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i cannot find the source of a major leak in the overhang of my 2009 Thor Class C Four-Winds, and so am almost certain I will have to end up replacing the roof. I would therefor like to find out what experience people have had with these 3 products. I'm thinking one of these would be better than reinstalling a rubber roof.

Flex Armor  

RV-Armor  

Rhino Lining  - Is it true this coating does not flex? I could see that being a problem on a class C.

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I did the flexarmor but cannot give you much detail as I only have had for about 4months. Looks great. They remove everything, drip rails, vents, AC  and cover all seams. Wehn they reinstall you get new vent covers and new seal for the ACs.Total additional weight when done is about 150 lbs as I recall.  The coating virtually dries on contact after being sprayed and they apply a thick coat.   It is much thicker than an epdm. As Glenn said they do not do it in a campground so we stayed in a nearby hotel a few nights.  I did not realize that Rhino was now doing roofs. Both flexarmor and the Rhino bedliner materials are made from polyurea. The flexarmor is a modified formula of polyurea to allow for flex as cracking was a concern. It is softer to the feel than a bedliner. So did Rhino also modify their formula? Another question I would have is whether this is actually Rhino of Rhino lining fame or if someone is playing games with the tradename.   RV ROOF also goes by Flexarmor and is trademarked and then you get the campground one going by the name of RV Armor causing all kinds of confusion. Anyway. I love the new roof. I had a branch rip our first one and I would be very surprised if a branch could get through this. Plus no more annual maintenance. We had ours done in Mesa Arizona but the first store is in Green Cove Springs Fl.

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33 minutes ago, GlennWest said:

 They also can't do the slides due to thickness. 

 

I guess they will do slides but they are reluctant to do so (at least at the Mesa shop). The guy said they don't recommend it and it would be disproportionately expensive. I didn't ask for details.

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We had RV Armor coat our roof in September 2015 while in Bradenton, FL at a campground.  We had a leak on the back wall due to exposed screw heads at the rubber roof and rear cap joint.  Cost was $4500 including doing 4 slide roofs.  Last I heard they no longer do slide roofs.  They removed the vent covers and AC covers and dish.  It took 4 days due to some rain and heavy dew delays.  We did have 2 warranty cosmetic calls as the last of 3 coatings "cracked" in 3 or 4 places.  There was no leaks as the original roof and first coats were OK.  They responded to us while in Michigan and then Alabama.   Their warranty response was excellent and repaired the problems.  They also supply a lifetime warranty.  They coated the drip edge all the way around the roof and the roof remained white until we sold the HitchHiker this month.  We were pleased with the roof.       Greg

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Thank you for all the replies.  I was hoping someone in Escapees, or at least who read this forum, had had a Rhino Liner put on their roof.  I appreciate these responses for, as usual, they told me what I wanted to hear. I did find a video on Youtube for a repair to my Chateau, done by rvroofinstall.com in Georgia.  A little expensive, though.   Will check with other forums and see what I can find.

An aside, if you are insterested in seeing how shoddy RVs are built, especially the welding, watch this video.

https://youtu.be/RlE3DNOknGg

 

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On 2/26/2019 at 9:05 AM, gypsydan said:

Thank you for all the replies.  I was hoping someone in Escapees, or at least who read this forum, had had a Rhino Liner put on their roof.  I appreciate these responses for, as usual, they told me what I wanted to hear. I did find a video on Youtube for a repair to my Chateau, done by rvroofinstall.com in Georgia.  A little expensive, though.   Will check with other forums and see what I can find.

An aside, if you are insterested in seeing how shoddy RVs are built, especially the welding, watch this video.

https://youtu.be/RlE3DNOknGg

 

The way that roof was put on and the way this guys installs new roofs with everything raised above the surface, sounds like one would need to head over and get a new roof installed.

What kind of roof is this guy installing and how much does this guy charge?

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My husband used to be an RV Armor installer, please reach out if you’d like to discuss with him, he’d be happy to answer questions. If you use his installer ID - you save a some money.  

bill.rvss@gmail.com

RV Armor is an excellent product that is guaranteed not to leak. Also - one of the best parts is the warranty is transferable if you sell your rig.  

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1 hour ago, Alie&Jim's Carrilite said:

Had Flex Armour sprayed on at a Houston location.  Had a slide roof does as well there.  It made the rig quieter in hard rains, and hopefully cooler as well.  Our insurance paid the difference in price once the adjuster realized it has a lifetime warranty.

Was this done on your DRV? Cost per foot? Price per slide out? TIA

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On 4/4/2019 at 9:05 PM, jrzygrl64 said:

My husband used to be an RV Armor installer, please reach out if you’d like to discuss with him, he’d be happy to answer questions. If you use his installer ID - you save a some money.  

bill.rvss@gmail.com

RV Armor is an excellent product that is guaranteed not to leak. Also - one of the best parts is the warranty is transferable if you sell your rig.  

Do you know any installers near Ste.Saint Marie,Michigan that you could recommend? 

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55 minutes ago, GlennWest said:

I also used Henry's Tropic-cool on my Teton. One 5 gallon bucket covered it and slideouts. Also bought a gallon of same product in paste form. Went over all joints, caulking, eternabond. Used putty knife. Looks great and everything is sealed.

Is that something similar to the "Cooling Paint" I am seeing? The one that say's you won't need A/C once you paint your house with it???? I have Fiberglass roof with a "Lifetime Warranty" unfortunately the warranty does not seem to cover the slide outs roofs. I have had to pay for repairs a couple times. When I first saw them I wasn't happy, but dummy me didn't mention it until the first leak and I had not been able to return to the factory again during the "First Year" of warranty coverage. If it leaks again I was going to try the "Boat" stuff in white. You know the guy who cuts the bottom out of a boat and replaces with screen wire covered in the miracle stuff. 

 

Rod

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1 hour ago, lappir said:

Is that something similar to the "Cooling Paint" I am seeing? The one that say's you won't need A/C once you paint your house with it???? I have Fiberglass roof with a "Lifetime Warranty" unfortunately the warranty does not seem to cover the slide outs roofs. I have had to pay for repairs a couple times. When I first saw them I wasn't happy, but dummy me didn't mention it until the first leak and I had not been able to return to the factory again during the "First Year" of warranty coverage. If it leaks again I was going to try the "Boat" stuff in white. You know the guy who cuts the bottom out of a boat and replaces with screen wire covered in the miracle stuff. 

 

Rod

It is cool to the touch. Surprised me how cool. I can walk on it barefooted in the hot summer. It is siicom so no more dicor on it. Henry's does sell a caulking tube for any touch ups needed like changing out a vent, etc. I'm really impressed with it.

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I am definitly skeptical of of the  hard sell like the flex-seal guy and being a southerner his accent does not inspire confidence but tough situations require trying other things.  That being said I used some of the flex-seal liquid (roll or paint on -not spray) on some fairly severe patching and so far I am very well satisfied with it.  Key with almost all of this stuff is pre-application preparation.  I used pints and quarts because of the limited time frames I could use it and that turned out to be a good choice in my case. This has just been a few months back but as I say I am a happy camper.

If I was doing roof replacement and could do it I would have mine done where they could do it under cover in a somewhat controlled environment.  Also as cheap as I am I would defer to quality product and installer over cost.  Even a lifetime warranty won't help if a business closes a few years down the road for any reason.

 

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cferguson,  I will accept that might be true. Do you know if it was the spray or the liquid?  Of course his prep work could make a difference.  I hope mine holds up longer.  I had done  a couple of small things in years past. In one or 2 I even used Eternabond.  One held up much longer than  the other.  As I found out my prep at first was not nearly as good as I thought it was at the time.  This time around I think I went way above and beyond.  Guess time will tell.

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