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View Poll Results: Smooth or Aluminum siding poll. Multiple choice.
I have a smooth sided RV 147 37.89%
I have an aluminum sided RV 124 31.96%
I have had both and prefer smooth 72 18.56%
I have had both and prefer aluminum 49 12.63%
I have a smooth sided RV and have experienced delamination 43 11.08%
I have an aluminum sided RV and dents and dings have been a problem 11 2.84%
I have a smooth sided RV and have experienced fading 24 6.19%
I have an aluminum sided RV and have experienced fading 1 0.26%
I will never buy another smooth sided RV 16 4.12%
I will never buy another another aluminum sided RV 10 2.58%
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:15 PM   #11
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I think the bottom line on deciding between smooth sided and aluminum sided is basically "You pays you money and you takes you chances".

Both types have advantages and disadvantages. In the case of water damage, aluminum sides will be easier and cheaper to fix; repairing major aluminum sided water damage is potentially an at home do it yourself fix. Repairing major smooth sided water damage begins with "First, remove the entire old wall". Aluminum is lighter. Smooth sided is easier to seal.

Buy what you like, and make sure you keep it well sealed.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:16 PM   #12
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I like the look of the fiberglass trailers, and they will stand up to hail damage better for sure (which I just experienced). I do have concerns though about fading, chalking, and delamination. I'm looking at the 26BH and it's offered in both... Really not sure which way to go.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:30 PM   #13
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Having had both Smooth and Aluminum sided TT's, IMO one common characteristic is that UV and debris over time has a visible effect on their respective front caps.

I will acknowledge that the Smooth "colored" front caps seemed to be more difficult to maintain do to what seems to be premature fading (based on owner feedback).

I do prefer a Smooth white surface over a colored surface, and this could potentially be the deal breaker for me if I had to choice between a Smooth colored and an Aluminum sided TT.

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Old 09-22-2014, 04:03 PM   #14
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So, your saying I took a step backwards?
No...maybe a side step....
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No...maybe a side step....
I know, I just think of the possible delamination issues. My sister in law has a Jayco 2007 17export with the smooth side. The front sidewall corner is bulging. I believe from lack of maintenance. She says they always check it. So I am very attentive to maintenance items...especially the roof. Like I said earlier, if I miss something, the aluminum siding is probably a cheaper fix. Smooth sided walls, the whole side has to come off. We decided to give the auminum a chance. We will see.
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I have the aluminum side. Picked it because of the layout and I coul afford the trailer. If money not factor like the look of smooth sides.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:11 PM   #17
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I have alum. It is easy to to keep clean and the paint stays bright.

Waxing isn't the issue many like to think it is. I might even suggest some folks who say it is difficult to wax alum sided trailer have never tried doin it. I wax at least twice a year with quality liquid wax and its easy on easy off -- paste might take more work but paste always takes more work.

The only fiberglass I would consider would be a gel-coat fiberglass. Otherwise most of the fiberglass sided trailers I see are pretty faded and chaulky looking after 5-6 years. I am sure there are expections but that is my personal experience.
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See this. I have seen this Lots over the past 40 years.
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...446#post236446
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I have had both and have no preference. I have had no problem with either, however, these are relatively new trailers. I have not had any fading of the front cap of my White Hawk. I wash it but have not waxed it.

If I were to order a Jay Flight series trailer I would not spend the extra for smooth sides.
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I'd like to try the fiberglass sides, but didn't want the extra weight and was told it would be more expensive to repair if there was damage. So I went with what I have had in the past. The next one, many years down the road, may be fiberglass as I hope to have a heavier duty tow vehicle.
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