Imagine this situation—it’s been a while since you went into your camper, and when you do, the first thing you see is a massive pool of water on the floor and a wet mark the size of a watermelon in the ceiling. You’ve got a leak and a pretty bad one at that. Getting it repaired could mean replacing your enter roof, which could cost quite a lot of money. Fortunately, and maybe, unfortunately, not all leaks are as obvious as a massive watermelon-sized watermark—fortunate in that you won’t have to pay for a huge repair; unfortunate in that leaks can easily go unnoticed and cause even more damage.
With most leaks, though, repairing is as easy as applying some liquid roof sealant. But if not all leaks are so obvious, how can you spot them before they grow into a melon’s worth of damage? If you’re unsure if you have a leak in your roof, don’t worry. Follow these steps, and you’ll find whatever damage you’re looking for. Flush it out, get it patched, and you’ll be on your way.
Where to Start With Camper Roof Leaks
- The Roof – This might seem like a no-brainer but start by inspecting your roof. If you do have a watermelon-sized watermark, odds are your camper has sustained quite a bit of damage. You’ll notice any holes or cracks right away and can get started from there.
- Flashings and Vents – While you’re up on the roof, check around any opening in the roof. If your RV still uses caulking to seal those openings, it’s possible that age and weathering have caused them to peel away, leaving you open to a massive water leak.
- The Ceiling – If you still haven’t tracked down that sneaky little leak, it’s time to start looking inside. Check the ceiling and wall for any wet spots, watermarks, or areas where the wallpaper has started to wrinkle and peel away. You can often track these marks back to the source of a leak.
- Cabinets and Storage Bins – Don’t forget to look inside your cabinets and storage areas. A leak isn’t going to drip around your cabinets just because the door is closed. Double-check the top corners where the cabinet meets the roof, as this is where you’ll most likely find signs of damage.
- The Laminate – After you’ve thoroughly inspected the inside of your RV, head back outside and give it a good walk around. You’re looking for any signs of the laminate starting to peel away. If it is, you’ll notice slight wrinkles and ripples from the side of your camper. If so, water has started leaking between the walls and the outer shell of your camper.
The Next Steps
After inspecting your camper for leaks, if you managed to find any issues, you’ll want to start making repairs as soon as possible. Using a liquid roof sealant, you can quickly make the appropriate repair before it starts to spread or damage your camper’s interior and electrical system. Liquid roof creates a seal that will keep water from seeping into the leak and works as a long-term patch to keep your roof in pristine condition.
It’s important to make these repairs immediately because the longer you leave them, the worse they will become. Leaving a leak for too long will allow water to build up in your camper’s roof and walls and can ruin more than just the interior carpet. Before starting your next cross-country camper adventure, be sure to inspect your vehicle and make whatever maintenance is needed.