repair camper-roof part 3
May 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s video episode of the Off The Grid Podcast ventures back up the ladder to the top of the camper. I was at it again working on repairing the off grid camper roof trying to keep the rain out. If you have been following along the last two videos I removed the heavy caked up layer of old tar and then applied a few new layers! First it took one good day to remove all of the old crusty curled up tar from this old vintage Coachmen camper roof. Then I put about a 3 gallon bucket worth of tar along any seams or holes with a trowel. Next up after getting down to the galvanized metal I rolled rubberized “stuff” on the roof as a base. In case you missed it please check out Episode 115 to watch PART 1 and also Episode 117 to see PART 2 of this video series on repairing the off grid camper roof. As always thanks for watching!

 

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  • Today’s lesson: One more time.. “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining!”
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fixing camper roof video
April 29th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Last week in episode 115 of the Off The Grid Podcast I posted PART 1 of this 3 part video series of fixing the camper roof. Today for your viewing pleasure we look back to last year once again as I was working at repairing the off grid camper roof. As you can tell this really is an old camper. The 78 Coachmen is indeed a classic and an antique.. although it has obviously seen better days. lol None the less these video episodes of the podcast show you just what a journey it has been on my way from the suburbs to living off the grid. The old Coachmen was well build and the saying “they don’t make them like they used to” is very true in this case. Despite being almost 40 years old the pull behind camper was in decent shape for its age. The roof still needed to be replaced though. Anyway please watch the video if you have not already and if you have questions, comments, or ideas please feel free to email me! Thank you for listening and watching the videos! 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining! 🙂
  • In case you missed it check out the Video for PART 1 in Episode 115 of the Podcast.
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repair off grid camper roof
April 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you like taking on a good DIY project then today’s video edition of the Off The Grid Podcast is right up your ally. Last summer I was facing the biggest fixer upper repair project I have ever taken on. Have you ever bit off more than you could chew so to speak? Have you every taken on more of a fixer upper project than you anticipated? Then welcome to my world! lol After finally getting the off grid camper out here the first logical repair seemed to be the roof of the camper. There was no sense in fixing or replacing anything else in this antique coachmen pull behind camper unless the roof kept things dry. When I started all of this last year on my journey to living off grid I had no idea just how much work was ahead of me. Today’s video episode of the podcast should give you some idea as to what its like with one of these old camper roofs in need of repair.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
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repair camper floor
September 8th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Finally the day had arrived to repair the off grid camper floor! My cousin Jason and I were out there off the grid on a nice summer day gutting the poor frame work from about a month earlier. We were finally getting to repairing the skeleton of a floor where bare metal and insulation had been mocking me for about a month now. If you remember back in June I had an extremely frustrating weekend with some contractors bad camper framing floorin the camper (Off The Grid Podcast Episode 31). We got started late in the morning with the sun going easy on us. Normally most summer days here in VA can be dangerously hot and humid. I checked the thermostat reading 89 degrees inside the camper but fortunately for us the humidity was low and the breeze aided the fan.

We went to work clearing out the hacked up wood, old insulation, and remnants to make way for the new floor. Then Jason took some measurements and planned out the best way to replace the framing for the camper floor. We had a lot of fun on this little diy off grid camper project. As you can hear my cousin has a good sense of humor! lol The fan going in the background kept good airflow going and made a big repair camper floordifference. I found a small DC powered handy-vac that worked great.. it just had to be emptied a lot! lol With the camper door open most of the time so we could go in and out of the camper the bugs found their way inside. A couple of bees, flies, and a few mosquito made their way to the excitement here in the off grid camper. Measure twice and cut once! If your building a one mile road by the time you get to the end your minor measurement can be way off so do it right the first time. 🙂

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”

the best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.. or in this case the floor! After about two hours of removing the old framing, cleaning, and cutting the first 2X2s we started putting the new flooring back into the close to 40 year old camper. Time flew as the excitement of a new floor quickly started to take shape. The anticipation was kind of like Christmas! lol For the last month I had a single 2 foot by 2 foot piece of plywood as a stepping place once just inside the camper by the door. I had to sprawl like Spiderman every time I needed to get into or out of the camper. On the rare occasion I missed a step there was a chance of going through the bottom of the off grid camper. Today’s Off The Grid Podcast was recorded back in early August 2015. I also had a video camera recording along with the audio. With all of there excitement going on I forgot to take a lot of pictures so I will get some images from the video camera and upload them soon! Once again every day here off the grid proves to be not only an adventure but also a wealth of opportunities to learn. Neither of us had worked on a camper before so it was a good exercise in critical thinking skills. My cousin had years of wood working experience along with a good background in general construction. I had very little construction experience aside from building forts as a kid. Today’s off grid build was a great experience and we had a lot of fun! If you do try anything like this please stay safe and use your brain!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you measure twice and cut once you will save a lot of time, materials, and money!
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