During a camp out on Mt. Graham four months ago, we were exposed to a pretty intense monsoon in the middle of the night. I had inspected the roof of the camper during the spring and all looked well, but the triple-digit heat of the summer had done its work. During the storm, the Fantastic Vent started to leak rather badly. Instead of using Dicor lap sealant again to fix the leak, I decided it was time to try another product I had heard much about, yet had never tried–EternaBond Roof and Leak Repair Tape.
EternaBond Tape has been around for years. It’s the only micro sealant tape touted to stop any leak or water proof any roof surface. UV resistant, the tape comes in four colors–tan, gray, black, and white–and can be purchased in various lengths and widths, including two, four, and six inches. For my RV’s roof, I opted for the four-inch wide tape which provided me with just the right amount of coverage for all flanges and seams. Look for EternaBond RSW-4-50 White Roof Seal on Amazon.com and before you place it in your shopping cart make sure you order through an authorized Eternabond dealer, either Granger or Reese Warehouse. Doing so will ensure the tape is fresh and hasn’t reached the end of it’s shelf life. Yes, at $60 a roll the tape is expensive, but it lasts a long time after it’s installed. How long, you ask? The company’s website says it will hold up on your roof anywhere between 18-36 years. That’s pretty impressive and makes the cost for purchasing the tape well worth it, especially when you consider how often lap sealant needs to be replaced in extreme climates.
Installing the tape takes only a few minutes, but first you must ensure the surface where you’re applying the tape is entirely clean or the tape won’t properly adhere. Don’t skip this critical step or your time and effort will be wasted. The company offers a reasonably priced spray cleaner called EternaClean that can safely be used on EPDM and TPO rubber roofs though regular, non-petroleum based cleaners work well, too. To apply the tape, you’ll need a roof cleaner, a few rags, a sharp pair of scissors, and a small roller. Some folks like to use box cutters to cut the tape, but I don’t recommend it. Common sense applies here. A drop or accidental slip of the cutter and you’ve sliced open your rubber roof. It’s best to be safe than sorry and use traditional scissors instead. Just make sure that they’re sharp. Because of the multiple layers, EternaBond tape is thick and can be difficult to cut.
As you might expect, EternaBond Tape is very sticky. Indeed, the tape adheres so well that you only have one chance to put it down. The first time I used it I ended up wasting a couple feet after the tape bunched up on me. Lesson learned. It’s best to cut the tape to length, then remove the release liner as you apply it. If you’re using this tape to seal old seams or vents, don’t bother removing the old sealant. This stuff is meant to cover it (silicone is the one exception, EternaBond won’t stick to it so it will need to be removed). After the tape is applied, use the roller and your fingers to seal the tape to the surface, paying particular attention to any nooks or crannies. The directions that came with my tape recommended that the front areas where the tape is applied be sealed with Dicor. This isn’t mandatory, but it is a good idea to ensure high speed winds and rain don’t take hold of the front edge and peel it back.
Besides vents and other openings on your roof, what else can the tape be used for? Well, you can use it to seal cuts or tears in your TPO or EPDM roof and reseal the main seams of your roof to prevent leaks. In emergencies, it can also be used to seal leaking drain pipes and cracked rooftop fixtures like air conditioning shrouds and vent covers. It’s that sticky and works that well. In fact, this tape works so well that I keep a small roll of it in my RV repair kit for emergencies. Because the tape bonds so well, the question is often asked how to remove old tape or tape that was improperly applied. According to the company’s website, all you need is a heat gun or hair dryer to create enough heat to peel off the old tape.
When it comes to the maintenance of your RV, water leaks are, without a doubt, the greatest threat. Left unchecked, leaks will rot the interior of your RV and cause black mold. This is why it’s important to conduct periodic inspections topside, paying particular attention to the condition of the roof membrane and to the condition of any sealants used on vents, skylights, and other fixtures. If you find anything amiss, I recommend that you give this tape a try. Sure, it’s spendy, but we’re talking about your RV here. If you’re like me you’ve invested a healthy sum in your RV so you should do all you can to protect it. No other product works as well or lasts as long as EternaBond Leak and Roof Repair Tape.
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I’ve just bought a vintage camper with leaks everywhere and I’d love to give this product a try, just a quick question first on the best way to remove the old silicone. As I’ll be 103 by the time I scrape it all off as it’s everywhere! Any help would be great 🙂
Congrats on the new camper. Vintage campers can be a joy to restore. Sorry about the silicone. Silcone is a real pain in the butt to get off. I recommend a good water-based silicone remover. Shop around a read the reviews for the best. Don’t have much experience removing it, so that’s the best I can do. Sorry.
That's good stuff. I know you don't do the slide-out thing, but this tape has a good application there, too. The seams at the outboard ends of the walls and roof are always being worked against the weather stripping when the slide moves in and out. Over time, the edges of the old tape pull up. This creates opportunity for leaks down the road, and also makes a harsh surface for the weather seals themselves – and they will tear, given enough time.
This tape is a great fix for that. End caps on trailers can crack at the seems because they flex like mad under certain conditions. Campers don't usually see any torque like that.
Thanks, yeah, it's great stuff.
I did the exact same thing around my fridge vent on the roof. I didn't have a leak yet, but the sealant was looking worn. I need to buy a package to cover some patched holes on the roof, from moving my solar panels. I want to seal the Dicor with Eternabond pieces. Double sealed, right? I need more in my tool box, I'm almost out. 🙂
Barb, you don't need to double seal, per se. I would definitely seal the old holes in your roof with the tape.
I personally haven't tried EternaBond yet but some RVers we know swear by it. I've also seen firsthand what happens when someone that doesn't read instructions can end up with. A mangled mess! Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
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