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Posted: 07/31/20 08:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why are you reluctant to use Eternabond on this RV? It served you well in the past.


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Posted: 07/31/20 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Curious why you don't want to use Eternabond this time around? Your options are pretty much 3-4 times a year touching up Dicor, Eternabond once or brand new roof coating like RV Roof Armor.


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Yup. Eternabond is the solution to the long term Dicor question.


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I agree with " you can't be to cautious " as roof leaks are silent killers.

Realize I'm a little overboard but inspect, wash the roof every 2 months and then apply 303 on entire roof and trailer.....yeah I know.

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When ever I replace Dicor is questionable spots I remove as much of the old Dicor as possible and clean the area with alcohol. If you are talking about a large area like the front or rear cap. I would clean the area throughly with alcohol, not removing any area except that in question. Re-apply dicor in that area only. Then take some eternabond tape and run it the length of the cap. Once you do that, apply dicor to the edges.

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gbopp wrote:

Have you considered using Eternabond where possible?


This was my front and rear cap plan after year 2. I don't have plans to touch those areas again for many years to come.


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Thanks everyone!

Regarding eternabond it's easy to get mixed reviews. Lots of online reviews of people having water work it's way under and it turns into a mess. My old camper we used it and it started looking ragged around the edges. Not saying it does not work, I just figured I would stay with the standard sealant unless needed. That said, it is tempting to just cover the front and rear seam with eternabond. I just hate seeing some of the pictures of moisture underneath the tape.

Anyway, thanks for the feedback so far! Roof care seems to have a lot of opinions. Only consistent opinion is it needs to be taken care of.

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Valid concerns. My experience has been that if the roof is properly cleaned, the eternabond isn't stretched as it is applied and it is rolled properly than it is never coming off. I have zero concerns, as I know that mine is installed correctly. I've seen youtube videos of people applying to a dirty roof, stretching it to keep a straight line and not adequately rolling it to activate adhesion.

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Eternabond is my long term Dicor plan as well.

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kfp673 wrote:

Thanks everyone!

Regarding eternabond it's easy to get mixed reviews. Lots of online reviews of people having water work it's way under and it turns into a mess. My old camper we used it and it started looking ragged around the edges. Not saying it does not work, I just figured I would stay with the standard sealant unless needed. That said, it is tempting to just cover the front and rear seam with eternabond. I just hate seeing some of the pictures of moisture underneath the tape.

Anyway, thanks for the feedback so far! Roof care seems to have a lot of opinions. Only consistent opinion is it needs to be taken care of.

Yeah those issues plus resale value and messing up any new trailer roof warranty as some have found out.
The wife and I looked at a three year old King of the Road 5th wheel trailer. Just what we wanted in a floor plan and had been used 5-6 times. Years back I had a part time mobilehome/rv repair business specializing in exterior/frame repair. So the first place I started looking was the roof. I climbed the rear ladder and good lord great strips of band aids laying everywhere covering up all the screw heads on every fixture/jacks on the roof. I didn't want the extra maintenance down the road.
WE looked else where.


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