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Old 07-15-2019, 07:16 PM   #1
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1997 Tioga Overcab - replacing walls

Hello - Does anyone know what a 1997 fleetwood tioga overhead cab is made out of? If it metal support or wood. my walls are getting soft from a old leak, which i think has been taken care of. I am wondering once i tear into the walls if the supports could be rotting too or if it is just the paneling. IF it i metal i can rebuild pretty easy,but if it is wood - concerned what i might be getting into...

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Old 08-26-2019, 12:13 PM   #2
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Any luck?

We have a 2005 Tioga and so far we found aluminum in our cab floor. Have not attached the walls yet, but that's next.

Leak went undetected due to an entertainment center blocking any access to seeing the leaks. Turning the area into sleeping area.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:48 PM   #3
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I had a 2005 Fleetwood 26Q that I replaced a bunch of the overhead bunk, due to leaks.
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Here is a view of the inside of the upper bunk area. We did not have a front window. I was inserting metallic faced rigid insulation panels between the aluminum framing rails. I used a spray on contact cement for adhesion, and aluminum duct tape along the framing.
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In some areas on the passenger side of the bunk, there were solid plywood panels.
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Ended up doing the walls, but did not take pictures of them. Eventually covered the bunk floor with luan and then finished with plastic laminate. The walls were done with luan and then covered with contact paper.

There were wood supports/framing that the front wall was stapled to. The supports and framing were held to the bunk frame with self drilling/tapping screws. As I remember, the wall panels are just held on with contact adhesive to the wall insulation and aluminum framing.

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Thanks for the pictures Louseman

This is awesome, and will be so helpful when we begin repairs.

Where did you get replacement fabric for ceiling, as it looks like the same material we have. Although I have considered replacing it with a lightweight wood paneling of some sort.

After repairs we plan to redecorate the inside. Pull carpet, put in vinyl flooring that looks like wood, paint cabinets, and replace seating with more comfortable furniture.

Thanks for the advice! Keep it coming
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Where did you get replacement fabric for ceiling, as it looks like the same material we have. Although I have considered replacing it with a lightweight wood paneling of some sort.
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Where did you get replacement fabric for ceiling, as it looks like the same material we have. Although I have considered replacing it with a lightweight wood paneling of some sort.
I never did replace the fabric for the ceiling. I cleaned up the front most vertical panels up as best as possible with carpet cleaner. The stains were mostly covered up.
Here is the bunk floor after applying contact cement to the floor. Using sticks to support the luan panel that also has contact cement on it. Probably was drying at this point and the fumes were horrible. Never had great performance out of water based contact cements.
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Here is the bunk after gluing down the luan paneling. I did use some filler compound and sanding to level out some seams. You can see in the front where the wood furring strips were. As I remember, the lower strip was attached with some angle steel using self drilling screws into the aluminum framing (see the rust stain). I believe that the upper wood strip was just screwed into the wall frame aluminum.
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The "box" area at the front was then rebuilt with luan, and screwed to the furring strips. This covered the stain. The storage area on the passenger side was built with plywood. Then all of the surfaces were covered in white plastic laminate with contact cement.
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For reference, here is what I started with. We did not have a TV cabinet on the passenger side. There was a split foam cushion that laid on the pull out bunk, that would become flat when extended. The pullout panel and cushion were reused. I lowered the TV stand panel, and raised the storage compartment a bit in the rebuilt version.
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Thanks for sharing. Finished cleaning up and removing all the damaged wood yesterday.

We have discovered a crack in the outside header of the unit where the running lights are installed on the front and back of the unit. A bit perplexed as to how that happened. Working on how to fix that, and order new ones if they can be found.

I'll post pictures soon on the project.
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