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Earlier threads have said that there were two titled as 2007, both SS sided. Color scheme on the one in this thread do match Jim's (from pics I took at his place in 2015).
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When aluminum is over a steel frame, they expand at different rates and can look wavy when hot. SS shell over SS framework would not have that problem.



On the Eagle bus we rebuilt, I had to heat the aluminum skin and stretch it before riveting to avoid the wavy look at high temps.
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Thanks for the info! I was reading that some of the 380’s with aluminum sides had issues with expansion, making them wavy and that the factory fixed them by cutting an expansion joint...
Paul - The only area on an M380 with the wavy issue was the uninterrupted 12’ wide area, curbside between the rear and front windows. The factory installed joint and trim piece solved that problem. Mine has “lived” through 6 extreme heat summers (Phoenix) and is still perfectly smooth. Yes it stays inside when we are off-the-road, but we regularly travel in & out of that heat and have had zero issues. Years ago I recall JimD mentioning the SS on his M380 added some weight. BTW - I got 10 mpg during recent short round-trip down to Picacho Peak SP a couple weeks ago .

Slide seals are also not a problem thanks to recent WOG group buy and front suspension boots are an easy fix thanks to WOG member RyanS. In fact, M380 WOG members have solved several parts supply chain challenges like those. I like tinkering with things, but have the heavy diesel/trans servicing done at my local Cummins/Allison authorized center.

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Paul - The only area on an M380 with the wavy issue was the uninterrupted 12’ wide area, curbside between the rear and front windows. The factory installed joint and trim piece solved that problem. Mine has “lived” through 6 extreme heat summers (Phoenix) and is still perfectly smooth. Yes it stays inside when we are off-the-road, but we regularly travel in & out of that heat and have had zero issues. Years ago I recall JimD mentioning the SS on his M380 added some weight. BTW - I got 10 mpg during recent short round-trip down to Picacho Peak SP a couple weeks ago .

Slide seals are also not a problem thanks to recent WOG group buy and front suspension boots are an easy fix thanks to WOG member RyanS. In fact, M380 WOG members have solved several parts supply chain challenges like those. I like tinkering with things, but have the heavy diesel/trans servicing done at my local Cummins/Allison authorized center.

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Not to be too disagreeable, but the two I've seen with warping have been centered below the rear window on the curb side. Narrow strip, so less adhesive surface. They actually buckled. They belong to members here, so someone may chime in about the issue.
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