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Old 06-09-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Question Replacing Rubber Roof..

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I'm new to this forum, as well as with owning a camper. Yesterday I finally got my "home away from home" dropped off. I honestly knew it was going to be a project but wasn't sure how bad. Come to find out the roof leak was a bit more then just an issue of resealing. However, I'm okay with this, as I got the trailer for pretty cheap. The trailer is a 2000 Salem Lite, 23' [COLOR=#11593C ! important][COLOR=#11593C ! important]5th [COLOR=#11593C ! important]wheel[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]. Nothing real fancy, but a nice little camper to start with all the same.

With the roof, there are two ceiling panels that have wrinkles on the inside, so it is apparent that the leak was definitely in progress. I decided to dive in a bit to see what I'd be dealing with, so I broke through part of the panel, inside a small closet. When peeling breaking off a piece of the panel, I started pulling out wet insulation, which then gave way to soft/rotten wood. However, when looking at one of the rafters, I could see that the edge of it was wet, but it was dry for the most part, and is solid. On the roof, I get the same feel. It is soft in the spots where the leak is apparent, but all of the rafters/framing feels very solid. So ideally, what I'm hoping to do is, (as long as all framework is okay), to replace whatever wood is damaged, put in [COLOR=#11593C ! important][COLOR=#11593C ! important]new [COLOR=#11593C ! important]insulation[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR], and recover the roof with the EPDM rubber [COLOR=#11593C ! important][COLOR=#11593C ! important]roof [COLOR=#11593C ! important]material[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR].

If anyone has input as to what/where to start from their own experience, or tips to make things easier, it would be greatly appreciated.


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Check out the vintage forum. Many of us there have dealt with roof problems.

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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Thanks, there is some decent repair info on there.. however I don't know if it would be appropriate for me to post my project questions there as my camper isn't vintage.

If anyone has info/suggestions for replacing the roof, let me know!
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Did a complete reroof job with some friends. Not as bad as you might think. We ended up pulling the entire roof/ceiling off, installed new ceiling panels from the top, then added new rafters, and finally the plywood roof, Covered the whole thing with new rubber roof material. Three of us got the job done in a couple of weekends. IMHO it was the simplest method of dealing with the rot and ceiling problems. As I remember we bought some 1/4 inch prefinished plywood and used that as the ceiling.
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Welcome salemlite88 to irv2.
Here is a LINK that may help and you have no restrictions in posting in Vintage forum.
I'm sure someone would help.
Here is a roof replacement on a motor home.
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