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Old 07-14-2016, 11:00 PM   #15
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The choices are stick&tin and composite. The composites are only coated with polyester resin and fibreglass.

I just finished repairing a 18year old camper for hunting. As it was stick&tin, it was pretty easy.There was much insulation to worry about,either.

Out trailer is a wood framed composite. It's light like a Sherman tank is light. The newer aluminium framed ones are much better that way.The aluminium framing technology is fairly new as such there some learning to do. It's easier to screw up then nailing studs. But I think aluminium framing should be better, the wood they use rots almost instantly. Two years in and I replaced some of our wood. The lesson there is ,after two years replace sealant with some that works.

What I really like about the composites is that when done right, one side is one strong rigid bonded piece. Well insulated too,as much as 2" of Styrofoam.That even adds strength.

Polyester resin doesn't stick to wet wood. I know this from experience with boats.

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My favorite was always the smooth Holiday Rambler painted aluminum.

I had an aluminum over wood Fleetwood and it performed fine, but was totaled after the 2nd hailstorm The first hailstorm required it to be resided, and when it needed it a second time they said there wasn't enough wood frame left to screw in the new siding, so they took it away.

I suppose there could be similar issues with aluminum structure, but fiberglass siding is much more resistant to hail.

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My first RV was a 2013 Grey Wolf by Forest River. It had aluminum sides. The aluminum panels would not stay on the sides of the trailer. I had the trailer less than 48 hours and they started coming off. It was in the shop for almost six months being totally resided. The factory had missed the studs with a third of the staples. After it was resided I made three weekend trips with it before the siding started coming off again. Long story short I will never own another aluminum sided trailer. I'm sure there are lots of nice trailers out there with aluminum siding and I was told this was a freak occurrence but I was also told there were over 300 Grey Wolf trailers that had to be redone.
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Modern aluminum wall structure is nice. Light, strong and won't rot.
Outside I prefer fiberglass. Looks better, easier to keep clean and much easier to wax.
Also, if you've ever seen an aluminum sided trailer after a hail storm...
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Aluminum is an old and reliable construction method, often referred to as "stick and tin". Easy to build and easy to repair. It has limited adaptability to creative designs. It does not delaminate but it does dent easily. It is use on all price points from entry level to Park Models.

Fiberglass is newer, although not that new. It provides a flat smooth surface suitable for high detail artwork and is often molded into various stylish shapes. There are reports that it will occasionally delaminate or weather poorly. It is considered by some to be a more "modern" look.

Fiberglass can also be molded into a two piece trailer shells with a seamless roof such as the Casita and other so called egg units.

For me; floor plan, cost and tow vehicle dictate my TT choice. Construction materials are of lesser importance.
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Had and like both but I like the aluminum frame

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