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Old 11-12-2018, 01:52 PM   #1
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Why Not use tape ???

In the last couple of years we have had a couple small leaks in our roof. So...up with the lap sealant I go. But ????? I have to wonder why folks don't use, (or at least talk about it) tape. Not the duct tape variety, but the stuff made by companies like Dicor and the like. I think it comes in 2 and 4 inch width. Says that removing it will cause permanent damage. Must be good right ? Anyway, why not use it for every seam on the top of the camper ?
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:26 PM   #2
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We’ve had our trailer 15 years and have numerous experiences with maintenance and materials needed to maintain our trailer.

Once, at about the 5-year mark we developed a small leak on our large slide. We contacted a local Keystone dealer for repair recommendations. They said they would be glad to fix it but also told us it would be very easy for us to do it ourselves. They also informed us that it was a normal condition much like having low tire pressure. If the condition was left unchecked and caused substantial damage it would be highly unlikely our insurance would cover the cost of repairs for something requiring normal maintenance by the trailer owner.

We got our repair tape from this company and always have unused tape on-hand. Just follow the instructions on the box and it lasts, in all weather conditions, for about 4-5 years.

https://www.bigrocksupply.com/store/...oofing%20tapes
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:28 PM   #3
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Been a few discussions on here about Eternabond. Most have been positive. If I remember correctly, good prep and cleaning of adhesive surface is the key to it's durability after installation. I have never had to use that tape yet. (wood knocking sound)
As for every seam on the camper roof? I guess. Some discussions included the tape application for repairs and new vent or AC installs,but I don't believe every seam was mentioned. Could be wrong.
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:55 PM   #4
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We’ve had our trailer 15 years and have numerous experiences with maintenance and materials needed to maintain our trailer.

Once, at about the 5-year mark we developed a small leak on our large slide. We contacted a local Keystone dealer for repair recommendations. They said they would be glad to fix it but also told us it would be very easy for us to do it ourselves. They also informed us that it was a normal condition much like having low tire pressure. If the condition was left unchecked and caused substantial damage it would be highly unlikely our insurance would cover the cost of repairs for something requiring normal maintenance by the trailer owner.

We got our repair tape from this company and always have unused tape on-hand. Just follow the instructions on the box and it lasts, in all weather conditions, for about 4-5 years.

https://www.bigrocksupply.com/store/...oofing%20tapes
I followed your li k,, sounds like it's quite the stuff
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:22 PM   #5
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Eternabond works ok but works better if the edges are sealed with Dicor. Depends where the edges are; sides use non self leveling Dicor and on top, self leveling Dicor. Pretty much a permanent fix for small leaks.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:41 PM   #6
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... Anyway, why not use it for every seam on the top of the camper ?
For me, I can't speak for anyone else, but if you're asking the above question the way I think you're asking it, my response would be, "There are no "seams" on a properly installed roof, so no need to use anything to cover them. Going a step further, why put band-aids on places that don't have an injury?" If there's a reason for a patch, then Eternabond is a good choice for many of them, some are simply beyond repair and nothing would work except a replacement roof, but smaller, easy to repair problems, using Eternabond is a "go to choice".... But, only if it's necessary.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:52 PM   #7
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Eternabond tape in place of regular maintainer isn’t a good idea IMO. To repair a tear is a good idea. Forest River is using it to install roof components on the Sonoma and Stealth lines. Can’t even change out a vent without cutting the roof.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:55 AM   #8
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Just to clarify...and yes there are seams. There is of course is a huge seam where the roof meets the sidewall all the way around the camper. We have had many leaks in our 2015 Keystone. 4 so far I believe ! The last one was caused by the dealer when they replaced the entire front cap of the camper do to water damage. Somebody forgot that little 1/2 in corner. They've committed to fixing it as soon as it comes out of winter storage, so now worries. But it just seems to me that the tape made by a few different companies is the obvious answer. Good adhesion, semi permanent, fairly cheap, and pretty dummy proof. I have not used it, but am sure considering it.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:00 PM   #9
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If you decide to use "the tape made by a few different companies" be sure that the tape you choose is compatible with TPO roofing membrane material. There are several "generic roofing tapes" some sold at Lowe's and Home Depot, that are significantly cheaper than Eternabond. Some of them have petroleum distillates in the adhesive and it won't "outgas" once applied. That distillate will react with TPO and cause it to fail. So, be sure that the tape you purchase is compatible with the TPO on your roof.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:05 AM   #10
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Thanks all...still not sure that I'm going to use the tape, I mean it's tempting, but I at least am armed with a little knowledge. As always I appreciate all the input.
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