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RE: Adhesive for Aluminum roof to plywood?

We are building a rack using the tape. The design is hard to explain. We should have our roof and side walls up in a week and I'll show pictures
Aubrey0418 01/14/20 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Adhesive for Aluminum roof to plywood?

Okay guys I'm really sorry for the late response we have been very busy on the build! I think everyone has agreed no plywood under the roof which helped me come up with an even better solution than screws. We really wanted to avoid screws because the original camper had water leaks all around where they screwed the roof. We have actually built a metal framing for the camper (added only about 100 pounds more than what the wood framing was) now we did this because we wanted a strong roof that could support our solar panels. Because our frame is metal and our roof is metal this allows to to use VHB tape. I have done a lot of research on this tape and man is it STRONG. They are starting to build some campers with it so it has been tested and has worked very well. So here's our plan. We will be using vhb tape to attach the roof to the steel frame members, this will allow the roof to expand and contract just like screws. We will leave a lip on the roof to hammer over the edges of the aluminum siding. The "lip" will be hammered onto a vhb tape attaching it to the siding, hence avoiding even more screws. So our roof will be COMPLETELY SEAMLESS and with absolutely no holes..we are putting our fantastic fan in the back side of the camper not on the roof. I know it's unconventional but again I don't want holes in the roof. honestly I think it's time for a change for RVs and travel trailers..I mean how long is it going to take them to solve these water leak issues. Solutions are out there it's just extra money up front but worth it in the long run. I will definitely keep everyone up to date once the build is complete and after traveling, we'll see how it holds :)
Aubrey0418 01/11/20 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Adhesive for Aluminum roof to plywood?

Two big issues when trying to glue metal to wood. • Preparation. The aluminum should be "scratched" a bit (ScotchBrite) and wiped down with acetone. Light sanding on the wood and a tack cloth. • Expansion rates of the two materials. Aluminum expands a LOT when heated (sun exposure). Wood only expands a little when it is warmed. BAD COMBINATION ! No adhesive can survive that for long periods !! Also it's a 16ft camper so we will have to find a way to apply adequate even pressure throughout while laying the roof down..any suggestions on that? Lots of cinder blocks or other heavy weights. So are you saying we'll have no choice but to screw it down?
Aubrey0418 01/04/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
Adhesive for Aluminum roof to plywood?

My husband and I are rebuilding a camper and are about to get to our roof install. We are doing a seamless aluminum roof which will be going over plywood. We want to avoid using any type of screws as much as possible to install this roof. What type of adhesive would you recommend using for aluminum to plywood? Also it's a 16ft camper so we will have to find a way to apply adequate even pressure throughout while laying the roof down..any suggestions on that?
Aubrey0418 01/04/20 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: How to treat a Subfloor?

Ah thank you guys so much I really appreciate the help, you have no idea. I'm an overthinker by heart and I definitely think I was overthinking this. We will be living in our camper for a year in our home state Florida. Then,for however long time permits, we will be traveling full time all over the United States. So we are going to be full timing it. Turning into hippies I guess you could say haha. I think I'm going to settle with a treated plywood as the base and maybe epoxy around the edges just to be safe
Aubrey0418 01/01/20 02:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to treat a Subfloor?

Okay so I'm really torn on what to get as the base plywood which would be going directly on top of the metal frame and exposed to the weather. We were planning on doing a base plywood then insulation then the subfloor and then vinyl wood planks on top of that. For the base plywood I'm torn between marine grade or exterior grade? I know marine grade is expensive and would need sealer. Honestly though, which one is the better bang for the buck?
Aubrey0418 12/30/19 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: How to treat a Subfloor?

Thank you so so much! It seems like such a simple answer but I've had an incredibly hard time finding information and there's a lot of misinformation out there too. Really appreciate the responses. We'll be going out to buy the marine grade plywood for sure
Aubrey0418 12/27/19 04:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to treat a Subfloor?

Okay I think I'm getting my terminology confused. Is the subfloor what the vinyl (or finished flooring) attaches to, or is it the base which is exposed on the outside of the Camper?
Aubrey0418 12/27/19 10:15am Travel Trailers
How to treat a Subfloor?

Hello, I am new here so I hope I'm doing this right. My husband and I bought a 1968 frolic 16ft camper which basically needs everything replaced. YouTube and Google have pretty much all of the answers to our build except I'm having a hard time finding information on flooring. We have to replace the entire floor. We bought a tongue and groove subfloor ( not marine grade) and wanted to know how to treat it and what exactly to use. We are young and inexperienced so product names are greatly appreciated. I've read some people say to seal it but with what? We will be putting vinyl flooring on top of the Subloor. Underneath it will be insulation and then an exterior grade plywood as the base. The exterior plywood will be exposed to weather, should we seal this too or leave it open to "breathe" when it gets wet?
Aubrey0418 12/27/19 08:13am Travel Trailers
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