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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 03-16-2015, 01:23 AM   #51
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Thanks for the source!
What is interesting is the moisture statement that voids warranty.
I'd think RV panels should withstand moisture because laminated anything on foam is a styrofoam cooler shaking down the road at 60 mph, plus curbs, humps and holes. An RV (trailer) manufacture facility using a product that does not handle moisture?

I've been routine on wash/wax and putting sunscreen on roof and like the look of the camper. Next camper, if any, I'll trade durability for shine.

I suspect Jayco has used different panels. It seems these thing became common about 2006 and fail about 4 years later so about not is when a bunch would fail.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:30 AM   #52
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I have a 2008 Jayco 17c Ex-port hybrid. It is a smooth sided single axle trailer with what may be a huge problem, a floor that is soft and very difficult to fix. A trusted Jayco sales man who is now selling cars commented that aluminum and stick built campers were could be repaired in ways laminate (fiberglass) campers cannot and recommends I junk mine and get an aluminum.
I think he's telling you the truth.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:58 AM   #53
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Won't even consider a aluminum sided trailer around here - seen far too much hail damage. At least one dealership has a "hail sales" almost every year as one or 2 are bound to get hit and decimate their inventory.

When we were shopping after asking us what we wanted and hearing we won't consider an aluminum sized unit because of eventual hail damage, a sales man told us "Thats what insurance is for". Pretty much did a 180 and walked out. What else will he tell us to try and make a sale? Deductibles and trying to get them fixed isn't worth the hassle.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:34 PM   #54
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Thanks! I'll remember that. We get small hail about once a year where I live, but can get it anywhere we camp, too. At home we have substantial tall trees and can get dents in cars from limbs falling.

A question about roofing. My camper requires roof washing and sun screen (what I call roof treatment) routinely. It is not a big job, but part of my shopping list for a "next" camper is care free (other than washing) roof. Do aluminum campers come with roofing that does not need sun screen?
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:45 AM   #55
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I prefer smooth sided. Delam problems with Jayco seems to have ceased or just becoming far and in between. Have never owned a "sided" camper so I really can't speak bad about them. I've heard (didn't search for proof) that stick and tin sided campers tend to be heavier and dent. It's mostly just preference I believe.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:20 PM   #56
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In another thread about soft spot flooring issues you'll see that if I'd trade my failing floor problems for heavy denting problems very quickly. I'd still be useful because I think metal siding means real flooring.
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I choose aluminum, I have seen many more units with De-lamination issues, then denting issues. JMHO
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:04 PM   #58
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I agree with wags99, and that is the reason I traded in smooth for aluminum.
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:28 PM   #59
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My last camper was smooth sided and we had problems from day one. Bought an aluminum camper next with no problems the last 4 years. I like the look of the smooth campers but I would be hesitant to buy another after fading, leaks, floor damage and eventually the siding peeled away while driving down the road.

It was a Terry camper and not a Jayco.
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I dropped into an new to me dealer to look at new camper alternatives. A salesman told me sandwich construction is no long used and smooth sided campers have joist floors. I was looking at 2015 Starcraft Launch & Travel Star. Jayco own Starcraft.
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