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Old 09-12-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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1994 Itasca- fiberglass roof bubbling up

Hello everyone:
My 1994 Itasca Suncruiser fiberglass roof is full of "bubbles", I started taking things down, railings, antenna, foof vent and in the process of taking down the 2 a/c units.
Have anybody taken down the fiberglass sheet to be able to look at the plywood for water damage, is there any other easier solution?
Your imput wil be helpfull, i'm a newbie when it comes to RV repair.Thank you
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Man, if you're "a newbie when it comes to RV repair" I would not even consider removing the roof !!!! I've seen pictures in forums of rigs after someone removed the roof and then were wondering "what do I do now?" ....
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:25 AM   #3
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Roof bubble in up

AFChap, if you stumble into any pictures or how to, please e mail me, mine "feels" pretty soft, I'm sure I have rotten wood underneath, I took aprt the section over the console and even the metal there is corrouted there. I'm afraid to remodel the inside of the RV to have it ruin again, but I see your point, another one of my "craziness"
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:00 AM   #4
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Ricody,
What model Itasca do you have. I recently purchased a 94 Itasca 34RA. Maybe we can we can both learn from our mistakes. ha ha It would be kind of like the blind leading the blind or dumb and dumber.
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Talking 1994 Itasca Suncruiser

Hello James,
I have a 1994 Itasca Suncruiser, 34' on a Chevrolet Chassis, 454 motor, The motor home hadnot been moved in 4 years untill the last long weekend,I drove it 17 miles to a campground in Naples, Fl expecting the worse, and guess what, thcalipers got stuck and the brake lines caught on fire, the autopark is on all the time, the electric stairs won't retract, the awning had to be taken out because the arms were twisted and finally, after we came back from the little trip, it wouldn't start. I tried for 3 days and it wouldn't cranck, batteries were ok, but nothing will happen, my teenage son went there today, kick several times the brake pedal and.... it started, i'm thinking it has to do with the autopark been on.
i started taken down railings, vents, etc from the roof but had to put it back on because started raining (typical Florida weather), so I started taking down the section over the console, a lot of rust and water damage there. Let me see how I figure out to post pictures in this forum so you can get an idea of what we are doing, and don't forget 2 blind people are better than one any time :=)
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:55 PM   #6
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if you stumble into any pictures or how to, please e mail me, mine "feels" pretty soft,
Soft definitely does not sound good when it comes to a roof ...I believe the one I recall was the second link below, a '73 Winnie with metal sides, etc. The owner totally replaced the roof with new material, etc. That type of construction would be different from the fiberglass sheet with curved roof cove on each side.

Here are some links for you to look at that will give you some idea of what you will be getting into, although neither is a fiberglass roof. One option of course would be to replace the fiberglass with a rubber roof as in the first link. Though I prefer a fiberglass roof, rubber could possiblly be easier to do as a do-it-yourself project.
http://www.rvforum.net/miscfiles/RV_re-roof.pdf
http://picasaweb.google.com/thehandierman/1973WinnebagoIndianRoofReplacement#

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Hello James,
I have a 1994 Itasca Suncruiser, 34' on a Chevrolet Chassis, 454 motor, The motor home hadnot been moved in 4 years untill the last long weekend,I drove it 17 miles to a campground in Naples, Fl expecting the worse, and guess what, thcalipers got stuck and the brake lines caught on fire, the autopark is on all the time, the electric stairs won't retract, the awning had to be taken out because the arms were twisted and finally, after we came back from the little trip, it wouldn't start. I tried for 3 days and it wouldn't cranck, batteries were ok, but nothing will happen, my teenage son went there today, kick several times the brake pedal and.... it started, i'm thinking it has to do with the autopark been on.
i started taken down railings, vents, etc from the roof but had to put it back on because started raining (typical Florida weather), so I started taking down the section over the console, a lot of rust and water damage there. Let me see how I figure out to post pictures in this forum so you can get an idea of what we are doing, and don't forget 2 blind people are better than one any time :=)
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Didn't they make a movie about this? ...No, Wait! It was "The Money Pit" and it was about a house!

AnnnyWaaaay... Where there is enough serious determination and drive (and money) to do a thing, it can usually be done.

Read everything you can... Others have successfully gone before you and lived to tell about it. Many of them are on this board and will help you succeed.
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AFChap,

Thank youfor the links and the encouragement,mine looks like fiberglass roof and definitly is curved roof cove on each side,I think I will like going with fiberglass, all I can say is I don't know what I'm doing but somehow will be done, I have an open mind and listen to people with experience even when I'm hard head (I can tell you a contractor ask me for a huge amount of money to build my house and told me if I didn't like the price to build it myself, short story... I did and saved 1/2 the price on the construction of the house doing exactly what he would have done, sub contracting crews.)

Will post some pictures soon, so you guys can laugh with me on this experience.
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Good man, you are right!!!!, maybe this is going to be the second part of the movie, and i'm sure it will be as funny, there is no money left here but a lot of determination (the wife is rigth behind pushing me).So far I have got really good advicefrom "postings", it is going to be a very intersting experience.

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Hello Ricody,
Dang, sounds like quite a trip! Everybody made it home safe, thats the main thing. I just received a very good explanation on the auto brake issue from Roger at [email protected]. If I can figure out how to foward it to you, I will. Other wise you may try contacting him directly. It sounds like you and I have the same MH. Hopefully two minuses make a plus!!! How long have you had yours and do you have an operators manual? I recently put in the two air shocks and learned a lot on the first one. If you need any ideas on those, I would be glad to help. It wasn't too bad after the first one.
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Good man, you are right!!!!, maybe this is going to be the second part of the movie, and i'm sure it will be as funny, there is no money left here but a lot of determination (the wife is rigth behind pushing me).So far I have got really good advicefrom "postings", it is going to be a very intersting experience.

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I suspect using fiberglass as the finished roof would require very similar preparation to using rubber sheeting as the guy in one of the links I provided did. I presume Winnebago Owner Relations could provide you with the fiberglass sheet, probably with all the original vent, etc cutouts if desired, in exchange for your coach s/n and a certain quantity of $$$. The catch would be that if you don't get the roof cove curvature the exact same as the original factory build, the fiberglass sheet would not fit... being too wide and needing to be trimmed would be much preferable to being too short!!!
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James, i have the original manuals for the 1994 Itasca Suncruiser if you really need it, add up another incident to my collection, the driver side windhield was cracked so i took it to a place in Florida (insurance will cover the repairs), they took it out and then call me saying couldn't install the new one because I had rotten pieces where the metal meets the windshield, automaticly I thougth about them trying to squeeze more money out of me, got in my car, went there and ..."money pit", 6 inch long rotten hole in one corner and a smller one on the other side. There I was , no windshield and the s... M/H wouldn't start, I think it has to do with that "autopark", I got underneath and found the famous green switch, and the unit isleaking some oil ??, long/short story.. $245.00 towing bill, let's see what I do tomorrow.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:11 PM   #13
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Hello Ricody,
Don't let go. It sounds like you gotter by the short hairs! When it rains, it pours! I am going to check on the cost of a owners manual and see what the damage. Is there a part #. I am very new at this rving and forum posting. I am not real sure of manuvering around on this forum. I think we are suppose to kind of stay on topic. I would like to correspond directly to you if possible. My personal email is [email protected]
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