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Old 03-12-2014, 08:57 AM   #29
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I have recently purchased a 1974 Beachcomber B-15 Lo-liner camper in PEI last fall.I reside in Calgary AB Canada.I will be returning in mid July for a month.I have to replace the hedliner in this trailer and would like to get any advice on how to do so.I know I have to replace ceiling strapping but I don't want to screw into the ceiling.One way I thought about was to use 3/4 in x 2 fir plywood strapping and adhere it with PL Premium adhesive masking it in place till it sets.Then I would be able to anchor the new hedliner to the plywood strapping with screws and either metal or plastic washers.What are your thoughts on this.Also was wondering if there are any available manual's for this particular camper.Would appreciate any response to this issue.Thank's Robert
What I did was use cedar 2x4's cut to the curved shape of the roof and then glued with pl premium and supported it to cure (see picture above). I also put a few screws in from the outside top to help with support. I'm not sure if that was needed but I wanted the extra holding strength. This gives me a flat roof from the inside. You could use strapping and then your ceiling inside would have a curve to it the same at the FG roof. For my headliner I will likely attach a couple of pieces of white paneling to the roof supports with screws.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:32 PM   #30
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PL is the way to go......

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What I did was use cedar 2x4's cut to the curved shape of the roof and then glued with pl premium and supported it to cure (see picture above). I also put a few screws in from the outside top to help with support. I'm not sure if that was needed but I wanted the extra holding strength. This gives me a flat roof from the inside. You could use strapping and then your ceiling inside would have a curve to it the same at the FG roof. For my headliner I will likely attach a couple of pieces of white paneling to the roof supports with screws.

Just make sure you use the fiberglass friendly PL Premium the regular PL can damage the fiberglass and or fail.

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Old 03-12-2014, 08:16 PM   #31
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I used PL Premium 3x stuff, is that what you are talking about? I just bought more but the 8x fast grab stuff. I hope it will be ok.
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It will say right on the tube......

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I used PL Premium 3x stuff, is that what you are talking about? I just bought more but the 8x fast grab stuff. I hope it will be ok.
If it's fiberglass compatible, I don't remember the exact name but it is a PL premium product.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:18 AM   #33
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You got me thinking so i called the 800 # to ask. There is PL Premium 3x stronger than regular adhesive and is safe for fiberglass. They also have PL Premium Fast Grab which is 8x stronger than regular adhesive and it is also safe for fiberglass. The fast grab stuff is a bit thicker then the regular PL Premium and doesn't require as much support during the curing process.
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I only mentioned it because.......

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You got me thinking so i called the 800 # to ask. There is PL Premium 3x stronger than regular adhesive and is safe for fiberglass. They also have PL Premium Fast Grab which is 8x stronger than regular adhesive and it is also safe for fiberglass. The fast grab stuff is a bit thicker then the regular PL Premium and doesn't require as much support during the curing process.
.....when doing my Beachcomber build I came across this information and thought it was important to share
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Also was wondering if there are any available manual's for this particular camper.Would appreciate any response to this issue.Thank's Robert
Owners/users manuals for all molded towable trailer brands are notorious for lacking information. But it does make sense (why should a TT manufacturer recreate the wheel when appliance (etc.) manufacturers already have the info). So, check the Document Center for any appliance (etc.) manual that matches your trailers appliances.
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Thanks everbody for replying to my headliner replacement saga.I feel a little better informed now.It's hard to visualize it when it's 3400 klms away.Will keep you advised of progress and maybe some pics.Thank's Robert
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #37
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Update time:
I have completed most of the inside wall supports and cut out and mounted two storage doors, side and rear. Does anyone who has done a beachcomber have any suggestions on how to deal with the small section just under the front and back window? It has some odd angles and curves.

Here are a few more pics of the progress.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:07 PM   #38
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Insulation

Does anyone have suggestions on what type of insulation to use. Eg. Styrofoam, fiberglass, spray foam, other. And is it recommended to put poly over it to provide a better seal? I also have some fiberglass stuff with a paper/foil back on it that looks like it might work well.
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Update

Here are a couple more pics now that I have most of the outside painting done. I still need to remove the door and give it a good overhaul.
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First use since reno started

I managed to get the camper out for a weekend of camping even though the inside still needs lots of work. Throw a air mattress on the floor and good to go.
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Hey Happy New Year all Beachcomber campers.

Truely awesome to see others rebuilding these excellent eclectic travel trailers.

I have some more plans for mine this coming year and I will be trying out some new materials on it as well.

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Paneling installation has begun.
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