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View Poll Results: Personal Lite and ultra lite constructions experience
Delamination of walls and or floors within 5 years of ownership 5 13.51%
No delamination of walls or floors after 5 years and more of ownership 18 48.65%
No delamination within 5 years 14 37.84%
Delamination after 5 years 0 0%
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:05 PM   #31
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anyway the result of this scientific poll.....showed that for this time the problem isn't catastrophic since 71% of the voters never experience delamination after 5 years and up...thats the other side of the coin I was looking for but ( 28% had problem within 5 years thats sad )
Is it possible that some of the 71% voters don't have a fiberglass trailer? I've seen ultra lite's with aluminum sides, if someone has one like that they could have voted No delamination of walls or floors.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:44 PM   #32
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LOL You really dont want to see the fiberglass to have some chance to look not too bad hey LOL

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Is it possible that some of the 71% voters don't have a fiberglass trailer? I've seen ultra lite's with aluminum sides, if someone has one like that they could have voted No delamination of walls or floors.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:47 PM   #33
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The problem with the low number of votes is that only 5+ year old RVs get to vote at all. Many of us have RVs that are newer and so we couldn't vote using either choice because we don't fit the age stipulation.

My trailer is just over 2 years old and so far there has been no delamination but who knows if that will change by the time I hit 5+ years.

Now... ask me about fade on the front cap. UGH... I maintain the heck out of my trailer and have waxed the front a number of times but it didn't matter. Definite fade on the upper most section of the front cap. So irritating.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:55 PM   #34
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FYi I'Ve asked the moderator to see if I can add more option to the poll, im waiting for their response , you will get no delamination within 5 years and you ll get delamination after 5 years we should be covered after that
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:24 AM   #35
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LOL You really dont want to see the fiberglass to have some chance to look not too bad hey LOL

I'm just kidding
It's not that, I know by what I've seen with my own eyes, the % of fiberglass trailers I've seen around the campgrounds with delamination problems would sure be a lot higher than what the poll shows.

I'm sure a lot of the trailers I see with delamination problems are over five years old but some are not. Knowing what I paid for the thing I would hate to think that it my come apart in five years, or as far as that goes even less than five years. I'm sure there are a lot of people that can't afford to trade every two to five years, so a delamination problem would be a big set back, it would cost them a arm and leg to have it fixed, 99% of the time when this happens you can't fix it yourself.

When I talked to the man at jayco about the delamination on my trailer, I ask him for the heck of it, I ask how much it would cost to have it fixed if it was not under warranty, he said $3,500.00 to $4,000.00 Now you see why I don't want anything to do with the fiberglass again.
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I fully understand your position and yes I beleive its somewhat safer to go with the stick and tin but im not ready yet to beleive it is all that bad for fiberglass....Ill bite my tongue if i come to the same conclusion than you in the future.
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Guys you have new choices for the poll, if you haven't voted go ahead Im eager to see the result :-)
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And how many "stick and tin" trailers have rotted out walls or floors that no one has noticed yet?? This can go on and on, personally, I'd rather just go camping
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I'd rather just go camping = Amabee
Bravo LOL


When one focus at the trees he often miss the forest

thanks Amabee after all its just camping


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And how many "stick and tin" trailers have rotted out walls or floors that no one has noticed yet?? This can go on and on, personally, I'd rather just go camping
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I have not voted because I went with Stick and Tin -- twice.

I made this choice exclusively because of the risk of delamination. Like others I have seen far too many fiberglass sidewall trailers with issues. Although I agree fiberglass looks great initially, my experience in the CA sun is after a few years is the fibeglass sides fade and chalk which I also didn't want to deal with. Maybe the newer trailers with gel-coat fiberglass, most fiberglass sidewalls still are NOT gel-coat, will look better longer but with all recent reports of front cap fade after 6,10,12 months I'm not so sure.

Here's the thing though -- it doesn't matter what any poll says or "internet stranger" shares, people are going to get what they want. If they are fortunate to have no issues over the life of the trailer great for them. If they do have trouble they will be very quick to blame the manufacturer and construction process, not that they ignored others experience.

Manufactures have very little incentive to change or improve. They are once again selling record amounts of RV and most folks have just come to accept the lack of detail paid during the manufacturing process. Plus this is profit based business, like it or not profitability will drive decisions. I am truly amazed the amount of luxury and ammenities they pack into a relatively low cost. I agree that $20k, $30k, $50k etc is s lot of money, but look at how much is bring provided in exchange -- essential a house.

Additionally, many folks don't hold to units for that units useful life. With all brands once the original owner sells it or trades it in on a new unit, that manufacture is off the hook regardless of what happens. Therefore things like delamination, soft floors, faded and chalking sidewalls quickly become the consumers issue not the manufacture.

I hope everyone enjoys their RVs and have no issues. But I made my choice of stick and tin based on my experience and value system -- that doesn't mean someone else making a different choice is wrong.
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