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slpdave

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Jan 3, 2007
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Lenoir City Tennessee
Hello, my wife and I are considering buying a 5th wheel sometime in the next couple of years.  could be sooner, could be later. 

my question is this,  My in-laws have a cutom Newmar 5th Wheel camper, man is it nice.  the father-in-law says when we get serious buying be sure to get a camper with a fibreglass roof - stay away from rubber roofs.  He is giving this advice without any explanation of why.  We have a rubber roof on our office building that is 30 years old and it is still holding up fine so I don't have anything against a rubber roof personally.

my question is this, is there something to be feared with a rubber roof on an RV (5th Wheel Camper). 

also the 2 brands that have a camper to fit our needs are Pilgrim International and Coachmen.  Are those 2 brands any good as far as dependability?  I am not averse to having to work on something (remodeling an old house, do my own repairs on my car and lawn equipment) but I don't want something that will break when stored for 2 months.

also we do not have a camper at this time so I have nothing to base an opinion on.

David
 

bross

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Jul 12, 2006
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Pennsylvania
I'm not a roof expert but I recently bought a new fifth wheel and when shopping for insurance I found that several of the major insurance companies gave discounts if the trailer had a rubber roof.
 

kbfeip

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Dec 24, 2006
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Discovery Bay, CA
I always thought that a rubber roof was good thing.  Seal well because they are secured well below the cap, and easy to maintain/repair. 

What do the experts say????
 

Ron

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Having had a metal roof, a rubber roof, and a fibreglass roof I would prefer the fibreglass roof over either of the others.
 

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