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joeprinter

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Posted: 08/13/09 04:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer fiberglass, have had both, the aluminum tends to have deeper darker streaks in the siding, the any minor ding will dent rather eaisly.


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I have had both and prefer the fiberglass due to the look and ease of cleaning. I can't seem to keep the aluminum clean. Wish my current tt had fiberglass.

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Posted: 08/14/09 12:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had both --- Fiberglass all the way for me.... Much easier to care for and keep it looking like new.


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Posted: 08/19/09 05:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer Aluminum and found the floorplan I wanted, in Aluminum. Most laminated Fiberglass trailers are light weights with shorter ceilings. They usually only shave a few hundred pounds off but give up more robust build quality, have lower payloads as well as ceilings. Each to their own.

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* This post was edited 08/19/09 05:52pm by Mike Up *


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Posted: 08/19/09 04:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, by now you've read all the opinions & the pros & cons from both sides. What it really comes down to now is what do now think is best in YOUR mind & go for it. You'll be happy with either choice you make. As you can see, some prefer fiberglass while others prefer aluminum. No one can really decide for you. It's just been proven here. You now need to get one or the other & start finding out for yourself which one YOU prefer.


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Take a look at boats for long term comparison (they have been made in both materials since the late 1950's). My dad has a 40 year old alluminum boat. The paint is faded a bit, but otherwise is as good as new. Drive by a boatyard and look at fiberglass boats from the 1970-80's (even into the early 90's) to see what fiberglass will eventually look like.

If you keep up regularly with washing and waxing (no more than 2-3 months between waxing), fiberglass will stay nice for decades. The problem is if you let it go, the gel coat gets chalky and then it becomes harder and harder to bring it back to shiny and clean. Ultimately you can repaint, but that probably wouldn't make sense economically unless you are dealing with a high end motorhome.

If you only want to wash and wax it a couple times a year, go with aluminum as it fades a bit but then holds steady pretty much forever.

I wouldn't rule out fiberglass for a good enough deal, but I prefer low maintenance and light weight of aluminium.

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Durability of the finish over 15 or 20 years is the only thing that's unproven with fiberglass. I've owned both and prefer the look of fiberglass better. It's really a personal preference but I'll just say one more thing.


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My next trailer is going to be fiberglass...not a question or any doubt in my mind about it! This past Friday, a severe hail storm hit our campgroung in Brandon, Manitoba...and let me say, the hail stones were huge and did a lot of damage. The front of my TT looks like it's been towed to Alaska, up and down gravel roads, mega times. My trucks right side, roof and hood has lots of dings, but my fiberglass truck cap, not a mark....so here is what I observed.
Any TT that was metal, got the snot beat out of it and the fiberglass units had no marks on them. There were many units that had there vent covers, propane tank covers and sky lights smashed out...but the fiberglass units...not a mark on the skins. The camp ground looked like a war zone, so now, my truck and trailer have a story to tell and I'm not afraid to get a scratch or two on them now!





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Posted: 08/19/09 06:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Jayflight had aluminum, my Eagle has fiberglass. I prefer the fiberglass, both for looks and ease of cleaning.


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Posted: 08/19/09 09:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have 2 trailers (1 alum. 1 Fiber)

we had major hail storm. In storage lot= (ALL)including mine) metal,alum,sided trailers are going to have to be resided, 15.
all windows that are ordinary glass were busted

all other fiber trailers including my new one were okay.

my old metal one is only storage now. I can't sell it, as windows are busted out and have to reside, not worth it.


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Posted: 08/19/09 06:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer the fiberglass. My new Dutchmen with Aluminum sideing was damaged by hail the first month after our purchase. We sold it and purchased a Skyline Malibu with fiberglass siding. The salesperson beat on the side of the fiberglass sided trailer with no visible damage. I was impressed but informed him that I wanted the similar trailer next to it after his demonstration.

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