Welded Joints and Seams
Fastener Secured Joints and Seams
VRV CONSTRUCTION ADVANTAGE VIDEO
XTR Model – 3rd Generation
Have you ever thought about the stresses the Frame System of an RV is subjected to? Let me give you this analogy. An RV is subjected to Hurricane force winds along with a 7.0 “plus” Earthquake continuously as it is being pulled down a Highway or Interstate.
Most RVs traditionally constructed by the industry use “Residential Construction” methods; which as proven, cannot stand up to one of these forces for prolonged periods much less both.Their methods start with a Steel Frame “Foundation”. To that, they “fasten” a jointed framed structure or vacuum bonded wall panel using bolts or screws. Then to that, they “fasten” a similarly constructed jointed roof frame or panel. With time and these aforementioned stresses, the joints and seams of these RVs become loosened and start to open up. Leading to water penetration and damage. See how often you notice applied “silicone sealants” to the exterior seams on most RVs over 2 years old.
VRV Uses a Completely Different Construction Method
VRV follows methods used by the Commercial Cargo Airline Industry. The Aircraft Industry uses Aluminum Frames with “welded” joints and seams. Their aircraft experience High-Speed Take-offs, 0 to 400 mph Speeds, 0 to 40,000 ft. Altitude changes, Turbulence, and varying Payload Weights. Yet, they can sustain these stresses while having a Lifespan of 40,000 to 50,000 Flight Hours. Even the Automobile Industry welds the Structural Support Members in their frames together leading to many years of service without structural issues. This type of construction is why VRV Unit Values stay “high” and maintenance issues stay “low”. Our completely “integrated” frames carry a 4 Year Structural Warranty that exceeds the warranties issued by over 95% of the RV Industry.
Aluminum vs Steel
There is one, and only one, simple reason VRV uses Aluminum instead of Steel in its frames; Weight. Our All-Welded Aluminum frames are 200% lighter than they would be if we built them out of steel. Some would say we could use steel on our Base Frames, but then we could not weld our Upper Structure to our Base Frames and have to resort to using “fasteners”.
Aluminum is the only reasonable way to have an All-Welded joint and seam Integrated Frame.
Aluminum Sheet Exterior Panels
In today’s RV Industry Fiberglass Exteriors are becoming more widely used, not because they are more structurally sound, actually they are not as strong, but because they are less expensive and can be used on Vacuumed Bonded wall panels easier. However, a Vacuumed Bonded wall is susceptible to delamination, and the fiberglass to color fade.
VRV uses .030 and .040 factory painted Aluminum Sheet Exterior Panels. These panels are structurally superior to fiberglass, are less affected by UV Light, and are not affected by water. We apply our Exterior Panels using a 3M Bonding Tape that is also widely used in the Aircraft Industry to avoid the use of screws or rivets that create openings in the panels.
One Piece Aluminum Roof
Also, in the RV Industry Rubber and Fiberglass Roof Skins are being widely used. Most of these coverings are very susceptible to aging due to UV Light and Heat and may have seams that can separate causing leaks.
At VRV we only use a seamless one piece sheet of Aluminum that runs 1” over each side and over the front and back of the roof. This means that standing or moving water on the roof has no way of penetrating the roof surface. Our unpainted Aluminum roof skins are not only unaffected by UV Light but also help to reflect a large part of the Sun’s energy to keep the unit cooler. It will never delaminate or separate from its structural support or be affected by water.
Functional Designs and Models
Now that we have demonstrated the “structural benefits” of our VRVs, it is time to talk a little about our Designs and Models.
The VRV Designs come from one simple philosophy; minimize unit sizes while maximizing the XTR Toy Hauler garages and the Flyers functional space.
Unlike the RV Industry’s approach to toy haulers, the VRV XTRs are designed around the Garage Space needed to transport the “Toys” the marketplace and consumer demands. None of our 7.5’ wide and 20.6’ long Fully Self-contained XTR 720s have less than a 10’ long, Sidewall to Sidewall Garage. Our 7.5’ wide and 24.6’ long XTR 724 has a 14’ long Sidewall to Sidewall Garage, and both have no interior fender-well restriction. These Models have Large “L” shaped kitchen galleys with 2 Door 6.2 c.f. Refrigerators, and even Larger Sidewall to Sidewall Bathrooms with large One-Piece Residential Fiberglass Showers, Built-in Closets, and Vanity Cabinets.
VRV has substantially increased the Exterior and Interior Storage on all of its Models over the previous 3rd Generation units. Our New 6.5’ wide and 14.6’ long XTR 614 while being the smallest and lightest of our Toy Hauler Models still has the same Large Bathroom as in the larger XTRs, the ability to sleep up to 4 Adults when equipped with the 2nd Tip-Out Bunk, and a 9.5’ long Garage.
Function is paramount to our designs, but we also design them to be easy to use and maintain. Open Floor Plans with functional equipment is very important, without selecting or adding equipment that is not essential to you getaways. We are very selective about what we add to our units because at some point components require maintenance. In this philosophy, we also make sure that “winterizing” your unit is as easy as it can possibly be.
We have located all of your plumbing valves for winterization in the “heated” Mechanical Area inside the easily accessible front compartment. Our Holding and Water Tanks are now completely “enclosed and heated” inside the Base Frame; covered and protected from damage by road debris. We also brought our 30# LP Tanks and Battery inside the Coach Box out of sight and weather behind easily accessible Vented Exterior Doors.
“Patented” VRV XTR Frame
Since the introduction of the VRV Design to the RV and Cargo Trailer market some years ago there have been other companies that have produced knock-offs of the Tip-Out Bunk Design. Please read this so you know why the Patented VRV XTR Wall Frame is the only one worth your investment.
Cargo Trailers and RV Toy Haulers are not engineered to carry weight loads on the exterior of their sidewalls. Displacing weight over the interior floor frame is how most traditionally built trailers are engineered. There is no consideration for what could happen to a wall frame over time if weight loads were placed on the exterior of the sidewalls. Creating a simple window frame to place a Tip-Out Bunk into is not sufficient to keep the wall from flexing, bowing, or squatting after a few years of use. Not to mention, that with an open-ended Toy Hauler or Cargo Trailer these kinds of loads can cause a trailer frame to rack or pitch the sidewalls out of square.
VRV, Inc. had a Wall Frame System engineered that would withstand these stresses and loads without losing the structural integrity of the wall and trailer box over years of service. Several models of wall structures were tested before we selected the Frame System we use. VRV, Inc. currently owns and uses it in all VRV XTR Models with Tip-Out Bunks.
What was designed was unique and not previously used by any known manufacturer in the Cargo Trailer or RV Industries for aluminum or steel construction. VRV, Inc. sought and was granted a Patent on the Wall Frame System and is the only company utilizing this engineered, tested, and patented VRV Wall Frame System.