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Old 03-15-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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What is the best way to repair belly rips?

I tore a few holes in the corrugated belly cover of my Sabre when I ran over some road debris (it could have been a much worse accident!). What is the best way to repair holes that are less than about one foot long?
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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I tore a few holes in the corrugated belly cover of my Sabre when I ran over some road debris (it could have been a much worse accident!). What is the best way to repair holes that are less than about one foot long?
Well as Red Green would say, "use the handymans secret weapon, Duct Tape!" Or maybe Gorilla Tape, supposed to be even better but I haven't tried it yet.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:27 PM   #3
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Since it is a corrugated cover, find an old sign made out of the same stuff, or try a print shop for some scrap. Use Liquid nails, or P&L construction adhesive, and glue over the tear. Use duct tape to hold it up till the glue dries. Otherwise I would find some very thin metal sheet, maybe even tin roofing, and try to cut and and place a piece above and below the the tear, and "pop rivet" in place. Will be tricky getting the first two rivets in and lined up. Will need to draw a "center line" on the top sheet for alignment.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:13 AM   #4
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Well as Red Green would say, "use the handyman's secret weapon, Duct Tape!" Or maybe Gorilla Tape, supposed to be even better but I haven't tried it yet.

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And duct tape comes in colors. If you use duct tape as a repair make sure the surface is clean and once applied use the edge of a credit card to smooth it out, then you can spray a clear coat over top of it to keep the edges of the tape from peeling back.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:03 AM   #5
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I've used Gorilla tape and it's amazing at the amount of hold it has.

I've also used black sign material as mentioned by Windrider. The coroplast (sign material) is hard to find in black to match the underbelly but you may get lucky.

If they're narrow tears I'd just clean the surface with Acetone and apply Gorilla tape over them.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips

Thanks for all the ideas. I am also exploring sites that may have products specifically for this problem. One I am checking out is Mobile Home Depot. If anyone has any experience with them, I would appreciate learning about it.

I will let you know how this all turns out.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:23 PM   #7
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you can buy repair tape at most rv dealers, ask for Darco repair tape.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #8
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Other Ideas...

Some other sites have indicated the Darco repair tape (I guess Darco is a sheet material used in some RV's) does not work well on the corrugated plastic used on FR underbellies. Other suggestions are Gorilla Tape and Nashua Select flashing tape - both available from places like Home Depot. In any case, an Internet search could not initially turn up anything specific on a "Darco repair tape."

Since I have a little while before I head out to wet roads, I will keep searching.

By the way, Mobile Home Depot says they have nothing for this problem.

I guess I never said how this all happened. Here goes: A rear bracket that holds the step bar on the right side of my truck "fell" off, bounced along the road (at 60 mph!) tearing holes in the underbelly, and finally lodging in the back of the trailer. I am very lucky it did not hit a tire on the truck or trailer. No one can figure how both bolts that hold this on could have fallen out with no symptoms (e. g. rattle?) until the bracket dropped. One of these bolts even holds the body to the frame! Important safety tip: spend some time underneath checking to see if bolts are tight or drive really slow!
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Your best bet for finding the actual material is a local sign shop. It's called Coroplast. Since they can print on it I'd assume it'd hold paint pretty well so you could paint it black in case they didn't have that color.

Here's a place on the net that carries it. corrugatedplastics.net
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Rubber roof patch tape will stick to ANYTHING!!!!
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