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    NBR: Fiberglass repair

    Bought myself a high top campervan to take some roadtrips. The interior was shot to I'm remodeling. One of the things I wanna do I ditch some of the vents and AC from the roof but obviously that'll leave some holes. Fiberglass repair doesn't seem that hard but it'd be nice to find a shop that sells the stuff and who I can ask how to questions. Anybody know of anyplace in town like that?

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    I got my pop up just for the ac on top. (almost) You can swim all day in 100 deg heat and be fine but who wants to try to sleep in 80 or 90 deg heat? Not me.
    Grab life by the timbales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I got my pop up just for the ac on top. (almost) You can swim all day in 100 deg heat and be fine but who wants to try to sleep in 80 or 90 deg heat? Not me.
    Amen brother. I don't mind anything at all about tent camping...except sleeping in the heat. That's why we bought our pop up too. We call it our air conditioned tent.

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    I'm 6' tall, the van ceiling is 6' 0.5", the AC unit sticks down 2". In short, I bang my head on it all the time. It's also way too big for the qubic footage and an energy hog. The plan is to upgrade to a window unit mounted on the back, or find a more off-grid friendly solution.

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    Any auto body jobber will have the supplies you need. Tasco, Finishmaster or Gladwin are the three big ones here in Austin. Fiberglass isn't hard but it sucks because it's itchy work. You'll basically need fiberglass mat and resin w/hardener. You'll also need to find a way to support the repair until it dries, preferably a way that you can easily remove without causing damage when repair has hardened. I would probably create a patch off of the camper and then once it's hard just bond it to existing fiberglass. Good luck!
    Last edited by Cheif; 01-02-2018 at 05:53 PM.

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    you might ask Fred Schroth @ Schroth Fiberglass. He's the premiere fiberglass repair person for boats on Lake Travis. He may be able/willing to help since this isn't exactly peak boating season. Then again, he may not.

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    If you just want materials, Home depot sells some of bondo brand polyester resins and cloth. West Marine sells the higher end west systems materials.

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    Have you considered replacing the roof AC with a sunroof or one of the pop up vent/fans? Seem to be really popular with the Van crowd. Might ba able to find one that doesn't hang down as much as the AC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlikesbikes View Post
    Have you considered replacing the roof AC with a sunroof or one of the pop up vent/fans? Seem to be really popular with the Van crowd. Might ba able to find one that doesn't hang down as much as the AC.
    I looked at those but the hole for the AC is much bigger then those so something would still have to be done to size it down. I might just get a RV skylight to plug the big hole, rather then trying to fill it.

    Now I just have to figure out how to cover all the access holes in the one side for the old appliances I took out. Sick teardrop Windows maybe.

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