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My RV is 7 years old and could use to have a complete caulking job on the roof for the front cap, back seam, and all vents, antenna, and the bathroom skylight. I've done a complete job before on my first RV, but that was over 20 years ago. Physically, there is no way I want to attempt that now. Here is where I'm going with this: I cringe to think of the cost of this if I took it to a dealer shop and had an RV tech do it and was charged the going per hour rate. Most shops are $130.00/hour and up. Don't get me wrong here. Overall, a certified RV tech is worth every penny he earns. There is a very wide range of expertise they must possess. But not all RV work is complicated and/or technical. Some jobs are simple, but labor intensive.

Here is my question. Are there companies or outfits that specialize in resealing an RV that charge rates that are somewhat commensurate with the simplicity of the job?

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    RKW wrote:

    My RV is 7 years old and could use to have a complete caulking job on the roof for the front cap, back seam, and all vents, antenna, and the bathroom skylight. I've done a complete job before on my first RV, but that was over 20 years ago. Physically, there is no way I want to attempt that now. Here is where I'm going with this: I cringe to think of the cost of this if I took it to a dealer shop and had an RV tech do it and was charged the going per hour rate. Most shops are $130.00/hour and up. Don't get me wrong here. Overall, a certified RV tech is worth every penny he earns. There is a very wide range of expertise they must possess. But not all RV work is complicated and/or technical. Some jobs are simple, but labor intensive.

    Here is my question. Are there companies or outfits that specialize in resealing an RV that charge rates that are somewhat commensurate with the simplicity of the job?

    Thanks.


    Resealing a roof, provided it doesn't have underlying leak/bubbling issues already, is a relatively easy job. I've done it on a couple of RVs myself. If you can paint a bedroom in your house, you can probably reseal your roof. Here is a pretty good description of my project:
    https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30201452.cfm

    I see that in your post you mention physically you don't want to do the job yourself. Understood. That is probably the one barrier to doing this task as it does require you getting up on your roof, pressure washing, etc and maybe you don't want to do that.

    Possible solution: Find someone else who is reasonable to do the task for you. Perhaps even a Handyman can do the job and their rate would be MUCH lower than an RV tech. Maybe a painter could do the task for you. Perhaps the son or daughter of one of your friends or neighbors might be interested. The job involves about 3-4 hours of prep one day (including pressure washing), and then 3-4 hours on another day to seal the roof with a few coats and paint over all the seals. In total, it might be 8-10 hours of someone's time. You can probably find someone to do it for $20-40/hr which means it will cost you ~$200-$400 in labor (....instead of $1000-1500 at the RV shop).

    Hope this helps!
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    Like Chris says. Even a relatively responsible teenager that pays attention to detail (look at the kid's car) could do this job.

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    Thanks guys. I'm also considering calling some "mobile" RV repair guys and asking for estimates/bids. I would think they'd charge less than a shop but would still have knowledge of the do's and don't in a reseal job.

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    I’ve used Heng’s for years. Easy to apply. Many use a roller. I like a brush.


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    RKW wrote:

    Thanks guys. I'm also considering calling some "mobile" RV repair guys and asking for estimates/bids. I would think they'd charge less than a shop but would still have knowledge of the do's and don't in a reseal job.


    It wouldn't surprise me to hear that a Mobile RV repair guy charges MORE than a shop. Let us know what you find out.

    It really is a straightforward, simple job. Basically painting in an environment where you a)Don't need to be incredibly detailed/accurate, and b)Nobody else is ever really going to even see (...your roof)!

    I would suggest using painter's tape to tape around your edges that might be visible from the ground so that you don't get paint (Dicor) where you don't want it. Other than that, it's really easy.

    I just picked up another RV and the roof needs to be resealed. Now that I've done it before (twice), I know it will only take me 4-5 hours total.

    Side note: It is oddly satisfying to have a beautiful, clean, white rooftop!

    Let us know how it goes.
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    Thanks Chris

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    Yes and almost fun using a long handle paint roller and/or sponge mop after proper cleaning of the roof. I used Dicor white liquid roof with excellent results and others have used Hengs also with great results. White like new.

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    I'd look for a handyman. I've known a few of them that did good work on their own RVs. Craig

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    SJ-Chris wrote:


    It wouldn't surprise me to hear that a Mobile RV repair guy charges MORE than a shop. Let us know what you find out.


    We've found them to almost always be cheaper...plus you don't have to drag the trailer to the shop and back.

    But yeah, if you can find a responsible teen or handyman, it's not rocket science.

    I wouldn't take a pressure washer to the roof though. A soft bristle brush with lots of soap and water...the material isn't that tough and a careless pressure washing can do a lot of damage. It doesn't have to be pretty. You just want to remove loose material that could mess with the bond.


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