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Old 07-27-2015, 05:14 AM   #1
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Shopping for new TT. Aluminum or fiberglass?

A few months ago, we sold our TT. We have a 5-year plan to get another one. There is no way we will make it five years!

Unemployment has slowed the process, but we are still looking/shopping/dreaming!

So the question of the moment is Aluminum or fiberglass for the outside walls? I have done some online research, but would really like the opinion of you experts!

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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Shopping for new TT. Aluminum or fiberglass?

I wondered the same thing. Salesman (gotta take with grain of salt) told me fiberglass was better and made his case.

I bought fiberglass, hope he was telling the truth as I was thinking aluminum and he changed my mind. Aluminum skin with lumber framing does seem to make a heavier trailer, I didn't want to need a bigger TV, so it all made sense.

Hopefully someone smarter than me answers your question.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:57 AM   #3
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They make aircraft out of aluminum not fiberglass. With that said, you pay a premium for the aluminum.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:34 AM   #4
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They make aircraft out of aluminum not fiberglass. With that said, you pay a premium for the aluminum.

I don't get the impression the OP is thinking about an Airstream.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:34 AM   #5
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One advantage of fiberglass it will usually hold up better if it hails. Aluminum dents easily.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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Delamination is the only real downside of FG. If you get the Asdale backed FG it will not delaminate. The luan backing gets wet and swells causing the delamination.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:40 AM   #7
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I don't get the impression the OP is thinking about an Airstream.
Nor I, I know that there are other manufactures make aluminum trailers as well. Living Lite makes a very similar trailer as my Flagstaff 21fbrs and it is easily 12 grand more.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:21 PM   #8
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To me the corrogated aluminum stuff makes a trailer look old and cheap. Besides, smooth wall makes for much easier washing and waxing. And just plane look better!
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:32 PM   #9
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For the price of a new & heavier stick & tin TT we bought a slightly used lightwieght fiberglass TT with aluminum frame. Since it was a couple years old & hadn't delaminated, I figured it came from the factory built fairly well.

Before the PDI I spent 2 hours looking behind every access panel for water damage & found none. The dealer then provided a FREE pressure leak test & re-caulking combined with a 2.5 hour PDI. We have camped over 60 days over 2 summers & haven't had any problems (not caused by me...) So if I had to do it all over again I would definitely make the same choice to buy a used fiberglass w/alum. frame vs. stick & tin.

Now the all-aluminum skinned Airstreams, etc. are a different story.... You pay a LOT more & they generally don't come with today's roomy floorplans w/multiple slideouts. I can buy (3-4) TT's just like mine for the price of an Airstream...
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:33 PM   #10
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x2 on FB being easier to wax and wash. I wish you lived closer to Ohio, I have a gently used fiberglass TT for sale.
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