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Old May 27th, 2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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So i recently picked up a really old camper..





My problem is when it rains heavy the roof leaks, seemed to be concentrated around the roof vent. So i pulled the roof vent out and seal all around, underneath etc..

Well it rained heavy last nite and the interior is soaked again. This time i got on the roof and what i found is that the water pools on the roof. The roof bowls the water. It pools so deep that the roof vent hatch actually is almost completely submerged. The roof feels strong, i can walk on it and it feels solid under my feet. The outer layer on the roof is that sheet of aluminum. I can't really pull the ceiling out as i would have to completely gut it cupboards etc and all. I was thinking of some way to try and "raise" the roof to keep it from pooling like it is. Thinking if it didn't pool it probably wouldn't leak.
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Old May 30th, 2009, 12:35 AM   #2
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the only thing i can think of is use a spin jack inside to push the roof up and hope nothing breaks and while its up add some extra supports inside
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Well ,you could try drilling 1 hole in the ceiling to push it up with something. then another hole to shoot some expandable foam into. just an idea.
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Can you raise the vent?

Like make a coller for it a like another 2" taller?
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Old May 30th, 2009, 07:46 AM   #5
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Or just put a 2" dam around the vent?
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Old May 31st, 2009, 09:19 PM   #6
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turns out it wasn't the vent....its the seams where the aluminum roof panels snap together, the caulk it rotted in the seams. Just need to squeeze some new caulk or similar sealer into it.

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Brush on elastomeric sealer. Ill look for the name of the stuff tomorrow (stuff is in my garage - home depot carries it I think). I brush this white stuff on the roof seams each fall. It seals the old aluminum seams. Found out about it on RV.net on the truck camper forum.
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It called Kool Seal elastomeric roof coating. Lowe's carries it, about $16 a gallon can.

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yes cool seal the whole roof. for sealing other seams check out permabond tape. works awesome. also look for a caulk called dicor. these are top of the line sealants. dont skimp on that stuff. its a pain to remove. a metal roof should be sealed with coolseal every other year at least. every year would be good.
checkout the truck camper fourm on rv.net. they tons of info on there. there are alot of oldtimers that can help you with your camper. we camp with a group of truck camper people evey year from rv.net. great crowd. lots of jeep people on there also. pretty slick lookin old camper! congrats!
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