EcoBoost Super Crew Max Tow Pkg 3.73
If it was leaking around the skylight the most obvious cause of the problem would be a crack in the caulking. Sounds like your dealer IS addressing the cause of the leak. Rubber roofs almost NEVER leak unless they are mechanically damaged from tree limb etc so caulking is the vast majority of the cause for leaks. Hope this proves to the also true for your case. You can ALWAYS ask for anything and all he can do is say no or just do it but my guess would be there would need to be evidence of the need to do so.
Good luck / Skip
2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR - 2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles) 2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer
US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population
Icirelli, don't feel bad, ALL trailers will leak, have leaked or are leaking right now. Whenever a hole is cut in the roof (or anywhere) to install a vent or skylite, etc., that hole has the potential to leak, and it will if not caulked regularly, and sometimes even if caulked regularly. Caulking is a secondary stopleak, the primary being the putty tape under the flange of the skylite or vent when mounting it to the roof. So, remain vigilant and inspect the whole trailer inside and out once in a while.
I'm rebuilding an '85 Wilderness that looks almost new, but had extensive water damage in the corners and bathroom floor. All fixed now. I reset the roof vents with butyl rubber tape and re-caulked. The previous owners had caulked three times, but over the old caulk, trapping water under the first two layers.
Great idea, taking down the trim piece to check underneath! It was just disheartening, we tried so hard to find one that was in good shape. Oh well. Will try to get him to put the eternabond on it. If not, will do it myself. Do you usually do around all vents, ac etc and down seams? Leaking scares me so I really want it leak free