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Canvas on Pop-up Camper?

Mice ate through the canvas and screens of my 1993 Pop-up camper. Big holes! How can I fix or where can I get canvas to replace it. It's not just one spot. Thanks for any suggestions!

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June 13, 20210 found this helpful
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I do know this is not always an easy job so maybe you should join a forum so you can ask questions when you have problems.
This site will also recommend places to buy materials you will need:
www.popupportal.com/.../

Here are links to companies that sell canvas and/or repair kits:
www.hannarv.com/.../TentRepair
www.amazon.com/.../s?k=pop+up+camper+canvas+repair+kit (Affiliate Link)

There may be local shops that sell material. Try Google with canvas material for pop up camper with your zip code. You'll probably see most full top advertisements but keep checking. Some sites will have tent repair canvas but this is generally not heavy enough for a camper top.

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Join the forum site so you can ask questions when you run into a problem.

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June 15, 20211 found this helpful
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If you are up to a DIY, there are a few ways to patch your canvas and screens. It won't look perfect, but it will keep bugs and weather out. Get some fiberglass screen from a hardware store or Walmart. You can cut pieces a little bigger than the areas to patch, overlap on all edges and hand sew around the perimeter with a running or whip stitch, and knot off at the end. I use clear fishing line for screen repairs. For the canvas, I would go to Harbor Freight and buy one (or more if needed) of the canvas drop cloths. Then, if you can get the chewed canvas pieces off the pop-up to place on a flat surface, buy some heavy duty fusible web interfacing from Joann Fabrics or Walmart, and cut the new canvas a bit bigger than the holes to be fixed. Cut the fusible for just the overlap area of the canvas patch onto the holey pop-up canvas and using an iron, follow the fusible directions to iron on canvas patches. If holes are small, Joanns and other stores that have sewing departments will most likely sell SMALL iron-on patches in several colors ready-made which you can use. You may want to also do some hand sewing around the edge just in case the fusible might not hold up to heavy winds or rain.

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If you can NOT get the pop-up canvas off the pop-up, you will have to cut new canvas patches and sew them on by hand. Any of these fixes are going to take a lot of time and effort on your part, and of course, will not be invisible fixes, but WILL patch up your canvas and screens. Both of the canvas repairs will have to be waterproofed. You can usually find waterproofing stuff in the camping and sporting goods section of Target, Walmart, and Sporting Goods stores. Just follow application info on the product. After considering all of the above, and the amount of work you think it will be, if you feel unable to DIY or it is a lot of very large or irregular holey areas that need to be fixed, you can always contact a shop that does RV repairs. Whatever you decide, good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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PS- make sure all of your screen and canvas repair are put on from the inside, so it makes the outside look a bit neater. And if you want to color or dye the canvas patches you make, cut out the oversized patches, color or dye them, let dry, then attach to pop-up canvas and continue with directions.

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June 26, 20210 found this helpful
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You can fix it yourself.

How to repair canvas:
Purchase the desired color canvas, canvas adhesive, waterproof silicon spray / wax
or buy a patching kit www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1?tag=thrif06-20 (Affiliate Link)
Measure the hole.
Cut out a piece of canvas that is similar to the original color of canvas.
Cut it one inch larger all the way around than the problem area.

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On the inside of the camper coat the area with canvas adhesive.
Cover it with the piece of cutout canvas.
Wait approximately 10 minutes until it dries.
Cut another piece of canvas for the outside of the camper.
Apply the adhesive and the canvas and wait 10 minutes till it dries.
Keep the pop up camper erect for 24 hours so the repaired area will dry completely.
Spray the patched area with a waterproof silicon spray or wax.
Repeat it for all holes.

How to repair screens:
If there is a tear in a window screen you can apply clear nail polish if the tear is small enough. If the tear is larger, purchase a screen repair kit.
I thunk you need to replace the screens:
Remove the rubber gasket from around the old screen.
Pull off the screen mesh. Cut a new piece of screen mesh to match the old piece (use the old mesh as a stencil).

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Position the new screen mesh over the window. Have a friend help to hold the screen taut. Press the rubber gasket into its groove over the mesh until the entire perimeter is sealed.

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You could get canvas here www.rvworkshop.com/camper-canvas-replacement-Pop-up...

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