RhinoLiner - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-21-2003, 06:17 PM   #1
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RhinoLiner

Just got back from my local outdoor show, where a franchisee for RhinoLiner was showing his wares. I learned the following...

1. The liner is about 5mm thick, a little less than 1/4".
2. It can be applied to a fibreglass trailer, any shape.
3. Application takes only a couple of hours: bring it in, take it home the same day.
4. A full Toyota p/u bed weighs about 50 pounds; estimated weight on the front of a Casita, about 25-30 pounds.
5. The liner can be made to match any color, just like paint.
6. Cost for a Casita, about $150 (estimated).

I thought the product looked very good indeed.
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Old 02-21-2003, 06:38 PM   #2
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Please don't think I am trying to put a damper on your post - just another viewpoint.

I have this stuff - or similar on my Bigfoot - and I want this stuff off of it right away. It was put on by the previous owner, not him - but someone who was an so-called expert. The previous owner never paid the bill for it though. I don't blame him. As you can see - if it's not applied right it makes a mess. Applicator beware.

I'm putting on chrome checkerplate.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e56c67aa8046Bigfoot problem1.JPG/>
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Old 02-21-2003, 06:41 PM   #3
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Wow! That's *UGLY*!

The stuff I saw looked nothing like that mess. The edges were crisp, sharp, and beveled, no splatter or run-off. Is yours RhinoLiner, or some other brand? How old is it?

Don't blame you: I'd want that glop off'n mine in a hurry!
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Old 02-21-2003, 06:43 PM   #4
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I have no idea what brand or how long ago it was applied. My guess is 5-7 years.

Everytime I see it I go crazy. It's coming off this spring.
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Old 02-21-2003, 07:38 PM   #5
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That looks like vehical underfloor covering.You buy it in spray cans at auto supply stores.
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Old 02-21-2003, 08:38 PM   #6
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but if it matched the TT in color you wouldn't see it except maybe no shine.
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Old 02-21-2003, 08:46 PM   #7
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I have seen that spray stuff painted and it looks not to bad, if done right.I have thought of doing same thing.:wave
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Old 02-22-2003, 06:49 AM   #8
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So why not just get...

...a pro who guarantees his work to match the color and put it on right the first time?

I have no stock in RhinoLiner, but after seeing the sample I would be reluctant to try to come even close by doing a makeshift job myself. YMMV.
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Old 02-22-2003, 07:20 AM   #9
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Robert--------Have faith.:)
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Old 02-22-2003, 08:10 AM   #10
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Rhino liners can look great when applied professionally.

However, in my opinion, it does not look as good as the shiny original fiberglass finish. If you are concerned about rock/stone chips, wait a few years and see how bad your tt gets chipped. If it is really bad, then use the Rhino liner as a corrective fix rather than a preventive fix.
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Old 02-22-2003, 11:23 AM   #11
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there is a few other things to consider, IMHO. if you never ever what so ever go on gravel roads, then I'd wait. BUT if you go on gravel even occasionally there will be the potential of chips being put in tt. I would want to know if applying the liner over chipped out areas would dip in and show the chips through the liner or not. if yes they show, then liner first if they don't or hardly do or could be filled in effectively before liner, then maybe not add liner yet. then there is the always go on gravel. get liner now. :) I would like the liner, as I live off a gravel raod. I would need to find a local dealer.
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Old 02-22-2003, 04:35 PM   #12
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I'm with Robert

I've seen Rhinoliner applied well, and it looks great. Keep in mind that while Rhinoliner is the dominant brand, there are several others, and the shops are just franchises. The quality of the workmanship will vary from shop to shop. Ask to see examples of his work before buying. What I've seen, like Robert's, is crisp, straight lines and smoothly bevelled edges, color matched to the bed of the truck. Looks like it came from the factory that way.

On the other end of the spectrum, you can buy spray cans of bed liner at the auto parts store, and shoot it on yourself, for about $40. My opinion is that your not getting the same stuff, and you probably don't have the same expertise as a good professional. If you care how it looks, fork over the extra hundred bucks.

Rhinoliner should have a medium gloss on it. I'd guess that Ricks is either sound-proofing undercoater, or the cheap stuff from the auto parts store. Looks too dull to be the real stuff. (Boy, Rick, now everybody is talking down your Bigfoot!:r Isn't this horrible?) Actually, I don't know how to take it off, and you may find damage (or cause damage) when you take it off, so you may want to reapply a good professional finish. I wouldn't hesitate to use Rhinoliner from a reputable shop.
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Good advice, as it stands right now I am seriously thinking of putting checkerplate over top of it anyway. It'll cost me about 100.00 US plus labour.
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Old 02-22-2003, 05:49 PM   #14
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Checker Plate

I am interested in using the Rhino liner but tell me bout the checker plate. How much and where can I have this done?
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