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Super_Dave

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Posted: 10/03/19 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found this when I crawled up on my roof to do a little inspection. It looks to be a complete failure of the caulk material in only one year. Could they have used the wrong product/material?

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Super_Dave wrote:

Found this when I crawled up on my roof to do a little inspection. It looks to be a complete failure of the caulk material in only one year. Could they have used the wrong product/material?

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I can't see your images on the device I am on at the moment but a year is the typical lifespan for the roof sealants. My dealer stated to get up on the roof and inspect all the roof seams every 3 months and I have done that now for the past 15 years. Depending on the roof material you will use dicor for EPDM roof or the Alpha roof systems sealant for the TPO roofing material. I always keep 2 fresh tubes of dicor 1 at home and one in the trailer.


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The look and feel of the caulk more resembled silicone.

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To me, that looks terrible for one year. I know what the dealers and manufacturers say and I agree you shoud do inspections. That said, I could see that in 5 years not 1.

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Yeah, the whitish caulking looks a lot like regular commercially available household silicone, not roofing silicone. Was this a factory job?


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Top pick does not look like Dicor self leveling, and the non sag caulk is horrible. The bottom pick looks like putty tape that dried, and cracked.

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I bought and received my unit new in March of last year and the trailer Winters in a covered barn. The bottom picture is at the roof edge along the gutter.

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Regardless what you were told, that doesn't look right for 1.5 years.
No way it should look like that after 18 months.
Doesn't look like it was done properly or with the proper materials.

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Super_Dave wrote:

I bought and received my unit new in March of last year and the trailer Winters in a covered barn. The bottom picture is at the roof edge along the gutter.


Typically manufacturers use Geocel Proflex RV where the gutter meets the roof. It's very good stuff when applied correctly but like anything else doesn't last forever

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I was up on the roof of my 2013 Arctic Fox 27 – 5L fifth wheel last week and I didn't see any caulking that Was in the condition yours is, and I haven't touched up the caulking since I bought the Arctic Fox new.

I'm a full timer so my fifth wheel has never been indoors because I live in it, so I get up on the roof and check things out fairly often and I haven't seen a need to repair any of the caulking.

Just guessing here, is it possible when the trailer was new before you bought it, there had been some kind of accident and the insurance had it repaired improperly? Just a thought.

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