Should I or shouldn't I - do anything to my Coleman roof

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by Camper054, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Camper054

    Camper054 Active Member

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    Hi all,

    So, we got a 2002 Coleman pop up yesterday. Nice, clean, stored inside and extremely well kept. As usual, the roof (Coleman ABS) is not 'perfect'. However, it is in great condition compared to other similar year Coleman camper as it has been stored inside. No major cracks, bends, bubbles, de-lamination, etc. Some hairline spider web cracks. See the pics. Owner did tell me about this before and told me he has been 'caulking' them once a year and he owned it for 6 yrs. He used clear caulk and you can see that the caulks are somewhat grey as they get dirty from the dust...he suggested I can continue to do the same for the existing ones as well as any new ones I see. He used for 6 years and doing this seems to have kept the roof in good shape. Meaning, the cracks didn't seem to get worse or bigger. You can see some new hairline cracks in the pics as well.

    So, my dilemma:

    a) should I 'fix' it (lot of info on how to use ABS pellets with acetone/MEK and then applying Grizzly Grip). Costing about $200ish.
    b) continue to caulk it like the previous owner of the existing and any new ones. Watch it for a year to see if these get worse and think of repairing then?

    I do plan to keep it inside and who knows how many years we will keep it - probably at least for couple of years. But you never know the future, right?

    What would you do and what do you think? I got the camper around $2500. Almost perfect interior with AC/heater, furnace, inside, outside stoves, original bike rack, outside shower, etc. It is a Coleman 2002 Cheyenne.

    Thanks you all-
    MC
     

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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Definity keep the cracks sealed. It really depends on what he caulked it with. If its silicone, it might be a pita to get anything to stick to it. Keep the water out. Might be worth coating with gg and the repair as it dosent look bad. Keep an eye on it first maybe and see if more cracks form?
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I wouldn't repair it yet ...... seal the cracks and watch it.
     
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    Thanks both. I am thinking along the same way - continue patching and keep an eye. Compared to many other Coleman ABS roof of similar year makes, this one is in pretty decent shape. So, yes, I am thinking to continue what the previous owner did.

    The previous owner did use silicone, which is not the best. I found another item: Geocel Pro Flex RV caulk, which seems better. I will have to scrape off the silicone though :).

    Thanks all!
    MC
     

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