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Old 04-13-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Trident System Exterior Finish

Took the stream in to the dealer to have some work done yesterday. While we were there they proposed applying an exterior finish called the Trident System where we wouldn't need to wax for eight years (guaranteed). Sounded great until we found out that the cost would be around $1700.00!

Has anyone had this treatment done? Is it worth the cost?

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:52 AM   #2
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Let's see.

Wax the trailer twice a year = two hours work, two quarts of Walbernize at $15 a quart times 8 years = 16 hours of work and $240 of Walbernize.

So,

$1700 - $240 = $1460 divide by 16 = $91.25 per hour. I suspect you might find someone to wax the trailer for you at less than $90 bucks and hour, which would put you ahead.

I find waxing a zen-like experience and it also forces me to look closely at the trailer which gives me the opportunity to find minor problems (say, a "working" rivet) before it becomes a major problem...

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Old 04-13-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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I was looking into this too, though my quote was for both outside and inside protection, including the awning.

I would be interested in hearing from those that have used this service. According to the pamphlet (marketing), it is better than conventional wax.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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Annual waxing also let's you remove all the bugs and goop that doesn't come off with just washing. It sounds like the typical new car dealer extras they try to sell that usually aren't worth the money.

I agree with n2916s on the zen-like experience, although I only have a 20'. I'd run out of zen before i got to the end of 31'.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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Annual waxing? I wash and wax once a month. Usually right before we go on a trip. I use the good ol Wal.

Is this to often?
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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We had the Trident applied to the outside and to the inside materials of our AS. The protection lasts for 8 years!

We wash with a conventional car soap/wax solution twice or so a month, depending on trailer use.

I'm certain the dealer profited from the application, but we benefited more....

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Old 06-18-2011, 08:57 PM   #7
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I'll wax it for $90/hr.!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:13 AM   #8
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I'll wax it for $90/hr.!!
I know it was a lot of cash, but the hassle and work involved with waxing several times a year ( we take very good care of our purchases!) , was worth the cost.....especially so I don't have to do it for EIGHT years!!

I suspect that you are much younger than I , and at my age, when I fall off a ladder, I don't bounce as well as I used to....it's not the fall that hurts, it's the sudden stop at the bottom....

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Old 06-19-2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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Hi, my trailer is over six years old and has never been waxed, and don't need it. I guess I saved a lot of time and money.
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Once a year is all mine gets. But I keep it inside when not in use. Most damage to clear coat is from UV , so I wonder if the expensive treatment you describe protects against that. It might be worth the cost if it does and you store outside year around.
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Once a year is all mine gets. But I keep it inside when not in use. Most damage to clear coat is from UV , so I wonder if the expensive treatment you describe protects against that. It might be worth the cost if it does and you store outside year around.
Unfortunately we store ours outside so I felt that the extra cost was worth trying to better protect such an expensive "investment". Our plans include passing this unit on to the kids......We also receive a lot of rain in Oregon. To each his own.

Often there is no "right way", or "wrong way", just each individual's choice.
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Let's see.

Wax the trailer twice a year = two hours work, two quarts of Walbernize at $15 a quart times 8 years = 16 hours of work and $240 of Walbernize.

So,

$1700 - $240 = $1460 divide by 16 = $91.25 per hour. I suspect you might find someone to wax the trailer for you at less than $90 bucks and hour, which would put you ahead.

I find waxing a zen-like experience and it also forces me to look closely at the trailer which gives me the opportunity to find minor problems (say, a "working" rivet) before it becomes a major problem...

My 2 cents,

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2 hours!!!!! Really?????? Takes me more like 12 on a 30'er.
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Different dealers in different cities are telling me different things about the Trident, I go a quote from Airstream in Boise, in Eugene they told me they could do a coating called Zylon and Seattle told me they can only put the Trident on new coaches, nothing used. What the heck is going on? I am older and can't wax it myself, any comments?

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Old 08-19-2017, 12:06 PM   #14
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I have a Classic 33 FB 2018

Should it be waxed or not

Thoughts please

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