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Posted: 11/13/17 11:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You would be lucky to get $2-3k on a 2001 26' trailer in decent condition.

Replacing the roof is likely a $4-6k if it turns out to be fairly simple to fix. It could be a lot more if the rot is bad.

If you have the skills and want to put in the effort, you might be able to buy the materials for $1-1.5k and do it yourself.

Nothing you slap on the top will fix the problem if the plywood underneath is rotted out.

Sorry, but no good news.

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Doing it myself and having no clues other than youtube... ~$500

New EDPM, wood, glues and screws. The rubber (20 x 10) was ~$250 from ebay.

A did take a lot of time and I was lucky enough to have a barn to do it in.....

It's no more difficult than anything else just get into to it and don't get overwhelmed, not rocket science, and I'm no smarter than the average bear.

Trusses and EDPM roof.


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Posted: 11/14/17 07:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DIY is pretty easy. I am 60% disabled (back and legs) 67 yrs old and it still only took me 2 days to replace the trusses, luan, and apply Liquid Roof for RVs link to 1/3 of my 30ft 5er roof. Getting it all together and figuring out what was needed took almost a week [emoticon]

BTW the roof is held together with staples-you might want to rent a air stapler to hold the luan to the trusses.




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Posted: 11/14/17 02:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for all the great info, everybody.

I do have the skills and energy to tackle a project like this, but just not the time right now. I know it's not worth all that much, so I don't want to sink a bunch of money into it. If I could get the materials for $500, like hilandfrog, it would definitely be worth doing for me.

It would have to wait until summertime, which is why I'm really trying to come up with a temporary fix to get through the winter. I know I can focus more on a permanent repair during the summer, or pick up a different trailer with the help of tax return money in the spring.

After searching the web a bit, I've found a 10' x 27' canopy for under $200, which I think would fit the bill for now. It'll keep the snow off the roof, so in the event of a heavy wet snow, I should have nothing to worry about anymore.

I'm going to climb up on the roof again this weekend and do a further assessment of the damage to help decide what to do after I get through the winter.


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Roof Armor will be $4K+, they do a nice job but if you look at the steps it's very labor intensive. You can get Heng's Roof Coating and roll it on for $50/gal, but that's just another layer of EDPM...usually the rubber membrane itself is not what's leaking unless it has had puncture damage from a tree limb, etc. Usually the leaks are at seal points like vents, TV antenna, etc. You're not seeing drips inside because the water is being absorbed by the flakeboard roof sheathing and insulation. When it gets saturated, it will drip down a wall and start to rot the floor.

I think the plan you have now is best to get you through the winter, and is what I was going to suggest. You really have to play detective, find out what's leaking, where the water is coming in and how extensive the damage is before you formulate a plan to fix it. Usually you only see about 10% of the damage, so figure that soft spot where there's nothing behind the rubber roof is about 1/10 of what needs to be fixed.

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If you are looking to get thru the winter, and will not be moving it.... That opens up some options. I think I would go with a thick piece of plywood, Put a few coats of cheap (home Depot marks down missmatched colors a lot) paint on it to seal it. Lay that over the slide out and maybe a tarp over that.

If the roof is in fact not leaking now, then this should work. It won't win any awards, but it is cheap and easy.

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I had a similar situation.I bought some aluminum plate about 1/8th inch thick that extended about 6 inches past the soft spots.Drilled holes every six inches around the perimiter,layed down a bead of rv roof caulk and screwed it down right through the roof.Then I caulked all the screws.Its been 3 years and no leaks so far.

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Posted: 10/27/20 11:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Using sheet metal and coating with Hengs or something else that's a full layer of protection might be a safer alternative, but it won't solve the problem that your roof is compromised and that poses a risk rolling down the road.

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Posted: 10/28/20 07:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This thread has been several years dead. The OP last post was in 2017 and I betcha' he/she is long gone.

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