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Old 04-07-2016, 07:01 AM   #15
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Dark colors reflect less light meaning they absorb it.

Light is heat...

More heat absorbed is more heat load to transfer out via the ac.

I can't stress this too much! AC's will work harder, going down the road, it is questionable whether or not your dash AC will keep the coach cool, so you may have to run the genny and house AC's driving down the road = more fuel consumption, wear and tear on genny and AC's.

Shows more road grime as mentioned.

Shows more scratches as mentioned.

Only plus side I see, except for perhaps personal cosmetic preference, is if you live, and travel in predominantly cold climates, the the darker color scheme may actually work in your favor!

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:09 AM   #16
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Dark colors WILL absorb more sun heat than lighter colors. If you go with darker colors you will be hard pressed to keep the inside cool enough to be comfortable unless your roof has 5-6 A/C's on top.

The roof should be ALL white including the fixtures on top.

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:35 AM   #17
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Ours is various shades of brown,black,bronze. The AC's keep up fine even in Arizona summers. One thing to consider is the hardness of the water at your primary location. Our water is very hard and will leave deposits on the paint. I ended up buying a Spotless deionizer to avoid the water spots.
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I detest the recent trend of making motorhomes primarily black or darker colors. I believe the manufacturers think it makes it look more high-end like a black limo. My wife had a dark vehicle when we first met, and it was very difficult to keep it looking clean. I would never own a dark vehicle again after that, especially here in dusty and sunny AZ. Just hours after a wash, it would show a collection of fine dust on the finish.
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We've also used an IR thermometer to compare ours vs a friend's with dark paint. Same results as others have mentioned. Also, our grey Bounder rarely shows dirt....it appears clean even when it isn't. I'll always choose light paint over dark.


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