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Replacing Living Room Slideout ceiling trim
#1
Has anyone DIY replaced the Slideout trim?  Ours is sagging... Newell estimated a week to do the work but we cannot drive the coach to Newell currently or in the near future. TIA! Adrian
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
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#2
I’ve had mine done at Newell. Mine has all the swirls in plexiglas so it was probably more difficult.

If you take the screws out of the top of the valance, and remove it, you can see how they made the ceiling. In my case, it was three layers of plywood. (All three were water rotted)

Newell but the new pieces on their CNC machine and reinstalled.

Essentially nothing was reusable so If you tear into the project, expect to have to source everything. Mine has white Naugahyde everywhere except the plastic.

Let me know...I may have some picstures.
Bill Johnson
2003 Newell #653 Quad Slide Cat C-12 engine with Motorcycle lift 
2011 Jeep Wrangler, 2018 BMW 1200GS Adventure Motorcycle
Auburn, Alabama
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#3
it is just ply wood. nothing that cant be cut with a jigsaw. just have to figure out the puzzle on how to remove it.

the white vinyl is something you can find at an automotive upholstery supply. the one i got the material to do my hot rod is in phoenix

tom
2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

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#4
Thanks Bill and Tom! I didn’t think it was Rocket Science but figured with an estimate of 40 hours + it is mostly labor intensive. Maybe I can find someone with a CNC cutter and get the plans from Newell (I know, good luck!). The jig saw was the one thing I didn’t pack with all the tools on the way to Phoenix this week! Lol.
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
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#5
what does the ceiling there look like? why do you need a cnc cutter to cut ovals in wood if that is all there is?

just trace the one you have and cut it out yourself

tom
2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

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#6
Tom, now that you have prodded me into actually thinking about it I could use the existing ceiling to make a jig. I need to remove the front valance and see what it looks like underneath but as I recall it is three layers of plywood (of some sort) stacked on each other and screwed/glued together. Probably has the vinyl put on as the layers are built up. Wish I were at home in my garage as this would be a fun project! I may have to invest in a cordless jigsaw... where is that Milwaukee catalog?...
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
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#7
You could always rent a jigsaw (some Home Depots do rentals) if you want to keep your travel kit light. I don't know if this is a job for which Newell would use that fancy-dancy, super-special, ultra-light, ultra-strong plywood (that's probably not the proper technical description...haha). If you could get your hands on some of that stuff...woohoo! Smile
Robert
Philadelphia, PA
A coachless newbie who is here to learn...
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#8
It was regular plywood. You will need a stapler to put on the vinyl. Like Tom said, the old pieces can be used as a template. I don’t remember how the top piece was attached to the metal shell...but surgery should reveal that detail.
Bill Johnson
2003 Newell #653 Quad Slide Cat C-12 engine with Motorcycle lift 
2011 Jeep Wrangler, 2018 BMW 1200GS Adventure Motorcycle
Auburn, Alabama
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#9
i have staplers. timber wood working supply in mesa is a dealer for mooreland ultralight plywood

i called and they have 1/2 and 3/4 sheets in stock. a 3/4 sheet weighs 51 lbs compared to 78 lbs for normal plywood

tom
2002 45'8" Newell Coach 608  Series 60 DDEC4/Allison World 6 Speed HD4000MH

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#10
Thanks guys! I would love to come back with Aluminum like the other ceiling panels are made of - stretched vinyl across the frames - this would be more water resistant. Other than figuring out how to cut giant pieces of expensive aluminum panels would there be any downside to doing this? What do they use on new coaches slide ceilings now?
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
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