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Old 09-24-2016, 09:04 PM   #1
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true high gloss gelcoat fiberglass exterior vs aluminum

Hi all,
We went to look at a 2017 Salem Villa Estate 395RET today. We love the new floor plan and are going to order one this winter for spring delivery.
I was discussing with the salesman that our first RV delaminated, the Coachman did not. I was leaning towards an aluminum sided unit to avoid the delam issue but the salesman said that the Salem Villas with the true high gloss gelcoat fiberglass exterior option have a fiberglass panel that is "hung" on the exterior studs as opposed to a laminated "filon sandwhich"
There is a definite different feel to the exterior where the wall gives a bit between studs
compared to the tradional hard side filon trailers. He claimed that there is not the traditional issue with fiberglass delamination.
I have an email to Forest River but will have to wait until Monday for a response.
I would love to get the "true high gloss gelcoat fiberglass exterior" due to the shiny exterior and ease of maintenance but do not want to worry about delam.
Does anyone here have experience with this exterior finish on the new units or is the non delam a sales tactic?
Thanks guys and gals.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:35 PM   #2
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Well, I just got a 8:44pm reply on a Saturday night from Forest River regarding the true gelcoat fiberglass exterior. ( very impressed ) I guess the salesman was correct.
Here is the reply.
"Yes. We hang our glass. We use a true gel coat. You can wax it like a boat. The gel coat fiberglass is glued with a liquid nailer to every stud. It is true that it does not de-lam because it is not laminated. It is the same way Cedar Creek who costs a lot more does there's. It works well without the longterm risk. Hope this helps. Thanks again for your interest in our product."

Nice, I love that high gloss finish, it looks really nice.
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