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Old 12-08-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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No wood framing...

Just looking to narrow down my search for a TT without studs to rot away in the NW. I have found a few brands, I would assume there's a few more. Thanks Bruce
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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is Airstream on your list?
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Find one that doesn't leak and keep it that way, then it won't matter.
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Wood framing was used for probably 50 years in RV's with minimal problems. If the trailer is kept leak free it should go 20 years with no worries.
But if you want to be far away from wood framing, look at Northwood products. Locally owned makers of quality trailers and campers.
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you haven't said if you are looking new or used.

virtually all the trailers with aluminum siding have wood frames. new or newer units with fiberglass siding are most likely metal framing. many are aluminum, which is lighter and more expensive.

There is still plenty to rot, if not framing, if you have leaks. So you still need to inspect these trailers closely (looking in cabinets, underneath, etc) to detect if they have leak and or mold issues.

Good luck in your search
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Thanks guys and gals for the info.
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Thanks guys and gals for the info.
Rockwood Windjammer is a all aluminum framed trailer. When the wife and I where looking at TT's they seem to be an OK build and I did like the construction compared to most.
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We've done a lot of research the past few months ourselves. It's about time for another new trailer so the search went on. Wanted high R-insulation, Aluminum frames, composite walls, light weight, and 2 year warranty just to name a few. Looks like we settled on the "Open Range" trailer line up.
Click here: Open Range RV: A Whole New Range of Fifth Wheels & Travel Trailers
In particular we're looking at the Journeyer model JT337RLS unit. Plan on taking a plant tour Jan 8th, 2013 and looking over a few JT337RLS as they come off the production line that day.
You may want to consider Open Range.'
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We just purchased a Takena TT by Chalet. In talking to their manufacturer, there is "almost" no wood in it. However, it is not a true 4 season TT nor is it marketed as one. We purchased it on September and drove it from Oregon to Virginia in November and we hit some darn cold weather in Utah where it dropped to 20. The plumbing is completely in the interior, but the tanks are exposed. The windows are single pane and we had some sweating there and at the owners inside the slide out. But down to 30 or so, it is great, has a dry weight of 2700 lbs with two axels.

Lance makes a fine light TT that is rated 4 season with double pane windows. It is a little heavier than the Chalet and the lightest model has only a single axel which made it a non-starter for us.

If you want a true waterproof model, look at the clamshell.
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Wood is better from an insulation stand point, but is subject to rot when wet. As noted, it is paramount to keep the RV leak free whether wood or aluminum frame. Problem is it seems that a fair amount of the manufacturers do not put much effort into the design and many leak sources are there due to poor design.

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My KZ Spree has all aluminum framing, it does have plywood on the floors and paneling on the walls and ceiling though. Check your rig for leaks often and fix them quickly if you want it to last. Also store it out of the sun, UV rays will cause a lot of damage too.
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Everything is aluminum on these including the cabinets CampLite All Aluminum Travel Trailer Overview by LivinLite
I ordered one of their RV toy haulers.
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We've done a lot of research the past few months ourselves. It's about time for another new trailer so the search went on. Wanted high R-insulation, Aluminum frames, composite walls, light weight, and 2 year warranty just to name a few. Looks like we settled on the "Open Range" trailer line up.
Click here: Open Range RV: A Whole New Range of Fifth Wheels & Travel Trailers
In particular we're looking at the Journeyer model JT337RLS unit. Plan on taking a plant tour Jan 8th, 2013 and looking over a few JT337RLS as they come off the production line that day.
You may want to consider Open Range.'
Happy trails,
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When I clicked on your link I didn't see much in the way of aluminum in the Open Range. I'm I missing something?
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