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Old 05-23-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hi there i need advice, On the best products to buy for a repair kit for fibreglass roof? Any suggestion would be great also need to gut out insulation inside to reach cracks anything else good for resurfacing? Thank you
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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I have a similar project:
I was sure I was done buying Trilliums for Now

My plan is to:
- Strip out the insulation on the roof, and other affected parts.
- Jack up the roof with four pole jacks, and a 1/4" sheet of plywood, cut to fit the trolly roof, and something to keep it from sticking, (poly?). I plan to jack it an inch or two higher then orignal to account for some sag after I remove the jacks.
- Grind the cracks till they are paper thin at the join, and tapered about 3" on either side of the crack.
- Use polyester resin and glass mat to fill the 6" wide seam.
- Grind smooth, more or less.
- Take down the jacks, maybe one at a time.
- Grind from the inside.
- Lay more glass on the inside.
- Grind smooth from the inside, more or less
- Sand the outside in preparation for paint.
- Paint.

Materials:
Glass mat, which I will cut in 6" wide and smaller strips.
Polyester resin.
Grinding disks
Sand paper.

All available at Princess Auto.
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:59 PM   #3
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I have a similar project:
I was sure I was done buying Trilliums for Now

My plan is to:
- Strip out the insulation on the roof, and other affected parts.
- Jack up the roof with four pole jacks, and a 1/4" sheet of plywood, cut to fit the trolly roof, and something to keep it from sticking, (poly?). I plan to jack it an inch or two higher then orignal to account for some sag after I remove the jacks.
- Grind the cracks till they are paper thin at the join, and tapered about 3" on either side of the crack.
- Use polyester resin and glass mat to fill the 6" wide seam.
- Grind smooth, more or less.
- Take down the jacks, maybe one at a time.
- Grind from the inside.
- Lay more glass on the inside.
- Grind smooth from the inside, more or less
- Sand the outside in preparation for paint.
- Paint.

Materials:
Glass mat, which I will cut in 6" wide and smaller strips.
Polyester resin.
Grinding disks
Sand paper.

All available at Princess Auto.
I would agree with the above
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:06 PM   #4
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I would agree with the above
Ummm... Wow! As a self described student of yours, THANKS!
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Old 05-23-2014, 03:27 PM   #5
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For those a bit befuddled by the "Boler collapsed" threadtitle and looking for more details, below is O.P. Christine's introductory post from elsewhere on the site.

And to O.P. Christine herself:

From your brief description of previous owner's remodeling it occurs to me that they might have removed some of the supporting structure inside the trailer, which if true should be remedied during any repairs you attempt to the roof.

Pictures of inside and out would be most helpful...

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Hi there my 1978 boler named earl lol that's how our ownership transferred over lol roof collapsed during this long snowy northern ontario winter it's roof needs some major repair when pounded back it maintains it's shape but fibreglass is completely cracked in areas. Bought boler in refurbished condition sadly I'd like to restore the whole thing as the layout is not what I want. Previous owner made permanent bed and removed table and removed bench and placed small table and chairs with no storage. Fridge is new and sink and furnace have been removed a wooden counter is in it's place. Need a new window possibly but also window cranks are missing inside. Love my little camper but need a lot of advice glad I'm here!
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:17 PM   #6
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Thank you I will surely add some photos when we begin our transformation yes defiantly the closet space I assume was a support system was a factor in the collapse I think the previous owners wanted more space
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