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Old 06-22-2015, 09:52 PM   #1
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Need advice on a used Class A (don't want typical looking fiberglass sidewalls)

Hey folks. I'm in the market for a higher quality 2002-2007ish Class A (V10 gas preferred, diesel considered) in the 36ish+ foot range that has full body paint. I want either aluminum or high quality glass-smooth fiberglass sidewalls, and not the normal fiberglass you see on MHs (that have that distinctive "Fiberglass" look). My 01 Damon Intruder has glass-smooth walls...no ripples, no slight orange peel texture. Just a perfect mirror smooth finish. Newer Intruders aren't made the same, have that slight "fiberglass" texture, and are more prone to delamination

Now, although I'm one of those guys that can name off almost every class A model made in the last 20 yrs, I don't know everything about every single model, simply because there are some I've never had the chance to see and touch up close.

I realize often more expensive rigs are better built, but not always.

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Old 06-22-2015, 10:28 PM   #2
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Basically I want something less prone to delamination

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Old 06-23-2015, 07:32 AM   #3
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There was an "outbreak" of delamination issues in the early 2000s caused by a supplier issue. Haven't been too many since then. Use the search tool on this and other forums and see if you can find examples in the last half of the 2000s.

Your "smooth" finish was just a good paint job. Have what ever you buy repainted and specify 4 or more coats of clear coat. It will look real smooth and your pocket will be empty but it will look great.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:59 AM   #5
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You already mentioned Newmar, but our 2005 KSDP has mirror smooth walls. It's full body paint over FG.

No help, but still..............
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:03 AM   #6
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Yeah, from what I have seen, Newmar is about the only coach company that has high quality side walls.

And the finish on mine actually isn't smooth because it has a good paint job....mine doesn't have full body paint. High-quality finish in this case is due to the production process and the quality of fiberglass. Panels are double walled, vacuum bonded, then a fine top layer put on before being finished. If you don't have a high quality glass-like surface, paint finishes won't look good, no matter what you do.
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look at both country coach and beaver in the era you are looking. both will not disappoint you
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:48 PM   #8
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Price range?
Jayco makes some large Class-C and super-C that fit that bill. Having owned two class-As, I like the C better, but that's not what you're asking for.

As mentioned above, the fiberglass issue of 2000-2005 is gone. You'll still need to watch for delamination on some rigs and make sure they're well cared for.. If really clean, you're likely looking for stored inside.
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Don't discount a little older. We recently purchased a 2001 Dutch Star by Newmar, glass smooth finish.
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As you can see from the attached photo our 15-yr-old Beaver Patriot Thunder still has beautiful full-body paint with multiple clearcoat layers. Quality manufacturers can make coaches that retain their looks. Unfortunately, most don't take the time or $$ to do so.
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