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I-28 Vinyl Headliner Replacement
Well, all the staples have about rusted out and the zipper pulls have turned to dust so it's time to think about replacing the vinyl overhead on my 1979 Islander 28. I'm a little tired of the 1970's RV look so I'd rather not just replace the vinyl fabric. Any thoughts out there? A couple of criteria come to mind. First, in the PNW, insulation is critical to keeping condensation at bay. Otherwise it rains both inside and outside simultaneously. How does insulation become part of the fix? Second, if it condenses between the fiberglass cabin top and the new liner, where does the water go? The old liner had some foam backing that kind of soaked it all up and dried out by late August in a dry summer if you were lucky. Third, the I-28 has some pretty extreme curves that the vinyl covers nicely but what about wood? How do you hand mold that into place?