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Old 11-04-2014, 08:59 PM   #15
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:51 AM   #16
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Carbon fiber is good, but I think just another layer of fibreglass on the inside of your roof should do it. Since it is already stripped clean:
- Sand it.
- Cut a sheet of 1/4" plywood the size of the trolley section of your roof.
- Cover it in poly.
- Lay some glass down over the poly.
- Mix up some resin and saturate the glass with it. The resin starts to gel in about 20 minuets, so hurry.
- Jack, or prop the plywood up to the ceiling, with even pressure all the way around.
- An hour later your ceiling should be much more stiff, and the correct shape.

Repeat, if you feel it is necessary.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:08 AM   #17
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If you are really 6'4" I would build the roof upwards. Put the "ribs" on the top of the trailer. Cut a bigger hole in the roof and build yourself a sun roof where you can actually stand up and cook and wash dishes in. Your back will thank you. You can use a piece of reflectix insulation piece when you want to keep out light at night.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:32 PM   #18
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:48 AM   #19
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Just curious because I have this type of project in front of me on a Scamp 16.


What was the final solution? Did you reinforce the topside or bottom side and what materials did you use?


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Old 01-12-2015, 08:28 AM   #20
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I had thought about wood ribs, but I am 6'4" and I already need to stoop over to move around the trailer- I am a little worried about banging my head on a regular basis! I wondered if glossing in either fiberglass strips or "ribs" that are more or less 1/4" plywood (luan maybe) laying flat and going from side to side but I am not sure they will provide enough strength to keep the roof up.
I am not really worried about future snow load because I plan to keep the boler in the garage.
Thanks for the thoughts though.
Anyone tried tubing or steel rods? Maybe ABS or conduit cut in half length wise?





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We used 5/8" aluminum square rods. If you go to a thread called "Anyone Know How To Repair a saggy roof in a boler", and down to post #22, we put pictures of our repair and after 3 rears, it's still working just fine. Cost was about $75 including labour to have it done! Vivian
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:26 AM   #21
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Can you seal the trailer well, and pressurize it?

I have a sag in the Trillium I am rebuilding, and am putting some supports in from the galley to the roof to hold it up. I am also extending this support inside the cabinets down to the frame. At the top of the supports will be a T-brace that holds under the glass of the roof. Seeing your roof line is different, you would likely have to do something to follow the curve, but a thin metal brace might give it the support you need.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:29 PM   #22
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I must admit I have not solved this issue yet. It has gotten a little too cold to work on Fiberglass in an unheated garage. I did try to get some carbon fiber in London, but it was a bust. Toronto is a 2 hr drive and I have not had time to go. I was thinking about trying to pick up some old/broken Carbon Fibre hockey sticks and cutting them into spars. Not sure if that will pan out. otherwise I might just try and go with heat and a new layer of glass.
As for the pressurizing idea - all of the windows are out of the body as is the roof vent, so not much of a chance there!
And yes I really am 6'4" so while I am tempted to raise the roof line or put supports outside, I am unwilling to change the shape of the Boler, So I will just have to stoop and go outside when I want to stand up.
I will have more time come February so stay tuned if you are interested- I will post my solution.

I have been busy buying new LED lighting for the interior and exterior. Hoping to have everything switched over before summer.
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If you go to a thread called "Anyone Know How To Repair a saggy roof in a boler", and down to post #22, we put pictures of our repair and after 3 rears, it's still working just fine.

Here is the Link to the Thread "Anyone know how to fix a saggy roof in a Boler???" apparently a number of people do
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:13 PM   #24
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Here is the Link to the Thread "Anyone know how to fix a saggy roof in a Boler???" apparently a number of people do
Thanks for the link! I actually read that whole thread through just after I posted my original question. There are lots of great ideas that clearly work- just what I like about this forum - but I have yet to settle on a solution that I want to try.
Since I am planning a major reno on the little trailer I have lots of projects happening with it right now. As I said in an earlier post, I have been replacing all of the interior and exterior lights with LEDs and I have plans to rewire the whole thing too. I also have a new axle with brakes sitting right beside the trailer that needs to be swapped and what the heck I figured I would pull the shell right off of the frame so that I could check out how it is holding up.
I also have new headliner/ratfur ready to replace the old stuff and I bought new windows to replace the cracked ones. I also have the fridge out because the electric and 12volt don't seem to be working on it - apparently there is a fuse in the fridge somewhere - I need to put that on the workbench this month.
So, I have been working on it but the fiberglass related work ended when the epoxy started to stay tacky for 5-6 hours... Now I'm trying to figure out how to heat my garage on a budget but that is another post, I'm sure!
Keep the ideas coming though, I need them.
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Even with all the ice and the snow we had last winter here in southern Ontario, our little aluminum square rods curved to fit the roof did the trick for us, even with the weight of the fantastic fan. I was going to paint them but against the colour of our liner inside, didn't think they showed up much so I left them. If you were doing interior renovations, you could install them under the lining. People coming to EggFestOntario wanted to see how we fixed our sag problem, so I am glad we didn't cover them up.
PS: Thanks Carol for putting the link to the other thread up. I didn't know how to do that.
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With regard to your fridge, I don't think there is a fuse, but there is a ceramic heater using 2'different thicknesses of nichrome wire. It gets brittle with age and the wires go open. The only cure is replace the heating element if you can find one or rewind the heater element with new nichrome. The 12V winding is easy, the 120V not so easy.


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T I also have the fridge out because the electric and 12volt don't seem to be working on it - apparently there is a fuse in the fridge somewhere - I need to put that on the workbench this month.

Jay
Is it possible the fuse is inside your converter? I know there is one for the fridge inside of my old converter. Need to remove the cover from the converter to see the fuse panel.
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[QUOTE=dleverton;501796]With regard to your fridge, I don't think there is a fuse, but there is a ceramic heater using 2'different thicknesses of nichrome wire. It gets brittle with age and the wires go open. The only cure is replace the heating element if you can find one or rewind the heater element with new nichrome. The 12V winding is easy, the 120V not so easy.

I figured out the electrical on the fridge on the weekend. Honestly, it was way simpler than I thought. I did find the little ceramic/plastic "fuse". It was in good shape. A friend at work who has a Serro Scotty gave me some advice and I am embarrassed to say that I just didn't understand the simplicity of the fridge. I expected a hum or some sort of noise when I plugged it in but it is virtually silent. The fridge works great, I just had to plug it in overnight to see how well. So, glad to have a simple one figured out!
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