Your RV is not just a car it is also your home. That is why taking good care of it is so important. But when you live on the road there isn’t always a mechanic available to fix problems as they arise. That is why it can be good to learn how to do things yourself in case of emergency.
One of the quickest ways to lower the value of your RV is through water damage. Most RVers don’t realize that simple upkeep can extend the life of your RV’s roof up to two decades. Remember, the RV is your home so treat it like you would your house with lots of routine repairs.
Roof repair is fundamental to a functioning RV. The last thing you want is to be stranded and soaked while the inside of your car gets wet, or worse. Below you will find instructions on how to fix your trailer’s roof yourself.
1. Make sure you thoroughly wash your roof to get out any dirt or particles that may have compounded on the road. Not only will it look nicer and cleaner but there will be less debris in the way of your work.
2. If the old sealant is cracked, but not loose or separating from the surface it is not necessary to remove the old sealant. Clean the area using denatured alcohol and add new sealant over the area that is cracked.
3. Buy rubberized Leak Stopper from your local store. Any Walmart or Target should carry them and they go for roughly $20 a gallon.
4. Use an old paintbrush to spread an even coat over the roof and your trailer. It is vital that you wear clothes you do not like and protective gloves while you are doing this since the Leak Stopper contains hazardous materials. You do not want to breathe it in or get any on your skin. I cannot stress the importance of that.
5. Seal around vents, air conditioners, antennas and anything else sticking up through the roof. These are also problem areas that we often never notice until it is way too late. Slow leaks occur around these points and stay hidden for years. When we discover the damage, it is already very much advanced.
6. If your trailer is in dire need of repair it might be useful to get fiberglass repair tape. Unlike other tape the material in fiberglass tape was designed to stick to any surface, including metal, fiberglass, and wood.
7. Let the sealer and tape do its job and do not touch the part of the RV which has been worked on for at least four hours.
8. After you are done do a final inspection before getting on the road again.