Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

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Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby cowboynico » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:14 pm

I have been cleaning up and old airport hanger and found a stash of finish aluminum in varying sizes. 5- sheets .020 3- sheets .025 and 4 sheets .032 and I am wondering If anyone has any experience with materials this thin? I was thinking thick stuff up top, 025 on front/ back and 020 on the sides. My trailer is 6x10, 6.5 foot high. I will have 1/2" OSB behind the skin but I'm still worried I will end up with dings bugs on the highway.
I think I like building more than I will like camping when I am done....
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Re: Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby dales133 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:35 pm

I'd be all over it like a fat kid on smarties, good score.be good grade to I'd expect in an aircraft hanger
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Re: Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby Kaz » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:38 pm

Ditto: Like white on rice! Good score. :applause:
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Re: Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby kayakdlk » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:04 pm

A lot of the rolled sheet aluminum I found is .025 thickness. It should work fine. My only concern here in Colorado was hail. I finally decided to not use aluminum for that reason.
Good luck with your build

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Re: Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby cowboynico » Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:10 pm

good consideration on the hail, maybe I will just do the sides front back with it and do something else on top... We don't get very large hail in gunnison so that's a plus. But the price is definitely right!
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Re: Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby kayakdlk » Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:46 pm

If you don't get much hail on the western slope then go for the aluminum. On the eastern foothills we seem to get quite a bit of hail. We had $6K in damage last year on my wife's RAV4. Before I just went with epoxy and bedliner paint I had seriously considered white EDPM roofing. Several on here have installed and it looks good and seems durable. It is my backup plan, and I thought with its give and flex against a solid roof is should survive a hail storm

We camp in the Salida to Leadville corridor and the Taylor park area and Jeep the trails and fish a lot of the streams and lakes in and around the areas, so maybe we will pass each other one day.

Good luck with what ever you choose

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Re: Lucky me - aluminum thickness question

Postby mustangcats » Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:31 pm

Hail can ding up the aluminum in no time. My trailer has .040 sheet aluminum over luan plywood. Two years ago I got caught in a hailstorm in eastern Wyoming. The hail was pea to marble size driven by very strong wind. It dented the front and side of the trailer with only minor damage to the hood of my pickup. I think that .025 aluminum would have been totally ruined.
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