I am ready to skin my new camper, however, I have learned today that a 5' by 10' sheet of 24 gauge aluminum cost around $75.00 each. I had no-idea it was precious as Gold. Does anyone know if there is anything else to use other than aluminum, or am I stuck with paying a fortune to skin my little camper that has already exceeded my budget of $1000.00. Thanks to anyone who can help.
Hey Kevin, I know how you feel! That's the very reason I didn't buy the aluminum siding for my roof extension...WAY too expensive for the little you get! You can actually use quite a few homebuilding supplies to side with that won't break the bank, and they're as close as your nearest lumber supply house. Vinyl siding, 4' x 8' x 3/8" cedar plywood and batten strips, any number of other less costly exterior grade 1/4" plywood (even $10/sheet lauan plywood primed and painted with batten strips) or, if you have access to a metal brake, trim coil can be braked to resemble the aluminum siding @ around $65-85 per 50' x 24" roll. You might even check with an RV salvage yard and find a wrecked or junked motorhome or travel trailer that has enough for your project. It would be much cheaper too! Hope this gives you some ideas.
What if you didn't skin it? Boatbuilders have been using PE penetrating epoxy, dynel (think airplane fusealodge or fiberglass over plywood for years. Some primer on top and final paint job and you're all set.
Not the same look, but the price is right.
Just an idea.
I used sheets of aluminum from a race shop that builds dirt race cars.
I wasn't skinning an entire camper but did have to buy three peices and cut two of them up and had waste.
The sheets were pre-painted which I repainted to match my RV.
At $75 a sheet it was not the cheapest option but way cheaper than anything I found at RV stores.
Good luck with your project.