SandDawg· Premium Member
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Bought an 80-90's camper trailer off CL a few months back planning to refurbish it and take the family camping next summer. Had all new appliances, flat screen TV, car radio and a new portable A/C (rooftop unit inop.) Decided with the weather cooling off and four days off from work due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I'd start the repairs. Pulled camper out from under carport, I did get 2 days of work into it.:howdy: This will be a long running project due to using reclaimed materials mostly for the rebuild to keep my investment down. :fing32:
The previous owner said he'd repaired all kinds of things on the camper including the roof. Of course I knew he'd done a bunch of patch jobs just to sell it and for certain I'd have to replace the old roof membrane to make certain it was rain proof. I really liked the radio antennae he'd cut a hole in the roof membrane to install. He used rubber gasket on top (with lots of caulk) and a large fender washer on the inside to clamp it to the roof material it self. Leaked like a screen door on a submarine. :dunno: So there's more water damage than I'd hoped and several other problems I missed when looking it over before buying.
So far the roof removal was fun, day and a half of scraping caulk, tar, CoolSeal and anything else they could smear on to seal leaks with. Just to fight a couple hundred rusted out screws that was in rotten wood, basically sit and spin. Once the membrane was removed, the water / rodent damage could be seen. I'll be replacing all the rafters, insulation and ceiling with new wood I have stored.
If you noticed the wooden door on the rear of the camper, that's a fold down ramp. Previous owner made the camper into a toy hauler by cutting the back wall out. I'll be redoing the ramp, most likely with aluminum diamond tread plate. Thinking about making it with a fold up expanded mesh porch width and all most as tall as the camper that can be lowered as a ramp or jacked up for a rear porch. Just fold up and lock for travel. Just ideas knocking around in my head, like I said.....depends on scavenged materials.
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