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I am shopping for a used 5th wheel and during an inspection of the roof I noticed a section of the rubber roof appeared to not be glued down. I could push it down slightly. Should the entire rubber roof be adhered to the roof decking? Is this a problem? The trailer is a 2004 Montana.
How old of a trailer is too old to purchase?
Thanks for your assistance.
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Yes, thats a problem but sadly a fairly common one. The wind speeding over the top of it will cause lift and the membrane will continue to billow more and more. I would avoid a trailer with this problem since you'll eventually be looking at a new roof.


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Should be all glued down but unfortunately spots not adhering to the decking is not uncommon.


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My 5th has some areas as well that are not as tight as the rest. It
's a barganing item, I think a new roof is around $4000. If the rest of the unit is really good,it might be worth to give a lower offer and then replace the roof only if it really needs to be done. It will probably last for years the way it is. JMHO

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It coud be reglued patched etc


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I think more clues on the type and size of the area is in order.

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........When cold my roof will show the divisions between the plywood , when hot , come summer , they disappear ! See if you can take insurance coverage that will cover a major % of any damage that might occur ., jf


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My roof is doing the same thing on my 05 Cedar Creek. I went to the dealer and they told me not to worry about it that it was normal and wouldnt be a problem for a long time.


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My book says "Because of the manufacturing process, air pockets and/or visible spots may be seen in the rubber roof. These visible spots can be caused by debris (wood, staples, screws, etc.) that are between the rubber roof and decking or by imperfections occurring during the rubber roof manufacturing. In most cases, these are considered cosmetic in nature and seldom require any corrective action."
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