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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 09-22-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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Smooth or Aluminum siding poll

Smooth or Aluminum siding poll and discussion. Let`s keep it civil.

Poll is multiple choice.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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Not a real big sample yet. I like the smooth sides because they are somewhat easier to keep clean and, with the gutter thingies, I don't get black lines down the sides of the FW.
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I think most people don't go looking for either or so unsure what a discussion could help.

I consider myself an average Rv'er and I purchased my hybrid because of the size and features not the siding. The only way to get my trailer was fiberglass. I think most people shop for other reasons first.
There have been many threads on this question in various forums including this one. Folks want to know why choices are made, that`s the reason for the poll and discussion. Now we can reference the poll when the question arises. That is why I feel these polls are valuable. (At least some of them)
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I for sure prefer the smooth fiberglass siding. I've had plenty of the aluminum in the past.
Aluminum dents easy, they get small pin holes because of the grounding and other elect problems. The sealing on the corner and roof is much harder and subject to more leaks.
Just like a metal roof on a house..if there is no air gap then condensation forms...which means there is water being formed between the aluminum siding and plywood. We have a older 5iver at deer camp, aluminum siding, water freezes and separated the laps and water gets in. They build the aluminum as beginner models. Most RVers move up to fiberglass.
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When I went shopping for mine, I wouldn't even consider something with aluminum sides. The only reason I would walk into them was to get an idea of what kind of floor plan I liked. Aluminum is too hard to wax and keep looking good. Just my opinion...
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We just sold our 197 Today. It had the smooth side. Never had any problems with it. We ordered a 2015 24FBS and elected to stay with the aluminum siding. The FBS is going to be around for awhile and if a leak were to occur and I didn't notice it in time, Im sure a delamination issue would be an expensive fix after the warranty expires. I liked the smooth side, but like NB said, we bought it for the size and features as well, not the siding. The smooth side option on the 24 FBS is around $1,700.00 with frameless windows. Thats alot of $$ for a fiberglass sidewall. The frameless windows turned me off. It's too late anyway....we pick it up this weekend.
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I for sure prefer the smooth fiberglass siding. I've had plenty of the aluminum in the past.
Aluminum dents easy, they get small pin holes because of the grounding and other elect problems. The sealing on the corner and roof is much harder and subject to more leaks.
Just like a metal roof on a house..if there is no air gap then condensation forms...which means there is water being formed between the aluminum siding and plywood. We have a older 5iver at deer camp, aluminum siding, water freezes and separated the laps and water gets in. They build the aluminum as beginner models. Most RVers move up to fiberglass.
So, your saying I took a step backwards?
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I really don't have a preference, but bought a smooth-sided HTT because it was the best camper my money could buy at the time that I was in the market. I wouldn't hesitate to give aluminum a chance.
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JOF Poll's and associated discussions are always interesting, and it's one choice to participate or not

I prefer the Smooth side for ease of cleaning, and the look....., but I wouldn't walk away from an Aluminum sided RV if it was the only material offered in the RV that met all my needs.

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