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Old 08-31-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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2011 Itasca Meridian 40U roof delamination

We have only been in this motorhome for about 3 months. I was on the roof today and found a good size buckle across the roof just forward of the center A/C unit. I can't find anything in the owners manual that this is covered by Winnebagos delamination warranty. Does anyone know? I don't like the potential prospects at the moment. Any suggestions???
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Picture of roof

I just took some pictures. This seems to be the best one of the problem areas. I found in the brochure that it is covered for 10 years. I'll know Tuesday when I call Forest City. Are any of you folks having delamination problems with winnebago products?
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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I believe the roof material is covered, BUT not the labor.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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Mine says a 10 year warranty on the roof. All it says is that the roof has to be maintained---washed once in a while.
Don't remember reading anything about labor not being covered. It does say that the manufacturer will pay reaasonable labor costs. Wonder what will happen since you bought it used?It will be interesting to see what happens in your situation
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I think it is only 10 years to the original purchaser. By maintenance they mean checking the caulking, especially roof to side wall.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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I think it is only 10 years to the original purchaser. By maintenance they mean checking the caulking, especially roof to side wall.
This is a quote from the warranty page on mine----
To preserve the rights given under this warranty,the origional purchaser is obligated to properly maintain the panels, including regular washing with a mild soap and water.
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If you don't maintain the roof to sidewall caulking, the fiberglass may rip off in the wind and Winnebago won't cover it. I know of three incidents personally and there are several reported on line.
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If you don't maintain the roof to sidewall caulking, the fiberglass may rip off in the wind and Winnebago won't cover it. I know of three incidents personally and there are several reported on line.
I'm not arguing that at all. I had a problem with the caulk on my 2008 Voyage so I'm fully aware of the need to check it annually. You have made a darn good point.
The only thing I'm saying is what the requirement is as far as the roof panel manufacturer is concerned.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:42 AM   #9
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From the OPs Meridian Operators Manual, page 11-1

"Always have damage to the roof area repaired immediately. Damaged or detached sealant
around the vents, air conditioner, body-to-roof
seams, etc., should also receive immediate
attention. Delaying these repairs may allow water
leakage and result in damage to interior ceiling
and body panels, upholstery, etc., which is not
covered by the limited warranty (see Introduction
section)"
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From the OPs Meridian Operators Manual, page 11-1

"Always have damage to the roof area repaired immediately. Damaged or detached sealant
around the vents, air conditioner, body-to-roof
seams, etc., should also receive immediate
attention. Delaying these repairs may allow water
leakage and result in damage to interior ceiling
and body panels, upholstery, etc., which is not
covered by the limited warranty (see Introduction
section)"
Are we arguing now? I assume that you have a fiberglass roof too?
Again, I quoted from the roof manufacturer's warranty info page. Winnibago has other requirements. Put them both together and sail off into the Sunset as a happy camper!
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Not arguing. Just saying that washing isn't the key to maintaining warranty, probably is immaterial, but maintaining caulking and checking is.
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And your point is well taken. Why don't you read what the roof guys have to say about the warranty requirements and then we'll end this "one upmanship" conversation
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:31 AM   #13
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My original post was not intended to provoke a debate. But we guys seem to enjoy this. I have had the coach for about 3 months. I don't recall seeing the bubble when up there last and I know I would have responded to it immediately if I had.

Winnebago is specific about maintaining the caulking on the rig. I had an issue with a failed roof gutter caulking on my last coach. A dealer in WA sealed the gutter against my wishes and the rain water was trapped. When we got to TX the heat caused the sidewall to delaminate because the water could not evaporate and I think it may have even gone to steam. It was 115 degs that summer. The coach was in the shop for a bedroom slide leak that they never addressed. Both issues were addressed and fixed by the factory. The side wall was never completely corrected.

Now about this coach. It has been raining since I discovered this problem. Today is not looking promising at this point. I want to look at the AC seal to make certain it is seated correctly on the roof and then caulk the seams. I have noticed that the trim along the side of the coach over the doors is breaking down and needs to be caulked. Also, the window frame sealant looks a bit rattie. I will use some paint thinner and a plastic painters knife to clean this up. I have did this on my other coach and it looks so much better and does no harm.

I plan on calling the factory tomorrow about the roof. I hope I can get an appointment before the snow flies. Once I am there I hope they will honor the 10 year warrantee.

Thank to everyone for your input. This is a great place to meet don't ya think?

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Old 09-02-2013, 08:02 AM   #14
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Update: Just went up on the roof to look at the AC gaskets. They are as they should be. The bubble looks like a manufactures defect because it is so narrow and rises sharply. I don't know how I missed this. Let's see what Winnebago does for me. I'll keep you posted. I do hope their service is a s good as it has been in the past.
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