So, I have taken off the canvas and taken apart the frame for the lift mechanism. I have been combing through the threads here for ideas on the putting it all back together. This is what I plan to do.
The lift mechanism was attached to 1 X 2 inch wood frame that had pretty much rotted out on the right side especially. To provide more stability for the lift I plan to use 2 X 2 instead. I am also going to paint
the wood, use silicon seal and put a weatherstripping around the edge of the FG top.
I am replacing the canvas with waterproof nylon that would usually be used as tent flooring. I plan to double the cloth for strength and overall durability. I will be using NoSeeUm netting and will use velcro for a cover of the screen window. I will have the screens on all four sides. I am hoping that using the 2 X 2 will give a little more space for the material to fold into and hopefully last longer. I am also not going to put the new material between the fiberglass lip and the wood in case it needs to be replaced or repaired. Otherwise you have to take the entire lift frame off the trailer.
I have a plan and the material. I still need to get the framing for the lift mechanism and new screws (the ones I removed were rusted) and put that together. I plan to sew the top and redo the top frame this week. I will try to document what I am doing.
If anyone has any comments on this plan let me know. Thanks.