Three weeks ago I began by replacing the inoperable and leaky roof vents with three new Fantastic Vents. These are 12 volt 3-speed reversible fans with thermostats that ventilate your space (for that 3 months/ year) when you don't need to use the A/C. Then two weeks ago I measured, created and affixed a large body patch where the water heater access used to be. The old water heater didn't work any longer and we're now going with a propane powered tankless water heater that will mount in the enclosed space behind the refrigerator. And just last weekend I finally got our new A/C unit and replaced the old burnt up Coleman. I also replaced some patches on the roof that had been done incorrectly by a previous owner.
I still need to reseal the black tank vent pipe that's on the roof (it leaked a tiny bit during the last rain), create and affix a patch where the stove vent used to be, and fill in a couple of other tiny holes where the radio antenna was. I can't wait to get out there this Saturday and finish it all up! OK on to the pics...
|Where the water heater vent/ access panel used to be. Cut and cleco'd to drill remaining holes.|
|All riveted up. These are 5/32 Olympic shaveable rivets. Not quite as strong as the original bucked rivets you can see to the left, right and above, but the next best thing.|
|After trimming the ends and cleaning the Vulkem up.|
|My office whilst on the roof|
|Muscled the old Coleman onto the ladder and let it slide! haha|
|New Dometic 15,000 BTU unit. This is the most powerful single unit you can get for RVs. Hope it can keep this beast cool!|
|Prior damage and the outline of where the huge steel *cringe* patch had been.|
|My smaller aluminum patch, getting all the holes drilled. I also drilled and riveted into the frame underneath where I could, so that this new sheet would provide strength to the shell as the original metal that was here would have.|
|Where the huge TV antenna used to be, and another small patch redone with the correct materials.|
|The guts of the A/C unit. Had to bend these all over to allow space for the notch that had to be cut in this box.|
|How I felt after all this manly stuff!|
|Too bad the old A/C didn't work, this would have been nice! lol|