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    Help on a Nash 17C

    Hi everyone, & Happy New Year!
    Still looking for a 17C, & maybe found 2.
    I need to pick your brain, or at least get your opinion. I have located a 2005 hard sided 17C, & a 2006 metal sided 17C. The owners seem to be asking the same $$. Is one model preferred over the other? How about price, any thoughts or ideas?
    Thank you for your time & information.
    Kent & Helen
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    Looking for a 17C

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    Deputy foxyrvlady's Avatar
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    We've had both in Northwood products and we far prefer the hard sides. Even thought our aluminum sided 1996 Nash had a triple insulation package, the 2002 Fox stays warmer in cold weather and cooler in hot. It also doesn't dent if you get caught in a big hailstorm. I've seen aluminum trailers in central Oregon destroyed by a big hailstorm. On the other hand, it is cheaper to repair siding on an aluminum trailer (but is easier to damage) than on a fiberglass one. You need to carefully look for delamination (bubbles) in the fiberglass--that is an expensive job to replace. It is my opinion that the hard sided trailers flex less--I've come to that conclusion when standing in the trailer as Dave pulls it off the leveling blocks--but that's only my opinion! The hard sided ones cost more new. I'd go with the one in the best condition.
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    The 17C was the only trailer produced that did not include heated water and waste tanks as standard features - and therefore does not have the 4 Seasons sticker on it. If one of these two units has the 4 Seasons sticker on it then it has the heated tank option. Otherwise I would get the one that is in the best shape - but would lean towards the hard side unit.
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    Senior Member dieselhorse's Avatar
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    I have aluminum siding and know that it looks out of date, but will mention a couple of the positives in case you find that unit to be in the best overall condition, althought heated tanks trumps just about everything else.

    Hail damage to aluminum is covered by insurance. If hard sided leaks and delaminates insurance will not cover and cost to fix is major $$$
    Fiberglass will yellow with age but aluminun stays bright white
    Aluminum adds less weight to GVWR

    I don't disagree with any of the advantages of hard siding noted above and would also lean that way if there is no delamination present. Sight the sides and front and rear cap for slight bulges. The surfaces should be flat. Best of luck.

    dieselhorse: Former owner of a 2001 Nash 24-5N

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    Thank you all, to have take your time to reply. You have most certainly given me new things to think of. I have great respect for your opinions,you have been there & done that.
    When a forum is run like this one, it is a very helpful tool.
    Kent & Helen
    2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4
    Looking for a 17C

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselhorse View Post
    Sight the sides and front and rear cap for slight bulges. The surfaces should be flat. Best of luck.

    Just be careful not to mistake delamination for raised seam areas under the filon. Northwood could of done a better job on my new TC as far as skinning the thing. There are several areas where the backer board has a seam and this causes the filon to have a raised seam and is very noticeable, especailly in cold weather. It is NOT delamination, but its a cosmetic issue that could be mistaken for delamination. I was at the factory within the first year and I showed it to the factory sup. He didnt have much to say and could not give a reason for it. He did tell me that they switched to a different backer board material in 2010. Im not sure about that. The good thing is it doesnt get any worse and its less noticeable in the warmer months.
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    Senior Member b7xv's Avatar
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    Our first trailer was a Nash 17c with metal sides. We own a park model Hyline trailer at a local lake, 1994 model, with metal sides and it still looks like new when washed and waxed. Have had two Fox trailers with hard sides. I think now I would choose metal if given an equal option. The lamination issue is the main thing. Look very closely at the hard sided one for bulges as has been mentioned. Northwood had some early p roblems with their filon sides that did delaminate and bulge The heated tanks are nice if you plan on camping when it get below freezing, but not much of an issue if you go from April through October and park for the winter. We have had three northwood units, not one problem with any of them.Our 17c was a 2005 with metal sides. Good Luck
    If the one you are looking at is in California, some dealer I found on Google, it looks like a nice one. Just like my old one.
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    I have had 2 Northwood products. The first was a 2002 Nash 29V with aluminum siding. I had several problems with leaks around the windows. It is harder to get a good seal around the aluminum siding due to the structure of the aluminum the way it is rippled. I put a lot of miles on this trailer (well over 30,000 miles on the road) and had several perforations on the front of the trailer due to corrosion possibly from bug and rock hits. It is amazing how much water can leak in through a tiny pin hole leak. Had a lot of structure and insulation replaced as well as the siding in the front over the window because of water damage. That is one reason I am sold on the hard siding.
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