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Water proofing and patching up the roof of my off grid living camper

November 21st, 2011

 

Yesterday the weather was awesome. The sun was shining and it was very warm. Almost like summer. So I took out the rubberized tar roof repair and went to work on the roof of my off grid camper. For about $15 I got a gallon of this roof repair that claims to penetrate deeply and seal leaks for good. It has a ten year guaranty.

 

So I am trying it out and hope the roof will be waterproof now. If this stuff works, I will recommend it in my survival list. You will need good roof repair materials in a long term survival situation. Camper roofs can spring a leak at any time. Imagine, you bug out with your nice survival camper and get settled into a quiet, safe place in the mountains. You make camp and settle in for the long haul. When the first rain comes, you find a leak from the stress of driving up into the mountains. If you have no repair materials, then you are finished with that camper. It may last the season, but you will have mold and health problems if you cannot fix the roof leak.

 

 

 

Leak stop for my off grid living camper

 

You put this stuff on with a trowel. The only condition is that it must be over 50 degrees or more so that the stuff can be spread. Any camper roof will start to leak with time. Campers are under a lot of stress and flexing when you drive them around to camp sites and off road. The seals and seams will leak on any camper that I have ever heard of to date. So I patched up every seam on the roof of the camper.

 

Waterproofing the camper roof

 

You spread a bit of this goop evenly over every seam. Make it thick enough to ensure a good seal. Cover every seam and crack evenly. By the way, I am not affiliated with nor endorsing this product. Just trying to get my camper fixed up.

 

Sealing the camper roof to stop leaks

 

The brush was used to brush off any loose dirt or leaves. I patched up around the ceiling vents, crank up tv antenna, air conditioner unit and every seam on the camper. I even ran a bit of tar along each side seam all the way around the camper roof. This roof should never leak again, I hope. After the tar cures I will cover it all up with my aluminum tape to make sure the tar will be protected from the elements longer. This should make sure the seal lasts even better. And it will help keep the roof cool in summer. Black absorbs heat. The aluminum will reflect it and help keep the camper cool.

 

If the roof does not leak anymore during the next rain storm, I can finish the roof repair in the living room area. Right now it is a construction zone. The camper ceiling is pulled off and insulation is hanging down. I am waiting for the wood do dry and then I will replace it all with new wood. If it does not dry, then I have a problem and need to look for more leaks.


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