It’s not so much, “Is it Going To Leak?” but… “how long has it been leaking?”
Remember, your roof is the only thing between you and Mother Nature.
Take the time to really look close at the roof area. Water can only leak thru the van on a join.
If you have a metal roof or fibre glass roof, look for small hair line cracks, around joins, vents and air conditioning units. (With the caravan industry moving the air-conditioning units to the centre of the van, it becomes the low point, and can be the major cause of leaking roofs)
If you have an RV, Motor Home or 5Th Wheeler chances are you have a Sheet EPDM Rubber Roof,
BUT… you may not be aware, that they require constant attention.
The life expectancy of a sheet EPDM Roof, is approximately 7 years from manufacture.
However… These figures are for the US market.
In Australia and New Zealand, the UV degrades the product even faster.
Windows & Door Seals
Rubber perishes quickly, especially if the van or motor home is parked outside.
Check to make certain, that all four edges are sealed, and not just the ones you can see.
Prevention is cheaper than cure. If in doubt, get it replaced.
Make certain that the frames are not bent. If the support frames are bent, it may cause the air to be trapped between the annex and your van causing the frame to buckle.
Worse than that, if the press is too great, the annex can rip away from the van or motor home, and cause serious damage.
Damaged bodywork/ Solar Panels:
Was you van designed to even have solar panels on the roof?
Solar panels, can be like the wing of an aeroplane. If they are slightly up in front. The panel will try and rip itself off the roof.
If the solar panel is slightly down in the front, it will try and force the feet of the solar panels, they the roof.
Either way, not the best result.
Remember, your caravan or motor home, is basically a galvanised frame, with either a wooden, or light gauge metal frame.
They are flimsy, and you need to look after them.
Get your Car and Van serviced regularly – and BEFORE ANY TRIP
Have your brakes checked by a PROFESSIONAL! – on BOTH your Caravan – AND your Tow Vehicle!
Don’t Take the RISK!
Tow bar/ Towing System
Have your Towing System checked by a PROFESSIONAL! – on BOTH your Caravan – AND your Tow Vehicle!
Don’t Take the RISK!