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Old 07-28-2015, 02:28 AM   #21
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One advantage of fiberglass it will usually hold up better if it hails. Aluminum dents easily.
Hail can put spider cracks in fiberglass which will allow moisture in. Then you've got major problems. Even hitting a bird can crack fiberglass. It's rare but it does happen!
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:55 AM   #22
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For the past 9 years I have hauled rv"s for a living. In the off season I haul a fair number of trailers back to the factory to get sides replaced due to cracking caused by aluminum frames flexing. After 40 years of tenting we purchased a trailer this year and it's stick and tin.. My motto is that they are ALL good till they have problems and sooner or later they all will have problems!
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:59 AM   #23
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Pretty basic to me---do you want an aluminum frame with fiberglass walls or a wood frame with thin sheets of aluminum covering it? No brainer to me, I'll pass on the stick and tin!
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Bottom line as you can see the opinions vary greatly....... and there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Personally I do not care what others think and we are not snobs, we have the old corrugated aluminum type. (stick & tin). We bought what we can afford and like.

Bottom line is enjoy camping.......... if it is your 1958 Spartan, 1960s Shasta, 1970s Terry, 1980, Coachman or 2016 Cardinal. We like our Pumas they seem to hold up better that some of the high dollar brands........ Camping is to have fun not a fashion show...........



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Old 07-28-2015, 06:54 AM   #25
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Hey now,maybe its a (Fun Fashion Show)! Youroo!!
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:13 AM   #26
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I personally went with a stick and tin this time. Yes, I like the aesthetic look of fiberglass, but my first trailer was a fiberglass and I got some serious delam....that turned me off from fiberglass. I will chock it off to poor workmanship and none top of the line, however I found my current trailer in the aluminum siding but I really liked it. It came in a nice cream color with decals that matched the color of my truck and also came with a front fiberglass nose cap. It really modernized the look of those stick and tin trailers. So went with it, plus the floor plan was unique to this model and it was in the price range.


There really is so much to consider on any one trailer.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:36 AM   #27
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It is indeed personal preference. And from what I have read in this forum, and in others, the early Fiberglas units did have some all-too-frequent issues with delamination. If you find the RV you like and the floor plan that suits your needs, then it doesn't matter really. All of them have positive and negative points.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:52 AM   #28
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We went with stick and tin because living in central California we do it have worry about water damage but sun damage. Fiberglass requires a lot more upkeep to insure the gel coat does not fade from UV. Our aluminum just takes a washing about every four months.

Aluminum can have wood rot but panels can be replaced. Fiberglass can have serface cracks (spider cracks) allowing water in and delaminating it, a little more in depth to fix but can be done.

Bottom line. Pick a flore plan you like, find a quality made trailer, purchase and enjoy

P. S. If anyone uses the argument of "aircraft are made of aluminum, not fiberglass" they are wrong, or at least making a fals blanket statement. Aircraft use both, even the old F-4 had some composit one it.
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We looked at both before purchasing. I was on a business trip down to McAllen Tx (HOT HOT HOT) and the Forest River Salem dealer tried to convince us that Wood/Alum was 100x better than Alum/Fiber. He stated everything from the decals stay on better to ease of repair to "You just don't need the undercarriage to be covered down here". He also discounted rot and termites as "Myths". Nice guy, but total sales person. Probably because all he sold were Wood/Alum models.

Every other dealer we spoke with (McAllen and Corpus) said that Alum/Fiber are the way to go. They claim humidity and water damage from AC Units cooling the inside while the outside bakes is a huge mold problem that you avoid with Alum/Fiber. Also, decals will fade on all.
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