Roof seams

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by KJMcNeil, Aug 21, 2019.

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    What would I do without you guys to answer my millions of questions? Here is the latest.

    When I bought by pup in the fall I noticed it needed to be recaulked. Then my Mom became terminally ill and had a liver transplant and life got crazy, so she sat under a cover until July. Sadly, it seems that cover wasn't fully waterproof and I now have to replace side boards along with caulking. I've watched a bunch of videos and think I can handle it. But have a few concerns:

    What is under the center trim? Is it two pieces of aluminum and that is a seam? I was planning on taking off the trim, putting down eternabond, putting trim over that, caulking over screws then reinserting the vinyl insert. Newbie question -- will the aluminum fall off or become out of place if I take off the entire metal trim? Is there a better way to do this?

    Second, owners manual says I have folded corners. If I take off the end caps will there be any surprises such as unfolding seams?

    Last, what is the best way to soften and remove old caulking in order to take off end caps and trim?

    Lastly -- someone folded the end of the vinyl insert over and tucked it under the metal trim. Is there a reason for that? It holds the trim away from the roof and I'm pretty sure it's the cause of the leak on front and rear.
     
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    It would help if you told us the make / model / year of camper you have OR better still include this info in your S.I.G. :)
     
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    Sorry about that! Looks like the pics didn't post on this one either. Lol. It is an 09 Coleman Westlake. I looked at the owners manual and it just says it's aluminum with folded corners.
     
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    I guess I have one more question. The reason i think I need to replace the side boards is the we got hit with a wind storm while camping and the screws that hold the canvas on one bunk end pulled out. When I felt the wood its squishy on 3 of 4 sides. Is there any other bandaid I can do to fix it without a full tear out of side boards? The rot isn't super bad and the ceiling, thank goodness, feels firm and I see no delam on the roof.
     
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    I cannot answer all your questions. My ForestRiver does not have the seam down the middle at all, so I cannot speak to that part of your issue(s). I am, however, knee deep in replacing the sideboards on mine and can answer a couple things for you.

    Firstly, the folding the vinyl under the molding seems to be standard. My molding like you show is on the top edge (where roof meets sideboards) and it was folded over and tucked on all 4 ends. I intend to do the same (I bought new insert) when I put it back together.

    I've also spent a lot of time removing old caulk (and the metric **** ton of butyl tape/adhesive they use putting this thing together). What's been working really well for me is a flexible scraper blade attachment on an oscillating tool. It flies through DICOR. It does get gummed up and wear down the motor removing the adhesive, but it removes it. Once I get the bulk off with the oscillating tool I've been using a rag and acetone to get the remaining bits off. I've also had some good luck using a wire wheel on a drill after letting the acetone sit on the adhesive remnants.
     
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