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Old 05-01-2015, 11:57 AM   #11
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I had a Jayflight with aluminum siding and two Eagles with smooth sides. Both variations of siding were easy to keep clean with a good soap and water. I do like to apply wax to my TTs, so obviously the smooth side is easier to do than the aluminum sided models.

For looks and ease of waxing I prefer the smooth sides.


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Old 05-03-2015, 05:15 PM   #12
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Waxing a trailer is not something I care to do a my 70+ age. I have had both aluminum and fiberglass. Either is just fine for me.

I don't think I would pay the extra for fiberglass on a Jay Flight.

Either type is easy to wash.

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Old 05-03-2015, 06:39 PM   #13
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I see many more delamination issues than dented aluminum at the campgrounds I have worked at. Also after touring the factory a few weeks back I was less than impressed with their procedures for laminating the fiberglass reinforced plastic panels they use. I use to vacuum laminating for years and in my opinion they don't have proper adhesion of the panel. When I pointed that issue out to our tour guide I got a blank stare...he, while nice, had no clue.

I purchased aluminum.. Also there is no difference between pinch rolling a flat sidewall and vacuum pressure (actually atmospheric pressure) to apply the non flat panels...it comes down to adhesive, time, temperature humidity and glue coverage.

Aluminum is hung with mechanical fasteners, plastic panels with glue...when you have dissimilar materials, being glued with an adhesive that must remain somewhat plyable due to movement of the metal and plastic panels, along with the movement down the road your asking for issues down the road...especially when you add in weather...120 in Az or minus 40 in Canada... failure is almost guaranteed. JMHO
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I had my share of Fiberglass TT and tell the truth they looks nice. Insulation factors are better. Had also delaminating and bulging. Even a 1985 who had the gel coat cracking. But would not buy another one. I will stick to the aluminum siding which is easy to maintain and repair. So it is up to each his/her own preferences.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:33 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Nighthawk 96 View Post
I don't think I would pay the extra for fiberglass on a Jay Flight.

Love my aluminum side 26bh. I've never had fiberglass, but I wouldn't be worried about buying one. To me TT's are all about floor plan. Pick the one you want and make your best deal.
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With the hail storms we get around here (Alberta) I won't consider an aluminum sided unit. Though you can get some decent deals on brand new units during the annual "Hail Sales" that the dealership seem to have! But the units look like someone went to town on them with a ball peen hammer.

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