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Ok, the dealer delivered my camper to my seasonal campsite. Unfortunately, he decided to hit a tree while trying to position camper on the lot. So, the camper roof is torn (as indicated in the attached picture). The tear is about the size of my thumb. I have used Eternabond tape with other projects and would assume it would work for this, but I am open to other options.

**I don't trust the dealership to fix this repair. I will be doing it myself. So, I am not looking for opinions on what the dealership should do to rectify the situation, etc.**

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Eternabond tape once the area is properly prepared is the way to go. Looks like you have 2 tears. Dicor around the edges of the Eternabond tape will help with the seal.


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Bad place for Dicor or any other caulk imho.
Eternabond will outlast the roof.


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I had a very similar tear in our roof. Follow Eternabond’s directions for cleaning the surface. Be sure to use a roller after applying. Scott is correct - it will outlast your roof.

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Cameo Phil wrote:

Eternabond tape once the area is properly prepared is the way to go. Looks like you have 2 tears. Dicor around the edges of the Eternabond tape will help with the seal.


I might have 2 tears. I will take a better look at it next time I am on the roof.
Thanks for the feedback.

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ScottG wrote:

Bad place for Dicor or any other caulk imho.
Eternabond will outlast the roof.


I have never used Dicor before. Is it similar to caulk/sealant?

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Mortimer Brewster wrote:

I had a very similar tear in our roof. Follow Eternabond’s directions for cleaning the surface. Be sure to use a roller after applying. Scott is correct - it will outlast your roof.


Ok, I will give the Eternabond a shot. I just wish it blended with the roof better. When I apply it, it will stand out like a sore thumb since it is on the edge of the roof.

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One option is to run a strip of eternabond along the entire edge of the roof, both sides.
I did that on our 96 Southwind to cover some rips and worn areas. I applied it about 1/2 inch onto the rain gutter..
And, I applied Dicor along the edge of the Eternabond.

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gbopp wrote:

One option is to run a strip of eternabond along the entire edge of the roof, both sides.
I did that on our 96 Southwind to cover some rips and worn areas. I applied it about 1/2 inch onto the rain gutter..
And, I applied Dicor along the edge of the Eternabond.


When you applied the Eternabond tape, did it wrap over the rounded edge of the roof? Would the thickness of tape affect how rain water would drain (or not drain) to the gutters?

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Let you tube be your guide. There are dozens of them to look at.
The tape lays flat and then self leveling Dicor around the edge of the Eternabond tape seals the edges so water can't get under the tape......if its done correctly.

Just don't pile up any sealant on the roof that can trap water (lake effects).


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