GREEN BAY, WI – The time had finally come. It was time to take my RV out for the very first time of the year and then major RV drama roof goes bye bye. It was scary, because I had no idea what was going on. I had never had anything like this happen before and it was not the way I wanted to start off my RV season.
The weather actually turned out to be pretty decent and decent, I mean it wasn’t snowing, raining or too cold. So I booked a quick trip to “Devil’s Lake State Park” in Wisconsin. I worked the full half day… about 8 hours and started to head down to the park, which is about 3 hours from Green Bay.
On the way down, about 40 minutes outside of the park, I started to notice a rattling on top of my RV. At first I thought, maybe something got caught on top… you know a plastic bag or something, but quickly I noticed it was shaking the whole RV and it was NOT just a plastic bag.
I pulled over to the side of the road, climbed on top of the RV and saw my roof blowing in the wind. Again I had never heard or known anything about this in all of my RVing life.
Now here’s the dilemma… I was about 2 and half hours away from Green Bay. Another 40 minutes or so to Devil’s Lake and nowhere near an RV dealership. So my thought was, try to get to my RV spot where I could assess the damage. See if I could do some kind of a patch. Fix it so I could at least bring the RV home the next day. I didn’t want to chance any rain on the roof, so even though I had a couple of days booked at Devil’s Lake, I was going to give it up so that I could get my rig back home relatively safely.
Once in my spot, I got back up on the roof and it was a total mess. The wind had really done a number on the roof for sure. I carry a tool box with me, with lots of different things in it, including screws, so I was able to drill through some of the fiberglass roofing and tack it down. I did cover part of the roof with a plastic tarp and shut her down for the night.
The next morning I got up and drove back to Green Bay.
Thank goodness I have indoor storage and it really paid off for me. Having the RV project from the rain meant my actual roofing, underneath the fiberglass top wasn’t going to get ruined. It also rained the next 3 of the 4 days.
Next up, I have to work with insurance, try to find a place that can repair my roof and figure out what’s next for RVJedeye!
What’s the worst repair you’ve had to deal with with your RV? Let me know in the comments below!
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Most manufacturers recommend that that maintenance of yourrvshould include a cleaning and inspection of the roof to prevent small seal and repair issues from becoming a big problem like the roof drama noted in the article. There are several products available for rv roof repair and to extend the life of their roof. We have an older RV with a rubber roof that was starting to leak in some damaged areas. Replaced some caulk around the AC and vents and recoated it myself two years ago with easy to use products I found online and it has been good since. Still have some product left. It’s RV roof magic. The one coat process was a big benefit to me.
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Sounds like you’re doing a great job staying on top of it and that’s good😊
We lost our living room ac in June, 3 months after we bought it, in Lake Bryant FL in the middle of a heat wave and forest fire threats. We were actually evacuated at 1 point.
Makes for great stories but it wasn’t a lot of fun when the inside temps hit 94 degrees!
I feel your pain buddy! Hopefully it won’t take long to repair!!
Sorry to hear of your roof. May I suggest RV FlexArmor. They work with insurance, and you will have the best roof in the industry with no maintenance and guaranteed no leak warranty. I had my fifthwheel done by them in Denton, TX (near Dallas). Mark Lamb is the owner of that franchise. He had a class C that had the roof peeled back on him. He had it fixed with another rubber roof. Then, it did it again! After lots of research, he chose FlexArmor. At that time, he had to go to Florida to get the work done. He was so impressed, he opened a franchise in Texas. Here is his contact info:
2401 Worthington Suite 148
Denton, TX 76207
(817) 692-2696 (Mark)
RV FlexArmor now has other locations across the country. Mark will know the closest one to your location. Mark has literally just partnered to open a second franchise in Arizona.
I was so impressed with the work done on my rig, I wrote an article in Escapees Magazine. It appears in the March/April 2019 edition. Email if you want a PDF of that article.
Cecil thanks! I’ll totally check them out😁
Wow, that SUCKS. I’m sorry
Thanks and 100% it does suck😂