The Ceiling's the Limit!: Chapter II-1/2


We all have those projects in life that seem to never get finished. All the moxie and determination seems to wane after a while, and what started as a fire quickly dwindles down to a smoldering ember. THEN! Along comes your second wind, and it's just enough to blow gently on the ember and bring it back to a roaring blaze!

Such it is with projects like ours. Some of us begin with such determination, never stopping until it's done. Others begin, and within a short time lose interest. Then there are those who begin, work for the money to complete a phase, finish that phase, and then have to lay off until funds become available to continue. I fall into the last category.

As much as I'd love to do this full time (build and remodel trailers and motorhomes), with the economy the way it's been I haven't yet realized that dream. I'm not one to give up altogether, so in the meantime I'll just finish my latest project, and then give her a name.

Below are the latest shots of my home. It's not perfect, but it's MUCH better than it was originally. :)


Edges are wrapped with Eternabond webseal.

I think the profile actually looks better with the raised roof. That was a welcome plus!

Window set after cleaning. Had to heat the glazing strip and stretch it a bit. Worked great!

Almost done! :)


This should have been the third and final chapter of the roof remodel, but working nonstop to beat the rain, in 100 degree heat with just about as much humidity, my shoulders started to just plain ache! Taking a few days off is just what I needed, and I'll be back to it full swing tomorrow coating the new roof. After that, it will be time to move on to the interior. See you soon, and keep at it....



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Comment by Philip Lee on August 26, 2015 at 9:47pm

Just revisited this b log. I was in a local RV store looking at liquid rubber (and primer). The sales person said it was designed to be applied on an existing rubber roof and that I would need to lay down a rubber membrane over the plywood before using it. Cost $900.00. Based on what you have indicated I can prime the plywood and then the liquid rubber for a durable waterproof roof cladding. Did I get this right?

Comment by Andrew Balduff on August 11, 2015 at 6:15pm

I need to get that rubber roof stuff. I initially used a deck sealant after I re-built my roof. 3 months later it is cracking and leaking :/ 

Comment by Andrew Balduff on August 11, 2015 at 6:15pm

I need to get that rubber roof stuff. I initially used a deck sealant after I re-built my roof. 3 months later it is cracking and leaking :/ 

Comment by Andrew Balduff on August 11, 2015 at 6:15pm

I need to get that rubber roof stuff. I initially used a deck sealant after I re-built my roof. 3 months later it is cracking and leaking :/ 

Comment by Philip Lee on June 5, 2015 at 7:22pm

My first real look a the website. Very nice job on your roof.

Comment by Ron and Kathy on May 24, 2014 at 12:12am

I'm getting ready to do similar, did side our front side on our "C" 2 years ago but rather than marine plywood I'm putting a couple coats of a product that soaks into the grain of regular plywood making it  impervious to water. Google Rotdoctor or try Minwax high performance hardener. I did luan for my side,bonded to fiberglass skin with wedgwood contact cement for landau car roofs . These hardener products seemed to work the same. a couple coats and several on the ends. after a week setting in a tub of water and nothing soaked in, paint a cardboard box with them and you will see what these things do.They put a hardening resin into the grain. Last repair I hope

Comment by uncel dolan on April 6, 2014 at 2:16am

thats beautiful

Comment by Mark Wolodkewitsch on March 20, 2014 at 8:59pm

Thanks Dave,  Sorry for the delay in getting back, busy with work. But anyway I looked in the original manual and the roof is thermo panel . I hope this gives you and idea. Thanks for your help and any ideas .


Comment by Dave Creu on March 14, 2014 at 4:34pm

Hi Mark,

Congrats on your first motorhome!

Does your Winnie have the fiberglass roof? Let me know just how it was constructed from the factory, and then I will have an idea about how to answer.



Comment by Mark Wolodkewitsch on March 13, 2014 at 7:46pm

Dave,  I just bought our first RV a 1983 Winnebago, I want to seal the roof regardless. The question I have is did you just lay the plywood down over the existing roof ? If you didn't , can I just lay , lets say do the process you did, but maybe use like 1/8 - 1/4 in lieu of the 3/8 since I would be going over the existing material and to keep weight dwn., my intent anyway ?



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