The discussion about how to finish the outside of the trailer was a thing” for a while… basically, what it came down to was this: Wood = Less money up front, but more maintenance long term. Aluminum = More money now, but next to no maintenance for years and years.
We decided to make the investment now and make it easier down the road.
I was shocked at how quickly this part all happened; it was basically one weekend.
We bought 1/8″ marine plywood, to help with the long term-ness of the skin. (Again, more money up front, but less in the long run. The 4’x8′ sheets were about $40 each; non-marine of similar material would be closer to $10. Your prices may vary)
The exterior skinning was pretty straightforward; flat is easy.
Skinning around the curve of the front presented a different set of challenges, but it was nothing that some straps and heavy duty glue couldn’t help!
Once it was set for a bit, Jamie trimmed off the excess, and voila! The shape was done.
A few coats of spar varnish for added protection against the elements, and then its ready for final aluminum skin!
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