How to Replace an RV Roof Vent with Gorilla Glue Waterproof Patch and Seal and a Giveaway!


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As you know I have been working on fixing up my 1974 Shasta Motorhome, Bertha 😊 Well, my mom and I were inside working away one day and it was pouring rain outside. All of a sudden I felt a drop of water on my face... 😬 I looked up and discovered that the roof vent was leaking... oh no! We rushed around getting a tarp over the roof and cleaned up the small puddle inside until we had some nicer weather so we could work on it.

It just so happens that at about the same time Gorilla Glue offered to work on a collaboration with me to try their new product, Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape! Woohoo!

There are actually two vents on Bertha and both appeared to be the original 1970's vents so I purchased two new roof vents from a local RV supply store. We used the Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape around and under the vents.
new roof vent and Gorilla Glue Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape
Here is what the original vents looked like... I mean HELLO... look at that hole and the cracked plastic!

old RV roof vent

The top is plastic and the base is metal... and starting to rust... they are about 44 years old after all!

old roof vent

This is what happened when my dad removed one of these old brittle vents 😲

old broken roof vent

You can see that the vent in the bathroom had leaked at some point before... enough to look awful! But actually, it was just staining and a little bit of mold. There was no significant damage to the wood under this, whew!

We cleaned it all up and painted the ceiling.


ceiling damage

To make sure the surface area around the hole in the roof was clean and ready for the new vent and Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape we used a heat gun to soften and scrape off all the old putty/silicone/glue, seriously it was a mish-mash of junk up there!

use heat gun to scrape off old residue

all cleaned up!

Oh hi mom!


We measured and cut the Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape inside where it was warmer (it was in the 30's when we were doing this project, brrr!!)

This is our product we are testing out:


Gorilla Glue Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape

The backing is black and UV resistant.


The other side is the adhesive layer, it has a protective clear covering that you peel off to reveal the adhesive. This stuff is S.T.I.C.K.Y!!!

waterproof patch and seal tape

We cut strips to fit around the hole in the roof.


measure and cut

This tape comes on a roll and is 4" wide. We didn't need our strips quite that wide so we cut them into a little bit smaller width strips.

measure
cut to fit

Then we donned our stylish coveralls and headed back outside!


And up on the roof we go!


replacing RV roof vents

We used the heat gun again to heat up the metal roof and then stuck our pieces of Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape down around the hole.


lay the tape around the vent opening

Once we had rubbed vigorously over the tape with a rag we used the heat gun again. We did this since it was so cold outside and we thought it would help activate the adhesive. Under normal weather circumstances, you shouldn't need to do this part of the process.

heat with the heat gun

This layer of tape covers over all the old screw holes which don't match up with the holes on the new vent and seals those all up.

finished vent openingThen we put the vent in. The lip rests on top of the Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape.

install the vent

And we screwed the vent in place.

install the roof vent

install vent

Once we screwed the vent down then we went over the top of those screws with another, thinner piece of the Gorilla Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape.


You may be wondering... how will you get to those screws? Our thought was this... we have faith in the Gorilla Glue brand (great experiences with their other products) and since the original vent installations lasted over 40 years we think these will last at least that long which would make me over 90 years old and the next person can worry about how to get to those screws! 😀

I also don't mind that it is black, no one is going to see this unless they get on a ladder to see the roof and I would much rather have a sealed, non-leaky RV than everything looking pretty but risking leaks!



I love this short video from the Gorilla Glue website about this Waterproof Patch and Seal Tape! Check it out, it's really cute!



I am really happy with the product so far, we did a little leak test of our own too. We used that old, broken roof vent and patched the hole...


vent patch leak test

...filled it with water and set it on top of a dry paper towel for awhile...

leak test

...and when we picked it up, the paper towel was still dry! Whoot!

leak test

I think my dad is really happy with the product too!


hey dad!

Yay for Gorilla Glue, Bertha thanks you for her new, dry roof vents!

roof vents with Gorilla Glue

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