How do you fix a leaking roof on an RV?



Leaking roofs are probably the most common RV problem. People don’t know how to fix leaking roofs, which can quickly ruin an RV.  Due to leaky roofs, many used RVs are sold as-is at dirt cheap prices.

Fortunately, RV roofs are fairly easy to fix.

  • Determine the source of the leak.
  • Temporarily fix the problem until a permanent solution can be made.
  • The permanent fix needs to be applied.

3 Easy Steps To Fix A Leaking RV Roof

Firstly, let’s talk about how we inspect the roof of an RV from the inside as well as the outside.

1) Inspecting for Leaks (Be Proactive!)

Regular roof inspections can help prevent future RV problems.  You should do this from both the inside and outside of your RV. You will be able to catch problems early by inspecting your roof for leaks. Your RV will be spared from expensive structural damage if you catch a leak early, and you’ll ensure the items inside will not be damaged by rain. An annual roof inspection is recommended by most RV manufacturers.

Do Do a full inspection at the start of the season and another one at the end. You might want to inspect your roof the weekend before you go on vacation if you’re going on a long trip.

  • Interior Inspections

Starting from the inside is the easiest way to inspect an RV roof.  Take a look at the ceiling of your RV first. Water stains, either new or old, indicate a leak. The ceiling is not always a sign of roof leaks, however. It is therefore a good idea to inspect the walls and floors on the inside as well as the outside.

  • Exterior Inspections

An Roof inspections are ideal for exterior inspections. Some roofs, however, cannot be climbed! You can see visual cracks in the roof by looking for depressions on the outside. Ensure that the roof HVAC system and vents are properly maintained.  Due to aging sealants, these areas are susceptible to leaks.

2) Temporary Fixes

If your RV leaks, you should always have a patch on hand. Especially if you discover a leak on your roof while on vacation. We may also not have the time or money to repair our RV roofs right away. The problem shouldn’t be left unaddressed, however.  It will not only stop the problem from getting worse, but you will also save a few dollars.

  • Tarping

To You will only need a big tarp and ropes or bungee cords to tarp your roof. Your RV will be covered with a big sail if the tarp isn’t pulled down tightly over the roof.

  • Tar Paper

In Tar paper can be glued down to your roof in extreme cases. You can protect your roof with tar paper, and it doesn’t cost much. Follow the instructions on the package of the tar paper to apply it.

  • Dry it Out

After completing one of the above steps, you should thoroughly dry the interior. Electric heaters, dehumidifiers, and heavy-duty fans can help speed up drying. Your RV will be less likely to develop mold and mildew if you dry it out.

3) Permanent Fixes

As You should probably fix your roof as soon as possible. A desert that rarely gets rain may be an exception to this rule.  Your decision to ignore the leaky roof may be justified in this case. Even if your RV is never exposed to the rain, water may leak from the rooftop AC unit so any leaks may still occur around this area.

Having a leaky roof on your RV may also make it difficult to resell it.

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