Update 1997 ABS/MEK repair

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by greatdane, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. greatdane

    greatdane New Member

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    Hello All!
    Well finally got it done! Could have done better job, but it's on the roof who's going to see it when it's popped up,right!?!
    Used MEK solvent with plastic forks, let it set for a few days, sanded it down then sprayed Rustoleum white paint for plastic.
    <img src="http://community.webshots.com/user/btnrmast?vhostcommunity" border=0>

    4kids,1great dane,2cats,1turtle and a spouse all under the same roof,lol
    '03 GMC Envoy XL
    '97 Coleman Cheyenne

    Edited by - greatdane on April 04 2009 17:29:12
     
  2. greatdane

    greatdane New Member

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    hopefully these pictures work
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    4kids,1great dane,2cats,1turtle and a spouse all under the same roof,lol
    '03 GMC Envoy XL
    '97 Coleman Cheyenne

    Edited by - greatdane on April 04 2009 17:43:53

    Edited by - greatdane on April 04 2009 17:50:36
     
  3. awsandlin

    awsandlin Active Member

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    It looks like you did a really nice job. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Allen
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  4. nuthouseinva

    nuthouseinva Portsmouth, Virginia

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    Good job.

    Brian and Casey (31 & 30) : Portsmouth, Virginia
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  5. RhinoDave

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    Looks good. I did the same thing today with some temporary repairs to my roof and some more careful repairs to the front panel. Haven't had a chance to post pics yet, maybe tomorrow. I hope the plastic forks work out. I used pieces of old roofs I got from my dealer. I also use some fiberglas cloth on the larger cracks.

    Built for comfort...not speed.
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  6. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    IMO, those repairs look great.
     
  7. Matt O

    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    As long as it doesn't leak, thats what matters

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    greatdane New Member

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    Thanks for the replies!
    Matt that was my feeling also, as long has it doesn't leak ( there was no leaks prior and hopefully no leaks after)lol

    4kids,1great dane,2cats,1turtle and a spouse all under the same roof,lol
    '03 GMC Envoy XL
    '97 Coleman Cheyenne
     
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    Crackshot New Member

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    Is this a common problem with Coleman's where the roofs crack that bad?
    That is horrible!

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  10. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Nice job, Brian!

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  11. DansAndDogs

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    Wow, that looks great! I have the same problem with my Utah, only MUCH worse. I may try this before I get it Line-X'd.

    2000 Coleman Utah
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  12. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Very nice job, did you just use any white plastic forks? I have to repair a small area on the ABS molded propane cover on the front of my pup. Also, I've heard you have to paint it after, or else the repair will get brittle, did you end up doing that?

    Thanks for sharing, this will definitely help many others!

    *Kevin*
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  13. greatdane

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    Kevin
    We went to a family get together for dinner last weekend, and asked everyone to save their white plastic forks for me. Took them home washed them off, cut them up in chuck sized melted it in the solvent for a few hours, stirred it around like glue consistance, work fast as it starts to get tacky fast.
    let it dry than added another coat on the deeper bigger cracks. if i was to do it again I would have down several thin layers cause when sanding i cracked the thicker parts and had to add more
    sanded them down and spray painted it.

    Wish I could have gotten a new roof though as it'd getting wavey on top
    Thanks for all the replies

    4kids,1great dane,2cats,1turtle and a spouse all under the same roof,lol
    '03 GMC Envoy XL
    '97 Coleman Cheyenne

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  14. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't even fool with trying to collect plastic forks.

    Just order some ABS pellets from Apache Sales Corp. A half a pound will go a long way.

    http://www.apachecampertrailers.com/Prices.html

    I'll bet money you will at least one of your repairs will crack again, especially if your camper sits in really cold weather....I learned the hardway. If it does, do your repair again and put some fiberglass cloth in one of the layers of goo....I learned this the hard way after having to fix my corners a few times.

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  15. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    For $12.95 for the pellets, another $7 handling fee, and probably another ~$10 shipping (at least), (all totaling about $30 just for the ABS pellets, I think the forks and spoons will be collected! lol

    *Kevin*
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  16. MovingRightAlong

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    I've also heard of using white legos, I will need to try that, just need some consistently nice weather.

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    I've used the plastic forks, Legos and pieces of regular ABS roofing. I think the Legos are the strongest but they are also an expensive option. I just asked my Coleman dealer if he had any pieces around and he pointed out a pile of warrenty roofs out behind the dealership and told me to help myself. I also took XXXapaches advice and used some fiberglass in the larger cracks. I'll try and get some closeup pictures of my repairs but right now the PUP is covered with snow.
    The Fixins' for repair:
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    Built for comfort...not speed.
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  18. Luv2ridebikes

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    Crackshot - that's why they gave up on the ABS roofs. Seemed like a good idea - it didn't work out so well in practice. The failure rate (cracking, bubbling, sagging) is somewhere around 10-15% and that's way too many. Although we owned one briefly that had no problems.

    It's interesting to see some of the solutions here.

    One question - are any of you doing other structural support (adding support bars inside, etc) in addition to repairing the cracks?

    Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
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