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Old 03-24-2016, 02:53 PM   #1
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88 Jayco Restoration Project

Hello all,

New guy here from Alaska and Im going to be restoring an 88 Jayco Class C. Little back story on the RV...

My dad bought this from the first owner back in the early 90s and we took it on multiple trips across the country from Alaska to as far east as Montreal. My dad ended up giving me the RV back in 2010 and due to life being the way it is, I ended up having to store it at a friends house where it sat neglected for 4 years. A year ago I finally got back on my feet and found a place with RV parking and I moved the Jayco to where I currently live. Anyway my old man died this past July and seeing how this camper was his baby, I've made it my mission bring this thing back from the sorry state its currently in.

The RV (or iRV that I call it) has around 80,000 miles on it.
Its on a Ford E350 chassis with a 460 and C6 transmission that both seem to be mechanically sound, other than a leaky transmission pan (I'll get to that later though).

The first thing I'm going to be doing is making this thing water tight. The roof developed some leaks which unfortunately made their way inside the coach. I'm about halfway through removing the old dicor from the roof seams, which hasn't been a fun process btw haha.

Anyway my plan for the aluminum roof is this...

Remove all the old sealant from the seams and around vents and such.
Apply new dicor.
Apply an elastomeric sealant over the whole shebang. I also have some eternabond tape that I was planning on laying over the seams after I lay down the dicor and roof sealant.

Well that's the plan anyway. What do you guys think? Advice or opinions would be appreciated, thanks guys and gals!
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Sounds like you have a plan going, don't forget the pictures. The people here like lots of pictures. Look forward on viewing your progress.
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Sounds like you have a plan going, don't forget the pictures. The people here like lots of pictures. Look forward on viewing your progress.
Yep, I'll see if I can get some pics up this evening...
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So I'm currently resealing the tail and clearance lights, but a couple screws on the clearance lights are rusted and the heads snapped off when I tried to remove them...good times!

Does anyone know a good method for removing broken off screws...?
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So I'm currently resealing the tail and clearance lights, but a couple screws on the clearance lights are rusted and the heads snapped off when I tried to remove them...good times!

Does anyone know a good method for removing broken off screws...?
If these are wood or sheet metal screws you might try grabbing them from the other side with a vice grips and unscrew them that way. FWIW I'm envisioning the screws that hold my running lights onto my RV's fiberglass end caps, of course yours may differ.

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If these are wood or sheet metal screws you might try grabbing them from the other side with a vice grips and unscrew them that way. FWIW I'm envisioning the screws that hold my running lights onto my RV's fiberglass end caps, of course yours may differ.

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Good idea, I hadn't thought of that. The clearance lights are aft of the rear storage bins, I'll open them up and feel around in there. Hopefully there's enough screw to get a pair of pliers on...

I'm really hoping the screws on every light arent as corroded as the aft ones. I have a feeling they're going to be though.
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If that does not work spray WD 40 on them and dig into the wood a little grab with pliers. If all else fails, drill out and fill with epoxy putty and install new screws when dry.
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I agree with the OP'sters, and I will add I have been replacing all the exterior screws with stainless.
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I did this on an old trailer. I hope it helps.

Sealing Leaky Metal Roof
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I agree with the OP'sters, and I will add I have been replacing all the exterior screws with stainless.
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Yep, I came to the same conclusion. All exterior hardware will be replaced with stainless...I don't want to do this again haha.
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I did this on an old trailer. I hope it helps.

Sealing Leaky Metal Roof
That helps for sure! How well is that Kool Seal holding up? I've been looking at this stuff at Lowe's cuz I can buy it locally...

Shop BLACK JACK 5-Gallon Elastomeric Reflective Roof Coating (10-Year Limited Warranty) at Lowes.com
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It's been rather rainy here the last week so I haven't been able to get much done on iRV. Today I was able to get the tail lights caulked and start on caulking the ladder connection points.

And unfortunately, the screws on the clearance lights don't penetrate, so backing them out with pliers from the back side is a no go. I've been thinking of just buying some larger clearance lights to replace the old ones with so I can just drill new holes and be done with it.
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I used a elastomeric roof coating I got from Menard's many years ago on a 1974 Shasta class A, and it worked very good! Can't remember if I used the Dicor self leveling sealant before or after putting the roof coating down? I think before, after I cleaned and removed all the old stuff, then covered the whole thing with the roof coating! Rail!
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Try using a dermal tool to cut a notch in what is left of the screw and use a straight blade screwdriver to remove it, also some rust removal spray on them .
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