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How to Put a Rubber Roof on Your Camper

How to Put a Rubber Roof on Your Camper

Embarking on the task of putting a rubber roof on your camper can be a daunting yet rewarding DIY project. It's a perfect blend of technical skill and the hands-on approach that many camping enthusiasts love. In this post, we'll guide you through the essential steps and provide tips to ensure that your camper's new roof is both durable and weatherproof.

Understanding Rubber Roofs

Types of Rubber Roofing Materials

Before you begin, it's crucial to understand the types of rubber roofing materials available. The most common types are EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) and TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin). EPDM is known for its durability and ease of installation, while TPO is recognized for its heat-reflective properties and energy efficiency.

Benefits of a Rubber Roof

Rubber roofs are popular in the RV world due to their flexibility, resistance to UV rays, and ability to withstand various weather conditions. They are also relatively lightweight and low maintenance, making them ideal for campers.

Preparing for Installation

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Rubber roofing material (EPDM or TPO)

  • Roofing adhesive

  • Utility knife

  • Roller for adhesive application

  • Caulking gun

  • Sealant

  • Cleaning supplies

Preparing the Surface

Ensure that your camper's roof is clean, dry, and free of any debris or old roofing material. Any protruding nails or screws should be removed or hammered down.

Installation Process

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting the Rubber

Measure your camper's roof and cut the rubber material accordingly, allowing for extra material around the edges for trimming later.

Step 2: Applying Adhesive

Apply the roofing adhesive evenly across the roof's surface. Be generous but avoid over-application, which can lead to bumps.

Step 3: Laying the Rubber Material

Carefully lay the rubber sheet over the adhesive, starting from one end and gradually moving to the other. Use a roller to smooth out any air bubbles and ensure a secure bond.

Step 4: Securing and Sealing Edges

Trim the excess material around the edges. Seal the edges with a high-quality sealant to prevent water leakage.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Inspect the roof for any missed spots or air bubbles. Apply additional sealant around fixtures like vents and antennas for extra protection.

Maintenance Tips

  • Regularly check for and repair any tears or punctures.

  • Clean the roof with a mild soap and avoid harsh chemicals.

  • Inspect and reseal the edges and fixtures annually.


Installing a rubber roof on your camper can significantly enhance its longevity and protect it from the elements. With the right tools, materials, and a bit of patience, you can successfully complete this project and enjoy many more adventures in your well-maintained camper.

Remember, this is a general guide, and it's always best to consult with a professional for specific advice related to your camper.

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