Old man winter put a hole in by Boler - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-27-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Old man winter put a hole in by Boler

Just got our 74 Boler back from storage, snow load was left on top all winter, and we now have a fairly large hole just above the back rear window with about a 5 inch crack continuing up to the curved part of the roof.
So I guess by question for the group is, can I fix this myself? I've never worked with fibreglass before, and I'd really like the repair to be seamless. Should I take it to a professional? Or give it a go myself? Can anyone recommend a repair shop in the Bow Valley or Calgary - and any idea what a decent repair job will cost us?
Thanks very much, I'll post a picture shortly.
Steve

EDIT - wanted to mention I have the missing piece, is it of any use for repairing this?
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:11 PM   #2
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I can fix that!
You Can Repair Fiberglass
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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Good tutorial.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:47 AM   #4
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Its a doable job, depending on whats most important...money or how it looks...I guess taking into account your skill level.

I have some fiberglassing experience... grinded out cracks in my sailboats keel and relayed up several layers of matt and cloth to fix it....worked out well, but cosmetically wasn't looking awesome...it was obvious it was repaired(although a few years later after Hurracaine Sandy smacked her around the insurance people didn't even notice it lol)...that takes skill to camouflage the repair and I'm not up to that level yet.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:35 AM   #5
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To answer your first two questions: YES you can fix it and YES you will need the part that fell out. If you fix it yourself I am sure that by following the tutorials you will have a very strong patch, it will probably be visible because of the different colors and you will probably want to paint the trailer. The other option would be to take it to a boat repair compant (there are lots in Calgary and area. They are experienced in fixing exactly this type of damage on a boat when an inexperienced driver crashes into a rock. They can easily fix the hole and will match the gel coat to the surrounding area.

For next year when you store your trailer I raise the back of my trailer on stands and lower the front as low as I can so there is a considerable slope to the roof, this way any snow on the roof usually slides off.
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Steve. Darn snow I have a suggestion for next year. Put a support post inside to keep the roof from sagging. I used a T shape top and bottom to spread the weight. At the ceiling I used a blanket as wedge/cushion. We got a lot of snow in Quebec this year and the post did its job.
Good luck with the repair!
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This is a photo with the snow here.
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Steve. Darn snow I have a suggestion for next year. Put a support post inside to keep the roof from sagging. I used a T shape top and bottom to spread the weight. At the ceiling I used a blanket as wedge/cushion. We got a lot of snow in Quebec this year and the post did its job.
Good luck with the repair!
Same Advice. Add braces ,Tilt trailer Northern Wisconsin
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:24 PM   #9
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All great suggestions guys, thank you - wish I would have thought of those earlier.
I left it at a friend's house in Golden BC, assuming he'd sweep it clear from time to time - but that didn't happen.
Ah well, I 'll flip this situation around and say "hey - I finally have an opportunity to try my hand at fibre glass repair"!!

I just picked up some fibre glass mat as suggested in that link above, and I'll post back with my progress, should be somewhat entertaining....
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:07 PM   #10
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Bummer! The tutorial does show how to repair some larger holes. What have you got to lose? If the plane engine conks out not really knowing how to parachute should not keep one from strapping a chute on and giving it a try.

Worse case you get it sealed up against weather. Might show a picture to a boat shop get a ball park price first. Ask them if it will cost more if you patch it first then bring it in later for them to do a quality job. Don't be surprised if they say depends on how bad you screw it up :-)

I'll try anything (pretty much) once I decide I can live with it works but is not "professional" quality when professional is going to cost more than I want to spend. But if getting it done professionally is doable and reasonable cost I would not hesitate to go that route.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:42 PM   #11
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steve---

i'd contact joe at teamtrillium trailers there in calgary. he's an excellent resource. he builds them. can only imagine he can fix 'em, too.

good luck!
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:12 PM   #12
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Just got a quote back based on that same picture for 1500-2000 for back to factory original with gel coat.
Ouch, but kinda what I expected.
Company suggested it might be covered by insurance, so I'll contact them tomorrow to see if that might be true….

EDIT - not from Trillium trailers, another smaller company that appears to do good work.
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I will second Ian's comments. He said everything I would have said plus added some sage advice about tilting it.
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Fiberglass work is 30-60 minutes a day for a week or ten days. It is not hard if you have the right tools. Mostly you are gearing up or doing prep work. The actual glassing is fast. The you wait a day for things to harden up.
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