Anyone who owns an RV is likely to be completely in love with it. The feeling of freedom and security that comes with driving your home away from home down the highway in search of adventure is thrilling, but there are some important things you need to keep in mind to make sure your trip is a positive one. The most important of these tips is to ensure that the roof of your RV isn’t about to cave in from an invisible leak.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Many RVs use a special type of synthetic rubber to keep their roofs sealed tight. It’s thick, resilient, and highly resistant to wear and tear, but the kinds of stresses on an RV are hard to handle for any material. It’s crucial to check the roof of your RV every year at a minimum to ensure you’re not about to go on a cross-country trip with a bad roof. Likewise if you hit a few low-hanging branches and you hear them scrape across your roof, don’t wait for the next rainstorm to see if you need an RV rubber roof repair – hop on your ladder and check it out immediately.
Seal the Deal
There’s more than just the roof itself to worry about when it comes to your RV. Since even the simplest of RVs have any number of standard equipment fitted to the roof – like an air conditioning unit or an antenna – it’s important to check the seals around these items. The manufacturer of your RV needed to cut a hole in your roof and install that equipment. While they might have sealed the hole tight, those seals will degrade quicker than the roof itself.
What to Look For
If you want to look for roof leaks yourself, get out your ladder, carefully clamber onto your RV roof, and take a very thorough look around. What you’re trying to find are any patches of discoloration, any soft spots that yield under your hand – and of course any big rips or tears in the material covering the roof of your RV. Take special care around those seals. If you come across anything that looks suspicious, it’s time to take action.
Fix It Quick
Don’t ever drag your feet when it comes to RV roof repair. If you’re handy, you can easily use liquid roof sealant designed for rubber roofs, but if you’re not comfortable with taking care of the problem yourself or you don’t like the idea of climbing atop your RV you can easily take your RV into the dealership you purchased the vehicle from. RV technicians are well-versed in patching such common problems when it comes to these vehicles. You might have to pay a bit more, but these mechanics are likely to use the same sort of products you can purchase at your local big box hardware store.