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Repairing a hole in the roof of aluminum horse trailer

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jcriddle
Posted 2017-04-12 11:18 AM (#169738)
Subject: Repairing a hole in the roof of aluminum horse trailer


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 We recently had some damage to our 2007 Platinum horse trailer from a storm that came through. It took the roof off of our shed, the roof went over the horse trailer that was parked beside it. Luckily it only did minimal damage to the trailer, but it did leave us with a few small holes in the roof ( small than an inch in diameter). I need to know some products that can be used to fix this. 
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cajunmuleman
Posted 2017-04-12 8:20 PM (#169743 - in reply to #169738)
Subject: RE: Repairing a hole in the roof of aluminum horse trailer



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I don't know positively, but I wonder if you could use traditional bondo? If the hole is deep, possible fill with something either like spray foam like is used around doors and windows in homes ( expands very little ) or even steel wool.

Hopefully an expert will chime in because I am sure you want it fixed pretty quick.
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beeoerdog
Posted 2017-04-12 9:22 PM (#169746 - in reply to #169738)
Subject: RE: Repairing a hole in the roof of aluminum horse trailer


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Best repair would be to weld a patch over the hole. Need a welder experienced with aluminum...
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gard
Posted 2017-04-13 6:10 AM (#169749 - in reply to #169738)
Subject: RE: Repairing a hole in the roof of aluminum horse trailer


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In addition to welding, a rivited patch will also work well, when ever a finished interior is present. Either type of repair can usually be handled by a fabricator.
?If the holes are small and your roof is bare or painted, you might consider coating it with an elastomeric product. This willl not only completely seal the roof, but also will lower the trailer's inside temperatures when it's parked in the sun.
?An average three horse SL  trailer  can usually be multiple coated for ~about ~$ 100. It's an easy DIY project and will last many years. Resurfacing is easy if and when it becomes necessary to renew the product.
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horsey1
Posted 2017-04-13 10:47 AM (#169752 - in reply to #169738)
Subject: RE: Repairing a hole in the roof of aluminum horse trailer


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The fixes above can work fine, but anything less than a roof replacement can impact your trailer's value. So be sure and get settled with your insurance before doing anything.
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