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Old 01-13-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Looking for hints on alum. siding replacement.

Good day all. I am looking into a purchase of an 01 32' sierra. It has damage to the right side siding at the top. About 3 pieces from the roof down need to be replaced in one piece horizontally and trimmed into the master window on the lower piece. I have found a company that produces the siding by the foot for a good price but will have to figure out the shipping of course(will be almost 40' crate) Someone told me you have to slide the pieces in from the side to lock in. Is this true or does it snap together like traditional residential siding. Any tips to ease the install would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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You may want to rethink this. Camper siding is nothing like house siding. Camper siding fits together from the top down. House fits together from the bottom up. Camper siding us help on with 10,000 little 1/4 staples. (not a real number, but there will be plenty to pull out). All of the staples need to be removed. If you are talking about siding that is very long, it will take several people to remove and replace. It is very thin, and if you let it bend, is is no good anymore. You will need these people for the removal, to save the old siding, and the install, to help with the new siding. It will be shipped in a wooden crate, and must come by truck, so you will need friends to help unload, because the driver won't. You need a flat, level place to work, and scaffolding preferred, as you will get tired of moving ladders, and everybody will need to be up at once removing the higher siding and not letting it bend.

As for the window, once you have it removed, put the new siding on, don't worry about the window, cut it out later by drilling markers from the inside. Be careful, and don't push the drill too hard.

You will also need a big tarp to cover everything, in case of rain.

Lastly, what caused the damage, and are you sure it is just the siding, and you won't find cracked studs when you get in there, and or a damaged roof?

One last thought, check and make sure the guy trying to sell, didn't turn it in to his insurance and that they "totaled" the camper. If so, you will have a salvage title. May not matter to you, but it will if you ever try to sell it, and you may not can insure it.

Sorry for so long, and good luck.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Great information! I have a much better picture of the situation now. Thank You! I am more worried of the shipping costs though; $50 for each full length piece. $200 in material isn't bad but if the shipping is $300, this starts to turn South. I have the
Real-estate to install as long as i do not have to slide in from side as someone had claimed. I do not plan on saving and reinstalling any existing pieces. Good point on the salvage title! Thanks again.
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One more question, what kind of roof do you have? A rubber membrane roof is going to be a bear if it tore at all, and a metal roof may require a lot of Dicor to reseal the seam.
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