It is not uncommon for me to find an RV roof leak that has done some damage, but this week has really encouraged me to get the word out about roof preventive maintenance. I have estimated two different RV’s that were less than 8 years old and both looked almost perfect inside and out, yet needed complete roof replacements with a cost of over $6500 each. One that I looked at, the owner asked me “Can water seep through the rubber roof?” My answer was “No, not unless there is a split or tear in the roof.” He was amazed that the roof could be rotted under the rubber near the center of the RV.
The fact is, water will “wick” into many places once it has found a breach in security. Many materials used in RV construction will act as a sponge and quickly draw water in to begin the mold and decay. To make matters worse, this gentleman had a vinyl covered ceiling, so while the water was damaging the wood in his roof and ceiling, the vinyl maintained its perfect texture concealing the cancerous activity just behind. With that being said, I highly recommend an annual roof inspection by a trained eye. Water damage in an RV is much like termite damage in a home. You need to know the tell-tale signs and where to look and feel for damage. You then need to know what products to use for your particular type of roof.
Camping Connection offers a roof inspection by a trained expert. We will make recommendations on what needs to be done (if anything), what materials to use and how much it will cost. And the best part is that it’s FREE! Just set an appointment and bring it into one of our locations and we’ll be happy to give you a written report and estimate if necessary. As always, if you have questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with one of our service advisors, feel free to give us a call.
President, Camping Connection Inc.
RVIA Master Certified RV Technician