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Old 09-17-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Should I be concerned between a Tin/aluminum side verses fiberglass in a 18-22ft TT? Have found the Tin/aluminum is much lower cost.

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Old 09-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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What are your concerns? Just from a material standpoint, fiberglass will insulate better than aluminum and has better sound dampening.

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Old 09-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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As a rule fiberglass sided TT's are nicer. Most tin sided are on the low end price wise and quality wise. Tin dents easily, wood rots when wet and any water on the insulation will cause mold. Fiberglass sided TT's are usually aluminum framed with foam insulation.
With all that being said buying a fiberglass sided TT won't guaranty a no issue TT. They all can be with poor quality construction and materials. Those issues can be had in all lower cost TT's. Once you get into the more expensive units they are all fiberglass sided.

IMO tin sided TT's are only made for people that aren't sold on fiberglass sided TT's. The price is usually lower which attracts new buyers. Those with more experience will eventually move to a fiberglass sided TT.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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We bought a new travel trailer in May and made sure we got one with fiberglass siding due to the hail we get in our neck of the woods. We've had a metal sided one and it got beat up severely twice by hail.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:33 PM   #5
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All I can say is stay away from an Forest River units. You will regret it.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:53 PM   #6
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All I can say is stay away from an Forest River units. You will regret it.

My forest river unit is perfect.

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Sure go on on line to consumer complaints, .
under Forest River and you will see how many unhappy owners there are
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #8
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Go with a fiberglass sided unit and stay away from the "stick and tin" campers. For one thing, the metal sided rigs are a pain-in-the-butt to clean. Metal sided can get small dents from just about anything where as fiberglass can flex to a degree. And, if you get a leak, the framing is all wood. Nough said.......
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:52 PM   #9
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Having had 6 different TT's and MH's the biggest caution that I have is don't expect to much with any TT in the 20'-22' length or entry level units. One word to consider, "Ultra-Lite" or some such adjective to denote light weight. That means they had to cut corners somewhere to save weight. It could be anywhere but it does not matter it translates into lower quality and longevity. You are buying a rolling home. It is on a skimpy frame with minimal axles and tires to carry the weight. There are no shock absorbers to soften the ride on the TT or its contents. The brakes are also adequate but just barely.

Do you have an adequate TV (tow vehicle)?? Always try to stay less than 80% of the rated towing capacity of your TV. That gives you some safety margin. We had a 2010 F-150 rated at 10,500 lbs towing capacity. Our TT's were less than 7,000 Lbs.

Your family size, budget, traveling and camping plans may also dictate the type and size of TT. The choices of a TT (5-th wheel) or MH each have ADD and DISADD. With a TT you need a decent TV. With a MH if you are going for extended camping and traveling you'll need a Dingy (TOAD). WE drove MH's for years and never had a TOAD. Now that we are both retired we have a MH and need a TOAD.

Best of luck in you search. If you find a unit there are a lot of people with a lot of experience who can advise or assist. But with that in mind take the advice with a grain of salt. We each have our own experiences and take of things.

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Old 09-19-2013, 05:59 PM   #10
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In the very small sizes forget both - go with solid, molded fiberglass - built like a boat. Very strong, very light, but more expensive than either "sided" type, although they hold their value very well.
Brands include Casita, Scamp, Escape, EggCamper, Big Foot, Lil' Snoozy, Parkliner, etc.

Check out this web site which is dedicated to this type of camper: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/
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Humm, Now, see, I've heard of delamination issues with fiberglass TT. I have a older used TT and I don't have a dog in this fight but, I'm just saying that I've hear of delamination that's all. Does anyone have a comment on that? I'm wondering the same thing as the OP.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:29 AM   #12
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Yes, delamination can occur with the sandwich type of construction if not properly made, but not with the molded fiberglass types. These are solid fiberglass, not a thin layer of fiberglass glued to foam, (etc.).
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:58 AM   #13
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hi there, we are also first timers and we are shopping around for a new TT.
we are looking at the APEX 249RBS 28' rear bath. Any comments, suggestions are greatly appreciated. TV 2012 F150.

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