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Old 04-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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New trend to have anything sticking up from the roof painted black

What do you think about the new idea to have anything on the roof painted black instead of white? I was at a dealer recently and 75% of the inventory had black satellite domes and black roof top air units. The dealer said that is what people want. Joe
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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Even roofs are black!! I would think HOT HOT HOT. White for me thanks.
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And you wonder why users cannot keep the coach cool in 100 temps?

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:11 AM   #4
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So it's not just me...
I can't imagine putting style over function when it comes to something so basic. What are they thinking?
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:30 AM   #5
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My 2004 Monaco Sig has everything sticking up painted black from the factory but my roof is white. This has been done for some time. This includes my dome, AC units, and vent covers.

That would be a mistake to paint a roof black but black also radiates heat faster. That is why automotive radiators are painted black. In some Arab countries people wear black robes so it radiates the heat off of their bodies better. I do know not to wear a black tshirt at the race track in the summertime but that is tight against me. The black Arabian robes have to be loose and away from the body.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:37 AM   #6
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They started that a few years ago.
I just don't understand the Black roof, AC covers, Vents etc.
Is it for looks, that anyone one in a air plane or a high rise can see the roof?
Now they have even started painting the sides Black on a lot of them.

Maybe the buyers are just weekend campers and short vacation users.

My AC has problems at times keeping up with a white roof & sides.
Yesterday it was full sun, 86 feels like 91 here and no shade.

No way a Black one could be sold to me. That alone trying to keep one looking clean.
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I have yet to see a black roof, but I agree most accessories on the roof are black. I think this is because of the predominance of full body paint these days, especially on motorhomes. Black and white go with just about any color, and since so many people have paint, they don't want stark white accessories.
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everything sticking up painted black from the factory but my roof is white. This has been done for some time. This includes my dome, AC units, and vent covers.
Mine too.
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The designers are prevailing over common sense. There aren't many of the new RV features that appeal to us. Sure, some of the eye candy looks nice, but when we analyze how we would live with some of the designer features, we either reject them or visualize how we would have to modify. We could not live with dark interiors, minimal kitchen space and single bowl sinks, big booth dinettes that seat 6 with a table barely big enough for one. Black roofs and covers are definitely a turn-off. Who looks up at the roof that much?
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Well, I am in totally disagreement that it is a "turn off" having black things sticking up such as AC covers and domes. AS you can see you can see the AC covers and dome from a distance and it just so happens that the black things sticking up look a lot better with my paint scheme. It would not look right having a bunch of white things on top of my paint scheme. It just depends on the paint scheme
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If anyone thinks Black Radiates heat well should put their hand on a black car on a hot day that has been sitting outside in a parking lot. Then put their hand on a white car sitting in the same parking lot. There is no comparison. The black painted surface will burn you. If you do not believe it, try it. Black absorbs heat from the sun. Wear a black T shirt then a white one. Radiators do not care what color they are painted. I never saw an air conditioner condenser painted black. Maybe someone should inform the air conditioner manufacturers their units would be more effective painted black.

Just my two cents worth and it isn't worth that to most people.

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It just depends on the paint scheme
I'm with you Mike black on your unit was the only way to go.
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Don't take my Kodachrome away...

It's not 100%__ a Black -or- White choice. Some mfgrs will allow you to use one of the colors from your colour scheme package.

Just select one of the coach's "accent" colors for the shrouds. In the case above, I would opt for the silver color in-lieu-of black.

I've even see a custom paint job in which a simple "swoosh" of color on an otherwise stock white shroud...did the trick. It kept the color scheme alive and did away with the "white pimple" look.
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Rops, you need to understand the difference between radiating heat and reflecting heat. They used to always paint the AC condensor coils flat black. Radiators and oil coolers are painted flat black but car makers are getting cheap.
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