How to do an RV Roof Inspection 12425

Keeping a solid and leak-free roof over your head is one of the most important things you can do for an RV of any type. If you don’t have a good roof, then the rest of your RV is compromised. Water coming in from leaks in the roof can be a serious issue. It can cause mold, mildew, and other unhealthy conditions. It will also simply destroy your rig.

One of the best ways to ensure this doesn’t happen to you is to do regular roof inspections. Many suggest doing at least an annual roof inspection or maintenance. Even if you’re not interested in actually doing the maintenance work yourself, you can save some money and time by doing the inspection yourself. Here’s what to look for.

Look for Cracks, Tears, or Holes

A man is lifting a metal box on the roof of a camper van while doing an inspection

The first thing you should look for are the obvious signs of damage. Look for any cracks, tears, or holes in the roof material. If you notice anything at all, you need to either take steps to fix it on your own or get to a service center as soon as possible. Obvious signs of damage can cause issues very quickly.

These types of damage can be caused by a variety of factors. One of the big ones is the weather. If your RV just went through a serious storm where debris, sticks, branches, or other items had a chance to damage your RV’s roof, then you need to inspect it.

I would suggest taking a quick look at your RV’s roof any time it suffers through a serious storm. Otherwise, simply take a look for the obvious signs every six months or so.

Look Closely at Seams and Seals

While you’re up on the roof looking for obvious signs of damage, you should also make a point of looking at any seams or seals on the roof. While many RVs have single-piece roofs today to eliminate issues that can occur at seals or seams, that’s not true of all of them.

Also, just because the roof is one piece doesn’t mean its void of seams and seals. Anywhere the roof connects to the RV or another part or component is a potential for a leak. Look closely at these areas. If you see cracked, damaged, or worn-out-looking materials, then you should have a professional take a closer look or repair the area yourself if you’re comfortable doing so.

Closely Inspect Around Vents, Racks, and Appliances

RV roof sola panels and vents

Many RVs have roof racks, vents, and appliances like A/C units or solar panels on their roof. These things can be extremely nice to have, but they’re attached to the roof and can be the culprit behind a leaking roof in some cases. When performing an inspection on your RV’s roof, you should look closely at these particular spots.

This advice hits on the topic discussed above, but it’s important enough to reiterate. Most of your roof leaks will occur at seals around vents, racks, and appliances. They deserve extra attention. As mentioned above, if you see anything that looks like it could use a repair, consider doing that repair it yourself, or go to a service center as soon as possible.

How often do you inspect your roof? Leave a comment below.

How to do an RV roof inspection

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  1. RV is a huge investment and like with other investments, you need a better return on it. It is recommended to do periodic inspections at least twice a year. Not only the roof but the entire RV should be inspected to find out areas requiring immediate attention or issues which may likely cause problem in near the future. In addition to periodic inspections also inspect the RV after it has been exposed to extreme weather conditions like hail, snow or wind storm.

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