Aluminium Trailer Siding

DIY: Installing Aluminum Siding for a Travel Trailer

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Installing aluminium siding for a travel trailer is an involved process for the do-it-yourself (DIY) RV owner. DIY installation of aluminium siding can only be performed on the type of travel trailer that has aluminium panels, not an aluminium skin such as Airstream®-style RVs. If you are removing old aluminium panels; take them to an aluminium recycling centre to receive cash for the panels.


Wear heavy work gloves when working with aluminium in order to prevent damage to your hands. The edges of aluminium are extremely sharp. You will require a professional grade stapler and an aluminium cutter. These can be borrowed or rented if you do not own them. Butyl tape and grey putty will be needed to seal seams and keep the travel trailer from leaking. These items can be purchased at a hardware store or RV centre.

Installing Aluminum Siding

Aluminium siding must be installed from the bottom to the top. The panels should be cut to the same size as the original ones. If you do not have the original siding, use a full panel whenever possible. Install the first panel at the very bottom of the travel trailer. Have another person help you by holding the panel in place while you staple. Staple along the bottom and top edge to secure the first panels in place. Complete all of the bottom panels first, then move up to the next set of panels. The second set of panels should slide into the bottom one. There is a flange that should hang over the bottom panel. Once this is secure, staple the top panel in place along the top edge of the panel. Continue this process until you have completely covered the travel trailer with aluminium siding. Cuts will have to be made in the aluminium. Windows, doorways, lights, service panels and fixtures will have to be accounted for. Try to make as few cuts as possible in order to prevent the aluminium from stretching.


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