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Caring for your RV’s roof

A leaky roof affects more than the top of your RV.

When water’s allowed to seep inside your RV, it can damage the roof structure, sidewalls, electrical systems and more. Even if you don’t suspect any damage, it’s still a good idea to routinely inspect your roof—the sun’s UV rays, extreme temperatures and lack of routine maintenance can shorten the life of your roof membrane and sealants.

If you haven’t already, consider cleaning and treating your RV’s roof, roof edge seals and roof component seals on a regular basis. Keep an eye out for any cracks, splits or openings in the sealant and roof membrane. Openings, rips or holes should be repaired and made watertight no matter how small they may seem. You can find repair kits online or at your local RV parts supplier, but check your owner’s manual or website for specific information on what types of sealants or repair techniques you should use on your roof.

Finally, please be safe. RV roofs are generally ten to twelve feet off the ground. If you’re uncomfortable accessing or working on top of your RV, contact your local RV repair facility for a quick inspection.

Certainly, some damage may be beyond your control, but taking the time to perform a few proactive maintenance tasks today can save you a lot of problems down the road.