I recently came across a 1994 Coleman Cedar XL Pop Up Camper at an awesome price. I only gave $500.00 and it was ready to camp, so I thought. Don’t get me wrong it was very solid for what I gave for it. However, I just could not let myself take the risk of the canvas coming down after I saw how it was constructed. Below are a few pics from when I purchased it.
Here are the pics that made me decide to build a new roof. After looking at how the top was constructed. I decided to start from scratch. This has been a challenge, to say the least, but we will get into that in another post. As you can see from the images below the water had been running between the canvas attachments and the “wood”.
Little did I know that these roofs from the factory consist of a piece of aluminum, some insulation, then 3/16 plywood, a little more insulation, and then some sheet metal only where the canvas attaches to the inside. Building a roof for one of these campers is not for the faint of heart and to be quite honest was a lot of work and I would never attempt it again.
Original roof construction looked like this.