How to Repair a Motorhome Ceiling

Updated February 21, 2017

As your motor home ages, the ceiling can start to yellow and sag. If the motor home has had problems with leaks in the past, water stains may be present on the ceiling as well. Repairing the ceiling is costly if you take the vehicle to a repair shop, but you can do this repair in a few hours at home. The repair is not hard with the right tools, supplies and instructions. Your sagging or old motor home ceiling can look showroom-new in no time.

Place a dust sheet on the floor below the spot you want to repair on your motor home's ceiling. Cover the wall below the spot with a dust sheet as well. Next, tape off any windows or trim underneath the area getting repaired.

Remove any cabinets that may be in the way of the ceiling. With gloves and eye goggles on, start pull down any sagging or old ceiling material.

Measure the spot you need to repair on your ceiling. Cut a piece of the vinyl fabric according to your measurements. Be neat---no jagged edges.

Paint a coat of the cement or adhesive on the back of the fabric and then some on the ceiling. Let the cement stand for a few minutes and become tacky. Then carefully place the vinyl on the ceiling and smooth out from the centre towards the edges with a putty knife or straightedge. Keep smoothing and add a small amount of cement around the edges to ensure bonding with the ceiling.

Check the repair job after about 10 minutes to make sure the edges are sealed. Add a small amount of cement to the edges if needed. Then move to next spot and repeat steps to repair.


Open any windows and doors so the smell from the vinyl cement or adhesive will not overwhelm you.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-size paint brush
  • Contact cement or adhesive for vinyl
  • Dust sheet
  • Tools: hammer, screw driver, crowbar
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic or latex gloves
  • Vinyl fabric matching the colour of your ceiling
  • Eye goggles
  • Tape measure
  • Putty knife or straightedge
  • Small ladder
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.