Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-16-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
Winnebago Camper
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 17
I have a 2005 Itasca 40AD this summer we had a strong wind come up and a section of our fiberglass roof (8ft X 4ft) blew up about 8 in.
Winnebago Ind. said the roof wasnt under warranty and said nothing they could do about it.I ended up buying the sealant/adhesive and since the fiberglass hadnt torn i put it back in the channel and redid the sealant. On the way to our winter RV site we again ran into strong winds and a section of the roof (1ft. X 8ft. where it wraps around the side going towards the sidewalls )in front on the drivers side blew completely off and broke off. Since i had completely reseal the edges on the roof only a couple months ago i was shocked. To make a long story short i had to have the entire fiberglass roof replaced on my unit and no help from Winnebago. This unit was not 3 yrs old yet,,,any comment?????
kscouple52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
Winnebago Owner
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 211
After doing research on this site I installed eternabond tape. Alot of folks here seem to think it will help and I agree after installing it myself. Do a search, lots of reading
2004 adventurer/22.5 workhorse....
jdsr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2008, 08:05 PM   #3
Harry B's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 358
I discussed with Winnebago the requirement of inspecting and in my case recaulking that roof line at least every year, sometimes more frequent. The sun does seem to be unkind to the roofline caulking. I asked if it was acceptable to apply eternabond to the roofline along the sides and I was told it would void my roof warranty, so I refrained from applying the eternabond and continued using the Winnebago recommended caulking with the same outcome, it separates. It seems to let go of the aluminum drip rail. It always continues to adhere to the fiberglass and yes I removed the old caulking (not an easy job) and cleaned it properly.

Rereading my roof warranty, it appears that manufacturer Kemlite warrants the roof, not Winnebago. It does state that "proper maintenance is required including regular washing with mild soap and water" without any other specifics. It also states they at their option may choose to replace or repair the roof, including reasonable labor. I would contact Kemlite at 800 435-0080 and see what they have to say. The warranty does apply to only the original owner
2015 Tuscany 40 KQ
2013 Honda CR-V
Harry B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 03:56 AM   #4
Winnebago Owner
doc's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Dixie !! (north Georgia) USA
Posts: 140
When we had the Horizon, I was paranoid about this happening, having read several accounts of this very thing while traveling, usually from a quartering wind. When the tech at the Winne factory did the 'complimentary' roof inspection he told me I had an area of caulk failure about 2 feet long on the edge above the driver's window. No leak, just when you push in at the edge, the caulk would seperate from the fiberglass material of the roof. He said they would re-do it for $400 but I could do it myself.
I bought the caulk and ended up doing the job myself. The roof material does not stick very deep in the J channel and I found nothing but the sealer holding it in. Surely there is SOMETHING else holding it.
Since the recaulk was a pain, I decided to do the ultimate re-seal and make sure the roof did not fly off, I did the entire roof edge with Eternabond, letting it lap down into the gutter channel. I believe it would rip the material to shreds before that stuff turned loose. No more worries.
doc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 06:00 AM   #5
Winnebago Owner
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Motley MN
Posts: 146
You have got to love these manufactures & their warranties! A 10 year warranty with a escape clause for them you could drive motor home through. The problem is where the roof attaches to the side wall. Poor design! Winnebago jumps out of the warranty by claiming poor maintance! Therefore shifting the blame to you! Enernabond seems to be the answer but Winnebago says that voids the warranty! I ask What warranty??
2014 Itasca Cambria
Dave from MN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 07:05 AM   #6
Winnebago Owner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Camarillo, CA
Posts: 133
You folks are right on "it's probably the worst roof design in the entire industry". I've comented on this several times in the past. I spent nearly $250k on great motor home that has the worst roof attachment around. I have no more worries since I applied Eternabond.
Step up to the plate Winnebago. You have an opportunity here for a great "product improvement". Just do it!
Vectra 40 AD (2004) and towing
PT Cruiser, GMC ZR5 4x4 Quad Cab
C Zimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 07:14 AM   #7
RCtime's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: So. Calif.
Posts: 367
Are their new 2009 models still the same?
2002 Winnebago Journey DL 34 ' Cat. 330 hp
Great wife and Charlie, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel RIP
RCtime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 10:26 AM   #8
Winnebago Master
Finhawk's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Olympia, Wa and Las Vegas, Nv for the Winter
Posts: 567
I hope they resolved that problem before 2008!!!
2012 Itasca Meridian 42E, Roadmaster Tow System, Unified Brakes on Toad
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. US Army Armor. Ret
Finhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 01:39 PM   #9
Winnebago Owner
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: On the road, USA
Posts: 192
We also use Eternabond. We were diligent about having our roof checked and recaulked but after a leak that was like a racing river shortly after paying for a roof recaulk we opted to go with the Eternabond. No problems and now a roof check is easy and fast. Good stuff.
Savannah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 01:47 PM   #10
Winnebago Master
AFChap's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: ...hopefully on the road!
Posts: 1,581
i had to have the entire fiberglass roof replaced
Curious... what does it cost to replace the roof??
Paul (KE5LXU) ...was fulltimin', now parttimin'
'03 Winnebago UA 40e / '05 Honda Odyssey toad
AFChap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 03:25 PM   #11
Winnebago Owner
becks's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SE Minnesota
Posts: 228
Eternabond for me three years ago. Been without problems and happy ever since. I like the Winnebago units but agree their roof edge is a weak link.
06 TS-42-DS04
1040 watts of solar
2014 Jeep Rubicon/2003 Honda CRV
becks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 04:27 PM   #12
Winnebago Camper
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 17
Just got mine back and the bill was 8700.00 plus my 500.00 deduct. That was taking everything off the roof and replacing the roof and repainting the edges. They also installed a strip all the way down both sides and acrossed the front and rear Caps. They did say it was a design flaw and the 10yr warranty was like for paint really had some small print in that warranty just read it. Whats really strange when we hit he wind storm and roof ripped off we pulled over in a lot with about 20 other motorhomes and two down from us was a 06 Winnebago Adventure with the exact same damage, i went over there and he said that it had just happened....Thanks Winnebago for your HELP........NOT
kscouple52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 04:44 PM   #13
Winnebago Owner
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 82
Does this eternabond material change the paint color at the gutter line?
Bob and Bev

06 Itasca 40' Horizon KD
Party Barge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2008, 03:03 AM   #14
Winnebago Owner
emmmw's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 83
And now I hear about this! One of the main reasons I purchased our MH was the fiberglass roof and the 10 year warranty. If this happens to our MH I will NOT purchase another Winnebago product... guaranteed without fine print!
emmmw is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2005 Horizon Roof Damage Pic kscouple52 General Maintenance and Repair 25 01-08-2009 10:01 AM
Roof Damage - Please Help GaDawgFan General Maintenance and Repair 12 06-03-2007 01:39 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Winnebago Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.