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Old 06-21-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Sealing leaks on a lease camper

I just bought an older 1998ish lease camper that had a few leaks in the past. Its not leaking right now, but I'm sure it will. The previous owners sprayed the leaks with something like "Flex-Seal" without any tape to keep it clean. It has a good build up of it too. There are visible repairs on the roof and front right vertical corner too. I didn't find any soft spots inside or out.

I'm thinking about scraping all of the spray seal off and doing some re-repairs. I know I'll never use it for anything but a lease camper, so hiding all signs of repair isn't that important. And if I sell it later on, I'll tell a buyer that too.

I've seen some flexible repair tape for RVs at Amazon. It comes in sizes from 1" to 12" wide and 5' to 50' long. It says you can paint/roll elastomeric coating over it too. I don't even mind running a roll of the tape all the way from front to back and top to bottom along the edges.

Anybody ever do this to a travel trailer? Did it last well? It says its UV resistant...is it?
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:31 PM   #2
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Have you ever considered using Kool-Seal?
I have had real good luck with that stuff.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:31 PM   #3
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:36 PM   #4
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3M makes some sort of gray sealant in a tube that Hart trailers uses on the tops of their horse trailers. I helped a friend re-seal his roof, and that stuff is legit. He called Hart and they told him exactly what it was. May check with them.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:38 PM   #5
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Put a metal roof over it.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:40 PM   #6
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It looks like there are a couple of small punctures. That's why i was looking at the tape. There was a crack in the shower tub, and they used this type of tape over that with no leaks.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:41 PM   #7
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Put a metal roof over it.
that's the best thing to do !
helps keep it cooler also and protection from hail storms
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:43 PM   #8
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Don t even waste time and money trying to reseal a camper roof. Spend about $250 in materials and build a tin roof over it. If you're around cedar trees, simply find some that are suitable for the uprights and cross-braces to save on lumber costs.
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I just bought an older 1998ish lease camper that had a few leaks in the past. Its not leaking right now, but I'm sure it will. The previous owners sprayed the leaks with something like "Flex-Seal" without any tape to keep it clean. It has a good build up of it too. There are visible repairs on the roof and front right vertical corner too. I didn't find any soft spots inside or out.



I'm thinking about scraping all of the spray seal off and doing some re-repairs. I know I'll never use it for anything but a lease camper, so hiding all signs of repair isn't that important. And if I sell it later on, I'll tell a buyer that too.



I've seen some flexible repair tape for RVs at Amazon. It comes in sizes from 1" to 12" wide and 5' to 50' long. It says you can paint/roll elastomeric coating over it too. I don't even mind running a roll of the tape all the way from front to back and top to bottom along the edges.



Anybody ever do this to a travel trailer? Did it last well? It says its UV resistant...is it?
Just did this to our 1978 trailer at the ranch.. it went down real good.. next trip out we'll see how it worked.. lots of rain over the past few weeks

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Old 06-21-2019, 06:21 PM   #10
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Only use DICOR self leveling sealant, clean up areas with mineral spirits, and a paper towel
Then add the DICOR and let it settle and dry
We have have lots of long lasting results

DICOR web site
https://dicorproducts.com/product/epdm-lap-sealants/

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Old 06-21-2019, 06:27 PM   #11
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:21 PM   #12
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Duct tape will fix anything i hear.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:53 PM   #13
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Eternabond roll roof tape! You can buy it on eBay or Amazon in all different sizes and colors. Ainít the cheapest date in the world but it flat out works!

https://www.bestmaterials.com/Eternabond.aspx

I would just seal the seems and edges myself. This stuff is awesome and provides a totally waterproof membrane.....Iíve used on several trailers and it works great. It is a little hard to work with especially in the heat b/c it wants to STICK to everything! Make sure you use to overlap the seams where sections are connected together. Apply with pressure.
If your metal is "good" this stuff will seal the seams and you will be good for years, believe me.

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Old 06-21-2019, 09:58 PM   #14
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Put a metal roof over it.
Worth every penny.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:59 PM   #15
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Only use DICOR self leveling sealant, clean up areas with mineral spirits, and a paper towel
Then add the DICOR and let it settle and dry
We have have lots of long lasting results

DICOR web site
https://dicorproducts.com/product/epdm-lap-sealants/
This!
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:03 PM   #16
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Eternabond roll roof tape! You can buy it on eBay or Amazon in all different sizes and colors. Ainít the cheapest date in the world but it flat out works!

https://www.bestmaterials.com/Eternabond.aspx

I would just seal the seems and edges myself. This stuff is awesome and provides a totally waterproof membrane.....Iíve used on several trailers and it works great. It is a little hard to work with especially in the heat b/c it wants to STICK to everything! Make sure you use to overlap the seams where sections are connected together. Apply with pressure.
If your metal is "good" this stuff will seal the seams and you will be good for years, believe me.
And this! Use this on the seams and the dicor self leveling lap sealant around all vents. Both work very well! Clean the roof off really good and use both products. After it is dry you can paint it with either elastomeric or epdm rubber depending on what type of roof you have. Good Luck!
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:05 PM   #17
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Knock any of the old loose stuff off, clean it as well as you can, then use your tape on all the sensitive areas.

After all is said and done roll on 2 heavy coats of cool ply or other elastomeric rv roof coatings.

Havnt had a failure yet with this method.


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Old 06-21-2019, 11:53 PM   #18
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I have fought a leaking roof for several years. It would always come back. I finally built a roof over it 2 months ago. I can’t believe how much cooler it has made the camper.
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Lots of good info here. I just found a leak in one of mine while camping at Lake Livingston last weekend
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:52 AM   #20
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eternabond tape is great stuff, if the area is clean it will stick and make a seal for sure, but it is not cheap. Flex seal tape does not stick very good. I have use flex seal liquid in some places that tape will not work and it has stuck really well for me.
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:55 PM   #22
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Flex Seal, must work, I saw it on TV
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Old 06-23-2019, 11:29 AM   #23
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I was a DA and let a branch tear my roof. Used the tape and it has worked pretty well.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:15 PM   #24
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:14 PM   #26
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Eternabond tape and Dicor self leveling sealant. Not cheap but holds up great.

I completely agree metal roof structure is best - but this is 2nd best ...
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:55 PM   #27
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This was a $175 dollar fix. 2X4s across the top, ratchet strap down.
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This was a $175 dollar fix. 2X4s across the top, ratchet strap down.

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:55 PM   #29
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This is what I was thinking about doing. I used a similar tape today to stop a leaking furnace vent pipe in the rain today.


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Eternabond roll roof tape! You can buy it on eBay or Amazon in all different sizes and colors. Ainít the cheapest date in the world but it flat out works!

https://www.bestmaterials.com/Eternabond.aspx

I would just seal the seems and edges myself. This stuff is awesome and provides a totally waterproof membrane.....Iíve used on several trailers and it works great. It is a little hard to work with especially in the heat b/c it wants to STICK to everything! Make sure you use to overlap the seams where sections are connected together. Apply with pressure.
If your metal is "good" this stuff will seal the seams and you will be good for years, believe me.
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