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View Poll Results: Smooth or Aluminum siding poll. Multiple choice.
I have a smooth sided RV 146 37.73%
I have an aluminum sided RV 124 32.04%
I have had both and prefer smooth 72 18.60%
I have had both and prefer aluminum 49 12.66%
I have a smooth sided RV and have experienced delamination 43 11.11%
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 6.20%
I have an aluminum sided RV and have experienced fading 1 0.26%
I will never buy another smooth sided RV 16 4.13%
I will never buy another another aluminum sided RV 10 2.58%
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:06 PM   #21
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Smooth aluminum looks dated
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:28 PM   #22
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Smooth side fan

I put a lot of thought into my most recent purchase. We now have a smooth-sided White Hawk. Our local dealer had an aluminum Jay Flight with the same floor plan. We chose the White Hawk mainly for looks and easy maintenance. The aluminum is easier to repair but if harder to keep clean. The fiberglas can delaminate. My decision came right down to personal preference. I worked in an RV factory in the 60's and we used the same aluminum wall technology as today. I wanted something more modern. I figured a lot has happened in the last 50 years.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:16 AM   #23
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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.
Well stated Clubhouse.
I've had a smooth side and now I'm on my second aluminum sided trailer.Before buying our 33rlds I took everything into consideration and while camping we did a lot of looking at smooth sided trailers looking for delamination.I will say we see more non Jayco brands with delam over Jayco units but in the end I'm still not sold on the smooth side for longevity.
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:23 AM   #24
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The major problem with both sides is lack of proper maintence. Water is the enemy...you have to keep your camper water tight. You have to wax both if you want to maintain new look.
I purchased mine because the gel coat and curved roof will add to easier maintence and longevity.
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:23 AM   #25
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Got aluminum on mine. Mostly because that's what was available in the floor plan we fell in love with. Subsequent model years became available with slab sides as an option, but it's not worth the extra cost to me even if it were available at the time of our purchase. Also because I'm deathly afraid of delamination. But as I have learned, the primary cause of delam (water intrusion) is just as much a problem with aluminum sided units as slab-sided units. Either one takes diligent maintenance to prevent water intrusion. Aluminum has the added advantage of being cheaper to fix, just have to replace the panels that were affected.
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The major problem with both sides is lack of proper maintence.

Bingo we have a winner!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:00 AM   #27
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My jay flight 24 rks is aluminum. Like anything, it has its drawbacks too. I go through the ritual in the spring, uncover, wash the roof, inspect for caulk cracks, wash the sides down and give it a coat of wax. Nu-Finish liquid is easy on and off and removes the dark streaks caused by a dirty roof. Wouldn't use it on a car again though, on the TT it works great. Use it on a vehicle where you have black plastic trim next to the paint and you will have a heck of a time getting it off the black plastic
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I've had both, and have had problems with neither. I don't purchase my RV's based on what materials the exterior walls are constructed of, however, the smooth sided RV's are much better looking. If I were to base my choice strictly on looks, it would be the smooth sided every time.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:25 PM   #29
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We have a 2005 Fiberglass StarCraft with delamination issues. I really love the fiberglass look, but we ordered a new 2015 Jayco today in aluminum....didn't want to take the risk.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:06 AM   #30
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Why is it that Smooth sided fiberglass units usually have aluminum framing and aluminum sided units usually have wood framing?

The foam used in the panel construction is polyurethane which has very low sheer strength. That makes separation of the skins from the foam very easy no matter what adhesive is used.

All this said, we had Fiberglass panel over wood framed Winnebago that was 30 years old when we sold it. There was only minor delamination in a couple of spots. Ours was always well maintained and leaks promptly repaired, but I have seen some of them with lots of rotten framing when people failed to repair the leaks. Our current Jay Feather 25Z is seven years old with no problems at all to date with the exterior.
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