1993 Coleman Americana

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by spirit2bike, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. spirit2bike

    spirit2bike New Member

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    The previous owner/dealer had resealed the seams all around on the roof. Doesn't seem to be lasting. What's the best product to use, to do a proper job? I haven't found any cracks. I know there has been a leak at some point, because inside the wood shows signs of rot. See the attached pics of some of the areas in need of resealing. I see Rhino lining as a possibility, but not sure it's the proper method for this application.

    EDIT (2017 11 15):
    I added a pic of the full ??strap??, not sure what to call it. Does anyone know how far the screws go thru the roof? Do they go all the way thru to the wood fascia on the inside? The afore mentioned rotted wood needs to be replaced, so I'm wondering if those screws will create any problems removing that fascia. That may actually be how the inside fascia is held in place. ??
     

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  2. chambo

    chambo Active Member

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    Dicor is a commonly used caulking product that seems to work well. It's available online or from RV shops. They have a self leveling variety for flat surfaces (like the roof) and a thicker version for vertical surfaces. I've also used Kool Seal Elastomeric roof coating. Walmart and Lowes/Home Depot usually sell it by the gallon. And surprisingly that Flex Seal spray that you've seen on TV works well. Good luck!
     
  3. spirit2bike

    spirit2bike New Member

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    Is it flexible? When I cinch down the roof, those straps tug the side panels, separating from the top panel a bit. Don't get me wrong, I don't over tighten, but it does pull away from the top a bit.
     
  4. chambo

    chambo Active Member

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    Dicor and the Kool Seal product are somewhat flexible and malleable, but the constant tugging and separating is going to cause them to wear out sooner. Are you using straps or latches? If latches, you should be able to loosen the buckle a bit do it doesn't tug as much.
     
  5. kevinpf

    kevinpf New Member

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    I had a 1992 Coleman (Americana) Arcadia for 24 years, just sold it in May last year and replaced it with a 2008 Niagara.
    The 1993 and 1992 are identical roofs.
    The best sealant for the roof is Sikaflex-221or Sikaflex -505UV available from Amazon. You need to really clean the old caulk out and clean the roof well.
    If closing the latches causes the side to pull your wood is definitely rotten. If it is really bad you will have to re-build at least part of the roof as the screws go thru the side into the wood.

    There are some really good threads with step by step photos on this board regarding rebuilding your specific roof.

    The roof is comprised of an outer aluminum skin, plywood, foam board, then a 1/8th inch Masonite product that has a vinyl coating on one side.
    The corners are where the roof usually rots first. If it is not too bad you can carefully (because you can not get them any more) remove the corner caps and remove the rotten wood. I had to do this myself but I was fortunate as only 1 corner had rot about 3 inches in on the side.

    I will try to find the links to the roof rebuilds for you and post them here.

    Good Luck!
     
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  6. kevinpf

    kevinpf New Member

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    As promised here is a YouTube vied of a 1993 Coleman roof repair
     
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  7. spirit2bike

    spirit2bike New Member

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    Thanks. This helps a lot. I think I've found a place to store the camper in out of the weather to do the repair. I think I've found that video before, but I didn't think it applied to my PUP, since it is a different model. I haven't watched the whole thing. I thought the screws might go thru to the wood. Again, thanks.
     

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