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Old 10-21-2017, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Rubber Roof Billows; troubleshoot and repair

First a great big thank you to all who have helped me with every problem or challenge I have had in the last week or so with the 2002 19L I purchase in Arizona and towed back to West Texas. We left Sanderson this morning before dawn and after an hour on the road my wife noticed the rubber roof material was "inflating" on the front drivers side corner. It has not pulled out or torn loose from the trim piece yet. We in a campground outside Alpine Texas. What the heck do I do...short term to get home and then long term ? We are considering removing the exterior trim on the front of the top and applying some sort of adhesive underneath, pulling it snug and putting the trim back on. All this while we are on a "time out" long weekend. Do we need to replace the entire rubber roof...? Help !!!

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Old 10-21-2017, 04:49 PM   #2
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If you could buy some tie-down straps (the wide ones with ratcheting length adjusters, you might be able to run a couple of those over the top where it's lifting and anchor them down the sides to something underneath.

I've seen these things in Home Depot, Harbor Freight, etc. Measure the length you need. You might have to splice two together to reach a suitable anchor point, although you'd need only one ratcheting style in the spliced length.

The other possibility would be a length of rope that could go over the top twice at least to hold down some "flattening" thing like a piece of plywood.

You might find such things in Alpine.

I suspect there IS an opening along the front edge that if sealed, will stop the billowing.

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Thanks for your input ! My brilliant wife Alex who is very talented came up with this fix to get us home. She found a roll/box of kitchen plastic wrap in the kitchen supplies. We are going to take a continuous piece of that and pull it tight across the roof and over the leading edge. Then use duct tape pulled tightly to hold it in place on the roof and coming down the sides and attaching to the side of the trailer. Will use as many "strips" of tape as we can fit on the plastic wrap. I will let you know how this works.
Next problem will be attaching the original rubber roof with some adhesive. Then hoping there are no more issues with the roof. I would hate to have to locate the material to completely recover the roof.
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Alex IS brilliant! That sounds a good (and fairly easy) temporary fix!

If you can locate the opening, I suspect something like EternaBond tape would cover it and keep the wind from getting in underneath.

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In the mean time this morning I found complete rubber roof kits with the new roof material,adhesive,sealer, tape for the trim and AC etc. for under $350 !!!! Not bad. Would rather not have to do this however a brand new roof at this price is great.
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WHERE? cheapest I've found a rubber roof complete is $600!
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A goggle search turned up several places and the only one I stuck my nose in was RV Parts Nation. Check them out.
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Will do. Amazon has the entire roof system for a 32' trailer, right down to the caulk for about $550. The good stuff.
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Alex's fix got us home !!! We are definitely going to have to replace the old original roof. On close inspection the very edge of the entire roof is very "sun aged" and cracking. No interior leaks yet. We have never done this however are very familiar with large expanses of vinyl from our upholstery shop. I am a little nervous about the remove and replace of the AC unit. An extra bonus here (lol) is we could not get the refrigerator to run on shore power !!! I will post in the proper forum on this issue !! I attempted to add a picture of Alex "adjusting" her fix.
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