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  1. AlexVanEks

    AlexVanEks New Member

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    Hello!

    I'm late to the camper party, having roughed it for a long time in tents of varying 'luxury'. I recently was given a 1986 Jayco Jay King 8 - 12 foot PUP who was in need of some TLC. The interior is beautiful medium wood vaneer with awful yellow linoleum as was the style. The inside is spotless in terms of damage or wear and tear. The roof, however.
    It's had a slow leak and rotted one fist-sized spot on the canvas. I thought okay, let's replace the canvas. I can repair the roof, and we'll be good.

    Then my foolish self decided to go on the road.

    Everything went great! Drove to local campground, no reservations. On the way home, the warped and rotted wood I didn't realise was so weak in the roof let the latches wiggle free and WOOP up came the roof at 65mph. No injury, no damage except to my pet project.

    So now 'Belle' is in the driveway with a tarp while I gather supplies for a rebuild. The canvas is FUBAR and has been scrapped (bear creek canvas is awaiting my order lol), the lift system is pending a replacement and the roof while whole is damaged with a few small punctures in the aluminum skin. No aluminum lost and somehow all the trim is intact.

    So I'll be sharing my project for my 6 million dollar camper - rebuilt to be stronger, waterproof and far more fancy than ever intended!
     
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    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum from Midway USA. Keep your chin up. You'll get there.
     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Welcome from Western NY!
    Maybe instead of caller her "Belle" it should be "Jamie" as in Sommers. ;)
     
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    Welcome from Texas. Good luck with your roof. It will be worth it in the end. Pop ups are fun.
     
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    AlexVanEks New Member

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    I'm excited to get really going. I have intent to do a bit after work every day while the weather is good here in central Ohio. I work nights so by noon the vampire is crawling into his coffin for a nap, but the early morning hours are cooler and pretty peaceful in terms of goings on. I should be able to chip away bit by bit and get something achieved [:D]

    I named the camper "Belle" since I want her to be the Belle of the Ball in the campground. Mostly it's so I can go to the hoity toity private places and go 'shes rebuilt, rewired, and freshly plumbed. Bite me' since they have rules against older campers -___-

    I'll be documenting the chaos/creative process as I go. I want to look back and go "Well that happened" and be able to be proud of rebuilding a camper from the ground up, with really severe damage, to something I'll definitely be proud of.
     
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    Welcome from the mountains of West Virginia
     
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    Welcome from Oklahoma. Good luck on your rebuild.
     
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    Welcome from the Buckeye State. Eager to see how it goes!
     
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    Welcome to the Portal from South Carolina.
     
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    Hello and Welcome from Hampshire UK[GBR], good luck with the rebuild
     
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