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Old 08-13-2018, 02:43 PM   #1
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New Roof

I thought $10,000. for a 1998 Spirit was a good deal. It has under 70,000 miles and brand new tires and everything works! Unfortunately, roof is leaking and estimates are $8-10,000. The question now is do I get a new roof or just sell it for what I can get? Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-13-2018, 06:33 PM   #2
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fiberglass or rubber? front or rear cap, a/c or shower bubble? 8000 is a lot when a gallon of cool roof and a roll of eternabond will do.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:03 PM   #3
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The roof is fiberglass. There is a patch from former satellite. Also 2 vents and AC unit. Cab over support is rotted away from driver's side. What will stick to fiberglass? Thanks for any help I can get.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:01 AM   #4
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Pictures would help but check out YouTube for plenty of repair videos on roofs on RV's.

Home Depot has a elastomeric coating that can be put on. Here is the link. It's brand name Is Henry's. Some say that it keeps the rig cooler as it repels most UV rays and can also sound proof the rig a bit. I talked with a guy who uses this out in Arizona for shed roofs, trailer roofs, and RV roofs. He has had good results. As with any project, the prep has to be right or it will not come out good.

The cab over support will be an issue as that will need fixing. Watch the videos and see if it is something you can handle but be aware that sometimes when you open something up it becomes a bigger issue. If the supports are rotted away probably the wall is too.

Only you will know if this is something you can handle. Roof leaks can really ruin an RV. There are a lot of Videos on YouTube that will help you to decide if this is something you want to tackle.

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Old 08-15-2018, 11:35 AM   #5
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Voice of experience here. I once rebuilt a cab over front and sides because of a roof leak. If you are a real handy man you can get it done. That said it's not easy and if done outside like I did it you may have a few sleepless nights praying that it doesn't rain. My leak damage had to do with leaky seams and not a whole in the roof and for that reason I think I would opt out of this repair because I think it could get out of hand quickly. I'd sell it for what I could.
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