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Posted: 07/30/20 09:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our camper is 2 years old. I check the roof on average 3 or 4 times per year and wash it twice. Each time I touch up questionable spots all over the roof. Today I added quite a bit along the front seal where the roof meets the front cap.

My question is, when (if ever) do you, or have you decided you have put on enough, it's time to pull it all off and start fresh? I feel like continuing to add cant be a great idea long term. Our previous camper which we had for nearly 15 years we had Eterna bond, but I am not interested in using that at this point on this trailer. Anyway, do you all just keep adding or do you eventually somehow remove the old and reseal the entire roof or sections?

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If its comming off and dry remove it and start over if not clean it with mimiral spirets and re apply.


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My camper was a couple of years old when I bought it. There were only a couple of problem areas and I replaced the sealant in those areas. Over the past 10 years I have mostly just added extra sealant in high risk areas. I would think a thorough inspection would give you an idea of what is needed. I have repeatedly checked every square inch of my camper. I have added additional sealant almost everywhere.

Under ideal circumstances, dicor should last for decades. The bigger issue is usually poor design or poor construction. Joints can flex and open up on a poorly made RV.

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I have cut back and or removed and resealed when the time came. It all depends on the area you are doing.


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If your camper is only two years old, I am surprised it already needs dicor.
When you wash it, I hope you put the preservative on afterwards

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Have you considered using Eternabond where possible?

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My Dicor plan which I formulated 5 years ago was to never ever purchase or use any Dicor. I installed This on my roof after my rubber roof membrane started failing at 5 years of age. All Dicor was covered up as well.


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Thanks all!

And to address the do I need it after 2 years.... Possibly not. But if I see something that even resembles a crack I touch it up. Along the front seam it seemed to be showing signs of some hairline cracks so I just ran a new bead across. Seems like there is always a small spot here or there that looks like it might start cracking so I have just been adding from time to time. I probably overuse it which is what prompted my question. I had serious water damage in a previous camper and it destroyed the camper so I am a bit over cautious I suppose.

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It is not possible to be over cautious. One pinhole can result in massive damage. Go over every square inch. Then do as you have been doing. If the suspect area has well adhered sealant, clean the area thoroughly and then touch it up. As you mentioned the front seal is one of the areas of concern. I have touched mine up several times entirely across the RV. I probably have the better part of a full tube of dicor in that location. The excess does no harm and gives me piece of mind.

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You can overdo adding sealant on sealant. After a period of time you have made small dams that retains water. Thats not good.
My '97 32' 5th wheel trailer still has the OEM sealant in most places. I check the sealants in the spring just before first trip...then when the trailers put up for the winter.
I have no idea what sealant brand the factory uses in '97 but whats left is still pliable.

I look for cracked sealant and just fill it with Dicor.

The only places that the OEM sealant started lifting was around the useless ski lite and the front cap/roof joint. I pulled all that would come off and added Dicor to those spots with it in mind not to create a pond.

The unit has never leaked. I've washed the roof twice in all those years. Both times was due to tree sap.


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