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Old 07-29-2012, 10:58 PM   #51
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Our ADA toilets in our house are th next best thing to sliced bread!! Our toilet riser in the Hi Lo also gets five stars. No leaks and worth every penny in comfort. DH and daughter go to bed by 10pm. I like to stay up later and read.So that I don't disturb them I go into the Br and pull the heavy panel closed. Next I place a pillow at my back and one on the toilet(seat closed.) I sit on the toilet in complete comfort. Happy as a clam reading a good book. I've been known to read a long while with a trouble lt. at the campfire. One time it was raining and I still had a campfire . Just sat under a huge umbrella and conversed with another HiLo owner. We live in the city and can't have any kind of fire..so it is a real treat for me. I grew up in the country and our family always hosted a huge neighborhood bonfire/cornroast. My dad was a fabulous inventor of great campfire stories.
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Your contractor friend said it might be cheaper to replace the roofing rather than repair it. Maybe so, but... was he refering to material only, or material plus an experienced installation contractor's wages encluded? Just thinking out loud... Dabbler

Dabbler, Since I am a D.I.Y. type guy, he was speaking of materials only. I really didn't get into the mechanics of it but when I repaired my roof, I removed the gutter guards and saw how the roofing was stapled down the sidewall. The critical steps, I would think, would be putting a crisp 90 degree fold in the roof panels at the wall/roof juncture, aligning the panels for correct abutment, and applying the seam joints. He said he could help me do it too and that would mean a lot. I have no plans to do so unless necessary.

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Should you decide a total roof replacement is what you want to attempt, these two items will come in handy; a portable light weight sheet metal brake, the purchase of aluminum metal joint strips. The brake you should be able to acquire from a rental center. The aluminum joint strips would be special ordered. I am certain your friend would know of an outlet.

As I mentioned before, my trailer (2180D FunChaser) has aluminum siding... the jointing strips are aluminum also. Both panels and strips have a 90 degree bend as they come down over the edge of the top.

I am guessing the roof panels, and strips... even though they are stapled at the sides, are free floating on the top. It would make sense this possible to allow flexing the trailer is capable of, while on the move.

I'm not certain I would attempt the task on my own, but certainly would use all the help I could get from a knowledgable tradesman.

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Dabbler,

So long as the taping and elastomeric paint hold up and the roof doesn't leak, I will be satisfied to leave it as is for now. I believe the paint is supposed to last up to 7 or 8 years and I have plenty remaining to give it additional coats if needed.

My next door neighbor and friend used to own the construction company in Wisconsin and has agreed to stay on with them for a few years after he sold it. He said he had everything that was on the RV roof, including the strips. I didn't ask, but I am assuming the strips have staples already fixed into the mold as I saw no evidence of stapling from the top side before I taped over them. Of course my vision isn't what it used to be and they may have been painted. They might have a special machine for applying [?].

I was/am concerned that before I made the repairs, there may have been enough water introduced to the plywood decking that allowed the staples/nails to become loose. There are ends of [3] strips that 'flex' when pressure is applied, like there may be an air bubble underneath. This runs for just a short distance in each of the three strips; maybe 12 to 14 inches. I am curious if I should try adding a few staples to cinch them down as all other locations are firm and have no such play? I am certain that no rain water is getting in but I would not want the strips to extend the range where they are loose. I have noticed no soft spots anywhere on the roof that would indicate deck degradation.

I have talked to J&R about this and was told if the pieces have become de-laminated, they still have the factory laminating equipment for replacement sections for the roof [or wall]. According to what they told me, these laminated sections are complete from the outer skin to the ceiling tile.

For now I am going to try and patch the ceiling tile where it has erupted along the roadside wall. Too much water had been introduced [and for no telling how long], before I noticed it and made the repairs. As the water damaged areas dried, the thin wafer board inside began to deteriorate with the heat of summer. I had found a way to remove some of the wrinkles by ironing them out but when I raised the Hi Lo a couple of weeks ago, they were back as bad as ever.

If I have to replace the entire roof, J&R said they could make the sections to my specifications and ship them to me if I wanted to do it myself. My friend said if it comes to that, he would pick them up for me on one of his trips back here.

Hopefully, I will not have to go through all that.

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Old 07-31-2012, 07:53 AM   #55
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Several years ago we had some work done at our home. Our handy man was able to use a sheet metal brake at the place where siding and related materials are sold. This might work if you only had a few pieces to bend. Perhaps the place where you get your materials could recommend a contractor that would be willing to bend a few pieces for you . Perhaps,I could rent out my sheet metal fabricator husband !!
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