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Old 10-22-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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Front cap roof leak and Eternabond

Hi All - on a recent trip to Ocracoke Island, we encountered 20 hours straight
of extreme wind and driving rain. We also had a leak in the ceiling (passenger
side, above speaker) and the carpet was damp under the small vertical window.
(Winnebago Aspect 26A). On the ferry ride back to the mainland I was able to get a good look at
the roof cap joint from the upper deck. The caulk appears to have deteriorated
and it has seperated from the roof. Last year I had sealed this with some Dicor,
shortly after we bought it.
I have ordered some Eternabond tape:
RV Leak Repair Tapes & Sealants | EternaBond
From forum sites I have discovered this stuff offers a permanent repair.
Re-caulking this seam seems to be a waste of time; the caulk Winnebago
recommends is the factory stuff and it hasn't held up so I am going to try
something new.
Has anybody had any experience with leaks in this area and what did you use to
solve the problem?
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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We had Eternabond put on our front and rear cap seams this summer. So far, so good.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:05 PM   #3
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I think any of us who have owned any kind of RV for any time has had to deal with leaks. While I can't comment on your specific coach, I have used Eternabond on mine and have been pleased with the results. I used it to seal the front cap-to-roof joint on my Journey, around a newly-installed roof vent and skylight, and along the entire roof-to-sidewall joints on both sides of the coach. Just make sure you remove any silicone or silicone-based sealant before using the tape as Eternabond will not stick to silicone.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:13 AM   #4
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Same on my Journey, Eternabond on both caps and down both roof to sidewall seams.

No problems since, fairly easy job if you take your time and clean really good.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #5
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Eternabond

Used it on front and rear caps of our Journey last Spring...6 months and 6K miles later we are dry as a bone. Easy to use, just clean with recommended product before installing.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #6
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The leak may be coming from the windshield.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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Thanks all, I am planning to do this tomorrow, will try to post some photos of the job.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:20 PM   #8
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I just put Eternabond on a few months ago. I believe it is the answer to leakage problems.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:02 PM   #9
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Here are some photos of my Eternabond project. The old caulk was a pain to remove, until I got out my trusty heat gun, came off like butter after that. I cleaned the surfaces with acetone, then mineral spirits using a green scrub pad. The entire MH is filthy as we just got back from a trip.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:43 PM   #10
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Here are some photos of my Eternabond project.
Thanks, baraff, for posting some photos. Do you happen to have a side-shot of the front cap? I'd like to see what it looks like, especially looking up from ground-level, along with a close-up.

Thanks in advance if you happen to have and can post a couple more pictures. -RT
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