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Repairing a Popup Camper

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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August 22, 20170 found this helpful

I bought an awl with waxed canvas repair "thread" in it and stitched the corners of my pop up canvas back together. It was very easy, and even if I had no experience sewing, I could have figured it out.

https://www.wal … l13=&veh=sem

If you really aren't sure how to do it, there are videos on YouTube that show how it's done: … ch?v=yNFMzAEW0V0

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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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March 18, 20110 found this helpful

We live in NJ and just bought a used pop up trailer. The screens on each side need to be either replaced or repaired. Any thoughts on where to go for either one. So far we found one place but they want over $500.00 to just repaire it. Is it easier to just buy new.

Please advise.

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August 22, 20170 found this helpful

There are products that are called MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) and ABS plastic pellets. The MEK dissolves the plastic into a goo that you can repair the camper with. You can read about it here:http://www.thep … per-body-panels/

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