DIY camper roof repair

Several years ago I undertook a DIY camper roof repair on my 1994 Starcraft Stardust. One day while I was preparing to recaulk the seals, I discovered a soft spot. Closer inspection revealed several areas with major wood rot. The majority of the roof was in good shape but in need of structural repair.

The Project

The first step included removing weatherstripping on the roof and on the bottom of the walls. I then had to peel off the vinyl roofing carefully to preserve as much material as possible. I then removed the bad sections of wood:

DIY Camper Roof Repair
This is the condition of the wood being removed.
DIY Camper Roof Repair
Another shot of the damage

I built a new support frame on which the roof rested over the winter while repairs were completed.

DIY Camper Roof Repair
Scott’s “system” for stabilizing the roof when things are taken apart.
DIY Camper Roof Repair
Another shot with the side panel removed.
DIY Camper Roof Repair
Front and driver’s side panel removed.

Next, I installed the new walls and tested the function of the lift mechanism.

DIY Camper Roof Repair
New front panel installed–aluminum flashing glued on top for protection.

The next step was to start re-tracking the canvas:

DIY Camper Roof Repair
Installation of the new canvas.
DIY Camper Roof Repair
This is the finished product (looks as good as old)

Finally, I completed my first upgrade:

DIY Camper Roof Repair
I replaced the steel roof brackets (left) with aluminum ones (right) from a 1940’s camper.


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