ok the roof is still leaking, in fact its leaking a good bit, I knew i would have to coat the roof but I had thought the butyl tape would keep more out but there are alot of screw holes in the roof and I guess it only takes one to let the water flow in. Looking at the pic in my last post the roof is covered in this black stuff, am I going to have to get this stuff off? the guy at the rv store tried to sell me something that said " elastomer" on the bucket but everyone here says to use Vulkem. now, I will also want to reseal the drip rails on the side. should I do this before or after I seal the roof. Im hoping I can do it 2nd. is there a diy somewhere on how to prepare your roof for a coating of vulkem?
Are you on planning to keep the trailer for a long time ?? My buddy had the same problem with his trailer.We cleaned off the roof as best as we could and i went over it with a hand held grinder,with a very fine wire brush wheel on it.If you go that route,please use a very good dust mask.Cause that residue and dust will kill ya.After we got done cleaning and prepping the roof,we installed a rubber roof on it.My self,i would go that route,cause i`ve seen too many roof`s,some where down the road the elastic-based roof sealer`s will break down and start leaking again.Do it once and be done with it,if you can afford it.It cost my buddy about 400 bucks and change to put a rubber roof on his.A rubber roof sure cuts down noise when it`s raining out,especially our ol trailer`s.My ol Bessie has never had a leak[knock on wood].I`m thinking i just might install a rubber roof on her,just to cut down the noise from the rain.That`s my opinion.
Im probably not going to keep it that long, I figure if I really love camping in it I'll keep it a few years then sell it and buy something like the 2009 retro shastas. plus $400 is out of my price range right now as Im recently unemployed. stripping the oldroof off is going to be a killer, just putting the vent on was hard, with a ladder i was able to sprawl out on the roof but it wasnt comfortable and was kind of dangerous as Im a big guy and the roof is pretty flimsy, I was trying my hardest to not put any weight on it. really you would need a scaffold set up to do it right and safely