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    I picked up a S-280 out of Ft Campbell with the intentions of turning it into a removable camper for the back of the deuce. I figured I'd start a build thread and try to document it here. I say try because most of my builds that I plan on starting a thread on, I end up getting busy with the work and forget to take pics.

    The first order of business is to clean it out and fix a few leaks. It's got a couple of fork stabs in the outer skin which will be easy enough to patch but the roof is going to need more attention. It looks as if the AL roof skin has just corroded through in a couple of spots and has pin holes.

    I know a friend that is in the trailer repair business and can get me AL van trailer roofing pretty cheap and my first thought is just put a sheet of that over the whole roof and rivet it down. I've also got a roll of industrial rubber roofing that I've thought about but am unsure of how to attach it where it will hold. Any ideas on this would be appreciated.
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    Bought an AAR mobility shelter last year and was fortunate to have the roof in good shape... But still likely to put a UV elastomer roof coating on it.

    For yours, would cleaning and then sealing the current roof to ensure all holes are plugged. Then put your new AL sheet on it, rivet it and then a couple coats of UV elastomer coating.

    Question is... Are you planning to put any loads on the roof? This will impact the plan...
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    No loads on the roof. I've even thought about Rhino lining but I'm unsure how well it will hold up.

    I'm still leaning toward the solid sheet of AL as that will be the most permanent fix. The rubber roof would be the easiest to install and it's free but as I said above, I don't know how I'd hold it down.
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    Eeeeeck, Eeeewh.

    I think you should have picked one up in Newnan GA. That looks like a lot of work.
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    Carnac, I seriously considered yours. This one came available locally so I took a chance. If I had been outbid I was going to try and get yours. The roof was a little surprise but you place your bid and take your chances.

    Has anybody tried this stuff- http://www.epdmcoatings.com/rv-liqui...gallon-kit.php ? According to their calculator, I'll need two gallons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m16ty View Post
    Carnac, I seriously considered yours. This one came available locally so I took a chance. If I had been outbid I was going to try and get yours. The roof was a little surprise but you place your bid and take your chances.

    Has anybody tried this stuff- http://www.epdmcoatings.com/rv-liqui...gallon-kit.php ? According to their calculator, I'll need two gallons.
    That stuff looks pretty good ! I think I'll buy some and try it out myself.

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    Ty, I see you got one.

    Two things. Funny, you found out they don't fit on a trailer like that. I borrowed a friend's flat deck tandem to go get mine.

    Second is that I just used aluminized roof coating with fiber for mine. It hasn't leaked since I did it.

    I want to get mine inside but it has to be dry to get the hoe over and pick it up.
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    Ty, are you gonna try and replace the skids on the shelter? I was looking online and found that AAR Corp says they are "easily replaceable" LOL Having some like the originals would be nice since they are suppose to absorb some shock to the container.
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    You have got to check Matt's S-280 removal setup. I first saw it at Haspin with the cylinders and then he made it the cat's azz with the electric and winch setup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by swbradley1 View Post
    Funny, you found out they don't fit on a trailer like that.
    Yea, I knew it wouldn't fit between the fenders before I went after it. That's why I carried the timbers. I was going to borrow my uncle's gooseneck but he was using it so that either left the trailer I used, the deuce, or the tractor/trailer. I figured the tractor/trailer would be a little overkill and I didn't feel like driving the deuce so I just used the timbers.

    My buddy ended up giving me a sheet of AL trailer roofing so I guess I'll try to get it fastened down.

    Will your backhoe pick it up? I've got a Massey Ferguson 40 hoe and I was wondering if it would pick it. I've got doubts mine will do it.
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