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geo11RT

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Posted: 05/19/20 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With the new info about azdel, everything is on the table. I just want something that won't rot or delam (who does). I will look at the the two lance models. I am unsure how the DW will feel about the pop out tent.

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Delam is only an obvious indication of a greater issue. Nobody wants water intrusion into their camper. Nobody wants mold in their camper. That's what it needs to be maintained with yearly inspections and resealing of the roof and wall joints. Azdel does not change the fact that maintenance is required it just makes neglect less obvious.

If you are seeing delam that is typically a sign of poor care for critical maintenance.. I wouldn't buy a used camper that hasn't been maintained. On the other hand a camper that has been well cared for and stored out of the elements can be a great buy even if it has luan laminated walls.


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One reason I'm lookng at full composite campers. No wood on the inside either and no wood in the building process. Yes seals will still need to be maintained but if a leak happens it can be repaired without major damage. If a leak continues without knowing about it..mold, mildew can be cleaned easily if it does show signs of it and absolutely no rot will occur.

I have seen a lot of used Artic Fox campers with damage over the years.
I think they use luan wood behind the fiberglass skin. Once water/moisture finds it's way inside between the two then the bubbles start on the fiberglass skin.

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Agree with maintenance. What model/makes are full composite campers?

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geo11RT wrote:

Agree with maintenance. What model/makes are full composite campers?


Not many out there. I'm more into off road and going places others dream about with a truck camper. Could be others out there that I'm not thinking of at the moment.

These are built with composite panels in Canada. Hard side and pop ups. You can call them direct and use their US dealer Big Sky RV in Montana.
https://overlandex.com/home


Here is another full composite hard side with new models coming. You can get them without the roof top tent. Built in Yakima Washington by Adventurer/Eagle Cap.
https://www.scoutcampers.com/


Hallmark pop up in Colorado can do a full fiberglass with composite frame and interior cabinets. A leak in one of these will not do major damage.
www.hallmarkrv.com/


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Posted: 05/19/20 12:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Scout Campers are not full composite like I said. They use wood on the inside for cabinets.

Overlandex I think you can get them to do a shell only model. If I bought one of these I would finish the inside myself and build my own cabinets out of foam board. That will keep things light weight and rot, mold and mildew safe.

One thing nice about composite panels is better insulation and lower condensation. I think Overlandex can do stuff to keep thermal bridging to a minimal

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I use to have a class C 2018, with azdel. In the nose there was almost a undetectable crack in the caulking, on the roof the warranty had expired by seven months two R. V. repair shops looked at it the cheapest was eleven thousand, and both companies said they could not match the interior cloth and wall pieces. I went to the factory in Indiana they have a warranty section there. We live in Georgia. The head of the department looked it over and said the unit should have not left the factory with such a poor job on the caulking on the roof part over the driving compartment. Forest River has a campground where you can stay at night for free. I would drive it over to the warranty work area and at the end of the day they would bring it back. Until they decided every thing should be replaced including framing that they did some welding on it was torn back more than half of the motorhome. They would show us what they had done at the end of every day. We were in a motel by then. At the completion of the job they walked us through to see if we were satisfied. I was asked where our spare tire was it did not come with one the dealer had told us. Well we got a new spare tire and wheel they did a few extra things to the unit that we asked for to make it more enjoyable for us. Many of the things they did besides the roof would not have been covered by any warranty I expected to pay for at least some of the work. The shop manager smiled and said go and have some fun in your motorhome (which was better than new) there was NO CHARGE FOR ANY OF THE THINGS THEY DID. POINT TO MAKE AZDEL WILL DELAMINATE. Forest river is great one of the remarks that was made when I thought we would have to pay at least something was "you went to the trouble to bring it back to us at the factory so no charge for anything

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it doesn't meet all of your requirements as far as the exterior, but the Arctic Fox 1150 is a very sturdy, reliable, well insulated, four season camper with one slide that will sleep five. Two in the bedroom, two on the dinette, one in the fold-down bunk above the dinette. If they are well taken care of, delamination shouldn't be an issue. But that is a big if. I had an Arctic Fox 1150 for several years and it was an awesome camper that I would not hesitate to take to Alaska.


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mike/kellie wrote:

I believe all tow vehicles exceeding a certain weigh are required to have a braking systems in place. These range from vacuum, surge or electric among others. In addition, there is usually a break away cable that engages the tow vehicle brakes if it should separate while being towed.


For good reason. I was just towing my brand new Cargo Mate enclosed trailer when it jumped off the hitch ball on the highway. I wouldn't even want to know what would have happened without safety chains or a breakaway cable (which didn't activate since the chains held it). Turns out the coupler is either bad or out of adjustment. Scared the bejesus out of me. I have been towing for over 30 years and never had something like that happen.

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restlessways wrote:

I wouldn't even want to know what would have happened without safety chains or a breakaway cable (which didn't activate since the chains held it).


Glad nothing really bad happened, but it seems like your breakaway cable was incorrectly setup. I hope you’ve fixed it.


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