As you use your motor home for years, it gets starts showing signs of aging on the roof seals. Now that you have decided to part with your long-time travel companion, a worn or damaged rubber roof may make the selling process a tad challenging. Therefore, before you put up the sale ad, examine the roof thoroughly. You might discover cracks, holes, and leakages, and your findings may leave you wondering how to sell your RV with a damaged roof seal. Worry not. There are several DIY ways to reseal RV roofs. Here is how to go about it step by step:
Start with an Overall Inspection
First, take a ladder and climb up to your vehicle roof to check its overall condition. Do not take small cracks lightly because even a tiny opening may lead to water leakage and damage the roof quickly. Examine the vents, the area around your RV air conditioning system, skylights, and antenna. Inspect their meeting points near the ceiling to check whether the seal is coming off or not. If you find that the sealant is coming away from the edges, it is high time that you get your RV roof sealed with a tape of an excellent adhesive quality. You can consider using the Eternabond products which are widely used for RV roof repairs. Do not go by appearance even if the seal looks fine.
Work on the Roof Surface
Before you use the Eternabond tape, you should prep up the roof surface and ensure that is clean and dirt-free. You can easily stick these commercially available tapes to the sealing material and cover the old sealant. A dirty sealant needs cleaning with mineral spirits. However, you should use this product in moderation on the rubber roof. All you need to do is soak a clean cloth in the solution to remove the dirt and grime from the surface of the roof. Do not forget to wipe the remains with a piece of fresh cloth. Remove stains of tree or bird droppings carefully with mineral spirits. Pouring it directly on the rubber roof is a big no. Wipe off the roof surface with a soft, clean cloth when you have removed all stains successfully.
Use the Tape Carefully
Tapes are sticky, so reseal the rubber roof with extreme care. Since the material has high adhesive properties, you must place the tape on the surface of the roof at one go to stick it perfectly. That is because once you stick it, it is tough to remove the same. Start applying it on the vents followed by the uneven angles of your RV’s rubber roof. Once you are through, press all sections of the tape to make the bonding process easy. You can use a seam roller for covering the corner of the roof and lap sealant perfectly. The challenge is working on the sides, vents, and the back end. For maximum coverage, choose four-inch wide rolls.
Remove the Air Bubbles
Remove the air bubbles after you have placed the tape on the roof surface. Take a pin and make a hole to release any trapped air. Use pressure on the tape again to seal the opening. If you notice a fold or crease, you will need to cut the tape, re-lay the same and cover with a new piece again. The resealing work will cost you not more than $200 and worth your investment as it helps to prevent moisture leakage in your motor home.
If you are selling a vehicle for the first time, it is natural for you to keep wondering how to sell your RV quickly. And our advice? Address the issues that can be fixed without any substantial investment. For example, people often tend to ignore the vehicle’s rubber roof. Pay attention to this area and check if it has started showing any signs of damage. Now that you have learned how to fix it easily with a commercial grade tape, take this DIY project to fetch a fair price for your home on wheels.