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Willowraley

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Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:26:44 AM »
on our Keystone Bullet we have a ton of Bubbles all over the rubber roof.  What could that be from?  We have had it covered under a tarp for several months.

jackiemac

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 02:02:50 PM »
Might be useful to post a photo.
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Willowraley

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 02:19:02 PM »
Can't post a photo, it's at Camping World.  We were just hoping somone could give us a reason this might happen.  They are saying we should replace the roof, os trying to do a little research before we commit to tha.

jackiemac

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 02:27:11 PM »
Ok, what year and exact model?

I cannot help but think others can.....
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Willowraley

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 02:32:11 PM »
Okay, thank you.

jackiemac

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 02:44:57 PM »
Year and model or what is roof made of?   :D
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Willowraley

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 02:47:48 PM »
2013 Keystone Bullet, Rubber roof

wijames2002

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 03:23:20 PM »
Mine was the same way when I bought it and found that since it had been kept under cover that condensation had formed under the roof coating. All the bubbles went away with it sitting in the sun for a couple of days and they haven't come back. Hope this helps.
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Willowraley

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 03:25:49 PM »
yes, that is very helpful to know.  Maybe we should just bring it back home and leave it uncovered for awhile and see if it helps.

Willowraley

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 03:26:53 PM »
Have you ever had leaks?

HappyWanderer

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 03:28:00 PM »
It depends on the size of the bubbles and where they are located. Bubbles are caused by lack of adhesion of the rubber membrane, and are considered somewhat normal.

However, if the bubbles expand and continue to grow in size, they can cause the membrane to completely separate. This doesn't necessarily mean that the roof needs to be replaced. We had an entire front section of our roof membrane separate, causing a minor leak. We were able to have it repaired - they removed edge moulding and peeled the membrane back to a point where the adhesive was good. After a couple of days with fans blowing to dry everything, they glued the membrane back in place. The job cost $1,100, certainly much less than a new roof.

I've seen where people have pierced bubbles with a small hole to inject adhesive, then sealed it with Dicor. Can't comment on it being successful, but it does seem plausible.
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Willowraley

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2018, 03:58:25 PM »
Camping World says they are all over the roof.  She called them tiny bubbles and suggests a new roof.

HappyWanderer

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 04:03:29 PM »
I would think that it's not an emergency that needs immediate attention. Don't let them scare you into an expensive decision.

Bring the unit home: post some pictures here, or at least obtain a second opinion.
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wijames2002

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2018, 03:05:32 PM »
Camping World says they are all over the roof.  She called them tiny bubbles and suggests a new roof.

Mine were all over the roof too but went away. Just sayin. I don't trust Camping world for anything, been burnt several times by them.
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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2018, 03:41:07 PM »
I believe it is generally recommended to not tarp an RV
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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2018, 07:26:36 AM »
Thinks do need to breath.  tarp, with an approved breathable material. 
Bubbles, I too agree, I'd let sit out in the sunlight for some time, probably will take a week or less in good warm, dry, sunny weather.
Should you really feel the need, I would 1000% percent recommend getting a second opinion other that CW, they tend to have a sketchy track record among members, and some locations might do unnecessary work if they think they can get away with it.

jackiemac

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2018, 07:27:52 AM »
Mine were all over the roof too but went away. Just sayin. I don't trust Camping world for anything, been burnt several times by them.
I take it you didn't have any problems with the roof once bubbles disappeared?  No leaks etc? Just curious.
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wijames2002

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2018, 05:33:27 PM »
I take it you didn't have any problems with the roof once bubbles disappeared?  No leaks etc? Just curious.

No problems. I did re-seal it several months later as a precaution but no leaks(other than an old Satellite dish mount)
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jackiemac

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Re: Tiny Bubbles on Roof
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2018, 01:50:56 AM »
No problems. I did re-seal it several months later as a precaution but no leaks(other than an old Satellite dish mount)
Thanks that's useful info  🙂
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