After reading about the old fat man's leaking roof problems a few days ago I decided that I ought to get up on the roof of the Arctic Fox and see how things were going up there. Seeing as how minor problems can turn into big ones pretty quick on the roof I decided checking the roof would be priority one.
After studying on the situation for a few days my procrastination gene finally allowed my inherent laziness to kick in and decide I would get on the roof as soon as I got around to it, and this morning was the time I finally got around to it. The morning was perfect for the job because it wasn't too hot yet, and it was a little cloudy so I wasn't blinded by the white roof.
One of the worst things about getting on the roof of the Arctic Fox is dealing with my telescoping ladder. The thing is about 20 years old and is getting harder and harder to detelescope every year. I've tried cleaning it, and I've tried spraying it with a little silicone, but nothing seems to help, and its getting to the point where it takes longer to open the Ladder than it does to do the job on the roof.
Once I got up on the roof things looked better than I had expected. The factory caulking was smooth, and intact, and other than being a little dirty looks just like it did when I bought the Arctic Fox four years ago. Even the caulking that I did when I installed the solar panels was still solid with no cracks. It wasn't as smooth and professional looking as the factory caulking but it didn't look like it was going to leak anytime soon. Years ago I had considered putting EternaBond tape around all of the vents and other caulked openings in the roof but after seeing the way the factory caulking looks I don't see any need to do that at the moment.
I checked the rubber roofing for tears and didn't see any. The rubber is chalking a little bit but that's what it's supposed to do so I'm not going to worry about it. There are some teeny tiny little black spots that I guess is mold or something like that, but there's not very many, and the roof still looks white so I'm not going to worry about that either.
All in all I would say that these last four years have been pretty kind to the roof. I fully expected to have to do some caulking repairs or even cover all the caulk with EternaBond tape but I guess I'll put that off till another year.
The roof of my Arctic Fox 27 – 5L
The bedroom vent fan.The caulking is a little brown and dirty but it pretty much looked that way after the first year.
I was surprised how good the caulking looked I thought it would be dried out and cracked at least a little