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#1 fyrfytr

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:13 AM

 I know carriage 5th wheels have had a considerable " WRINKLE" problem. They also have had screws sheared off at the end caps (not all, but some models).

 Please forward your advise / opinion as to which 5'er has the BEST roof.



#2 LindaH

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:55 AM

All else being equal, I like one-piece aluminum roofs.  However, I wouldn't (and we didn't) let the fact that an RV had a different kind of roof stop me from buying it.  Our Classic Excel has a rubber roof (the Limited has a one-piece aluminum roof, but when we bought our rig back in 2007, the exact same floorplan with the same options was over $10,000 more than the Classic...too much to make the aluminum roof worth the extra price *for us*).


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:02 AM

Your point is well taken....

  There is a certain price point that makes some solutions not worth it, but......

 I actually did hold back on the purchase of a carriage because of the wrinkle problem.  You remember the old adage "where there's smoke, there's fire"....today wrinkles (more like buckles) ,tomorrow roof separation, headaches, grief and $$$$ ???



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

Define "BEST".  Are you concerned about material, longevity, ease of installation, ease of maintenance, resistance to tears/punctures, resistance to UV, or what?  IMO how a roof is installed and what lies under it is as important as the material itself.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:31 AM

All else being equal, I like one-piece aluminum roofs.  However, I wouldn't (and we didn't) let the fact that an RV had a different kind of roof stop me from buying it.  Our Classic Excel has a rubber roof (the Limited has a one-piece aluminum roof, but when we bought our rig back in 2007, the exact same floorplan with the same options was over $10,000 more than the Classic...too much to make the aluminum roof worth the extra price *for us*).

 

I thought the Limited had a fiberglas roof.



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

Define "BEST".  Are you concerned about material, longevity, ease of installation, ease of maintenance, resistance to tears/punctures, resistance to UV, or what?  IMO how a roof is installed and what lies under it is as important as the material itself.

OKAY,

  I guess that all these factors are not only relevant, but necessary to define "the best"......given this as a criteria to define best....

   

 Does the aluminum, or the one piece fiberglass fit the bill ??? or other ??



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:50 PM

As probably in excess of 90% of all 5th wheels have a "rubber" roof, your choice of anything else is extremely limited.

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:47 PM

As probably in excess of 90% of all 5th wheels have a "rubber" roof, your choice of anything else is extremely limited.

 

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Rubber....Would vinyl be included in that 90 % ? 

  ...I am quite sure that the carriage have a vinyl roof.  I know that once upon a time we had a 34 ft. Avion 5'er and it had a rubber roof. We did not have a lick of grief with that one. I believe that New Horizons have a one piece fiberglass roof. I have wondered how the fiberglass and the aluminum roofs would weather a nasty hail storm ??



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:26 PM

We have a fiberglass, just like the Excel Limiteds. Very few 5th-wheel manufacturers have/had fiberglass roofs.  We would be had put not to have a fiberglass roof.  We worry about branches and the solar panels but not scratching the roof.

 

When we first shopping, we heard comments about noisy roofs in rain.  Well we can attest that our Travel Supreme is quieter than the Pace Arrow with a rubber roof.  Sound is more an issue of the ceiling insulation.

 

I had one manufacturer that only offered rubber roofs try to convince me that fiberglass roofs are prone to leakage.  We replied that would be a significant thing to all the fiberglass boats out there.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

I'm pretty sure Linda H meant fiberglass roof. The Excel Corp now offers a Rhino coating sprayed on their roofs to add longer life to the roof.



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:30 PM

New Horizons has a one piece pebbled fiberglass roof. No seams at all. It is a laminated structure. 4" of blue Dow Corning high density foam, with the AC ducts cut into the bottom 2". Thus the ducts have 2" of rigid foam over them and do not take on heat like most manufacturers roofs.  Because it is a lamintaed structure the roof is solid.....no flex at all.

 

Is it the best roof? I don't know. But I do know it is very good.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:08 PM

I think that no matter what roof you have, proper care and a cover are key to it lasting. I learned another hard lesson from my last RV by not protecting it while it was parked. This one has it's own garage, and I wash and inspect the roof every six months.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:14 PM

Rubber....Would vinyl be included in that 90 % ? 

  ...I am quite sure that the carriage have a vinyl roof.  I know that once upon a time we had a 34 ft. Avion 5'er and it had a rubber roof. We did not have a lick of grief with that one. I believe that New Horizons have a one piece fiberglass roof. I have wondered how the fiberglass and the aluminum roofs would weather a nasty hail storm ??

 

 

I use "rubber" generically for all of the membrane type roofs.

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:37 PM

Dynamax has fiberglass roof
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:28 PM

New Horizons has a one piece pebbled fiberglass roof. No seams at all. It is a laminated structure. 4" of blue Dow Corning high density foam, with the AC ducts cut into the bottom 2". Thus the ducts have 2" of rigid foam over them and do not take on heat like most manufacturers roofs.  Because it is a lamintaed structure the roof is solid.....no flex at all.

 

Is it the best roof? I don't know. But I do know it is very good.

 

 

New Horizons has a one piece pebbled fiberglass roof. No seams at all. It is a laminated structure. 4" of blue Dow Corning high density foam, with the AC ducts cut into the bottom 2". Thus the ducts have 2" of rigid foam over them and do not take on heat like most manufacturers roofs.  Because it is a lamintaed structure the roof is solid.....no flex at all.

 

Is it the best roof? I don't know. But I do know it is very good.

That is pretty impressive !!! 

 

 Jack, have they always manufactured roofs like that or is that just the new ones ????



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:08 AM

That is pretty impressive !!! 

 

 Jack, have they always manufactured roofs like that or is that just the new ones ????

The new ones have the 4" of blue styrofoam...but they have always been a laminated structure with styrofoam....I believe at one time on the older units the fiberglass was 2-piece. But all the later ones are one piece.


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:52 AM

We specifically chose our Work N Play 5th wheel, because we were sick of rubber roofs! Now have one piece metal and love the piece of mind...just need to caulk yearly around the AC vents, etc. Also chose it because we were sick of slide out leaks, malfunctions...had four other rigs and slideout issues abounded!

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:06 AM

We specifically chose our Work N Play 5th wheel, because we were sick of rubber roofs! Now have one piece metal and love the piece of mind...just need to caulk yearly around the AC vents, etc. Also chose it because we were sick of slide out leaks, malfunctions...had four other rigs and slideout issues abounded!

I'm curious how roof material would effect slideout operation?

 

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