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Old 06-18-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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Roof Re-seal: Dealer vs. Restorer vs. DIY

SOL on camping for a few weeks after DW broke her ankle. Rather than ignore the AS, I am looking at a couple of upgrades and maintenance projects which should be straight-forward. The one trickier project is resealing the various roof penetrations - these are starting to dry, crack, spall etc. (all appears to be original.)

Having searched the forum, I find lists of sealants, recommendations on accessing the roof, and gems like having DW do the job (see above, hence my dilemma.)

Local AS dealer charges $130/hr. and estimates 6 to 8 hours work ($780 to $1040) but doesn't want to provide a quote. Reputable local AS restorer would charge $85/hr. but seems less familiar with the task or how long it might take, as they work primarily on cool vintage units. Don't really want SOB RV dealers working on it who don't regularly deal with the AS brand, but perhaps this is an option.

Tempting to try DIY considering the seemingly high cost, particularly for the AS dealer. I have used ladders and caulking for years to seal-up the stucco on the house.

Anyone out there have a strong opinion about a fair price for this work? How about DIY for a first-timer? I am confident about getting the right products, stripping old, and replacing. The difficulty factor appears to be accessing the roof, staying on the seams and off the end caps, my 54-year old back, and the general safety of working at heights.

Curious what ya'll have to say.

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Old 06-18-2016, 04:43 PM   #2
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Just had the job done at my dealer. $1000 is a fair price. I toyed with DIY but it would have taken me a week on the roof, on my knees, to remove the old and reseal. Not something I wanted to do. Happy with my outcome.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:28 PM   #3
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Well, I'm 56 and I just did it for about $18 worth of sealer and about 6 hours of my time, but I'm well practiced at it.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:06 PM   #4
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I am DIY'er on most things. I am no stranger to my roof. I use an 8 ft step ladder sitting sideways to the trailer. I go over the awning on my knees. I use sections of board to stand, kneel, or sit on. I would do the job myself.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:34 AM   #6
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I'm close to 60 and I do it all myself. Unless you are making more than 85 to 130 an hour yourself, then it pays for you to do it. And it really isn't all that hard, especially if you plan it out. Any pics of the parts you want to reseal? I would look especially hard at the plumbing vents. Not sure if the new models use a different system for sealing the pipe, but on the vintage units you have rubber that deteriorates after several years in the hot sun.

And if the roof isnt already painted white, you may want to look at doing that as well, it really cuts down on the heat that is transferred to the inside of the trailer.
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Old 06-19-2016, 01:01 PM   #7
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It just depends on your state of mind and body. I'm 76 and I got on my AS roof this spring to re-caulk most of the roof-penetrations. It's not that I can't afford to pay someone to do it, but it just seems like something I should do. I take some satisfaction in still doing things for myself. It's not for everyone, I know, and I may break my body doing it some day, but that's my choice. Too soon old, too late smart? I guess that's me!
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If you are capable of doing it yourself, then go for it. I'm 64 and do mine and my dad is 88 and did his u til he sold it a few years ago. I'd rather not pay someone to screw it.
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It ain't that hard to do yourself.

I did it last year when I was 70. I wish I had thought of using a heat gun to soften the old sealant which makes it a lot easier to scrap off. I also wish I had done it in the shade under the tree in my front yard. That white roof reflects the sun. BTW I had to get up on my roof a few weeks ago to replace the AC/Heat pump. This stuff is not that hard to do. Just read up on it here and on YouTube.
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Thanks ya'll for your comments, all great input and perspectives. I look forward to some quality project time on the AS, but would much rather be camping... soon, I hope. My son bought me a couple of publications (pictured below) for Fathers Day that should be useful. I likely will do the reseals a bit at a time, as I am certainly up for the work myself, frugal, and in no hurry.

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I went to Jackson Center yesterday to get the required sealants to reseal the windows, seams and items on the roof. The service guy(Kevin) showed me how remove the old and apply the new. I plan on starting on this as soon as the temps get in the 70's again


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