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Can you recommend a shop near Portland, OR for roof leak repairs?

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#1 jennyly

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 03:43 PM

I have a very leaky roof. I resealed it myself last fall, but it is really bad this winter and I'd like to defer to a professional. Anybody have good luck with a shop in the Portland area they can recommend? The headliner is completely saturated every time I take it on a rainy highway - my weekend trips through the gorge the past month have been brutal. I called the ATC factory and explained my issue and they thought I likely needed to re-seal the roof. 


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#2 Wango

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 05:08 PM

Hi,

What year, model etc. Also, any damage to roof? Holes, split seams? 

Windows can leak pretty badly and could possibly be mistaken for a bad roof. With the rain we have had over on this side, nothing surprises me.


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#3 jennyly

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 06:03 PM

I have a 2011 ATC Ocelot. There is no visible damage to the roof. I have performed a few tests and I believe it is only leaking when driving. I mentioned this to the guy I spoke to at ATC and he recommended I get the roof re-sealed. The headliner is getting saturated - only on the front 3'. The mattress stays pretty dry and we remove the mattress when we are not camping. I got it mostly dried out yesterday then it rained about an inch with heavy winds and did not get any wetter. The tiny staples in the headliner are rusty near the front of the camper. 


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#4 Vic Harder

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:37 PM

It could be leaking because the front latches/roof is not tight enough.  Are you keeping bedding on the bed?  Can you remove that and tighten the latches?  Water could be blowing in and soaking that area.

 

I assume you have tested for roof leaks with hose and/or sprinkler on the roof while stopped?

 

Sealing the roof is not technical or hard, assuming no damage.  Remove each screw and washer, clean them and coat with 3m 4200 or Dicor Lapseal and retest.


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#5 jennyly

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 11:00 PM

Yes Vic, I did test the roof with a hose and a lot of pressure and could not get it to leak. No, I never keep bedding on the mattress. It leaked a few weeks ago even with no mattress. And yes, I have tightened the latches. Thanks for your ideas - much appreciated. At this point, I'd really just prefer to hire a shop to repair. I do not have a covered place to work on it.


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#6 Vic Harder

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 06:37 AM

Yes Vic, I did test the roof with a hose and a lot of pressure and could not get it to leak. No, I never keep bedding on the mattress. It leaked a few weeks ago even with no mattress. And yes, I have tightened the latches. Thanks for your ideas - much appreciated. At this point, I'd really just prefer to hire a shop to repair. I do not have a covered place to work on it.

ATC isn't that far away, is it?  A day or so?


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#7 Wango

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Posted 25 December 2020 - 12:37 AM

We have had an occasional problem with wetness in the front, but in the end i believed it was a combination of condensation and leaky front windows. I try to be more obsessive now with drying the front out completely. Just spent two nights on the coast and with a great deal of ventilation, still had very wet walls and moisture in the headliner. 

Good luck with you search.


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Posted 15 April 2021 - 04:21 PM

I've had a screw or two back out on my old FWC.  They were double lead screws with less holding power.  I don't know what ATC uses these days, but the rubber washer needs to be slightly bulging to work. Then a thin coat of RTV to be sure.


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Posted 28 April 2021 - 04:46 PM

I found a great shop in Portland and am happy with their roof re-seal job. Wayne's RV on SE Division. They didn't get it completely sealed the first time, but they warranty their work and got it fixed the second time for free. It's been a few months and no more leaking. They let me know that every screw on the yakima roof tracks was leaking - the previous owner had those installed and I can't for the life of me figure out why you'd want to put that many holes in your roof ever.......

I recommend Wayne's RV!


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#10 craig333

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Posted 28 April 2021 - 05:03 PM

Glad to hear your roof is fixed. Do you know how they sealed it?


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