RV Project Part 2

So now it was time to remove the whole roof. I had NFI how to repair a regular roof let alone an RV roof. Luckily my Uncle was a little more handy than me. We started by pulling off the side rails then just straight ripping off the Luan/insulation completely from the bathroom wall to the front overcab bed. This paint scraper was a life safer in removing the old aluminum roof, wood, glue, and nails. Roughly about a 8’x13′ area was ripped out, we had to also remove the angle brackets holding the cabinets to the ceiling, the old TV antenna, and also remove the fridge vent and bathroom fan.

We had to go with thinner insulation to accommodate the thicker wood but had to make sure we didn’t go over the height of the original sidewalls so we could get the siderails back on afterword, which we actually trashed the broken side because it was damaged from the tree. Not realizing that the rails were not really a standard sizing. Also would have cost a lot in shipping if Winnebago actually had replacements. I ended up finding a smaller curved piece at a local RV dealership and used a hot air gun to kind of bend it back straight. I also fiberglassed the side damage and a hole in the front area near the running lights that the tree limbs caused. After getting all the new plywood down and cutting holes for the fans, vents, and pipes we spread all the glue down then used a roller to roll out the PVC replacement roof from classacustoms.com.

Then we reinstalled the original bathroom fan , added a new fan above the over-cab bed, and a new fridge vent cover, plumbing vents, and radio antenna. Everything got sealed with Eternabond tape and Dicor self-leveling lap sealant.

Then it was time to work on the ceiling. I ended up choosing some cedar wood from Home Depot because it smells good, naturally resists mildew, odors and repels some bugs. I also put in some aluminum channels and multi-color LED lighting to keep the power usage down since I was planning to install solar at some point. Originally I was going to put in recessed lights but it would have bee a pain in the ass to do all the wiring and holes, and for some reason when I was testing the recessed lights with the generator they were blinking off and on. So stuck with the LED lights and multicolor so I can change colors to whatever mood. (Update: I recently replaced the LEDS strips with different ones because they ended up having color match issues on each side, so now its one complete strip going around.)

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