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Old 07-26-2011, 04:42 PM   #29
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Thank you for the suggestions. Not sure if you can tell by the pics but in most cases the fiberglass broke in such a way that it one piece overlaps another. At first I was thinking I could epoxy them together just the way they came apart and use rivets to hold them in place, drill out the rivets and glass over the whole thing. I think what you are saying is I should grind the edges so both are tapered toward the inside of the camper. I suspect your way would be easier in the long run and the seams would be flatter as well. May be a little more difficult to know when the pieces are lined up due to not having the overlap from where it tore apart though. Hmm
If you plate it as suggested the two broken edges will butt up against each other in the same position as they were originally. leave a couple foot gap between each plate along the crack. Grind the top surface toward the crack to form a shallow v like in the fiberglass repair videos you would likely have seen by now. No epoxy, just fiberglass cloth in the shallow v. Then a bandaid of glass on the back. Let cure then sand the top surface to the orginal level. Move plates do again.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:09 PM   #30
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Yes Francesca that's me. It has taken a few months to get the trailer back to Texas from Phoenix an get some momentum going on the project. 24 days in a row of 100+ weather will do that. Plus the trailer is an hour fifteen minutes from home through Dallas trafic. It was kinda scary in that picture. But, fiberglass can be repaired stronger that it was, even originally. It will better than it came from the factory. When finished it will have a redesigned front bedroom area for two tall Texans, a new exterior color scheme, improved lighting, electrical,; and etc.

I have yet to test all the systems in the trailer and will have lots of questions and need plenty of help in return from the forum. Glad to offer help to others as well.

Pictures fairly soon as it starts to look more presentable. Thanks for thinking of me.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:23 PM   #31
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Hi, Curt

Okay!
But...
We sure like the before-during-and-after pics. Please do take lots so we can appreciate the improvements!

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Old 07-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #32
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This is dirty messy work. Just be sure to realize the scope of the project before you start. But it is totally capable of being even an improvement over the original; with proper planning and execution.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:12 PM   #33
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Curt is spot on with repair procedures and comments on strength of repair verses the orginal chopped glass panel. Before glassing on the inside after removing the ensolite I use a 4 or 4.5 " grinder with a stiff twisted wire brush to remove the old glue and to scuff up the old glass prior to glassing on the inside. Gloves, long sleeve shirt, stocking cap and full face shield are a must for wire brushing. One more warning if your shirt sleeve happens to get caught in your grinder and wire brush you may need to have a knife handy to remove your shirt.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:47 PM   #34
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WOW ! That first set of pictures of your trailer are just wild , Never seen one like that before WOW It doesn't look half bad with the roof back in place still you got a handful. Curt has the right idea , screw the roof together in the right spot and fibreglass the seam after you grind and prep , when the glass kicks remove the wood you used to hold them together and then glass that spot ,and so on.

Welcome to my world . Keep the pics coming

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Old 07-31-2011, 01:08 PM   #35
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WOW ! That first set of pictures of your trailer are just wild , Never seen one like that before WOW It doesn't look half bad with the roof back in place still you got a handful. Curt has the right idea , screw the roof together in the right spot and fibreglass the seam after you grind and prep , when the glass kicks remove the wood you used to hold them together and then glass that spot ,and so on.

Welcome to my world . Keep the pics coming

Take care
All the suggestions and pictures have really helped. I have been trimming the rough edges in preparation for the repairs. I am stuck on one detail. The rear half of the roof between the ridges is pretty wavy from being bent the wrong direction while lying on the floor. That area should be somewhat flat but still curved some from front to rear and side to side. I thought about riveting a sheet of thin plywood to the outside and then layering some fiberglass mat to the inside. to make it keep it's shape. Then I would drill out the rivets. Any thoughts? Thank you. Norm
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:09 PM   #36
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Hi, Norm
That sounds like it will work just fine. What I did on some of my windows that I filled in is much the same ,the plywood that I screwed on went well past the damaged area that is where it was screwed so that the screw heads were not covered with the glass. A couple of extra screw holes is the least of your problems . Is the other side in good shape you could make a template to get the right shape

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Old 01-19-2012, 01:24 AM   #37
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All the kings horses......

Haven't posted for a while but I have been muddling through. Thanks to all the suggestions made here as well as some google searches and videos I have been making some progress reattaching the roof. As suggested, I used a grinder with a 4" twisted wire wheel to remove the Ensolite from the areas needing repair. Working from the inside I applied small strips of fiberglass between the metal strapping installed to hold the roof in place. Then I removed the straps and glassed over those areas. Working overhead it seemed to work best for me to brush the areas to be repaired with resin and use no larger than 4" x 8" pieces of mat that I had brushed with resin to go over everything again using a paintbrush and a plastic spreader to get the pieces in place. I should mention I roughed up all the dried resin and cleaned with acetone before applying the second coat. I was finally able to move to the outside where I carefully blended the edges of the cracks to the new fiberglass that I had affixed from the inside. Then I cut various widths of fiberglass mat to fill in the gaps. Sure is easier working on a horizontal surface! I didn't want to remove the windows until the top was solid so that's what I plan to do next so that I can glass the areas where the cracks meet the windows. It's been a lot of work but I'm finding that I rather enjoy fiberglassing now.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:29 AM   #38
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Greetings Pilgrim! Long time, no see. Glad to hear things are progressing. Now you know we are going to want to see pictures . Raz
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:18 AM   #39
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bet you can get a replacement roof from scamp. give them a call.

concidering the amount of time effert and material you will use,,, that probably cheaper in the long run
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:21 AM   #40
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oh,,, since i'm getting a new scamp and have already priced insurance for just this sort of thing,,,, is it insured? if so take it to a repair shop and just say,,,"fix it"
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:38 AM   #41
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All I can say is Holy Cow!!!! We had the roof on our boler collapse from ice but it only bent in. We popped it back up and just had to patched the cracked on the 4 corners. It has a small sag-well now near the vent so we store it on a bit of an angle, and I pack all our linens in Rubbermaid tubs then stack them to the ceiling and shim them to make sure that thing is never going to do that again. We always kept an eye on it in winter but that year we got hit with a nasty blizzard where we got 24" inches of wet snow in one dump. It then froze over night so before we could get outside the damage was done.
I'll be following this one. You have your hands full but lots of luck.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:07 AM   #42
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Just noticed this thread! WOW!!

That was one really collapsed roof!

I thought that I had problems with mine, and, it only dips a couple of inches.

Great work, glad to see that you are making progress.
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