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Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by Trevornewfoundland, Jun 29, 2018.
I'm a first time buyer and wondering how to tell if the canvas is too old?
Good question, I guess it depends on many factors. My canvas is 20 years old and still in good shape.
Yes, it is those factors that I was wondering about .
As was said, there are a lot of factors in determining the wear as opposed to the actual age of the canvas. I've seen ones that were 30 or more years old in great shape and ones that needed to be replaced after 5 years or less. Ask how and where the camper was stored (and hope you get an honest answer). First obvious thing to check is for any significant rips, tears, or rodent damage. Check the seams for any signs of the stitching disintegrating or coming undone. Tap around on the canvas to see if there are spots that seem hard or brittle that may indicate dry rot in the early stages. If there has been any patching, check to make sure it was sealed properly to form a watertight seal around the patch. Look closely where the canvas is attached to the box and/or roof for signs of weakness or fraying. If possible shine a light in the camper and see if the amount leaking through the canvas is relatively the same, lighter spots may indicate excessive wear. When you find the right one for you keep in mind the maintenance that needs to be done to prolong the canvas life. Keep the canvas clean and dry. Use one of the many types of waterproofing products recommended for your type of canvas and keep the seams sealed. Always try to keep it out of direct sun if open for extended periods of time.
Brittle, cracking, thin(you can see through it). For starters. Lots of patches.
I've seen some old campers with original canvas still working fine.
The only exception to this might be Evolution III as it breaks down with time. Does Sunbrella do the same, I am not sure.
I'm at 34 years on original fabrics. I see it like a wiring repair = a splice or two is fine, but if you're got a splice per foot ratio happening, time to replace the wire in totality.
Seriously, I've got small hole, patches, pin holes. I've repaired a few seams and all is well. If someone left mine out all year long, I'd be dead in the 90's.
Our canvas is the original. As Fuzzy Bear said, it's less about the actual age than how it's been taken care of.
Just replaced 52 year old canvas on my 65' Cox Campsquire...all depends on how well taken care of it was...