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5th wheel roof repair


jerryneal

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On our last trip, we had an RV park's escort guide us into a tree. I'll leave off the comments and language from the day of the event for those with sensitive ears and eyes :). Needless to say, the tree limb tore a 3 foot rip in the roof fabric and crushed the aluminum cap between the wall and the plywood roof.

 

A quick Eternabond and lap seal fix prevented water damage and let us continue the trip. Looks like heck, but prevented any water damage.

 

I'm meeting with the insurance adjuster this week and need some expectation on a permanent repair. The location of the damage is very visible and I don't want to loose value on the 5th wheel. Is there a patch that looks as good as new vs. all new fabric end to end? The aluminum cap will need to be replaced. Not sure if this can be pieced out or repaired from end to end.

 

Would appreciate any ideas for those who've experienced something similar.

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Jerry and Joan

2014 Ford F350 with 6.7 turbo, TrailerSaver

2014 40' Heartland Gateway Fifth wheel

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There are patching kits that work very well for the EDPM of the roof membrane. I'm not sure what you mean by the aluminum cap? Is there some sort of aluminum curved part under the EDPM at the rounded corner of the roof?

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Yes, the aluminum cap is a curved piece between the wall and the plywood roof. Update. So far so good. The good news, the insurance adjuster is recommending a complete roof replacement with a new cap front to back. Big repair, but happy they weren't going to do the repair on the cheap.

Jerry and Joan

2014 Ford F350 with 6.7 turbo, TrailerSaver

2014 40' Heartland Gateway Fifth wheel

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DuffMan, the campground agreed they were at fault. Tried to play the game of "the escort was not supposed to guide us into the site". Looks like we're at the end of the process and expecting a check any day for repairs. Moral of the story, don't trust an escort. The big thing on wheels behind the truck isn't their investment.

Jerry and Joan

2014 Ford F350 with 6.7 turbo, TrailerSaver

2014 40' Heartland Gateway Fifth wheel

iLoveRVlife.com

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