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Old 06-24-2007, 01:34 PM   #1
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Hello vintage owners.I a 1979 Itasca suncruiser and its my first RV.Everything works with a few newer updates.The roof was recently brushed with aluminum.No leaks so far but thre is ceiling damage from before.If I can repair these areas this would a graet Rv for the family and I.Wonder if I can just cut out and replace section or do I have to replace a whole panel.Any advice much apprecated.Thank You stoked RV owner.
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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Hello vintage owners.I a 1979 Itasca suncruiser and its my first RV.Everything works with a few newer updates.The roof was recently brushed with aluminum.No leaks so far but thre is ceiling damage from before.If I can repair these areas this would a graet Rv for the family and I.Wonder if I can just cut out and replace section or do I have to replace a whole panel.Any advice much apprecated.Thank You stoked RV owner.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:23 PM   #3
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Hi there and welcome to the forum!! On mine,I just did the section and then matched the rest with stucco, {Driwall} Still holding. I think it would be a matter of personal preference. I wish Lorna was online as she is good at this! And I am sure others have had to repair roof and ceiling repair. Good luck with your 'new' home and again, Welcome!! Capt.Dan
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We replaced part of our ceiling (like the back half ). If the water damage was extensive and long-term enough, it will have weakened (or completely destroyed) to contact cement bond. This would make it alot easier to remove (if you can peel the plywood off in strips, it needs to be removed). You need to remove the rotted parts and also make sure the support members under the plywood are good. We skinned over the damaged part and covered the entire section of ceiling in the bedroom. We "pieced" in two other sections. They have "dropped" at the joints as there is nothing but foamboard to attach the joints to make them secure but we're not recovering it now. In hindsight, we wish we had recovered the entire ceiling (with 1/8" luan paneling... contact cement up and use drywall screws to hold up until glue dries). Make sure you prime the luan with Kilz or similar stainblocking primer. I covered ours with prepasted anaglypta wallpaper (looks like an antique tin ceiling... my decor is Victorian Cottage complete with gingerbread trim and beadboard). I did use a diluted wallpaper glue on the prepasted paper. This is a tip I got from a pro paper hanger ("Always paste wallpaper even if it's supposed to be prepasted"). If you have any questions, just ask. One of the nice things about having a vintage RV is that we aren't hesitant to "remodel" them!
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Old 06-25-2007, 02:28 AM   #5
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Dang, mine the ceiling was just replaced with new Luan painted white. Personally, I'd use some of that impregnated fibreglass board that comes in 4x8 sheets. Get the white kind and screw it in place if the ceiling is structurally sound, it'll cover over the existing material and give you something that will be resistant to abuse.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Joseph C. McKenzie:
...Personally, I'd use some of that impregnated fiberglass board that comes in 4x8 sheets... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We used that on the endwalls of our Apache popup (interior). It MUST be supported on the back. It is HEAVY. It sags easily. I've used it and would never put it on a ceiling unless it was in a tiny shower stall. We first considered it for the ceiling panels of the pop-up until we bought it. We changed our minds quite quickly. It is best for vertical surfaces and must be supported. Either glued to a substrate (like a substantial sheet of plywood) or glued to a cement block wall.

If you want something easy to clean, plastic laminate (countertop material) would work. To apply overhead, you had better have lots of experience working with the stuff. Down side to any "hard" surface on the ceiling (or walls). Hard surfaces reflect sound and makes things noisier. Wood will absorb a little bit of the sound. That is why we went with the anaglypta on the ceiling.
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I was figuring it'd be secured using something like liquid nails + using those encapsulated screws that you can get for installing it on walls and other surfaces and tying it in every so many inches along each of your roof joists, but I can see with your input that it would be a tad of a hassle. On the weight side, I probably always thought it was light because I'm a giant, size-wise. 6'4" and 350lbs, I tend to toss my weight around so something that might be heavy to alot of folks, I always think of being usually managable and it tends to distort my view of how easy something might actually be to use.
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As I remodel my 1981 (yes I made a mistake in posts before),Winnebago Warrior,I have striped the 1/4 plywood and wallpaper off to the blue board.The sections in the bathroom.I am finding the blue board glued to what appears to be flat pc's of white tin and not the back side of the roof.Going to scrape more blue board off in the next couple of days,but I haven't seen any roof hoists yet or how this was put together when built.Could it be that all of it was glued?.The blueboard looks good,but the 1/4 plywood is coming off in splitted small dry rottened pcs.I expected to see the blueboard all wet.Huh??.
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I don't know about an 81 but the 82/83 winnebago/itasca didn't use roof joists.
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Thank you for your reply.
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Darn, I wish I could handle the roof myself, But I would be in the hospital quick! I have looked at mine and it has wood framing with luan panel and aluminum for the roof and 1/4" luan for the ceiling with white vinyl glued to the ceiling. There is a little fiberglass here and there but for the most part there was hardly any insulation to speak of! The new roof on mine will be wood frame with 2" foam,{blue} and 1/4" luan with white painted ceiling. Should make the roof cooler in the long summer months!!
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