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Old 06-18-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Installing new roof

I knew I would eventually have to replace the roof on my Southwind, that is why I got such a good deal on it. Started today on it, and having so much fun! There are so many screws holding everything down it's Unbelievable! The A/C's came off without much trouble, but the skylights and vents were a real pain because the screwheads are covered with sealant that has to be pryed off before they can be removed. The Eternabond that I used to extend the life of the old roof is really hard to get off! That is some really good stuff! The leaks were caused by the skylights deteriorating, along with the EPDM roof deteriorating from the sun. To reduce the chances of leaking again I am removing one of the skylights, one of the exhaust fans, and the roof mounted antenna. I am only leaving the skylight and exhaust fan in the bathroom. Of all the years camping, I have never used the exhaust fan in the living area, and the skylight in the hallway will be replaced with a light. The less things on the roof, the better.

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Old 06-19-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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I've considered dumping the antenna and satellite dish too when I redo mine. I doubt they've ever been used. An electric sunshade and a laminate floor are on the wish list too.


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Old 06-20-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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I've done some roof vents and skylights.MHO. For the most part it would apper that assembly line workers are paid by the number of screws they use and the tubes of sealant.
trainsktg, ask around ; a lot ; before installing a power awning. Some people say there great, others , well I can't print what they say here. A good friend , with his first pa , says he can,t wait for it to blow off so he can have a manual unit installed in it's place.
Because you can't set a slope for rain runoff ; the spring loaded end waits till there is about a 3 gal. build up then drops it all at once.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:13 PM   #4
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Your decision on the vents, but the Fantastic Vent is wonderful and two are not too many. They support them for life with free replacement parts no questions asked, free shippping also. Wonderful people to work with. Eterna Bond is the answer to preventing leaks around the install.

Power awnings are in my opinion worthless, they don't provide much shade as they go out straight with little or no slope. They are electric so motors, wiring etc are issues. The Weather Pro I have is not operational right now, fortunately is is not deployed, if it were there is no way to get it in that I now of. suspect a bad motor. My patio awning failed about a year ago, it was in the plastic drive mechanism. Cost $125 to rebuild it and took an hour to remove the 20-25 screws ataching it. Not easy to reach them and support the undone sections.

Give me manual awnings any day. When I'm too old to deploy and retract them I'll pack it in.

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:20 PM   #5
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I just finished up a roofing project as well. I picked up a stiff putty knife and used a small propane torch to heat it up...not red hot, just good and warm. It made all the difference getting things off that had been sealed on for 30 years!
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:55 AM   #6
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The exhaust fan in the living area is one of those Fantastic fans, but the one in the bath is a standard no-flow, I'm moving the Fantastic to the bath for much better air flow in that high humidity area. Never used it in the living area, always used the A/C's or just opened one of the many screened windows.

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