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The DW and i went to our local RV show this past Sunday and are talking very seriously about upgrading our Hybrid too a regular travel trailer. I need some honest real life opinions on the pro's and cons of both aluminum siding and gelcoat, also advice on keeping an aluminum siding trailer looking nice. I may be wrong but i would think waxing an aluminum siding trailer would be a real chore! FYI it would be stored inside when not in use. I have the gel coat now and truthfully i'm not impressed with it but i'm sure there's good and bad to both.

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Aluminum is very durable, cheaper, more forgiving, never delaminates, lighter than FG and utilitarian which is what I like. It is difficult to wash and wax but since it will be stored inside no big deal.

I have never owned a FG sided camper but they appear to be easy to wash and are shiny. Heavier than aluminum, cost more, and not as durable in impacts and would result in costly repairs. Just my observations


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My 5th wheel is aluminum. My (tiny) Fun Finder X-160 is Gelcoat. My 34' Motoryacht is Gelcoat. My Trophy fishing boat is Gelcoat. My half dozen small sailboats are Gelcoat.

God, I wish my 5th wheel was Gelcoat.


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Another vote for Gelcoat. Easier to maintain. I highly recommend getting a buffer.


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The DW and i went to our local RV show this past Sunday and are talking very seriously about upgrading our Hybrid too a regular travel trailer. I need some honest real life opinions on the pro's and cons of both aluminum siding and gelcoat, also advice on keeping an aluminum siding trailer looking nice. I may be wrong but i would think waxing an aluminum siding trailer would be a real chore! FYI it would be stored inside when not in use. I have the gel coat now and truthfully i'm not impressed with it but i'm sure there's good and bad to both.



dspenser,

Fiberglass/gel coat siding also needs waxing and washing. That is a moot point in comparing aluminum vs fiberglass/gelcoat. Gelcoat is much more durable for dings and nicks like frisbees hitting the siding. Aluminum dents very easily. Gelcoats weigh more and typically are more expensive. Just my guess but I would think they bring a higher resale value, too. So, perhaps that is also a moot point. It is more about what you want and how heavy you want to tow. The only Aluminum sided trailer I would consider is the Airstream.


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That aluminum sided one will be around when the fiberglass over luwan camper is dead and gone. But the fg one is alot better loking and if you store it inside that stops the clock on it (Weathering). Get what ever one you like better.


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the aluminum corrugated siding makes the trailer about 400 pounds lighter
my 2002 Komfort with aluminum siding still looks brand new
frequent washing after Every trip is the key

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two years ago we drove through a hail storm... made it through with broken tail light And a dented truck... after replacing the tail light the trailer looked new again... aluminium would have been pitted everywhere


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I have a fiver with gel coat and a TC with aluminum. I have done some repair on the aluminum and it was easy. I think the gel coat would be a lot more difficult. That being said I like my Gel Coat too. So I say get what you want.


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To each his own but mine shall be aluminium siding. The weight difference and durability are a plus for me.

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