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Old 05-30-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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hole in roof, best way to repair?

Hi everyone,

This weekend, we had the pop up out, and a gust of wind flipped the porch awning over the top of the camper, and the awning frame where the poles fold into popped a hole in the roof of the camper, about 1/2 x 1.5 inches. It looks like a thin layer of fiberglass over styrofoam insulation. The foam is dented, but not that bad. What would be the best way to repair it? Do RV dealers sell repair kits? Should I use some type of advesive caulking and fill the hole in? Right now we put duct tape over it to feep water from getting in.

I think its a 228D with a slide out, can't remember the model, we don't keep it at our house. We bought it new last year. I think the next step is to replace the plastic ball and sockets for the awning poles with metal brackets of some sort, something a little stronger.

Any help would be much appreciated
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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I would fill hole with foam. Then level it off after it dries. Then redo the fiberglass. You can get the fiberglass repair kits at any auto parts store.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
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there might be a couple of ways to repair the spot -

you will need to lightly sand the area around the hole so the resin will have a place to adhere to you may need to a small glass mat with epoxy resin the spot and then put some Gel-Coat over it to repair.

or depending on how big the repair (for a small repair)

Another idea could be to fill the hole with silicone and then use epoxy resin over it to fill and then gel-coat it -

you are probably gonna get a bunch of diffrent ideas on a fix for this one and how big the repair would be depends on how big and deep the hole is.

they also make a repair kit for Marine application which could fix your spot as well - if I remeber it is called Marine -Tex . it is a two part mix just like you would do with the epoxy resin and hardener.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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It really isn't that big or deep. There is a small spot maybe as big as a penny where you can see the foam underneath, and the foam is dented maybe 1/4 inch at it's deepest. The rest is a crack about an inch or so. Since it's new, I really want it to look nice, ideally so you don't notice it unless you are looking for it. Thanks for the replys so far.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #5
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if it is as small as you say it is then Marine Tex will do the trick with minimal work. The hardest part will be blending it - if all else fails go to a marine store and look thru their fiberglass repair kits - am pretty sure you will find something that will work
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:15 PM   #6
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take it to an reputable auto body shop ... no foolin around.

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:39 PM   #7
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i had the same poblem a few years ago but only made one home about the size of a nickle i cleand it up real well and filled it up with a silicone adheasive put a couple layers into it so as not to get to much bulid upsmoothed out each apllication anb feathered the last one into the top looked great and lasted great
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