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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-29-2002, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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O/T Camper repair

Since my dear Dad passed away a few years ago, my Mom has a cab over camper rotting away at her house. She wants to get rid of it but its not worth much since it has a leak and has ruined the roof. How hard would this be to fix? I'm sure the whole roof will have to be taken off and replaced. It would be a good time to put in AC too as the old camper does not have one. I can't afford a new camper but have the time to do a little work on this one if its worth the trouble. The inside is in good shape and would be nice to take on our jeepn trips. What do you guys think? Fix it or save up and buy a good used one? Some slide in campers are over $30K, WAY out of my price range! I have even thought of parting it out and building a little camper on a trailer to haul the jeep on. That would be nice!
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Re: O/T Camper repair

I know a guy that has a 25-30' gooseneck trailer and a slide in camper on the gooseneck and then plenty of room for the jeep on the back of the gooseneck. I'm not sure how it effects toung weight though.

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Re: O/T Camper repair

I'v often wondered the same thing. I'm not sure how you would even figure such a thing. I have never tore into a camper before but it can't be that hard.
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If you have the available time, tear into it! They are not really that hard to repair. You will find along the edge a channel with a rubber strip in the middle of it. This channel separates the sides from the roof. Pull up that rubber strip and you will have a row of screws. Remove the screws, pull off the channel (easy to say as usually there is gobs of caulking holding it on). From there you will be able to remove the aluminum skin on the roof. The aluminum panels will have channels that slide together to make a waterproof seam (I would just remove it as one piece if there is no damage). Under this skin you will find a wooden frame. Repair from there as needed and frame in your roof vent. The roof vent is where the air conditioning will go and also do not forget to run the wires for the AC at this time. Any RV shop will have everything from the caulking to aluminum replacement skins to purchase.

It is more time consuming than difficult to do.

In a storm, I had a nearby tree split in half and fall through the roof of mine. The insurance company wanted to scrap it. So, they paid me off, I bought it back, repaired it, and had money in my pocket to boot.

Hope this helps, good luck.
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Re: O/T Camper repair

Thanks Dave, your post is a great help. Since I'll have nothing in this camper to start with I can afford to spend a little on it. I'll pick it up and get started on it next time I go up there.
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