Monday, March 19, 2012

Getting Ready For the New Roof

I have good news and bad news.  The bad news is that he new roof I was expecting did not show up last week.  Little Guy said they will now bring it down next Monday or Tuesday but I'll be interested to see if this works out as the delivery has been pushed out twice now.  The good news is that we had a lot more prep work to be done anyway so it worked out ok.

We lifted the roof which revealed some seriously bowed 1x2 ribs of, if you can believe this, plywood.  We aren't sure why they didn't use simply 1x2 slats of wood.

The challenge was how to fix this where it wouldn't bow again but would be light enough to support each rib.

We got some long aluminum rail shaped like an L to brace on either side of the new 1x2s I bought at Lowes.

The aluminum attaches on either side of the wook like so.

Off came the roof.  This is what it looked like.  The roof vent came off along with it. 

Here is where the wood on the roof was bowing down and we replaced one of the ribs with a rib brace with aluminum.

To do this my hubby and father in law helped me put a screw through the wood braced with the aluminum to hold it all together.

We drilled through the outside to in so we would know where to put the screws.  We then attached the roof to the new ribs with screws and I will paint those white later.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about the bad news. As a buyer, you should have complained about the delay of delivery, Dawn. If I'm not mistaken, I think the installation of your new roof is finished by now. So congratulations, guys! Next time, it would be much better if you installed it on a sunny day. Installing a roof in the dark can be quite dangerous, you know.

  2. What a cool way to pass the time while waiting for your roof to arrive. You look like you are having fun. It’s nice to see people doing things to pass the time; that way when the roof arrives, everything is ready for the instillation. Great job!

  3. Thanks and yes! Now we are at the point of finishing touches and I want to get the tent ordered. Taking her camping in the Keys next month so stay tuned!

  4. I'm really excited about this blog! I am currently in the process of building a camper based on the T@B design. Your in-depth photos have really helped to visualize the construction and design. You do great work! Thank you!

    1. You are so welcome! I hope you will let us know when you have some photos up and post a new comment. You should start a blog about it too!