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LadyRVer

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Posted: 08/02/20 07:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I, too, was trying to figure out what your question was.

I have an aluminum sided trailer, 3 sides, front is fiberglass/diamond plate.
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I had my stick and tin trailer for 13 years. Only a couple of issues that were taken care of easily. Like any RV, you have to stay on top of the roof and inspect all seams and caulk as needed!

BTW, my trailer was a Forest River. My buddy had a Keystone Outback. Same as me not many issues.

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Posted: 08/02/20 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My entry level Keystone Springdale has the corrugated aluminum sides and wood frame. Have had no issues. Or maybe I just ignore it. No real maintenance in 15 years except to infrequently hose it off.


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Hmmm with all your knowledge of various manufacturers self destructing on the lot....wondering why an opinion was necessary.

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If you don't maintain the roof, the stick and tin will rot the same as the fiberglass sided trailer. Only difference is you'll notice it sooner with the delamination and possibly fix it before it becomes a totally rotted out worthless piece of moldy junk.

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I think the ATC trailers are all aluminum. I'm sure there are others. Not sure about your comments, but I have a 15 year old horse trailer, all aluminum, and it is holding up well. I do have some rust where they used steel fasteners to the aluminum, but it isn't structural.

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I had a 98 Fleetwood Terry aluminum sided trailer from 2004-2017. In that time, I never did anything more than wash it, no wax or anything, and the aluminum looked as good the day I sold it as when I bought it. I did recoat the roof once, and the vinyl decals were looking faded, but the paint still looked good. Never noticed any galvanic corrosion.

My current RV, a 2004 Fleetwood motorhome with fiberglass sides, looks crappy by comparison. All sun faded and old looking. Requires much more upkeep to keep the fiberglass looking good than the aluminum does, imo.


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I am interested in the laminated built Gulf Stream Cabin Cruiser line and Vista Cruiser, but there are far more floorplans I like in their Stick and Tin models. Even so from Grand Designs.

But as I said, if galvanic corrosion is a common thing with Stick and Tin because makers are going cheap and using panels with impurities and/or are not using the right staples or screws, I don't want to be duped into another 7 year life span travel trailer.

I have always kept that Jayco up. Got it sealtech leak tested every year and recaulked every year along with fixing anything that was needed. Then the corrosion came and I fixed it everytime.

Just no excused for a 7 year old camper to be corroding away or laminating away.

I've always read and heard good things about Gulf Stream so I'm looking at their campers. I also hear good things about Grand Design even though I have found their furnishings made cheaply compared to Jayco.

Seems many here have had good luck with stick and tin from other makers so maybe Gulf Stream and Grand Designs would be a good start as they have many floorplans I like.

Thanks for the help.


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Posted: 08/03/20 06:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike Up wrote:

I had a 2012 Jayco Jay Flight travel Trailer. It started getting corrosion spots vertically along the front corner of the camper. I fixed everything that was there, but new spots were continuing to pop up in different areas. So I fixed what I seen and hopefully that was the last of it.

I went to a pop up mainly for storage and low cost preventive maintenance along with easy towing and overall yearly tax and insurance costs.

Been doing a lot of research and seeing many stick and tin or aluminum sided campers have this galvanic corrosion issues with Jayco being the worst on their Jay Flights. My coworkers friend had the same issue with his newer Jayco Jay Flight and got rid of it.

I am thinking of ditching my Forest River pop up because their quality is pretty pathetic. I'm on my second camper, 1st was a lemon, and the second has been nothing but a garage queen as well. Every trip something falls apart and this is a brand new 2020.

So I won't be getting any more Jayco or Forest River campers, but looking at Gulf Stream and Grand Design aluminum sided camper, but if this is a wide spread issue of galvanic corrosion, I'll skip campers all together and start renting cabins.

I seen makers should use zinc coated staples or Galvanized staples which is suppose to stop galvanic corrosion. I don't know why Jayco has such bad aluminum panels. First 2008 Jay Flight had to have them all replaced due to paint peeling off. Second 2012 got corrosion spots as I stated. maybe Jayco isn't using galvanized staples and/or their aluminum panels have impurities and alloys causing the corrosion.

BTW, I'm not a rooky. I have had 6 brand new camper including the lemon. 2 Jay Flight Travel Trailers, 3 Forest River Pop ups (all poor quality including lemon. 1st was 15 years apart from the 2019 lemon and the 2020 pop up), and a Starcraft Pop Up.

Thanks for your help


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Posted: 08/03/20 07:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Huntindog wrote:

Mike Up wrote:

I had a 2012 Jayco Jay Flight travel Trailer. It started getting corrosion spots vertically along the front corner of the camper. I fixed everything that was there, but new spots were continuing to pop up in different areas. So I fixed what I seen and hopefully that was the last of it.

I went to a pop up mainly for storage and low cost preventive maintenance along with easy towing and overall yearly tax and insurance costs.

Been doing a lot of research and seeing many stick and tin or aluminum sided campers have this galvanic corrosion issues with Jayco being the worst on their Jay Flights. My coworkers friend had the same issue with his newer Jayco Jay Flight and got rid of it.

I am thinking of ditching my Forest River pop up because their quality is pretty pathetic. I'm on my second camper, 1st was a lemon, and the second has been nothing but a garage queen as well. Every trip something falls apart and this is a brand new 2020.

So I won't be getting any more Jayco or Forest River campers, but looking at Gulf Stream and Grand Design aluminum sided camper, but if this is a wide spread issue of galvanic corrosion, I'll skip campers all together and start renting cabins.

I seen makers should use zinc coated staples or Galvanized staples which is suppose to stop galvanic corrosion. I don't know why Jayco has such bad aluminum panels. First 2008 Jay Flight had to have them all replaced due to paint peeling off. Second 2012 got corrosion spots as I stated. maybe Jayco isn't using galvanized staples and/or their aluminum panels have impurities and alloys causing the corrosion.

BTW, I'm not a rooky. I have had 6 brand new camper including the lemon. 2 Jay Flight Travel Trailers, 3 Forest River Pop ups (all poor quality including lemon. 1st was 15 years apart from the 2019 lemon and the 2020 pop up), and a Starcraft Pop Up.

Thanks for your help


I am pretty amazed at your luck.... Six new trailers,and all were junk.... Don't buy any lottery tickets[emoticon]


Yes I've had numerous problems with all, but only the Forest River pop ups gave continuous issues.

The Starcraft pop up was good but had leaky tenting that was fixed. Got married and wife needed a less cramped camper.

The Jayco 26BH was excellent except for the corrosion. That is a huge issue though.The Jayco 19BH had several issues and went back to facory for all new skin and other initial issues. Was excellent after that. Got severe hail damage and had another kid, so needed another bed. Good time to get rid of it for the 26BH.

Forest river pop ups keep continuing to have issues. Thought that would had changed after 15 years but it has not. Got rid of first because it was so bad. Got rid of second 15 years later after it being a lemon. On my last and hopefully it will be good now and will keep it as its the perfect floorplan with great amenities. If any more issues, it's gone.

Wife wants a travel trailer again mainly due to hating current problem plaqued pop up camper. Getting my ducks in a row to make educated decision on next move.

* This post was edited 08/03/20 07:50pm by Mike Up *

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