1994 COLEMAN CEDAR XL Roof Rebuild /FAIL!!!!! Attempts 1 and 2

I honestly hate to post this, but this is how the roof rebuild started. None of these attempts worked! I will be making a post of what seems to be working at the moment and is very light and seems to be durable so far. 

  1. Tried using solid boards and quickly realized that this would be way too heavy.










2. I didn’t learn from that mistake,  but this was a solid platform.  Needless to say, the reason this was too heavy is that I used 3/4″ plywood so I really didn’t save any weight at all with this build. It was very solid though and one of my favorite fails of this build so far.










3. I really thought I had it whipped this time.  🙁



1994 Coleman Cedar XL. Good Deal???

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.