Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's been a long week of roof repair

There's nothing like using a wire brush on an aluminum roof to get all the old paint of caulk off to bring out all kinds of hidden damage.

I knew going into this repair that once I started, I'd find all kind of surprises.  I've scoured the hi-lo camper forum for pictures and details of other people's renovations so I'd be as prepared as I could be.  I knew the camper roof had small holes in the aluminum.  That wasn't a surprise.  The surprise was the amount, and the size of some of them.

First step was using the wire brush thing on the drill to get all the old paint off.  Once we had the sides at the top done, I used a patching compound to fill in the holes.  3 coats to get it to where it was even, and I felt wasn't going to shrink/expand to leave spaces.  I used the same brand that the roof sealer I bought was.  It was basically like painting on silicone caulk.  My kids said it looked like frosting :)



Thursday, September 15, 2016

reviving for a camper renovation :)

So it's been 7 years... What's a few years?  A couple of kids.  College (for me - and a few kids).  Even a couple son in laws now. And a grandbaby on the way.

The reason for blogging again?  To keep track, and to help any other poor fools that attempt the same thing,  of some major camper renovations.

I bought this camper about 4 years ago (2012).  Chrissy had just completed a year at Bob Jones in SC, and was coming home for good.  I told her she either needed to share a room with her sisters, or I'd look for a cheap camper she could live in until she could afford a place of her own.  She chose camper. Just a couple of days later, I found this one down the road for $700.  Everything worked.  Painted the walls and the cabinets so it wasn't like walking back into the 80s, and she was Chrissy's new home (I did that 7 months pregnant with baby number 9!).

She's a 1989 hi-lo classic.  Chrissy "lived" in her for a little more than 3 years. Finally moved out when she got married in Nov of 2015. I didn't actually take her camping until the summer of  this year.  She's taken 2 trips, and now it's time for some major repairs. Kivett (16 years old now!) will be helping me with a lot of the work.