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Repairing a Popup Camper

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In order to be able to use a compact camper trailer, it must be able to lift up easily, and keep the rain out. This is a guide about repairing a popup camper.
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February 27, 20171 found this helpful

Pop-Up Camper

The ceiling of a pop-up camper is a commonly needed repair. Save money by doing the work yourself. This guide has suggestions how.

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Pop Up Camper

The canvas walls on a pop up camper can be damaged or wear out and need to be replaced. You may need to shop around to find a good price. This is a guide about replacement canvas for a pop up camper.

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It is sometimes difficult to determine why your camper top is not closing all the way. This is a guide about pop up camper won't go all the way down.

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It is simple and inexpensive to fix holes in a pop-up camper. Check this guide for tips on repairing holes in canvas tent trailer.

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The hinges on pop up campers get a lot of use. Over time you may need to repair or replace them. This is a guide about repairing hinges on pop up camper.

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April 5, 2017

The zip up plastic vinyl screen cover in my pop up camper is torn and falling apart. I'm trying to figure out how to fix it or replace it. I am interested in any other ideas on what I could use instead of using the plastic vinyl and having it be zippers. I need something to replace it, that will keep me warm at night, but that can be removed during the day for air and light. Is there another material I could use? Could I glue on Velcro strips instead?

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April 5, 20170 found this helpful

I have a 5th wheel and have been surprised at how much I have saved by getting parts from an RV junk yard. You may be able to get a new screen cover very cheaply from one. I replaced a hot water heater for $7. To get a new one or take it to the RV repair was several hundred. I got it from the RV junk place for $7 and the guy showed me how to switch it out myself. My parents did the same with some broken skylights in their camper. See if you have any RV junk yards in your area.

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April 6, 20170 found this helpful

You could put a want ad in Freecycle or Craigslist and ask if someone has a camper they want to give you. You could keep that one for spare parts.

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December 16, 2016

I have an old Coleman pop top caravan, the sides are aluminum, but the front and back are a hard plastic. I have two holes at the front in the hard plastic and a crack in the back. The plastic is very brittle from age. Does anyone know how I can fix these holes? My kids love camping and I can't afford to pay for expensive repairs. The whole caravan is not worth much, but we love to go camping the kids and I.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

I have not heard of this product before, I will google it now. Many thanks for your suggestion.

Kind regards,

Marina

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January 11, 20170 found this helpful

Gorilla Tape may work. It comes in a wide clear tape now. I've used it on holes in the bottom of a latex pool and it has held up. You could cover the holes with plastic from food containers, which would be bendable for the corners, and then tape over it on both sides. A square food container would provide you with four corners.

Perhaps you could fill in the cracks with an outdoor silicone. The same company puts out clear Gorilla Sealant, which is for outdoors and is waterproof. Best of luck

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February 27, 2017

We have popped one of our lift cables on our 2002 Coleman pop-up. We are somewhat handy; has anyone repaired this? If so, how complicated is it?
Also, I am not finding specific lengths for the cables, are these "universal"?

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Contact this website: http://www.canvasreplacements.com/ They can help you get the right part and give you instructions on how to fix your camper.

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December 14, 2016

I am looking to see what it should cost to professionally repair the fiberglass siding of an older pop up camper. There is damage to the two front corners.

Thanks!

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December 16, 20160 found this helpful

Since my son is the camper in the family, I ask him for an opinion.

He said he had repaired fiberglass on a boat but never anything else - so - his suggestion was to take it to a local shop and try to get their opinion on repairs and cost as this may turn out to be a big job and may only be necessary for "looks".

If there is no local RV/Camper repair shop near by maybe there is a boat sales/repair shop that may be able to help you - either with a cost to repair or a shop that does that sort of repair.

If it is determined there is no structural damage maybe you can think of a way to "camouflage" the damage?

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July 23, 2016

Severe winds have bent all 4 support extensions to raise the roof on our '98 Jayco popup, which is causing it to lean to one side and leaving a large gap between the canvas frame and the door. Are these support extensions repairable or replaceable?
Help!

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

A very simple online search for "Jayco parts" produced many good replies. You can try a search yourself and the Jayco Parts Online catalogue:

http://search.a  s+catalog+online

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December 31, 20160 found this helpful

There are also a good number of RV salvage yards across the US. If you call around to them, you may find the parts that way.

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September 4, 2016

I have a 2006 Jayco pop up camper. While camping, a kid decided it would be fun to hang on the center support bar that holds up the tent on one of the beds. The hoop that you put the pole through on the roof broke off of the center space bar on the ceiling. Does anyone know if that is repairable?

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

the short answer is, anything that has replaceable parts IS fixable, ifyou know how and you have the tools. I am certain that these things are designed to have replacement parts bcause accidents (or dumb kids) happen.

Here are some videos of folks who fix these: https://www.you  ch?v=qrbRYMiQSA0

https://www.you  ch?v=c37XKe-iUU8

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August 4, 2015

How can I replace a the rear roof section top? The wood has taken in moisture and the bracket mount screws have failed. Thank you.

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August 4, 20150 found this helpful

You can try a great DIY RV site. Check through the many fix-it projects and ask questions.

http://www.doityourselfrv.com/

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August 5, 20150 found this helpful

Also try RV.net-A huge and very helpful question, answer, tips, etc., site for all types of RVs. Ask your question on the Tent-Trailer section.

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October 14, 2015

My queen bed falls out of the tract, the wood portion. I am always putting it back in when I close my pop-up trailer. I am worried it is going to come out while someone is on it. What can I do to fix it so this can stop happening?

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October 15, 20150 found this helpful

RV.net is a very large site dedicated to any type of camper and ideas for repair, modify, etc. The address below will take you directly to the fold-up or pop up camper section. You can join the site (free) and then ask your questions in the folder camper section. Many people have "been there before" and may be able to help you. All around great site!!!

http://www.thri  -Camper-Bed.html

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July 9, 2016

How do you find and replace the bed canopy pipe that holds up the canvas over the popup's bed chamber?

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April 8, 20150 found this helpful

I need to repair the metal slide on my popup camper. It is slightly bent making it difficult to slide the end in. This model no longer has replacement parts for it that I can find. The local RV shops do not seem interested in getting paid to do it either. Any suggestions?

By William

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April 9, 20150 found this helpful

Have you tried contacting the manufacturer-Dutchmen RV? The site offers its phone (no 800#) and email:

http://dutchmen.com/

(574) 537-0600

contactus AT dutchmen.com

They may be able to help you for a part or repair of the slide.

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February 29, 2016

My wife and I have a 1995 Coleman Chesapeake pop up camper. I am not sure of the part I have a question about, but I will describe the situation I am having. The metal pipe that sticks out of the pop up that you put the handle into that cranks the pop up open and closed has broken. I am not sure what this part is called and if it can be replaced.

Also, in trying to investigate this I wanted to take off the back panel that surrounds this broken pipe, but it seems that there are special types of screws keeping it together. I did some research and I believe they are called tri-wing screws which if that is what they are require a tri-wing screwdriver to take them out. Any help with any of this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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February 4, 2016

How do you repair the bracket that cabinets use to slide in a pop-up? The white bracket that the upper cabinet slides on broke at the place where it meets the ceiling in my pop-up. Any suggestions?

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January 31, 2016

I have a 1995 Coleman popup, Cedar. Somehow I pulled the bed all the way out past the stops. I cannot figure out for the life of me how to get the bed back in and over the stops. Anyone know how this is done? I think my plastic slides are shot and that's what allowed this to happen. I just can't figure out how to get the bed back over the stops and into the rails. Help!

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

How do I repair a crank lift system on a Dutchman pop up camper? Only 3 of the 4 lifts will come up.

By Janie B.

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May 30, 20160 found this helpful

Go to ....StarCraft.com and then click onto ...Repair parts. They have information and parts there.

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July 16, 20160 found this helpful

I will also have to replace one roof post on my 2000 Rockwood tent trailer. I will have to unscrew the bed rail and unscrew the aluminium plate over the wall and unscrew the post at the top and I think I will be able to pull up the posts from the wall. Camille

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June 13, 2007

I need to clean and repair canvas and screens on 1976 Coleman Popup camper. I am also having problems with bunk slide outs and with cranking. The canvas is very dirty; not much mildew; need to resew at the door. The screens are brittle, cracked. Can slideouts be removed and gliders lubed? Same for the cranks? any advice greatly appreciated.

Shirley from Sandusky, OH

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful

SIMPLE GREEN should clean the canvas with no problem even if there is a lot of mildew on it...something else I've discovered that cleans mildew is DOW SCRUBBING BUBBLES BATHROOM CLEANER believe it or not!! My son bought a 1969 Chevy station wagon that literally had sat in a field for about 20 yrs. and I'm talking major mildew here!! I did the entire inside of the car with the scrubbing bubbles and it looks like new! If the company knew how well it works for that, they would probably charge much more for the product!

We bought an old Scotty camper many years ago and the awning was horrible looking and smelly with so much mildew..used simple green and looked like new.

As far as repairing the canvas, I notice that you live in Ohio...are there any Amish people near you that you could ask about sewing it?? We had a Starcraft pop-up many, many years ago and it was torn around the screen windows on each end where the beds pulled out and they were able to sew it; did not charge a lot either.

Good luck with it, and happy camping!

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June 15, 20070 found this helpful

http://www.popu  ult.asp?CAT_ID=1

Please check out this site. There is an unbelievable amount of help available to pup'ers there. And the guys are really funny to boot! :-)

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June 7, 20140 found this helpful

I can replace all of the grey plastic slide guides on my popup camper, except the one on the right rear. The reason is there is no way to get behind the guide to fasten/hold the nut that I can figure out, unless I completely remove the bed platform. I really do not want to do that. As that side does not actually glide into anything as the other three do, is there any real need for this glide?

By Dorian

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January 26, 2007

We are refurbishing an old pop-up. I am looking for any neat ideas to do with the interior.

Kimberley Monroe from FL

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January 27, 20070 found this helpful

Here are two great popup forums to help you get started: http://www.popupexplorer.com and http://www.popupportal.com . Both these sites have great members who have loads of ideas, some of whom have also refurbished their own older pop ups. Good luck and have a great time with your new-to-you camper!

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January 31, 20070 found this helpful

i recently covered up the icky old linoleum in my bathroom with stick on floor tiles from family dollar. a box costs 10 dollars and they look nice. a box was much more than enuf so im sure you could use it for maybe 2 places.

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