1986 Coleman Laramie

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  1. Bebe123

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  2. JPBar

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    Nice looking camper.
    If it were me I would drill a small hole where the inside roof is sagging and stain is as close to the center as you can, most likely you will find water there have a bucket ready to catch the water. I would check the center seam on camper where the A/C is mounted and make sure the A/C seal is good and that the center seam is not letting water leak in. Not sure what HE used to coat the outside top of camper but looks like he did not follow the instructions and now it has become your problem. You may have to re-coat the top with some other product like Grizzly Grip some other product product. If you live in a rainy area I would suggest you put a tarp over the top until you find the source of the leak.

    This reply is probably something you did not want to hear. Good luck on getting your issues fixed.
     
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    Thank You So Much for your response ~ It is what I wanted to hear....I really really luv this pup and want to rectify the issue correctly so this pup can last me a long time....Any info is so greatly appreciated.....Thanks Again
     
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    I am sure others will chime in and give you some advice on what you need to do.
     
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  5. davekkk

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    Looks like a nice pup! Looks like someone put a lot of work rebuilding that roof at some point, not the original paneling on the inside roof. I would get some fans running, dehumidifier if possible. If you have to close it use several dry rid cans. Hopefully you can get it to dry out and redo the outside roof the correct way and be on your way!
     
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  6. Gbrown4

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    My first camper was 1986 Laramie. It was used when I bought it (Wife's uncle owned it). It also had a roof leak. I found out the AC unit was loose and water had seeped in. My interior was a pecan stain so I took a piece of 1/4" Oak plywood and stained it match the cabinets. It looked like it was made that way. I tighten the bolts to the AC unit and the leak immediately stopped. It was a great camper!!
     
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  7. Bebe123

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    I appreciate the responses...I left my camping trip 4 days early to get home and fix the issue....(Didn't want it to get worse if I got caught in the rain) When I closed the pup ~ I did put in a few damp rid containers....I'm going to open it up today as soon as the sun comes up here in Florida....and do exactly what JPBar" recommended above...Pierce a small hole and hopefully the water it's holding comes out....redo the roof " Thinking with Durabak after reading a few reviews....Replace the Ac gasket....What do you all think? And other suggestions are appreciated...I will take more pics when I get this baby open this morning....
     
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    Work has started ~ One of my neighbors is helping me out....He took the ac unit off and low and behold water was sitting right under it....He is now taking off the rubber and going to redo the whole thing over.....here is some photos....we started first thing this morning....
     
  9. JPBar

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    Well at least you found the problem. Good to have neighbors that will help out. At least you will know it will be repaired correct. Please take before and after photos and share with the forum in case someone else has this type of issue and what products you are going to use. Good Luck!
     
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    I absolutely will.....current process he decided to strip the inside ceiling and start there.....He will now prep it for all new Luau ceiling panels and finish the inside....close it down and prep the roof and cover it with aka bed liner paint....as far as the ac he will raise it with new foundation- foam - gasket etc etc I will post pics as we go along estimated time about week....
     
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  11. davekkk

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    You dont mess around! Will be good as new in no time.
     
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  12. Arruba

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    Good luck with your repairs. It looks like a nice unit in the photos. Something that gets forgotten, is to annually tighten the A/C bolts. My Viking does not have A/C, but my Tioga Motorhome did. The owners manual called for an annual retorquing of the bolts. Did it every fall or it would leak.
     
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    We got it all stripped down and now waiting for our order to arrive and then we will continue with a Durabak bedliner.....here is a detailed step by step instructions for anyone else going through this...Comes directly from the President of the company after speaking with him through email/phone...I will post photos when completed....
     
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    It took longer than expected due to hurricane Irma....But it’s complete now with a new Durabak 18 roof (bedliner paint) which came out better than I anticipated....New ceiling put up...and no leaks what’s so ever....Extremely happy with results and this should last for a long time.....
     

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  15. Arruba

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    Wow! Nice job. Hope it all works as well as it looks.
     
  16. JPBar

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    Looks Great!
     

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