coleman ABS roof

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by ripopuptwins, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. ripopuptwins

    ripopuptwins It's All Good

    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Location:
    Pawtucket, RI
    just picked up ntu 1998 coleman casa grande to up grade from my 98 redwood as the twins are growing fast!
    I know about all the "issues" with the ABS roofs but this one is in great shape. What I'm wondering is how are the travel anchor hooks attached to the roof?

    Love this site, can't wait til spring!
     
  2. fmbhappycamper

    fmbhappycamper PuP Power

    Messages:
    4,325
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Hello from Florida, show us pics and the Twins [8D]
     
  3. rjniles

    rjniles Active Member

    Messages:
    907
    Likes Received:
    28
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2009
    Location:
    Georgetown SC
    What are you calling "travel anchor hooks"?
     
  4. ecupcar

    ecupcar New Member

    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 30, 2011
    My 99 Utah is in storage, but i think rivets with silicone behind.
     
  5. ripopuptwins

    ripopuptwins It's All Good

    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Location:
    Pawtucket, RI
    RJ
    I am referring to "hooks" that travel clamps (that hold the roof down) connect with.
    There are 4 on the corners of the roof that appear to be screwed in.
    I am wondering if the is wood in there or is it a specialty anchor.

    THANKS !!!
     
  6. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

    Messages:
    14,279
    Likes Received:
    43
    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle, Washington
    I think that many people call those safety latches. If I remember correctly, the latches on my old Yuma were attached with Philips-head screws.
     
  7. ripopuptwins

    ripopuptwins It's All Good

    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Location:
    Pawtucket, RI
    attached to what? I'm trying to figure out what is behind the ABS skin that they are screwed into.

    Thank you drive through
     
  8. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

    Messages:
    7,509
    Likes Received:
    667
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2006
    Location:
    N. TX
  9. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

    Messages:
    14,279
    Likes Received:
    43
    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle, Washington
    In THIS How It's Made video for Fleetwood (Coleman) it looks like there is a wood liner behind the metal on the front and back ends. See video at 1:34. After installing the ends they show the sides which are bare metal but a short time later we see the inside of the sides with wood at 2:05. As for the roof, this video must have been made when ABS was not being used. The roof is described as a composite of several materials including plywood, foam and fiberglass. The sequence of roof assembly starts at 3:16. At 3:43 they talk about vinyl-coated plywood. So, it would seem that the roof latches are screwed into a combination of materials that include metal and wood. I hope this is in some way helpful.
     
  10. kpthook

    kpthook New Member

    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    The part that the latch mates to they refer to as a "strike" and they are held in place by machine screws which go all the way through the ABS and structural foam core and backed by fender washers, locking nuts and a PVC cap to prevent damage to the canvas.

    Just a FYI the ABS provides very little structural strength to the roof. To use a roofing analogy the ABS is like the roll roofing or rubber membrane on a flat deck roof of a house.

    Anything mounted or attached to the roof that requires any holding power would need machine screw/bolt, fender washers and nut.

    Enjoy.
     
  11. turborich

    turborich Active Member

    Messages:
    1,908
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Since your roof is in good shape I would keep it covered and protected from the suns UV rays. Try and keep it in good shape as long as you can.
     
  12. depo

    depo New Member

    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Congrats on the purchase. I have a 99 Sea Pine and I have so far great luck with the ABS roof. I do notice the "bulge" by the safety latches and I keep an eye on it.
     

Share This Page