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Old 07-25-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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What is the best way to fix this?

Above the valance for the front wrap windows the ceiling is covered with vinyl rather than aluminum. When we were cleaning, we discovered this lovely crack which was "hidden" by the previous owner with various trinkets that were velcroed to the shelf in front of it. It appears that there is some stress on the crack as it does not naturally line up. This makes repairs very difficult. Anybody got any ideas about the best way to fix or hide this?
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:26 AM   #2
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I would first sew it up to take pressure off of the split so that it doesn't go any further. I would then take a piece of vinyl material as wide as the entire shelf area and tall enough to cover the split and glue it to the area. I would consider doing it in a contrasting color to use as a backdrop for items that you may want to display on the shelf.
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:14 AM   #3
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I had a similar problem with my Sovereign, but my end cap is plastic. I used Epoxy Putty to fix the crack. After I finished the repair, I painted the entire end cap to hide the repair.

Being that your end cap is vinyl, I would fashion another piece for the front to cover the rip.
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:29 PM   #4
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It may be plastic. I'm not sure.
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:31 PM   #5
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I would first sew it up to take pressure off of the split so that it doesn't go any further. I would then take a piece of vinyl material as wide as the entire shelf area and tall enough to cover the split and glue it to the area. I would consider doing it in a contrasting color to use as a backdrop for items that you may want to display on the shelf.
That is kind of what I had in mind. Do you know of anyone who could make that for me? I'm not that talented.
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:46 PM   #6
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That is kind of what I had in mind. Do you know of anyone who could make that for me? I'm not that talented.
That headliner is plastic.

They can be repaired or replaced.

If you repair it carefully, then paint it, the problem will be over.

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Andy is right. You can use either epoxy putty or a fiberglass repair kit to fix the crack then when its dry, paint it.
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Hey Chu- Everyone has great input here so here is mine. I would get a piece of mesh behind the tear in the plastic, drill a series of #20 holes on each side of the damaged area, rivit one side then position the two pieces as best as possible and rivit the other side. Now you have a strong bond and foundation on which you can now start to epoxy. I would lay down one thin coat, let it dry, sand and then apply another coat and continue the process till you have a smooth even surface. Now you can go in and paint.
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My 76 Sovereign end cap had cracks in it. I used fiberglass tape and caulk to stabilize them and then covered the entire end cap with vinyl wall covering. I used sizing, self glueing wall covering and extra construction adhesive to make sure the vinyl would stay up at that angle. Working overhead meant most of the glue was put on by hand and smoothed out with the vinyl wall covering application. Rolled the seams and it's held very well for almost a year. It certainly brightened up the trailer by covering the yellowed end cap plastic and was an inexpensive fix. By the way, all the glue I used was water soluble to make it easy to work with and allow it to bond to the wet vinyl wall covering.
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