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I will soon be in the market for a used camper for a permanent vacation site. It will likely be 5-10 yrs. old and 30ish ft. long with slides. Are there any makes/models which have seemed to stand above the rest for not leaking? What should I look out for? Is it reasonable to find a trailer of this age that won't need roof repair fairly soon? Thanks.

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Most all RVs have rubber roofs and are sealed around the edges and the penetration points like vents, etc. How well the trailer was maintained has more of an effect on leak resistance than a particular brand. I would think if you are doing a seasonal site especially in upstate NY you would want to build something like this:

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Roof maintenance is the key. Check those records closely on a used RV and do maintenance at least twice a year.


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The longest lasting roofing material is aluminum. Still not perfect as there will be seams that are potential leak points.

Any trailer that is 10 years old and not had EXCELLENT care (wash and treat with UV resistant spray) is going to need a new roof (NOT A RECOAT) soon.

A carport type covering is your best solution.

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We have a TT with a fiberglas roof, made the same way as the walls. It is a 2014 and shows no signs of deterioration.
PS it is a Evergreen Ascend 231RKB, which is regretfully no longer made.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

The longest lasting roofing material is aluminum.


Molded fiberglass is right up there, too.

Most of the GMC motorhomes built in the 1970's still have their original roofs. A lot of them still look brand-new.

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Skibane wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

The longest lasting roofing material is aluminum.


Molded fiberglass is right up there, too.

I forgot about that because there are so few RVs that have that.

TPO, especially commercial grade (thickness) is an excellent choice for an OEM roof.

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For the last 8-10 years the vast majority of travel trailers and 5th wheels have Alpha Systems Superflex roofing, basically a thin PVC, think thin pool Liner. Forest River and Thor use it on most if not all of their brands and it has been on every Grand Design product ever made. That's about 90%+ of the towable market. Alpha systems entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Lippert in 2020, that should tell you its the cheapest material available.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Skibane wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:

The longest lasting roofing material is aluminum.


Molded fiberglass is right up there, too.

I forgot about that because there are so few RVs that have that.

TPO, especially commercial grade (thickness) is an excellent choice for an OEM roof.


What is TPO?

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

The longest lasting roofing material is aluminum. Still not perfect as there will be seams that are potential leak points.

Any trailer that is 10 years old and not had EXCELLENT care (wash and treat with UV resistant spray) is going to need a new roof (NOT A RECOAT) soon.

A carport type covering is your best solution.


What brands use aluminum roofs?
Thanks.

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