Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-15-2016, 11:09 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 12
Corrugated plastic sheeting

We've been tossing around the idea of using corrugated plastic as a outer skin of a trailer idea. I've done a little digging on the subject although not an extensive amount.
I do know it's pretty strong stuff and comes in several different types, the most common most of you are probably familiar with is the same stuff you often see political signs made from.
Here's one guys bicycle trailer made from recycled campaign signs.
Micro airstream bike camper - Creative Ideas | Elkins DIY

I could be wrong, but I'm guessing it can easily be beefed up with the right framing to be incorporated into a regular trailer or even possibly on a flatbed of a truck or van..
Any thoughts or suggestions?

martyra is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-15-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 9
If you are talking about coroplast the stuff is not UV stable so it will rot in the sun-check with a local plastic supplier- they should know their stuff and save you some work

skloon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 11:22 AM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,527
It's fairly brittle, so not sure how the fasteners would hold up under the stresses of road travel. It's just nailed or screwed through the vinyl into a stud (the stuff you are talking about is corrugated PVC sheet siding, I think). Don't get it too close to a campfire either - the stuff melts at fairly low temps. The pvc siding on one of my garden sheds melted from a fire that was several feet away.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 12:00 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 12
The UV issue is one of the things I like best because it's cheap and very easily replaced. As far as fire goes, yeah...steer clear of that for sure. Then again I hear wood burns pretty easy as well.. I've never actually witnessed wood burning, but I assume it does.
Jokes aside, I'm thinking of an arched laminated plywood frame, maybe 2 layers of 1/2 inch stuff, maybe 3 1/4" layers for strength and because it would be really difficult and expensive to try to cut a big enough arch from a single sheet..
martyra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 01:33 PM   #5
Senior Member
keymastr's Avatar
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 1,488
You will be replacing it faster than you think. The sun is brutal on it and it will not hold up to wind loads once it has been exposed to sun. It gets no UV under your trailer so it stays fairly strong when used as underbody panels.
keymastr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2016, 11:22 AM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 12
For now this is more a thought experiment than anything.
Before I would even attempt to use corrugated plastic for this use I'd test it by putting it on some type of rounded or curved form and leave it outside in the weather for at least a year with various coatings. I asked the question about uv sustainability from the guy who made the bike trailer, but so far no response. There's also an idea floating around in my mind of using the corrugated stuff for the structure skin and adding some other thin skin over the top of it, the point being the structural strength of the corrugated stuff and the fact that it's very light weight..
For now nothing is actually being built except for some new doors I'm making for the class c out in the driveway. The old ones are particle board and look like crap..
I'll include some pictures of what I'm doing with those later after I have a few made in a different thread.

martyra is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone hear of silicone sheeting used for roof repair? Kahoona RV Systems & Appliances 1 08-25-2016 08:50 PM
Fixing/replacing corrugated wood that covers hoses when slide goes out 00wabbit MH-General Discussions & Problems 1 09-12-2013 02:13 PM
Yellowed plastic Navy Flier Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 17 03-17-2007 05:04 AM
Atwood Plastic Drain Plug DancinCampers Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 15 04-07-2006 03:33 PM
roof top plastic lid Rapid Ray Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 2 08-15-2005 01:44 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:37 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.