How Do You Identify Your RV Roof Type Inorder To Repair Or Maintain It?

by frustrated but hopeful

Question: I would very much like to maintain the roof of my '76 coachman trailer, but I can't figure out how to identify what was on it before! I know that there can be adherence problems depending on what type of roof it was and what product I would like to put down. I have contacted several companies for advise on how to proceed and they all want to know what the old roofing was, but I can't tell how to identify it. I have visually inspected the roof. I looks like it was an aluminum roof with a coat of something that is now gray, dried and cracking. I think we do have some small leaks, maybe at the seams, but otherwise it is pretty tight still. I live hours from any rv repair shops and would really like to recoat the roof myself. Can anyone advise what the old coating was and what would be a good product for recoating it? Any advise would be welcome!

Robbie: Thanks for the inquiry. It's not a major project, you have an aluminum sheeted roof and I'm sure it has seams every 4 ft. Simply clean and scrap any existing sealer that is cracked and peeling from the seams and replace using Plas-T-Cote with a two inch paint brush. It comes in a can by the quart or gallon and is available in white and silver. You do not need to recover the entire roof, just seal the seams. I have covered the process in detail on the metal roof repair page.

Good Luck,
Warford's RV Service

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Aug 17, 2011
sheet metal roof
by: ray

I have a 1988 chevy 30 class c camp industries cutaway trail seeker 21ft. and it has a sheet metal roof that needs repair,i purchesed EMPD liquid roof but befor i start this project im worried about the roof it doesnt look like it has plywood underneth it because i see the seams of the 2x4s out lined uderneath the this one piece sheet glued on? it doesnt look that strong to walk on. is this normal for this model

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Robbie Warford, San Diego RV Repair

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