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I purchased a used 2008 DRV 36RE last November. I traveled a 1000 miles to a dealer that had a good reputation. I had a leak in the roof ever since I got it home and have had it recauked each time. The last time they stripped it down and found out that there is a front and back part to the roof and about 1 inch between. There is a piece that covers the two parts but in most cases the part is not wide enough. The caucking ends up cracking due to flex and therefore the leak.

 

The dealer I bought it from says it is manufacturer defect and therfore not there issue. The DRV manufacturer won't return my calls. The DRV dealer in NC said it is a known design issue but DRV won't fix. He said 1000 best case but most likely it will be $7500 for a new roof.

 

Does anyone have any advice? I have to get this fixed because the leak is now worse. The DRV dealer is 200 miles away. Should I take it to a DRV dealer or just any dealer with a good reputation? Speaking of which, does anyone have recommendations for in NC? I am currently located near Durham.

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Wow! sorry to hear that but even more shocking that the roof is 2 piece and DRV won't return your calls as the "defect" is a well documented one. I wouldn't expect them to eat the repair, but I sure would expect a return call and consideration on the repair. Very disheartening to hear. Let us know how it goes.

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Since you're so far out of any warranty I would find a shop nearby and have them do it. DRV might do it for a decent price if you take the trip to Howe, IN but I tend to doubt it. No harm trying though.

 

Email DRV. They suck at returning calls but do answer emails. Here are some email addresses for them. Try Ed Fry or Greg Weldon. I'm not sure if this is all up to date. I know Kyle Miller was promoted.

 

Contacting DRV

 

If you know the persons name, you can email them at DRV. The form for email address is: FirstnameLastname @DRVSuites.com. Below are some current names and addresses to make contact -

 

E-mail

gregvaughn@DRVSuites.com

 

gregweldon@DRVSuites.com

 

edfry@DRVSuites.com

 

 

scotthamilton@DRVSuites.com

 

kylemiller@DRVSuites.com

 

 

kyleadams@DRVSuites.com

 

donnagould@DRVSuites.com

 

chadolinger@DRVSuites.com

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You need to know that since Jan. 5, 2015 the company that built your RV, called DRV has been taken over by Thor Industries, so they may have very little interest in your RV that was built by the old company. With it now 9+ years old, there must have been an answer to the problem back when it was new, as leaks for that long would have caused obvious damage to the interior. It may well be that a previous owner either damaged the roof or somehow removed the piece that once covered the gap.

 

Did you have the RV professionally inspected before you purchased it? If you did that inspector probably carries insurance to cover any liability he would have so that may be a way to get some help. The dealer that you bought it from probably sold it to you "as is" or without any warranty so likely has no legal liability for any repairs. He may even have taken it in trade on a new RV with no knowledge of the problem that you now have. Because it has worked for almost 10 years, I must believe that there is, or at least was an answer to the problem.

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Looks like Rhino Linings also does roof coatings for RV's. Check out the attached link

 

http://www.leisuretimerv.com/PartsService/RhinoLiningVehicleProtection/tabid/28057/Default.aspx

X2 - I have researched this extensively and will be having a Rhino Lining installed (Sprayed :rolleyes: ) on our new cardinal before it leaves the dealership!

Not only is it a lifetime warranty against cracks/leaks, the materials in the roof coating insulate and provide up to a 20 degree reduction in interior temperatures.

 

Prices seem to vary but @ $125-$150 a linear foot seems to be the going rate.

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The only issue I have with Rhino lining an RV roof is the fact that sometimes the things that stick up above the rook need to be removed and replaced. I have no problem getting some butyl rubber caulk and self leveling lap sealant and replacing the items. If the Rhino is covering the antenna base and roof vent flanges, if they get damaged by a branch or whatever, how would we remove them then seal the replacement? Don't get me wrong I have had all my truck beds rhino lined and had the top rails and tailgate top done too. No way that could be removed from my bed in my first truck or this one. if they removed all the roof items and then put them back on top of the Rhino lining, with tape and self leveling/lap sealant that might be OK. And if I had no issue about cost and rarely did repairs myself that may be the ticket or later not. I'll check out the link and see if they give any pics of it being done and what they do for prep. I'd definitely put on my roof vent covers and install any possible future power vents beforehand if they apply it over the flanges and up the sides. I know we can Rhino line anything. I just would not want to have to R&R anything after. I like the idea of the extra insulation too. I just had my EPDM replaced by a commercial roofer with TPO and heat sealed sections with commercial water block and dang if it did not go through the torrential rains of the last months with flooding and nary a drop leaked. instead of $ 6000-7500.00 it was $2800. and done well.

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- I have researched this extensively and will be having a Rhino Lining installed (Sprayed ) on our new cardinal before it leaves the dealership!

Does the installer remove the air conditioner, antenna, vent covers and such before spraying it on like the people who replace an EDPM roof do, so that you will be able to do replacements on those items at some future time if the need should arise? Things like a TV antenna do wear out and have to be replaced at times, as do the covers for the plumbing vents and several other types of roof penetrations in the course of normal maintenance of an RV.

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Pictures of roof being done. Looks like they do remove the AC's, refrigerator vents.

But leave regular vent covers on and spray over TV antenna connections.

 

Video on how it is done. He does state rubber roofs only last 8 years then need replaced. :rolleyes:

They probably didn't do any research on how long a average rubber roof last. :rolleyes:

 

Guess I am lucky that my roof put on in Aug. 1998 almost 17 years ago is still leak free and has outlasted 2 of those 8 year roofs. :D

It also has a few more years left in it today. :) I do wash it twice a year with a power washer and no soap, brush or protectant used.

 

Here is another one that has Lifetime NO Leak Guarantee and then state it will last only 10-15 years. confused.gif

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the materials in the roof coating insulate and provide up to a 20 degree reduction in interior temperatures.

It doesn't insulate hardly any by the material thickness. They are saying the shiny material reflects the sun off it to make it 20% cooler.

Then a Black roof? They don't say cooler then what, to get their 20%. Probably does help make some sales.

 

What % does a white rubber roof make a RV cooler? What percent difference in cooling are they between a Rino & a white Rubber roof?

May be hard to measure.

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Biker loved your link, and link the video. I bet that sucker is expensive but it is white, and Rhino had a white in their color choices but I couldn't find it anymore. I just commercially reroofed mine with TPO. We had torrential rains and flooding since and it is great. Will their water block sealant and commercial heat seaming etc. last? $2800 instead of $7000.00.

 

For six or seven grand an older RV is not worth re-roofing to me unless you get a steal as I did. However as an option for a new buyer that coating in your link looks to be as close to perfect as it can be. The only question I have is how much extra money, and how much extra weight. I really like the toughness of TPO. I'll report back in ten years when I'm 73.

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They are saying the shiny material reflects the sun off it to make it 20% cooler.

Then a Black roof? They don't say cooler then what, to get their 20%. Probably does help make some sales.

Most likely it is pure sales hype or what the marketing industry calls "puffery."

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I've done some investigating on this subject. What I found was that the Rhino guarantee last I checked was only good at the place it was put on. The LineX guarantee is good at any LineX dealer. They all now seem to come in colors. I saw one motorhome whose roof was white, while the radii(radius's?) we're color matched. He even had the front of the coach done. I will say they did a great job matching the color. There's a few other spray on's like www.rvroof.com that look pretty good, and they also have a lifetime guarantee against leaks, and can color match. I wouldn't be surprised that more & more RV manufacturer's will be offering it in the future. $7,000 seems pretty excessive, I was quoted $3,200 to have mine done(38') from www.rvroofarmor.com. They will come to you to do the work. That sure would be convenient, especially if I was sitting say in Florida for the winter.

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We are in St Augustine, FL for the winter and plan to get the RV Flexarmor roof job done in Green Cove Springs in the next month or two. We stopped by their shop earlier today and spoke with the owner, David. The advantage of their coating is that is stays flexible even in extremely cold conditions. They had a piece that I could tie in a knot. This is apparently one big advantage over Rhino and LInux products which tend to become stiffer with age. This was the problem Excel had with the Rhino roof option when they offered it.

 

The process takes 2 1/2 days for a normal job (no slides and very little roof undersheathing repair. Weight it adds is about 150lbs for a 40' RV roof but the removal of the EPDM old roof brings the net weight gain down considerably.

 

They put on all new vents, both air and sewer. Replacing Fantastic - type fans is an option depending on existing wiring.

 

They can spray on their system over existing fixed roof skylights, like over a shower or just seal them in and leave the top exposed. Sprayed over, makes it dark inside but you can step on the dome and it will not break. They put on New MaxxAir vent covers over all vents that are openable (crank or electric). The reseal of sewer vents is completely over the whole base so there is no place for water to go into or in-around the vent unit. The vent cap, which is normally removable still is and can be replaced as needed over time. I am looking into a metal version for longevity. Plastic gets brittle over time.

 

The spray completely covers all exposed roof penetrations including the screws for the drainage rails on the sides.So all water must go into the j-rail or over it.

 

I need to replace the cables to the crankup dish and the Batwing before taking it over to them. and I Want to add a couple of through the roof conduits for future wiring convenience before they spray, too.

 

One thing I have always been concerned about is damage from falling things, like hail or limbs. I am certain that these are not likely future sources of damage with this product.

 

The Sq footage estimate is $5900 for my 40' 5th wheel but when I take it in, they will go over it carefully to see what that actual work is going to be and also check out my slides for what they can do (@$20/sq ft) for me. Ultimately, they will give me an out the door price based on the work before I sign.

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FYI: There was a guy that came to Evergreen Coho park in Chimacum, WA that rolled on the RV-ARMOR material, reinforced places where it would need it with a polyester fabric mesh. His price was $1000 to do my 40' roof and slide roofs. While what he uses is the commercial grade of these materials, it is nowhere as thick as RV Flex Armor, even with the polyester reinforcing fiber in the mix.

 

The RV Flex armor is a spray on and cures in 6 seconds so it can be applied to vertical surfaces without running.

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