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Old 09-17-2023, 02:15 PM   #1
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Hello all, I am new to the high low trailer bunch and my buddy and I each picked one up, is a 1990, and mine 1989. I have an aluminum roof and he had dry rot in his roof which was a rubber membrane. Is there a way to get a hold of the metal roof to retrofit his unit with the same aluminum roof I have? We both have the fun Chaser 24 units. The membrane replacement is kicking our butt and if we can locate aluminum and it's not got awful expensive, maybe worth going that route instead of messing with this rubber. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 09-19-2023, 11:28 AM   #2
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Found option for replacement. It would be about 1700.00 for the supplies if I install myself. We will attempt another membrane install. My buddy messed it up doing it alone! 500 dollar mistake!
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Old 09-21-2023, 08:10 PM   #3
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Default Roof repairs/replacement.

My first HiLo had a rubber roof. Just caught the start of a leak. Used a 25ft. patch kit. The HiLo i have now has a metal roof. I prefer the rubber roof. I am sure you tube has a tutorial on how to replace a rubber roof. Best of luck with your repairs.
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Hey gang, this is Rob from JandR Trailer Repair.... saw this post and had to put this up. Don't waste your money on all that rubber roofing crap... and I say that lightly.

Jim and I did so many roof overlays at the shop and saved people thousands. Anyone who is handy can do this... it is a lot of work, but you will thank yourself and your wallet will still be full after doing this. We never had one come back.

The product is called Peel N Seal and here is a link :

https://www.mfmbp.com/peel-seal

This is 36" wide and comes in a really nice textured white so it will look original once you do a 3 pass install.... one down each side overhanging the edge for you to put under your trim and then the final, center pass that will overlap both side pieces about 5 to 6 inches so you have a really nice seal. This is an asphalt based seal, so when it is out in the sun, it will set up for life! I know this will help you out and you can get this done for probably $400 or right in that neighborhood. Best of luck and I hope you decide to try this out!

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Old 09-28-2023, 10:31 AM   #5
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Rob, thanks for that post! Peel N Seal looks a good roofing product, even to cover aluminum roofs that have the pin holes from galvanic corrosion. I'd certainly try it, and I'm 82 years old!

Question though, if you have a rotted rubber roof like the OP's friend, do you remove the old roofing cover before applying the Peel N Seal? I would guess that you do, but would like to confirm this.

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In the case of any rot etc, yes, pull that all away and get a good surface. The next best thing would be to apply new 1/8" luaun plywood over the existing to give a nice smooth and flat area to apply the Peel n Seal to. I would even say for an abundance of caution that a person could coat the plywood, but it isn't necessary as the Peel n Seal will seal off everything. Jim and I did rubber roof overlays as well as aluminum.

The key is to make what ever surface you are applying this to as clean and solid as possible and then apply the Peel n Seal to it.

I understand why Hi Lo only used rubber roofs for about two years as they wanted to follow the industry trend, but then found out that they brought more problems and were more costly to repair and maintain, so they went back to the aluminum. You mentioned the galvanic corrosion and that is why Jim and I started using the Peal n Seal in the first place in order to give our customers an affordable alternative to having us remove their roof and re laminate new aluminum...... hope all this helps someone out!!!
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Thanks, Rob - I'm gong to "stick" this thread, because it has a wealth of information.

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Hey, thanks for the tip. What primer is required before placing the peel and seal over an aluminum roof? Some of the approved asphalt primers I saw for this material said not to use over or in contact with silicone, plastic, etc. Is a primer required for an aluminum roof? If so, which would one is rv safe? Thanks!
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