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Old 07-31-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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Forest River's Aluma-Structure

Exactly what does Forest Rivers Aluma-structure mean? I recently had the opportunity to see the back end of a Sandpiper fifth wheel with the fiberglass skin removed, due to some repair work being done. I was shocked when I was unable to see ANY signs of aluminum. The entire back end is 2x2 wooden studs! It seems to me that this is bordering on false advertisement. What do you think?
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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I must admit I thought it means that it was an aluminum framed structure with foam core insulation.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #3
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I checked their brochure...it indicates vacuum boned aluminum structure sidewalls. Here's the link to their brochure... Sandpiper Fifth Wheel Downloads by Forest River

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what model camper was this picture taken on? I have a 2012 Sandpiper 32QBBS that is looking like the back wall is going to be replaced due to delamination issues. If possible I will take picture to see if it's aluma or wood. The aluma-structure vacuume bonded walls was one of the biggest selling points for me. Now I'm already facing delma issues after 8 months.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #5
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I checked their brochure...it indicates vacuum boned aluminum structure sidewalls. Here's the link to their brochure... Sandpiper Fifth Wheel Downloads by Forest River

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You probably hit the nail on the head there Dave ""sidewalls"" not the ends.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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only the side walls are laminitated. the slide out end walls and roof is also laminated 2" aluminum tubes. this allows for flex. all welded walls have no flex therefore are more apt to crack.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #7
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Not to pile on here, but when an interior wall in our 2014 Cedar Creek started to come apart 2 months into its use, and I looked under the 1/8" thick paneling that was falling off, I found a wooden framed wall. I expected aluminum, checked the brochure and it showed the exterior wall being aluminum, and said nothing about the interior walls. I was ok with that until the wood frame was found to be defective (the factory used scraps of wood that were not the correct dimensions) and the wall self destructed. I put it all back together with 2 new pieces of wood (cut to the correct dimensions) the way it was designed to be, added some wood glue to key places and used wood screws rather than staples on the frame pieces and the wall has not had an issue since.

Lesson learned, read about the construction with great care - marketing communications blurbs can lead us optimists into thinking the product is more than it is.
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