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Old 10-13-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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TT exterior corrugated or not corrugated?

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So the industry seems to be getting away from corrugated exteriors and I’d like opinions on both. As a casual observer, the non-corrugated does not appear to be as tough or last very long. Am I just seeing TTs that owners don’t wax and care for or do they all fade and delaminate after a couple of years? On the other hand I see 20 year old corrugated TTs that still look good. What’s the difference between these two?
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:29 PM   #2
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Corrugated siding, commonly called stick and tin, are generally wood framed with aluminum siding. They tend to run heavier.
Smooth sided have aluminum framing and filon siding and are generally lighter than similar stick and tin models.
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:34 PM   #3
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I had the same question after the Pomona show. Following

That said, it appears that corrugated is heavier but stronger and construction uses studs (either aluminum or wood) whereas the flat side stuff is resin (fiberglass) overlaying thin plywood with a gel coat (think boats) on top. There are some laminated walls (I think) that do not use plywood. Construction may or may not use studs.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:13 PM   #4
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Filon sided have an aluminum frame bonded inside the walls.
Most have some aluminum studs, I believe.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:03 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 10-20-2018, 06:54 PM   #6
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To me, the casual observer, the corrugated looks finished whereas the ďFilonĒ as one poster called it looks unfinished. It looks like a house missing brick or siding to me. It goes down the road, and I think, that looks naked and unprotected. De lamination is a huge problem that seems to be swept under the rug. Unfortunately for me, RV manufacturing and purchasers disagree, leaving me fewer viable choices. And there are the folks that think corrugated is for the lower tiers of the RV population.

So there is a challenge for me to find a decent corrugated TT (still havenít pulled the trigger) and I guess the hunt is on, which is fun itself!
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I guess I'm just low life trailer trash then with my aluminum siding. Even tho its brand new.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:35 PM   #8
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We had a 1995 Kit Sportsmaster Patio Hauler that has the "cheap" corrugated siding. After 21 years it would wash up and shine, never did wax it. I agree it shined better than our 2 year old fiberglass siding. Guess I need to start polishing, my wife wants to wash it tomorrow anyway.
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Fiberglass to stick and tin

We currently have a 2013 Rockwood fiberglass TT but plan to buy a corrugated TT before next spring. Our daughter and her husband is taking the Rockwood. We have not had any problems with delamination but fear it will happen sooner or later. We don't care that that some say Stick and tin is cheap or entry level TT. I know for us its really about what makes you happy. We don't need to keep up with the Jones of the RV world.
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Hail Damage Comes to Mind

My first TT was aluminum sided. Here in the south, hail is common and my TT was beat up pretty good. From then on it has been fiberglass for me because I don't like looking at dents, but that may be just me.
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