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RVRAC

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I was looking in the closet of my Lep and saw some light coming through the joint of the roof and the back wall. I went up and there is nothing broke or torn on the roof. There is no sign of water.  Have anyone experience this? Should I be concerned?  I am over 1,000 miles from the dealer, so going to them is not an option. Should I use Eternabond??? Any other suggestion?????





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Re: Should I be concerned?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 06:12:29 AM »
Yes and at least!
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 07:36:26 AM »
Can you post pics of this? I haven't seen anything like that on mine thankfully. I did notice that the trim at the roof line along the sides had Dicor sealant, but there wasn't any along the back. It looked like the same type of installation, and was concerned that the back wasn't done like the sides, so I did it myself.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 09:22:02 AM »
That certainly sounds serious and is definitely a problem.  If your 2017 is still under warranty, any Coachmen dealer should handle it, or maybe call Coachmen and ask if authorize a local service.

In the meantime, cover the gap as best you can as a temporary repair. The "Eternabond" brand name gets used like Kleenex or Coke - a substitute for a type of product. Most any hardware of home store should have a waterproof roof-sealing tape you can use and most of them are excellent. Or use an exterior type duct tape such as Gorilla Tough & Wide or Gorilla Clear Repair Tape.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 09:49:51 AM »
If you're going to tape for a stop gap repair, try awning repair tape. It holds very well, but it is removable. Eternabond tape is near impossible to remove, and leaves a mess when you do.

Here's what I have used in the past with great success. I bought mine at my local RV dealer though:

https://www.amazon.com/Incom-Manufacturing-RE3848-Awning-Repair/dp/B001Y8NEX2


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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 12:57:32 PM »
Here are the photos of the two places.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 01:13:58 PM »
Yep, that is a concern alright. But at least it should be easy to find.  Have someone on the outside on a ladder or the roof moving their hand back and forth along the roof edge. When the light goes out on the inside, you found the spot.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2017, 02:24:45 PM »
They look almost like drilled holes. You need to get on the roof ASAP before it rains.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 02:44:04 PM »
Man, that doesn't look good. Like Gary said, I would be at my dealer for that one, and an email to the Leprechaun rep at Coachmen. His email can be found on the Coachmen website. I have had dealings with him, and he seems to be a great guy, and helped me out with no 100 questions dilemma.
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RVRAC

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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 04:57:12 PM »
I agree that it looks like holes make with a drill.  However, when I go up there are no holes on the roof.  It seems that when the sun is really bright the light goes through the roof membrane and show these spots.  When it the sun is not bright you can see nothing.  I will contact the dealer and Coachmen.  Thanks.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2017, 09:39:32 AM »
Look from the outside a night, with lights on inside or somebody with a flashlight in that closet. Should be able to see the light.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2017, 02:53:41 PM »
Thanks Gary.  Did you mention that I should not use Eternabond in the meantime?  Any particular reason?
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2017, 03:05:32 PM »
No, I did NOT say that. I said you do not need to special order or hunt for the Eternabond brand product. Any similar roof sealer/repair tape product, widely available in home & hardware stores, will do fine.  Or one of the heavy duty, outdoor grade tapes I mentioned (or equivalent).
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2017, 03:08:05 PM »
The only reason not to use Eternabond is once it's on, it's not coming off.   That might make it more difficult to find or fix the ultimate problem later on.

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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2017, 10:40:00 PM »
Thanks Gary.  I happen to have some of it at hand. I will contact my dealer on Monday. I appreciate the responses of the folks here including yours.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2017, 09:19:47 AM »
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The only reason not to use Eternabond is once it's on, it's not coming off.

That plus you can't just drop into the local Walmart or Ace Hardware and find it.  ;)   Even local RV stores seldom carry it, or at least not that brand.
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2017, 04:45:13 PM »
Just want to update on what the dealer says.  They say that the problem of the light coming through , when there is no water coming in, is that the dealer missed to put caulking over the rear moulding like they did on the side moulding.  Here are the photos of the roof on the area where the light is coming through.  Does this make sense?
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2017, 04:49:06 PM »
Second photo
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2017, 04:52:33 PM »
Here is a second try
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Re: Should I be concerned? (With light coming through a roof seam in my RV?)
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2017, 04:54:07 PM »
Sorry for the many messages, had problems attaching photos.  The dealer says that is the factory missing putting caulking a top of this moulding as it did on the side where the same moulding is used.
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Where the roofing material goes under the trim piece is the same seam they didn't seal with mine. That's where I caulked myself. I don't have wrinkles in my roof like you do. I don't understand how caulking that seam will stop the light coming through going by the pic you posted. Try removing the plastic screw cover from the trim to see if there are holes drilled through the trim that need to be sealed.
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