There are various reasons you would purchase a used or vintage camper trailer. You may be converting one to a workshop, office space, or you may be planning a tiny home conversion for travelling. Regardless of the reason, one of the main issues people tend to find with used campers is the need for some form of ceiling repair. If you have grabbed a deal on a camper, but now you're facing a ceiling repair from water or rain damage, here are a few tips to get you through the process.
Finding the Source of the Damage
When you bought the camper trailer, you were likely told about the water damage. During this discussion, you may or may not have been told were the leak is. Do not take the previous owner's word for it as to where the leak is, if it has been repaired, or how extensive the leak is. By doing this, you could end up repairing an area that is not the true source of the leak, and having to do it all again later. You need to see it for yourself in order to do the right repairs on the ceiling and to make sure that all the water damaged wood and issue is removed. Wait for the next rain and find the leak yourself. See how much damage it can do and where the majority of the leak is occurring.
Make sure that you are not just focused on the area that looks damaged. Water damage in ceiling spreads, and it spreads quickly. It can also dry in areas leaving no indication that water damage was there. If you focus on just the area that appears damaged, you could be leaving behind insulation that was affected or other similar issues. You need to remove all the water damaged areas, including ceiling supports if necessary. This does not mean removing the entire ceiling of the camper. This means removing anything that was or is affected by the damage to prevent it from spreading further, even after your ceiling repair project is over.
Consider Prefabricated Framing
When you get into the portion of ceiling repair that deals with the framing, you may be wondering how you are going to handle. This is especially true if you are handling this as a DIY project and you may not have the experience in framing that a professional contractor will carry. In this case consider ordering a prefabricated ceiling frame, or parts, from a camper supplier. This will make the ceiling repair process easier and help you move the project along.
Even though you may want to keep this camper trailer ceiling repair on budget and as a DIY project, keep in mind you may need professional assistance. Make sure you have a contractor in mind that can step in if you get in over your head with his endeavor.