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Posted: 03/09/12 04:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could anyone give me your inputs regarding aluminum vs. fiberglass exterior siding options on a travel trailer, I'm going to either purchase the KZ Sportsmen S242BH or the S272BH. Maybe pros or cons of each siding? thank.

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Posted: 03/09/12 04:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's really nothing more than a personal preference. It's easier to keep aluminum siding LOOKING clean but easier to clean fiberglass. fiberglass is not likely to show dings from gravel or hail nearly as much but is easier to patch in case of an accident. Both have advantages and disadvantages but it would be the wrong item on which to base a choice.
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Posted: 03/09/12 05:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

aluminum, no delamanation.

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I have to wonder about construction as well. My trailer is fibreglass and its a vacuum bonded 4 layer structure. Might be lighter and stronger? With aluminum framing, should outlive me.

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Posted: 03/09/12 05:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had an aluminum sided Autumn Ridge and I was certainly not happy when I put my first ding in it, just putting a chair under the trailer for night storage. A friend also had an aluminum sided one really get dinged by hail damage.

So our second travel trailer, a Dutchmen 25C-GS has the glass covered laminated siding, certainly easier to wash and wax, and I am constantly watching for open seems and thinking about delamination. So far, so good. Every cut for an outside fitting or any screw hole I touch I add caulking and sealant on any exposed or opened laminate surface I can get to.


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I've had both and its all personal preference as they both have there pluses and minuses. In my opinion Floor plan is much more important.


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Posted: 03/09/12 05:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had both and prefer fiberglass. Much - much easier to wash and wax.


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Hi,

Fiberglass is warmer.


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Mine is aluminum, never had fiberglass. I like the look of fiberglass, especially hi-gloss, but they were out of my price range. The floor plan and outside kitchen were more important to me. I wouldnt worry about delamination if u buy it new and look after it. Maybe have it pressure tested for peace of mind, as it is a big investment.


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I like fiberglas; snappier graphics and easier to clean.


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