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Old 07-30-2003, 04:41 AM   #1
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I have a 2002 Brave which I am about to upgrade to a 2004 journey..On another RV forum, there are are bunch of posts about roof problems on the winnebagos where the edge comes out of the groove..They are also complaining Winnebago will not fix the problem, saying that it is a maintenence problem..I have not notice this problem on my Brave..Anyone here know of this problem, the cuase,etc or are there just a bunch of winni bashers on the other forum..
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Old 07-30-2003, 04:41 AM   #2
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I have a 2002 Brave which I am about to upgrade to a 2004 journey..On another RV forum, there are are bunch of posts about roof problems on the winnebagos where the edge comes out of the groove..They are also complaining Winnebago will not fix the problem, saying that it is a maintenence problem..I have not notice this problem on my Brave..Anyone here know of this problem, the cuase,etc or are there just a bunch of winni bashers on the other forum..
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Old 07-30-2003, 05:08 AM   #3
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shouldn't bee any issues on 2003 & up models with the fiberglass front and rear caps. Unless the MTC guys were lying.

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Old 07-30-2003, 04:10 PM   #4
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Mike,
I thought that there were a bunch of winnebago bashers on the roof thing & said so on this forum. Much to my chagrin I must now admit that they were right & I was wrong. I apologize too any one that I offended. The roof is just stuck under the rain gutter & sealed with a sealant of some kind. If the sealant fails the roof will leak & could lift on the edges causing an expensive mess. I, after checking the roof found it was able to be pushed in along the edges. Winnebago warns that if you don't keep it sealed you will have problems which aren't theirs. I used eternabond on the gutter & up to the roof so it can't leak & this should alleviate the problem. I've got a 00' adventurer 35u & this revelation didn't make me happy. It didn't take long to apply the eternabond, BUT I shouldn't have had to do it. In retrospect I don't know if I would buy another Winnie. They have some good features, but I don't like to think about roofs lifting & delaminations.

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Old 07-30-2003, 04:56 PM   #5
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Mike: Glad to see you back on line. I have tried to contact you, but I guess you changed your e-mail address or I had it wrong.
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Old 07-31-2003, 02:36 AM   #6
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Mike,

I too had problems with my roof seams, especially on the awning side of the coach. Like Fred, I sealed it up with Eternabond Tape, and hopefully will never have to worry about it again.

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Old 07-31-2003, 02:48 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for the responses...
Does anyone know if Winnebago has done anything in the new model years to address this problem..
Is this eternabond stuff easy to apply..Do you see it after it is applied..Do you have to remove the old seal first before applying the new eternabond
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Old 07-31-2003, 03:07 AM   #8
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Mike,please read my reply. The problem has been addressed on the newer models.

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Old 07-31-2003, 03:09 AM   #9
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Hi Hugh..
Thanks, I did see it the first time..Before I spend 150 grand, I was kind of hoping for more reassurance.. Your post did have unless the MTC guys were lying..Who is MTC by the way..
do you know how the problem was fixed. Also you mentioned the end caps where changed on the new models but from what I have read, most the problems are along the side roof lines..
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Old 07-31-2003, 04:18 AM   #10
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MTC = Maintenance. Before purchasing our coach,I addressed the roof separation & leak issues with the fellas in service at Bleakley Winnebago. They assured me that the problems had been taken care of on the 2003/2004 coaches. We have only had our unit since the last weekend of June so there is no way for me to know if the separation problem is cured. However we have experience several serious rains while both camping and in motion and am happy to report :no leaks!

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Old 07-31-2003, 04:56 AM   #11
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Hugh,
I have had no leaks at all on my Brave which is just over a year old now..The complaints I keep hearing is when the units get to be a couple years old and roof separation becomes a problem.
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Old 07-31-2003, 06:19 AM   #12
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As far as installing the Eternabond Tape is concerned, yes, you can see it after it is installed, but it is barely noticeable and does not look bad. The roll is quite wide, so I sliced mine down the middle. That way I only used what I actually needed.

I called Eternabond and was told that I did not need to remove the old caulking. It does need to be cleaned throughly however. For that, the Eternabond rep. recommended brake parts cleaner. I bought a of couple cans, and it worked quite well. Just remember to spray it onto a rag, not onto the side of the coach. It can streak or even possibly damage the finish.

You can buy the tape at Camping World. A little pricey, but well worth it.

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Old 07-31-2003, 08:13 AM   #13
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Thanks Craig..Great information

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