Is the center seam supposed to be like this? 2000 Viking 2485ST

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  1. CamperChrissy

    CamperChrissy Well-Known Member

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    Looked at a Viking for sale today and noticed that the roof seam seems kind of bare. It is the 2 sheet metal halves of the roof that meet in the middle. Only thing covering that seam is some old, half-missing caulk/tape stuff. My Jayco has a metal channel that covers the seam, a vinyl strip that goes in the channel, and then caulk the sides of the channel. Seller said that's how it's supposed to be, from the factory. I did not see any screw holes along the seam, which would indicate a missing piece. Is this how it's supposed to be? upload_2018-3-5_15-12-19.png

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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I've never seen one, but that doesn't look right. They need to clean that out and get some Dicor in there asap, regardless.
     
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    myride Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm thinking there is deffinately something amiss here.....and by the loops of that call job I'd be worried about water penetration.
     
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    austinm48 http://s1174.photobucket.com/albums/r604/austinm48

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    mine is the same way never had a problem at all ... i did work at a sign shop and covered mine in vinyl just to be sure
     
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    myride Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    If that' the case with Viking products glad I didn't buy one.....talk about a maintenance headache....
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Does not look very good. If it hasn't leaked, needs to me cleaned really well and I would re-seal with Dicor. If it has leaked that could /would be a problem. Good Luck and Happy Camping
     
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    my only leak ever in that roof is the ac is not well supported and it vibrates loose... then leaks around the seal i figure it was made in two halves like a commeecial aluminum window frame and leaks into the seam so the metal groove inside can catch the water and channel it out, so if it gets sealed then the watwr will pool behind and cause a leak. mine has never had a leak on that seam so i leave it alone, i did reseal the edges, and i took the rubber covers off the edge of the roof and found they were cheap on screws so i put more in to tighten the roof and fill the holes they skipped
     
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    CamperChrissy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input all. I have to say, I didn't see any obvious signs of water damage. However I noticed that the caulk all around seemed old and moldy and pulling away and the trunk lid seemed warped and the gasket was loose. So I decided to pass. Even thought I couldn't see any water damage, I just didn't have a good feeling about it for some reason.
     
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    myride Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    ALWAYS go with your gut instinct. ..
     
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    i do not have the trunk on mine i did re caulk edges a few years ago mine i found out after i bought it had a lift post top pulled out of thewood which i had to make work
     
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    Looks like moisture gut under the caulk and finally it peeled off showing mildew underneath.
     
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    it is a 2 part roof seem yours is missing,,,its a raised seem check out colaeman roof pics
     

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