Sealing 'pop-top' canvas on Trails West Campster - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-22-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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Sealing 'pop-top' canvas on Trails West Campster

Any owners of Trails West Campster, Compact, Hunter I or other types of fiberglass RV with pop-up top roof: I've the canvas part with zippers made (as the original on my trailer was lost over time with previous owners.) Looking for advice on successful leak-free installation. How did you configure canvas, seal it, etc. Any photos, recommendation of materials or diagrams especially appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:39 AM   #2
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I used aluminum strips to reinforce the attachment between the original fabric and the body on my Hunter Compact-II. As far as being leak free, I've driven in bad weather numerous times, as well as camped in same, without any leaks, but I always keep the top down in severe weather. Here's a few pics of the aluminum strips.








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Old 10-24-2015, 11:43 PM   #3
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We have the same model, no leaks.
The top actually overhangs kind of like a canister; over on top and up underneath
There is a gap between the two flanges to hold the canvas.

If it's still and raining , no leaks. If it's windy and raining we put the top down


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Old 10-25-2015, 10:24 AM   #4
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Bob Miller and Denece - is that with or without any adhesive or weatherstripping between the canvas fabric and the trailer body? The bottom edge is where I'm having an issue with leaks.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:42 AM   #5
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I don't know what your bottom edge looks like. On the Hunter it is a 3" high flange that the top piece fits over with the boot tucking in between. Even when driving in heavy rain we have never had any water made it way past that flange.
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:28 PM   #6
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When it is down:
The lip of the top rests on the top of the camper. The lip of the inner flange is touching the surface of the pop top. There is a pile of canvas sandwiched between and the top is snugged down with catches.
When it is up the inner upturned flange works like a curb

Is your different?


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Old 10-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #7
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My Trailswest has a wood frame around the trailer opening. Make sure that all the screws are in the wood holding it to the fiberglass frame. I have my canvas velcroed to the wood frame on the top and bottom. Only leaks are when I spray the canvas with a hose as I did not waterproof the seams (duh). I'll look for pictures.
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:37 PM   #8
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Bob Miller and Denece - is that with or without any adhesive or weatherstripping between the canvas fabric and the trailer body? The bottom edge is where I'm having an issue with leaks.
Forgot to answer.... That's without adhesive but, if I hade a need to seal it I would use regular RV putty tape before clamping in place with the strips.
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Old 10-25-2015, 02:03 PM   #9
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Let me know if you two (Cath in TX and Bob Miller) received a copy of How To Re-make

Cathy in TX and Bob in sunny CA,
Let me know if you both got a copy of making a boot? Lemon Drop, in WA, provided it to me...and I never undertook the project. Hopefully there might be something in there that will help.

On the bright side of rain getting into your EGG, I'd like to suggest a get together, again...(last time was in 2012) It would be fun to plan a meet for Compact II, Jr Hunter I, Trailswest, Trailstar?, Havasu, and any other Fiberglass trailers with a pop top (Havasu is a permanent top...but same shape/idea (and I'd like to see one in person!). Also, if anyone can tell me how to make a simple search for these, through out FBglass site.
Hope it's a go.
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:55 PM   #10
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Is the boot pattern in the files somewhere? I am close to undertaking that project. The replacement canvas that is up there now doesn't fit right so I don't want to take a pattern from it


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Is the boot pattern in the files somewhere? I am close to undertaking that project. The replacement canvas that is up there now doesn't fit right so I don't want to take a pattern from it


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There is no real pattern needed. it a long strip of material with windows in it. Put the top UP, measure from the top of the roof to the inside of the pop-up for width and then measure the length and width of the opening x 2 plus about 2" and go with it. At least two that I have seen put a Velcro lap joint, but the original boots had a tension cord at the top and bottom.
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I wondered what that cord on the boot's bottom is...thanks Bob. Now I know it's a tension cord. I have one side, where that cord is creeping up to the top of the boot. Wonder what I should do once I manually move it back down, into it's regular place. 3M glue...or...? I'm lucky that my white vinyl is holding up (other thang getting dirty, on the outside, where I can't reach to clean it. But my screen cloth will get replaced, as will the Velcro closures. I still haven't found a thick but flexible vinyl to use as a screen cover...it needs to be strong enough (42 years worth...just like the original) or the strong Velcro will rip it and the screens to pieces...is there variations in the closing strength of Velcro? Denece and Cathy, have you tried writing Lemon Drop (in WA), I think. She may have saved her template.
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The tension cord shoud be below the screws that hold the bottom of the boot onto the opening. Don't glue anything.
You will have to remove the entire boot to replace the screens and that's really something that a canvas shop should do to keep everything flat. They will also have the material for the window flaps and will sew narrow strips of Velcro into place to hold the window flap in place. I had mine reversed so that the flaps roll down, not up.


There are some vinyl cleaners & rejuvenators that will help restore the softness to the material and reduce the chance of cracks or tears. Again it a lot easer to do a good cleaning job with it off of the rig.
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Still reviewing the no-leak installation tips I'm receiving. Want to post a pic of my setup. Would be super to have a pop-top rally. Where was the 2012 gathering?
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