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Posted: 01/11/19 04:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another year, another small leak from the front cap. Same song and dance again.
Just a quick question... What would you guess is the going rate to re-seal the front cap on a TT? I am about to start shopping out a service department, and was planning on some up-front price requests since I now know from experience what needs to be done.

Not sure if it matters but it is a 34ft Coachmen TT with a fiberglass front cap and rubber roof.

What have you paid?

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Why can't this be done with some strategically applied Dicor, tape, or my favorite, Heng's rubber roof coating?

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I would (and did) do it myself in about 2 hours with a roll of 4inch wide Eternabond tape.I did every roof penetration and both front and rear caps on my trailer about 15 years ago and it is still protecting my RVs roof today with never a single leak. If you clean the area well and apply it according to the directions on the website you will not have a leak again. I purchased two 50ft rolls and still have half of the 2nd one left for emergencies (it probably has aged out).
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My guess is more than $500. Time to remove old caulk, prep the surface and recaulk.
For the DIY guy about $25 for caulk and maybe 3-4 hours total depending on how handy you are.
Being only 2 years old, I'd just clean the old caulk with alcohol and lay a fresh bead over the existing. I did that exact process two years ago on my then 3 year old 5er.

If the leaks on the roof then do as Barney did, lay some Eternabond at the roof/cap seam.

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I put a nice wide piece of Eternabond across the seam at the top of our last TT and never had to deal with it again.
BTW, I would not reseal or add more caulk if it's not needed. Caulk on top of sound caulk does no good at all and just makes the job of reworking it later that much harder. I would not dig out good caulk either unless there's overall problems and you are doing it all.

* This post was edited 01/11/19 05:39pm by ScottG *


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Using a heat gun to soften the dicor lap sealant and remove it should take approximately 30 to 45 minutes being careful with a plastic putty knife. Cleaning the surface 15 minutes. Applying the dicor self leveling sealant about 15 minutes.

Dont accept a price any more than 2 hrs labor plus 1 tube of dicor on your front cap if you plan to hire it done, but the problem is the wait time for a dealer to get to it. It may be worthwhile to get a mobile tech to come to you.

If you are able, it's really not that difficult and you may find that it just needs a touch up. Also, look at the caulking on your running lights if you have any on your front cap. Do not use regular house window caulk on your roof cap, only Dicor self leveling.


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Yep. I do agree about the eternabond, my parents swear by in in their class C.. I think I will order some with the white backing to match the front cap.

Thanks for the good advice.

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some how I just wouldn,t trust a dealer to do it right. complete removal ,clean ,redo the job.they cut corners on everything.

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Edit: sorry my phone wanted to say it twice...

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midnightsadie wrote:

some how I just wouldn,t trust a dealer to do it right. complete removal ,clean ,redo the job.they cut corners on everything.


Sage advice. The dealer just doesn't care like the customer does.
If you want it done right...

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