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Old 04-06-2016, 08:04 PM   #1
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Dark paint or light paint

Choosing the color of my RV and I'm trying to decide if going with a light color vs. A darker color full paint. I like the dark color but worried about the maintenance of cleaning and showing scratches up more than a lighter color. I had one black car before and she looked beautiful when clean but after a few days she looked filthy. Is it the same with a motor home? Any insight would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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At MINIMUM.....make sure the roof line has light colors. If you must have some dark, keep them to a minimum and down low.

As you know the dark colors are harder to maintain and will make the coach hotter, especially along the roof line. I just had my black roof line repainted (two years old) because of heat related issues (cracking).

I thought I could live with my dark colors, but they're a nightmare to keep looking nice.
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To me, dark is a better looking coach, but my dark brown walls get super hot in the sun.
At least the roof is white.

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We chose a lighter color as a personal preference - has turned out to 'disguise' more of the road grime. We boondock a lot so anecdotally I can say the coach stays a little cooler versus a darker color scheme. Recommend you choose what appeals to your sense of style - and enjoy! Safe travels ...
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Agree with the other comments and would add that if your RV has an evaporative fridge, it's cooling capacity will be decreased by the heat generated by the dark color. If the fridge is in a slide and vents through an upper side vent and not the roof, it will be further impacted. We had to install two additional fridge exhaust fans in the fridge chase to help decrease the hot air.
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To me, dark is a better looking coach, but my dark brown walls get super hot in the sun.
At least the roof is white.

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Our sides on the top are mostly black but the roof is white and some is covered by the 4 -100 watt solar panels, and sat dish.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:07 PM   #7
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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.
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You kinda answered your own question when you talked about your cars. A motorhome is a big car that is harder to keep clean, and takes more time to wash. Getting it washed on the road, is not always easy. I've seen many MHs with light sides and dark swirls. It's a nice compromise. The roof should definitely be white or light.
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We have a white color scheme with darker swirls. Our camping friends have a medium blue with darker accents. Their 2 AC's can barely keep up in summer, ours no problem.
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I used a IR thermometer on my coach to check temps of the colors. On a 85 degree day with the sun shining on the side, the light tan registered 100, the next darker color registered 125, and the darkest color read 155.

Make mine with the major of light color
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I used a IR thermometer on my coach to check temps of the colors. On a 85 degree day with the sun shining on the side, the light tan registered 100, the next darker color registered 125, and the darkest color read 155.

Make mine with the major of light color
I did the same with similar results. in the Texas Heat that black will blister your hand.
I would look at the colors on some of the mid 2000 Monaco coaches. They are a base color of a light tan with some Maroon accents. Looks nice and stays a lot cooler.
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I just had the coach repainted and I went with a cream base color with colored swirls. Dark colors get much hotter and the paint will break down faster over time. You will also have a hotter coach with the dark colors. I personally like the way it looks better but that is my preference.
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We have a lighter color coach and I had the same thought. Although the darker coaches look really beautiful, I just think of the heat!
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My coach is black & gold and it's gorgeous, but the black heats up incredibly. Actually painful to touch in any sunlight at all. A buddy has a near-identical one that is all golds & tans and my a/c runs 2x what his does when we park side by side in the sun. The roofs on both coaches are white.

The black does tend to show minor scratches easily - even a tree branch lightly brushing along it. I should say the tiny marks are more visible in the black, cause when I get up close to polish them out, I can see them in the golds too.

I would probably avoid darker colors if we ever bought another. Dark color wouldn't disqualify one from consideration, but I would consider lighter colors a plus.
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