How to Fix RV Leaks Yourself

There are plenty of issues that can pop up with your RV that require the skills of a professional to repair, then there are those issues that make for perfect DIY projects. If your RV is suffering from a leak, this is the perfect opportunity for you to dust off your tool belt and repair the leak yourself. Not to worry, we won’t leave you hanging, instead we’ll take a look at the steps you’ll need to take to fix RV leaks. So let’s take a look!

Assess the Damage

This is the very first step you’ll need to take. Before you begin it’s important to take a good look and figure out first where the leak is, then how large/bad it is. This will give you an idea of the materials you’ll need to fix it. Keep in mind that there may be multiple locations of the leaks so you’ll want to be very thorough in your assessment. A good tip is to first clean the area well, so that dirt and debris doesn’t camouflage any problems that you should be aware of.

Choose the Kind of Repair

Now it’s time for you to decide, do you want to go with a quick and inexpensive fix, or are you willing to spend a bit more time and money on the fix? Both will work it’s just a matter and how it will look. Naturally if you’ve got an expensive RV you don’t want to do a quick repair that is unpleasing to the eye.

Small Inexpensive Fixes

If you’ve chosen the quick and inexpensive route for a small leak, then a good option is to use elastic roof patching goop and thin-gauge aluminum, all of which is easily found in the hardware store. If you’ve got small spots to repair, this is a really easy way to go about it.When shopping for the products looking for aluminum that is called “aluminum roll flashing”, and you’ll be able to cut it to the size you need. As for the roof patching goop, this acts as an excellent water sealant and barrier so that water won’t be able to seep into the cracks.

Begin by cutting out the aluminum to the size you need in order to patch the roof. Next spread a thin and even layer of the sealer/goop around the hole. Place the aluminum patch on the hole, and be sure to push it down into the patch goop so that it’s got a good hold. Finish by screwing down the aluminum patch.

Fiberglass Repairs

Another way to go about fixing RV leaks is to use Fiberglass repair tape along with roof repair goop/tar. Start by spreading the roof repair product in a thin layer over the trouble spots, and then apply the fiberglass seaming tape. Finish it off with another layer of the roof repair product. This makes for a sturdy repair that should last for many years to come.

Good as New

With just a bit of elbow grease and patience you’ll have your leaking RV roof all fixed before you know it, and ready to head out once again.