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Old 12-04-2019, 09:26 AM   #1
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Fiberglass or aluminum

We are picking out options for a Jayco bungalow. This will be a seasonal trailer in Maine. We plan on attaching a screen room to it which will require quite a few holes in the trailer. The dealer recommends aluminum over fiberglass. Which is better long term ?
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to JOF.

Are you talking roof or siding?
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It’s the sides.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:06 AM   #4
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I think there was a poll with quite a lively discussion about this around here somewhere.

Anyway, I prefer aluminum generally. IMO, it's a little easier to keep up with, easier to repair, lasts a LONG time without getting dull or faded if treated right (just a wash with wax in it), no delamination.

One downside is it dents VERY easily, and a lot of people think it makes the unit look "cheap".

It MAY be easier to attach things (like a screen room) to a fiberglass sided rig.
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Thanks for your responses.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:44 AM   #6
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Here is the poll and discussion on the subject.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...tml#post236428
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Thanks for sending me the discussion, Crabman !
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:01 PM   #8
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maine summers,

Welcome to JOF

I personally would go with aluminum sides based on your type of usage.

It may be helpful to have the bungalow's frame drawings for that screen room attachment. I would ask your dealer to provide them, or you can request them directly from Jayco once you have possession and a VIN number. Jayco may hold back on your request until out of warranty, thus the dealership avenue.

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Old 12-04-2019, 06:05 PM   #10
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:27 PM   #11
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Though I currently have a fiberglass side trailer, I far prefer traditional aluminum siding over the long term.
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Aluminum don't seem to have the cracking problem fiberglass is having.
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In this case, I would go fiberglass. Added a semi permanent screen room, would allow you to easily seal up the wall to keep the bugs out.

As for drilling, I would try to design the addition to minimize the holes. I would also make sure to use the correct sealants at each hole, as water behind fiberglass siding will cause delamination issues.
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:37 AM   #14
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I would go aluminum. Especially for a seasonal trailer.. no delamination worries.
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