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Old 11-05-2018, 07:45 AM   #11
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I had two aluminum sided campers totaled from hail storms. I’ll never buy one of them again strictly for that reason. The cost to replace all the siding was more than what I paid for it brand new so insurance totaled them both.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:40 AM   #12
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Both have their advantages...

I wouldn't choose one over the other worrying about hail damage.

Aluminum dents...fiberglass will get holes from hail!

In the end, insurance will cover either!

If we worried this much about every single thing that might, can or will happen to our RV's...

We might as well just stay in tents or hotels.

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Old 11-05-2018, 08:47 AM   #13
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I want one made out of the same material the black boxes in airplanes are made of.

And I want to be able to wash it easily. Mine is FILTHY, especially underneath.

But both have plus and minus issues. Weight is one. The smaller trailers where weight is not a massive concern seem to be stick and tin. I have had both, don't know that I noticed either 5 minutes after driving off the lot.
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Like most things, There are PRO's and CON's to both.

Aluminum Siding
Less expensive
Lighter weight
Easier to repair dents, holes or water damage
Harder to clean with all the grooves than a smooth side trailer
Usually built on wood framing (Not Always)

Smooth sided trailers/Fiberglass/Filon/Gelcoat
More expensive
Heavier
Easier to clean
Some like appearance better
Usually built on Aluminum Framing

Here is what I think is a fair assessment.

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Old 11-26-2018, 01:06 AM   #15
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If you get a dent or hole in the fiberglass ones you have to replace the whole side whereas the corrugated ones you can replace just that certain panel.
No disrespect mean but fiberglass siding can be repaired, However if there is a lot of damage an whole area may need to be replaced. I prefer fiberglass I guess because of the looks
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Like most things, There are PRO's and CON's to both.

Aluminum Siding
Less expensive
Lighter weight
Easier to repair dents, holes or water damage
Harder to clean with all the grooves than a smooth side trailer
Usually built on wood framing (Not Always)

Smooth sided trailers/Fiberglass/Filon/Gelcoat
More expensive
Heavier
Easier to clean
Some like appearance better
Usually built on Aluminum Framing

Here is what I think is a fair assessment.

Actually, stick and tin trailers are generally heavier than comparable filon-sided/aluminum framed trailers. The wood framing makes them heavier.
Most ultralights are filon-sided/aluminum framed.
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My previous trailers were "tin sided" and I hated them. The sides are not single sheets but several interlocking sheets with horizontal joints. The joints trap dirt and moisture, often growing algae that is hard to remove without using a pressure washer.

The irregular side is difficult to wax as well. Every ripple has to be done by hand.

For my last trailer I rejected all possible models with tin sides and sought out the one I bought because it has the smooth fiberglass sides. It's also a lot better insulated than the tin side's IMHO.

Just treat the smooth sides like one would treat a boat. Wash and wax annually at least. Cover when stored to minimize UV degradation (which also happens to the paint on tin sides).
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When we bought our TT I was strongly leaning towards smooth sides. While at RV wholesalers on a very warm day we looked at 2 nearly identical forest fiver TTs, one fiberglass and one aluminum, the fiberglass was hot inside but tolerable, the aluminum was unbearable inside and I had to leave in a few seconds. Decision made, aluminum was remove from the list of options.
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