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Background and Before
Then near the side door, where we removed the cushiony fabric insert to see the damage:
We made an appointment to have the roof resealed with our fingers crossed, because we did not want to pay for a complete RV roof replacement.
When we had nervously Googled the cost of a complete RV roof replacement, the estimate was between $5,000 to $8,000!
Old RV Roof Removal and Damage Photos
When Axl Roads came out of hibernation this spring, I had noticed the texture of the roof was starting to have little cracks and discolorations:
I thought this might be from condensation under the storage cover and would clear up on its own once it was aired out.
After we spotted the leak, I went up to investigate the roof. To my disappointment, the texture did not look any better.
In addition, the antenna crank, while still clearly attached to the roof membrane, did NOT appear to be attached to the solid plywood under the membrane. I could lift it slightly and wiggle it around.
They had completed our previous roof seal, as well as installed a new bumper when ours bent from the spare tire (a whole different story!).
When we spoke with them, it didn’t sound promising!
Indeed, the antenna crank was no longer attached to the underlay plywood. It was just floating, attached to the roof membrane. The leak from the crank had followed the seam and was going to buckle the roof under the air conditioner.
The water was running along that seam before dripping into the RV right above the side door.
We would need an entire roof replacement.
Once we agreed to the repair, we were told it would take approximately two and half weeks.
Fortunately, K RV was nice enough to take some nightmare-inducing photos of the damaged areas of the RV roof once the membrane was removed
This was the area around the crank, where the leak originated:
It didn’t look great in the back near the ladder, either…
The New RV Roof Replacement
Fortunately, the new RV roof replacement only took a week and a half to complete, and it looked amazing!
K RV said that the roof was made of a new material that wasn’t available in the late 90s when our RV was built. This new PVC version could last up to 30 years!
Another great benefit was that the new roof material would not cause ugly black streaks on the sides of the RV. In the past, we had found the perfect black streak remover – but now we wouldn’t even need it!
In addition, our old non-functional TV antenna was upgraded to a King Jack HDTV Over-The-Air Antenna. The next time it rains for 10 straight hours, we can watch some television instead of just the rain falling on Russ’s head!
One concern we had was what the interior ceiling would look like, but K RV said that they don’t touch the inside during this repair.
Once inside, we were glad to see we just needed to touch up the sky blue paint we used on the ceiling, and Axl Roads was back to normal!
The (LARGE) Receipt
RV roof replacements do not come cheap!
Here was our total- and as usual, labor costs far outweighed (doubled, actually) the cost of the parts:
OUCH! Over $5,200 total!
K RV offered a few hundred dollar discount for paying with a cashier’s check, which we took advantage of in this case.
Despite keeping a close eye and doing routine maintenance, an older RV of 20+ years may inevitably need an extremely expensive RV roof replacement.
Our advice is always to save a little bit of money each month for RV repairs. Even when a problem doesn’t sneak up on you, it’s still great to have a cash stash ready to go when something like this happens.
The second piece of advice is to keep a dedicated folder or binder of repair details and receipts to refer to.
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