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Build a replacement top for a Coleman Camper.
« on: June 29, 2011, 10:02:12 PM »
I have been looking to purchase a camper and have run across a few good deals on some Colemans with ABS roofs. I have seen a few people who have built a top, (one was wood and one was metal). I have an idea I wanted to see what some of you might think.
I was going to contact a local commercial awning company (the ones that make those vinyl backlit awnings on store fronts) and have an aluminum frame welded to match the size existing top using square tubing. I do not know how to weld and this may be a cost effective way to get a frame.
I have three ideas for covering the frame:
1) Have them cover it with vinyl and then apply a layer of fiberglass to make it rigid over it. sand, paint and install
2) Cover with thin sheet metal and have rhino-lined
3) Cover with thin waterproof plywood (you see it in public bathrooms a lot and is available at home depot) and have it Rhino-Lined
For the inside I was planning on putting on some Dow insulating foam (like used in homebuilding) and then cover the inside with paneling or more of the waterproof plywood.
I am well aware that there are many more details that need to be worked out but I was wondering if any of you had any opinions on this.
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Build a replacement top for a Coleman Camper.
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011, 11:28:38 PM »
I found an awning companies that would make the frame for around $450. I have found a body shop that said they would cover with sheet metal and paint for $500. My estimate for the interior finish out materials is about $90.
The only thing I have yet to figure out is the gasket and the hardware to attach the tent. Any suggestions would be appreciated

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Re: Build a replacement top for a Coleman Camper.
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2011, 12:11:26 AM »
Search this site for a gasket link. There was one not too long ago. The seller was on E-Bay.
Try canvas replacements or maybe Bear Creek for other parts.


It sounds like you have a good plan.
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Re: Build a replacement top for a Coleman Camper.
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2011, 12:19:32 AM »
Try this for the gaskets and other roof parts, they should have everything you need:

http://www.all-rite.com/rubber-seals-gaskets-c-38.html


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Re: Build a replacement top for a Coleman Camper.
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2011, 07:49:14 AM »
Thanks for the great thread!  We've been restoring our roof and doing a little bit of repair, and the DH and I agree that we're never buying a new camper - we'll just take this one down to the frame when the time comes.  We actually found cardboard as part of the the building materials.  Wow.   [:(O]  Our thought was tubular aluminum frame with flat metal skins (ours are textured alumnium right now).  That way we can build it right!  Post pics and let us know how it goes!
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Re: Build a replacement top for a Coleman Camper.
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2011, 08:32:24 AM »
I wonder if you could use a wrap on a Coleman ABS roof.  I have seen them on cars and trucks but they are now putting them on boats.  They are supposed to be waterproof and a UV protectant.  If placed on an ABS roof it should seal the cracks, hold it together, be waterproof and be a UV protectant.  You may able to have your own graphic design on it.  Here is a link.
http://www.speedprocarolinas.com/index.php?page=Vehicle&textsec=4
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