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Old 01-14-2012, 10:42 AM   #99
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Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS View Post
No Press board or MDF in my trailer and to date, no-one has shown me proof otherwise.
No doubt Airstream experimented with OSB in one or more of the smaller trailers for weight and price reasons. They made a good attempt on the website to make them out as equals. And we all know websites can say things long after the company starts doing things differently.

What is disappointing for me on airforums is people keep parroting things they read, in some other thread, as fact, even though they don't know it to be fact. That's exactly how misinformation keeps getting propagated around and around. Pretty soon we have airstreams made from 1.5" MDF construction.

Red, a picture would be good, of the core, or the hole in the shelf itself. I'm curious if it's MDF also, and if it's actually vinyl or melamine.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:00 PM   #100
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Originally Posted by redwoodguy View Post
However, I absolutely DO have one MDF piece, and that is the closet shelf. I think I saved the core from the bore bit, and would be happy to mail it out to anyone who would like to see and smell it.
MDF for a closet shelf is not unreasonable; the weight differential (considering the weight of the entire trailer) of a closet shelf out of MDF and one out of thinner plywood is minor. MDF, as long as it does not get water soaked, does have useful structural properties quite aside from its modest cost.

Just to help the discussion along, there is a material that looks identical to MDF, but is much lower density and, therefore, much lighter in weight. I have no idea if Airstream has ever used it.


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Old 01-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #101
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FWIW, When I toured the Airstream Factory, the guide,a 50 + year employee, confirmed to me that they have used OSB for floors as well as marine grade plywood in the past. I would have asked about mdf if I had thought about it.

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