How to Repair a Pop-Up Tent Trailer

by Kimberly Dyke
Learn to do your own pop-up tent trailer repairs.

Learn to do your own pop-up tent trailer repairs.

Nothing can be more frustrating than being out on the road for a camping adventure and being interrupted with water or other weather damage to your pop-up tent trailer. Dripping ceilings and cracked windows are not comfortable for anyone. Learn to temporarily repair damage while away from home as well as to make permanent repairs when time permits. Proper maintenance will ensure that you will enjoy your pop-up tent trailer for many years to come.

Repair small damaged areas, such as a broken window or rip in the roof, with aluminum sealing tape. Clean the damaged surface and allow it to dry. Cut a piece of sealing tape slightly larger than the area.Smooth it on for a tight seal.

Repair larger damage on your tent trailer temporarily by wrapping a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil. Tape the seams with aluminum sealing tape and apply roof seal to the edges. Lay the piece over the damaged area. Tape the piece again with sealing tape to secure in place.

Inspect your tent trailer for leaks. Take the leaking object apart and seal it together. Apply butyl sealing tape to doors and vents and fix roof perimeters with roof sealant. Caulk over the repaired area to keep out moisture. Coat the area for aesthetics and additional protection from weathering with paint, elastomerics or vinyl sheeting.

Prevent water from entering at the roof joint by removing the molding and the vinyl insert in the joint. Scrub off any remaining old RV putty near the joints. Replace the vinyl insert and any rusted screws. Apply a new strip of one-inch butyl rubber sealing tape, or RV putty tape, and lay the molding back on the joint. Replace the screws, but do not over-tighten them.

Stop awning leaks by removing each awning strip screw one at a time and filling the hole with caulk. Insert a new screw into the hole. Do not over-tighten. Put a thin line of caulk around the awning support arm plates along with the top and bottom horizontal strip. Let the caulk dry and then reapply a second thin line of caulk.

Items you will need

  • Aluminum sealing tape
  • Cardboard
  • Roof sealant
  • Butyl sealing tape
  • Caulk
  • Vinyl insert
  • Screws
  • Butyl rubber sealing tape

About the Author

Kimberly Dyke is a Spanish interpreter with a B.A. in language and international trade from Clemson University. She began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in education, parenting and culture. Currently residing in South Carolina, Dyke has received certificates in photography and medical interpretation.

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