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Posted: 01/28/18 03:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I should have commented on the wood vs aluminum frame part too. The wood framed trailers have fiberglass bat insulation that's just kind of set in place and often has gaps around it. Not to mention it can settle over time.

I believe that the aluminum framed, solid laminated walls block more sound, and in this particular case will be much better insulated. Along with that, the Outdoors RV comes with double pane windows which also contributes to blocking sound along with its superior thermal insulation properties.


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The wolf pup black edition boast of having improved thermofoil artic insulation vs it's base models. What that actually means I have no idea lol. Maybe it closes the insulation gap a little? Here is a link to a dealer that actually posts what the black edition comes with (forest rivers website doesn't that I could see) http://www.whitehorserv.com/2018-forest-river-cherokee-wolf-pup-18to-black-label-new-travel-trailer-nj-i2258492

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I'd be more concerned with the material used on the roof? do you know what it is?
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That thermo foil sounds like the same stuff many mfgrs put in the roof/floor. More of a gimmick I think.

Just looked at your link. That Wolf Pup only has 800 lbs of cargo storage. To me it's really, really inadequate for long term living.

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downtheroad wrote:

Pros and cons about both...floor plan that fits your needs best should come first.

Especially if the GF likes it more !

Personally, I like the fiberglass sides better, but floor plan trump that.

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Bumpyroad wrote:

I'd be more concerned with the material used on the roof? do you know what it is?
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Here is what I found on the outdoors RV roof : Radiused Crowned Full Walk-On Roof
Exterior Grade Plywood Floor and Marine Grade Plywood Roof Substrate
Laminated Aluminum Frame Slide-Out (All Walls & Ceiling)
wolfpup : One Piece Walkable Decked Roof. EPDM Roof

Thanks for all the input everyone! Leaning towards the outdoorsrv so far [emoticon]

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I've had both tin and glass. Don't really notice much difference between them. We are most interested in floor plan and weight, so when we find the floor plan we want at a weight that our TV can tow, doen't matter what construction or siding it has. As for roofs, I prefer the really old aluminum roof where you can see the seams and can then keep them sealed. I like the sound of rain on the roof.


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As a rule, more cost is a good measure of more options, such as the afore mentioned windows and insulation.

However, floor plan trumps everything.

Also, a lot depends on how long you are going to use it.


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I've got a 2003 Fleetwood Prowler Lynx that has the laminated sides and aluminum wall framing with the compressed foam insulation.

Still going strong, zero leaks and zero problems..

I'll go with laminated sided aluminum framed rigs if I ever decide to get a new one.. So far the 2003 still fits the bill and no desire to change.. [emoticon]

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Just a very general observation: Aluminum framed roofs, especially those that are bowed, are ok to walk on. Wood frame roof's (especially the flat ones), are not recommended to walk on. There are some exceptions, I'm sure, but seems almost all aluminum roof rafter models are walkable. Wood is not.


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