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Old 10-08-2020, 05:57 AM   #21
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You didn't talk to the "Queen" of DRV's now did you???
I was in talks with her on the build of my rig. But I think I remember her saying stick with the rubber roof.
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:08 PM   #22
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I was in talks with her on the build of my rig. But I think I remember her saying stick with the rubber roof.


In my opinion (FWIW!) rubber roofs - or more precisely, TPO - are much better than fiberglass. It’s just simply a better product for the purpose. Older rubber roofs, before TPO, were not that great and higher end coaches often had fiberglass. It became the gold standard but as already pointed out it is heavy, expensive, subject to fading and chalking and is more difficult to repair if damaged. I liken it to the use of copper plumbing in home construction. It was the gold standard for many years and many homeowners and builders demanded “nothing less”. But PEX is better in every way and finally won the day. Maybe just because all of the old timers died - or at least stopped building new houses!
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Old 10-10-2020, 02:53 PM   #23
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it is heavy, expensive, subject to fading and chalking and is more difficult to repair if damaged.
Supposedly adds about 200 pounds, but that is just hearsay from the DRV reps
Adds about $2,000

They don't fade or chalk because there are painted with the same automotive finish.

Difficult to repair is apples to oranges.
A small tear, rip gouge etc in either can be 'repaired' with eternabond tape

Larger repairs with the membrane roof are much more costly if you are stripping the roof.

Fiberglass roofs are just 'bodyshop' repairs.
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Old 10-10-2020, 05:33 PM   #24
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Supposedly adds about 200 pounds, but that is just hearsay from the DRV reps

Adds about $2,000



They don't fade or chalk because there are painted with the same automotive finish.



Difficult to repair is apples to oranges.

A small tear, rip gouge etc in either can be 'repaired' with eternabond tape



Larger repairs with the membrane roof are much more costly if you are stripping the roof.



Fiberglass roofs are just 'bodyshop' repairs.


The fiberglass roof on my 2017 Winnebago, like the sidewalls, was not painted. When I traded it the roof and one side was showing deterioration from the sun. You’re certainly correct that a full membrane roof replacement might be more costly than a large repair on fiberglass. I hope I never suffer that kind of damage and if I do that it will be covered by insurance!
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:45 PM   #25
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I've looked at a lot of DRV's with fiberglass roofs. None of them were painted. Something new maybe?

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Old 10-12-2020, 05:57 PM   #26
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Probably just the radiuses edges.
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Old 04-11-2021, 01:50 PM   #27
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DRV website only lists Mobile Suites and Full House models. No Elite Suites. When you order a Mobile you can opt for an Elite option. I guess the end of the Elite suite is here.
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Old 04-11-2021, 03:34 PM   #28
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DRV website only lists Mobile Suites and Full House models. No Elite Suites. When you order a Mobile you can opt for an Elite option. I guess the end of the Elite suite is here.

I opted for several Elite options like the paint. Too many were gaudy for our liking so ours is a Highly Elited MS.
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Old 04-12-2021, 05:35 PM   #29
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Back before DRV went to the straight-line roof, the fiberglass roofs were a two-piece installation. The main issue at that time was at the seam between the two pieces.

When we ordered our 2010, fiberglass was an option, but we elected to not go that way because of cost and because of the warranties on the two different kinds of roof. While we don't RV like most other people, we aren't in a situation where there is a lot of flex in the roof from traveling nor lots of branches and stuff to worry about poking holes.


I guess that God has just looked out for us because we have had very few issues since living in our Mobile Suites for the last 10 years. Roof isn't leaking, but it could use some kind of coating added. Batteries lasted 8 years before we replaced them, just because of their age. We've even still got the original tires on the trailer, although we did replace the Never-Lube axles and hubs with EZ-Lube ones. When we replaced the axles and had the wheels off, the wife and I checked each one for cracks and couldn't find any either in the treads or the sidewalls.


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