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Old 08-02-2016, 05:25 PM   #1
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How good is the Azdel Composite Sidewalls for motorhomes

Hi guys,

Just found out about the "Azdel composite sidewalls" that are used on some motorhomes. The information shows that it's;

lighter
stronger (very difficult to dent)
better sound deadener,
better R factor
impervious to water

If all thats true then why isn't it used on every motorhome?
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More expensive.


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Hi Mike,

More expensive, so does it follow that it's better than others RV sidewalks?
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Composite panels like this have been used in boats for a long time. I think it is a better material than lauan plywood, but nearly every RV on the road uses lauan. If lauan stays dry, it's fine. Replacing lauan with waterproof materials like Azdel solves only one of many water infiltration problems common to nearly every RV on the road. It's a step in the right direction, on a long path to better quality construction. It looks good on the brochure...


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We have it on our Coachmen Mirada. We also had a private factory tour and saw it used in the production of Coachmen Class units. When compared to the sandwich boards others use, I would be hard pressed to ever select another style of construction. But then if I waned to buy another MH. I would need a divorce lawyer .... DW said two in 24 months is enough...


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Seems like a good idea for a motorhome being lighter, stronger and water resistance. And seemingly no down side, you don't see that very often!
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Seems like a good idea for a motorhome being lighter, stronger and water resistance. And seemingly no down side, you don't see that very often!

Yep, the only downside is the additional cost.

I've seen Azdel walls advertised by several manufacturers, and I'd like to see more of it. Laminated composite walls aren't much of a selling point on their own, though. A used RV on some dealer's lot could look great from the outside, with nice, straight, shiny, waterproof walls, and still be hiding a moldy, water-damaged nightmare inside of the walls. It's easier to see the damage with the delaminated and warped FRP/lauan walls.

It would be really nice to structural composite sub-flooring, just like in a boat, but that stuff costs much more than marine plywood, which costs much more than standard plywood, which costs more than OSB. So we get Azdel laminate walls over OSB flooring. Better than nothing, but not a lot better.


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