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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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