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Author Topic: Lousy roof or workmanship?  (Read 1962 times)
Vaughn B
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« on: April 15, 2009, 09:38:11 AM »

Sunday morning I went out to our Carri SBQ and noticed that the rear entertainment center was covered in water. All the upper cabinets had water in them, the wood is delaminating, and the carpet in soaked. The TV has water on it, and I have no idea what is behind the fireplace. I had to pry the cover for the TV up, as it is so warped.

I got on the roof, and saw that on both sides, for about half the length of the unit the roof was coming loose, and rippled. The seal between the roof and the rear cap is basically laying there loose, and the caulking is falling out. Also noticed a major stress crack in the cap. Looks like a bullet hit it from the inside. The lower rear storage compartment is soaked and anything metal is covered in rust. 

This apparently happened within the past 2 weeks, as my wife was in the coach then. I can only imagine how much moisture has worked its way along the roof line.

Called the dealer and they want it back, asap. I have a dehumidifier running, and expect to tow it to Colerain RV, Saturday. I also tarped the rear, but water is still coming in when it rains.

Don't know what the outcome will be, but short of a full refund, or replacement, and I will be unhappy. All this after 15 weeks in service, for warranty work, and the roof being inspected. Not bad for a 10 month old unit, huh?

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 04:44:22 PM »

Vaugh

We also have a 2009 unit although it's a Cameo.  We've experienced a similar situation but were lucky and caught it before it rained.  Our unit has Eternabond tape across the back where the roof meets the cap.  We discovered that tape buckled and exposing the metal strip which connects the cap and the roof.  We found that the aluminum screws used on the metal strip had sheared off either due to over-torquing or just cheap screws.  We were able to drill new holes and secure the strip with stainless screws and reapply new Eternabond tape.  Had we not discovered this prior to a rain, we would have been in the same situation as you.

Our vinyl covered roof is also rippled.  At the time of purchase, we checked other roofs of their Cameos and found all had some rippling.  So far that has not caused a problem.

Wish you luck with your repairs.  A suggestion might be to call in those specialists that remove water and smoke from a house after a fire.  They can dry out an entire house in 30 hrs.  Might save your unit.

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009, 05:26:50 AM »

Caught mine before any damage also. Roof material was cut too short and was never actually under the rear cap attachment strip. Dealer repaired with second cap strip and eternabond. Lousy workmanship there!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009, 08:00:06 AM »

We had a very similar issue.  Tape was peeled back for the first few inches and the first 5 screws were broken (not stripped) from excessive force during installation.  Same problem on the lower trip strip.  about 8 broken screws in that location.   Had to drill new holes and install new tape (Colerain provided under warranty)  Seems Carriage has a systemic issue and needs to advise their workforce to use LESS force when installing fasteners. Found the same problem when rewiring the breaker box...the setscrews on both the breakers and ground buss were tightened so tight that I was barely able to loosen them, and the underlying wire was flattened almost to half it's diameter.   From time to time, I also find secondary screws that have been installed where the original was stripped.   
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009, 08:06:11 AM »

That is what appears to have happened here also. Now, the next problem is getting Carriage to send parts in any kind of reasonable time frame. I just know, this will turn into another, 3+ month fix.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 11:20:16 AM »

I got up on the roof today and on bothsides by the ladder the wood was soft is this normal or do I need a new roof? Help
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 11:28:25 AM »

Where the ladder comes to the top of the roof  was soft and on the other side it was soft to I think this makes more sense to my problem.
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