Gone Outdoors

How to Repair Rockwood Tent Campers

by Kimberly Dyke

Waiting for your local Rockwood dealer to repair your tent camper can take weeks away from your camping season. Damage that occurs while camping or when towing your camper can also ruin your trip and must be repaired immediately. Learn to perform your own temporary repairs while on the road, and how to seal and protect your tent camper components from potential leaking. Supplies are available at camping supply stores and home improvement stores.

Inspect your tent camper for minor damage. Clean any damaged areas you find, such as a tear in the roof or canvas. Apply a piece of sealing tape over the tear. Smooth the tape on for a secure seal.

Temporarily treat larger repair jobs with a piece of siding wrapped in aluminum foil. Close the seams with aluminum sealing tape, and put roof sealant on the siding edges. Place the piece over the damaged area, and cover it completely with sealing tape for a tight fit.

Remove any leaking object and repair it by re-sealing the parts together. Replace the part and seal it with butyl sealing tape. For roof perimeter seals, apply roof sealant instead of sealing tape. Caulk over the seal for additional protection against future leaks. Prevent rusting and improve aesthetics by painting over your repair, or covering it with vinyl sheeting.

Repair leaking roof joints by removing the molding, screws and the vinyl insert. Wash any old RV putty off of the area surrounding the joint with a mild detergent. Insert a new vinyl insert and cover it with a long strip of one-inch RV putty or butyl rubber sealing tape. Place the molding back over the joint and insert the new screws. Do not over-tighten the screws.

Prevent awning leaks by filling each awning strip screw hole with caulk, one at a time. Replace the screws with new ones, and do not over-tighten them. Apply caulk to the awning support arm plates and the horizontal strip, and wait for it to dry. Apply a second coat of caulk for a secure seal.

Items you will need
  • Sealing tape
  • Siding
  • Foil
  • Roof sealant
  • Butyl sealing tape
  • Caulk
  • Vinyl insert
  • Screws
  • RV putty

About the Author

Kimberly Dyke is a Spanish interpreter with a B.A. in language and international trade from Clemson University. She began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in education, parenting and culture. Currently residing in South Carolina, Dyke has received certificates in photography and medical interpretation.

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