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Posted: 01/01/19 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The relatively thin steel on the roof of a Class C, does in fact flex, more so after the roof has been cut out for easier access to the rest of the MH.

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klutchdust wrote:

You have an overhead bunk, what I have is an aerodynamic nose cone that is secured onto the roof of the original cab roof and then is mounted / fastened to the house.

Look at a photo of a Cambria then you may understand . The nose cone on the cambria has no steel structure inside, it is fiberglass. It moves.


Hmmm ... that's different than our 2005 Itasca's construction ... so yes, it could do it's own movement thing relative to the cab.

Other than the molded shell itself being less susceptable to leaks, it being fastened to the coach as a separate structure does raise non-integral concerns to me - independent movement being one.

In pictures of Class Cs with that cabover type, I assumed that that plastic molding was merely fit over and supported (in addition to cab ceiling support) by the internal metal framing that was an integral extension of the coach's metal wall and ceiling framing ... just like in our rig. I wonder why they couldn't have designed it that way?

Boy ... you have watch everything these days! Maybe Coach House and Oliver Travel Trailers are some of the very few these days that do it right.


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Interesting post with a lot of good information. We have 2003 Jayco 25ft motorhome and the only place I have found a leak during a four-day heavy rainstorm was on the top of the slide where the waterproof tape had rubbed off when it opens and closes. After the trip, I cleaned it up and retaped it tight. I inspect our roof, clean it and caulk it each Spring. I inspect the inside ceiling and windows edges each month and after each heavy rain or snowmelt. So far, so good.

I do have windows on the front cab, and I inspect them monthly as well. I like the windows as we live out West and most often have wonderful views from all windows.

Leads are inevitable at some time on any rig. But checking them often catches problems early and doing regular roof maintenance helps.


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Ron had an awesome response! Wow. I've had a fiberglass class C and they can be trouble, I've rebuilt the cabover, not fun. Have switched to a holiday rambler aluminum sided and won't go back.. enough said.
Not discounting 1 piece fiberglass roofs! Those are awesome!!

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sullivanclan wrote:

Interesting post with a lot of good information. We have 2003 Jayco 25ft motorhome and the only place I have found a leak during a four-day heavy rainstorm was on the top of the slide where the waterproof tape had rubbed off when it opens and closes. After the trip, I cleaned it up and retaped it tight. I inspect our roof, clean it and caulk it each Spring. I inspect the inside ceiling and windows edges each month and after each heavy rain or snowmelt. So far, so good.

I do have windows on the front cab, and I inspect them monthly as well. I like the windows as we live out West and most often have wonderful views from all windows.

Leads are inevitable at some time on any rig. But checking them often catches problems early and doing regular roof maintenance helps.


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Posted: 01/13/19 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Owned three Born Free coaches, the two without cabover window never leaked. Minimal squeakers and rattles with this brand. Too bad they are out of business, highest quality class C produced.

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