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Old 09-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #11
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Today I worked on the camper for a few more hours. THe corner was pretty much dry so I brushed on some Minwax wood hardener to stiffen up the wood around where the rotted wood had been. The stuff is fairly amazing. I used some of it on some fairly well rotted wood and it stiffened right up and petrified it. I still advocate using new wood.

So after the hardener did its thing I mounted the trusses. I used Liquid nails, screws and mending plates to attach them and tie them into the existing trusses.

I had some extra insulation from insulating my garage so I just used that rather than buy new foam or any other type of insulation.

Once that was in I laid a bead of liquid nails on the trusses and laid the roof panels down. I screwed the panels to the trusses as well. Then I used a sanding block and some 60 or 100 grit sandpaper to round the edges.

I had some 4" wide adhesive butyl tape from a window project so I used that to tape all of the seams. I am not sure why I did this, but I figured it couldn't hurt.

Once that was all done I finished up for the day. I laid the rubber back down and covered it all with a tarp. I am out of town for work now through Thursday, so when I get back I am going to install new vents, put the rubber back down, and then take off all of the caulk that was on their and redo it.

The pictures are below. There is one of my son. It is instrumental to have someone who can hand or throw you tools so you don't have to make so many trips up and down the ladder

Thanks for following along. More updates when I get home.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:10 PM   #12
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Nice job on the repair Erik!
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:16 PM   #13
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I still need to get the rubber roofing back down. I think I am going to use Dicor adhesive and then use a 2ft piece of PVC to roll it. I have been able to get on my roof as long as I distribute my weight, but I am apprehensive of doing it. I would hate to do all this work only to fall through another part of my roof
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #14
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I am going to follow the progress. Where did you buy the rubber glue and how much was it?

There is a long thread on another forum out there where the guy replaced his roof, all new plywood if I recall. There is also a video of a factory rubber roof install somewhere.

If I did my roof I would build a scaffold on either side the put the roof below waist high. You can do most of the work without climbing on the roof.

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:56 PM   #15
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Scaffolding would have been a wonderful thing to have. I got some leftover glue from one of the local RV repair shops. It was about half a gallon they had left over and I bought it for 20 bucks. I was going to buy a gallon for $75, but this was cheaper.

I got the roof rubber all laid back down and got the trim back on. I bent some of the trim taking it off, but it wasn't too bad so I just put it back on. Today it was about 60 degrees so I installed new vent covers for the holding tanks. I also scraped the old sealant off the bathroom vent and used Dicor self leveling sealant on the vent and the holding tank vents.

My next order of business is to scrub the heck out of the roof. Like I said before, I don't think the PO did much maintenance on the roof. It is very dirty and has things growing on it in places. I scrubbed a little of the front section and it looks 100 times better. I was using Meguirs car wash detergent and a big scrub brush.

As the weather permits I am going to scrape the sealant off of the rest of the fixtures and apply new sealant. I am also going to do all of the windows and other compartments that have sealant.

Two questions:
-What is best for washing the roof? What will bring back the white without damaging rubber roof?
-I was using Dicor self leveling sealant on the roof. I am assuming that there is a Dicor that will not self level that I can use on the side windows. THis will probably be answered by the guys at the RV shop, but I thought I would throw it out here for now.

It got fairly dark tonight, but I will take more pics when I can so you can see the finished product.

Thanks for ridin along with me on this journey
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:36 PM   #16
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Whatever you use to clean the roof do not use any citrus based cleaners. And I believe distillates is a no no.best to use products made for the rubber roof. Just checked my rv shelf and the cleaner I used is not there, I did use 303 Aerospace Protectant, from West Marine, on the roof after cleaning. They may have a cleaner. I used Awesome, from Dollar General, on the black streaks on the walls, do not remember if I used it on the roof.

Yes, There is self leveling and none leveling roof caulk.
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Scaffolding would have been a wonderful thing to have. I got some leftover glue from one of the local RV repair shops. It was about half a gallon they had left over and I bought it for 20 bucks. I was going to buy a gallon for $75, but this was cheaper.

I got the roof rubber all laid back down and got the trim back on. I bent some of the trim taking it off, but it wasn't too bad so I just put it back on. Today it was about 60 degrees so I installed new vent covers for the holding tanks. I also scraped the old sealant off the bathroom vent and used Dicor self leveling sealant on the vent and the holding tank vents.

My next order of business is to scrub the heck out of the roof. Like I said before, I don't think the PO did much maintenance on the roof. It is very dirty and has things growing on it in places. I scrubbed a little of the front section and it looks 100 times better. I was using Meguirs car wash detergent and a big scrub brush.

As the weather permits I am going to scrape the sealant off of the rest of the fixtures and apply new sealant. I am also going to do all of the windows and other compartments that have sealant.

Two questions:
-What is best for washing the roof? What will bring back the white without damaging rubber roof?
-I was using Dicor self leveling sealant on the roof. I am assuming that there is a Dicor that will not self level that I can use on the side windows. THis will probably be answered by the guys at the RV shop, but I thought I would throw it out here for now.

It got fairly dark tonight, but I will take more pics when I can so you can see the finished product.

Thanks for ridin along with me on this journey
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:48 PM   #17
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I will ask tomorrow at the RV shop to see what they have to say about the roof. They haven't steered me wrong yet. Anything made from RV's seems to be expensive. I was looking at the MSDS on the Dicor adhesive. I then went to the local Home Depot and looked at all of their adhesives. Using my smartphone I looked up the MSDS of those adhesives. What I found was linoleum adhesive is essentially the same as the Dicor stuff. I got a deal on the Dicor adhesive that I used, but linoleum adhesive may be worth a try. Linoleum adhesive was 20-30 dollars a gallon. Dicor was $75/gallon.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:51 PM   #18
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Here is a pic of the finished corner. In the beginning there was a slit in the rubber. I have patched it with an eternabond patch.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:01 PM   #19
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And here is what I did today.

There was a leak in the front of the trailer as well. There was a nice new strip of what appeared to be sealant like Eternabond across the whole thing. I started to inspect it, but then thought I might as well tear off all of the sealant and reseal the front seam. With heat gun in hand I started to peel off the sealant. Well then came the surprise. This was sealant over a strip of what appears to be foil backed roofing tar or something. Long story short, it is nearly impossible to get all of the tar off and I am afraid to heat the rubber that it is attached to anymore than I have. I have gotten most of it off and I have fount the area where the leak was. I am hoping to be able to use a 6"X10' strip of Eternabond to seal this and I will back that up with some Dicor sealant.

The name on the tar wrap is "Protecto Wrap" I am assuming that this wasn't made for campers. Maybe I am wrong.

The one thing that I left out about the process was the amount of swearing that went into removing it.

DON'T EVER USE HOT TAR TO PATCH YOUR CAMPER ROOF!!
Camper specific products are expensive, there is a reason they make camper specific products, and it is the same reason that divorces are expensive...they are worth it

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