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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 01-18-2015, 10:48 AM   #41
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Well said clubhouse.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:04 PM   #42
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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
If that does happen, it's still away better than a delamination problem, at lest I can fix it my self. And I guarantee you it won't cost near as much to fix as the fiberglass would.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:26 PM   #43
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But hey if someone is tired to look at the delamination , whats stop him to put aluminum siding over the fiberglass ? As long the delamination isn't caused by water one can install the siding, and aluminum framing is superior in my book over stick .....feasable you think ?
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:22 PM   #44
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If that does happen, it's still away better than a delamination problem, at lest I can fix it my self. And I guarantee you it won't cost near as much to fix as the fiberglass would.
Exactly. Either way its water intrusion and that water is going somewhere. In a fiberglass wall its just going down the inside of the fiberglass and settling on your plywood (or particleboard) flooring and rotting that out.

Pick your poison.

In my opinion they both suck, but its much easier and cheaper to repair damaged 2x2's in the wall. You can either remove the aluminum from the outside or wall panels from the inside. Fiberglass walls require a specialist who takes apart the ENTIRE structure and rebuilds it and re-skins the entire wall.

In warranty, who cares. Out of warranty, which option would you rather pay?
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:42 PM   #45
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But if, at the end nothing bad happen then, the fiberglass trailer is still looking much better :-) especially without all the dents all around the trailer that you can get with the alum.siding........ ;-)
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:30 AM   #46
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Lite/ ultra lite versus stick and tin pool

Hitch Pin and Clubhouse I'm with you 100% on this. If folks that are interested in this topic went for walks around the CG looking for delamination I really think they would be shocked at how many TT's of all brands have it.

I've long since come to the conclusion that there are an overwelming amount of folks that just use their unit and do very little maintenance then trade it in within 5 years and several are right here on this forum and the proof is in one of the polls I started.

In the end I feel bad for the poor SOB's that buy these half (moderator edit)maintained trailers used and then wonder why they have problems.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:49 AM   #47
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Well I have owned fiberglass motor homes that had delam issues in places and my first tt was fiberglass over aluminum construction and after 12 years had some delam but I still went with the fiberglass eagle tt when I bought new last year. I work on corvettes for a living restoring old ones and I know quite a bit about glass. When I went to the jayco factory and watched some of how the walls were made I liked what I saw. The big thing like most here have already mentioned is maintenance on the exterior. Making sure things stay sealed properly will insure water doesn't intrude ... Most fiberglass walls are also attached to a thin layer of Luan backing to give them more structure and it is the water between the backing and glass that causes the problem . I say each to the look and finish outside they like, as for me I still will stick with the smooth glass exterior.
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Maybe azdel is the ultimate solution since there is no more luan ?




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Well I have owned fiberglass motor homes that had delam issues in places and my first tt was fiberglass over aluminum construction and after 12 years had some delam but I still went with the fiberglass eagle tt when I bought new last year. I work on corvettes for a living restoring old ones and I know quite a bit about glass. When I went to the jayco factory and watched some of how the walls were made I liked what I saw. The big thing like most here have already mentioned is maintenance on the exterior. Making sure things stay sealed properly will insure water doesn't intrude ... Most fiberglass walls are also attached to a thin layer of Luan backing to give them more structure and it is the water between the backing and glass that causes the problem . I say each to the look and finish outside they like, as for me I still will stick with the smooth glass exterior.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:55 PM   #49
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Greetings,
I owned an Adirondack by Thor for 3 years before buying my Jayco. The Thor had aluminum wall framing and fiberglass exterior and was new in 2004. I never had one bit of delam problem while I owned it nor was there any of it when I bought it. I've heard the horror stories but it doesn't happen to everybody.
The lack of problems and the smooth look of the fiberglass was the main reason I stayed with it on our new one.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:12 PM   #50
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Went over to a storage area around 100+ TT. I took a walk around and looked at older fiberglass TT and I got to say that 80% of TT were holding on. I agree that maintenance is the key. Go to your nearest storage area and look your self. Cased closed!!
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