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Old 12-21-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Roof construction

I'm guessing that the bus conversions have metal roofs but what type of roofs do the A's have?
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:38 PM   #2
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Depends on price. More $$$ fiberglass, molded with end caps glassed together. Next level, glass molded, end caps lapped, sealed. Fiberglass wrap (Filon). Rubber or some variation of rubber. Metal...tin.

Maint is pretty much a reverse...the less expensive take more maint and annual check/reseal of joints.

Hope this helps. Sounds like a search is on.
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Twomed, tnks- so the big dollars gets you a continuous (sectional) fiberglass roof with what sort of warranty?
The roof thread got me to wondering what the 'high' end manufacturers use and if any plastic tops were in use..
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Some are rubber, (TPO or EPDM as I have read but I am unsure of the difference).

Some vintage Airstreams are aluminum.

Many A's have fiberglass roofs. This is generally considered to be superior from what I have read.

Bus conversions as you note will almost always be aluminum.

Our vintage American Eagle has a fiberglass roof. No leaks so we like it.

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We have Bright Tech. Seamless with a hard surface but it's not fiberglass.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:12 PM   #6
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Twomed, tnks- so the big dollars gets you a continuous (sectional) fiberglass roof with what sort of warranty?
The roof thread got me to wondering what the 'high' end manufacturers use and if any plastic tops were in use..

Warranty depends on manufacturer of course. The good thing is low maint and easy repair. Noisier than rubber in rain. I've had one of each over the years/rigs and now have the all glass. No plastic out there that I am aware of.
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Bright Tech (Brite Tek?) is TPO, which is a shiny coated fabric from Dicor.
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We have a cheap,,, aluminum top with rivited glass sides and lapped end caps
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JDooley: I have the same roof and it looks like a pretty good system. What don't I know here?
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It would seem to me also that it would have to be better than rubber or fiberglass, does anyone know what the material of choice was in the good ole days, say the '60's or '70's when someone may have 'cared' ....
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rough in the 60s and 70s it was aluminum.
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