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Old 04-20-2018, 08:26 PM   #15
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Vanleigh offers the Beacon which is their top of the line model. A step above vilano. And the Beacon has beautiful full body paint.
My point was that Vilano isn't an entry level RV and it isn't standard....it isn't even an option. So I don't believe Full Body Paint has been a standard since '00.
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My point was that Vilano isn't an entry level RV and it isn't standard....it isn't even an option. So I don't believe Full Body Paint has been a standard since '00.


Oh. Gotcha. I think he was referring to his brand of coach. It's been standard on his coach since 2000.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:52 PM   #17
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Oh. Gotcha. I think he was referring to his brand of coach. It's been standard on his coach since 2000.
Exactly correct..
I was speaking about the Prevost conversions, Newell & Foretravel
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Old 04-22-2018, 05:49 AM   #18
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Exactly correct..
I was speaking about the Prevost conversions, Newell & Foretravel
Sorry I misunderstood your comment. So I take it that most RVs have Gelcoat.
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Mine is half body paint and wish it was full body paint. Oh well, half is better than zero. It is nice not to have faded decals that are peeling off at the edges.
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Before decals fade, the sun-side of them will crack like a desert floor. Removing decals is very time-consuming, and if you think that replacing the decal with an exact match is the answer, bear in mind that any part of the new decal placed even 1mm off shows off the brand new gel-coat that was under the original.

Almost impossible to do for a pro; impossible to do for anybody else....
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:26 AM   #21
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If you have the extra money, FBP is well worth the price. I think it also helps with resale and might get it sold quicker. Of course if it cost say, an extra $8,000 for FBP, you may only recoup half of that back. If I were in the market for another motorcoach, I wouldn't even look at an RV that didn't have it.
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Our Itasca Horizon is an '02, and from the factory, had a painted skirt, but the rest was fiberglass with vinyl decals. It looked good for years, but eventually the fiberglass yellowed, and decals faded and the edges frayed. She looked old and tired.

We talked about trading for something newer, but the inside looked like new (no pets, no shoes inside), and I had updated many of the systems by then. So we decided on full body paint.

I did a lot of research and talked to 4 or 5 RV paint shops in Maryland, N.C., Alabama, Indiana, and Forest City, Iowa. We decided on the one in Indiana, and had it done about 4 or 5 years ago. I am still very pleased, and would recommend them to anyone considering having it done.
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CaptBill, I suppose you had some of what RayDK called "Extra Money". Looks great and you seem to be very happy with your choice.
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Copied off one of the manufacturers websites, "High Gloss, True” Gelcoat Exteriors are truly the best, of the best, in fiberglass exteriors.

Don’t be fooled by the newer, “Gel-Coated” exteriors. Only “True” gelcoat is the thickest and retains it’s color as it ages. This gelcoat exterior remains our customer’s first choice for lasting beauty."

I guess all I need to do is be sure I get "True" gelcoat and everything will be fine.
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Goes on to say, ".... get’s its strength from the frame, not from lamination. It can be easily repaired, never worry about delamination, and enhance your resale value."
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We've had RV's with both & I wouldn't have another without full body paint. The decals last only a few years before they fade/crack unless the RV is stored inside or well covered. The paint, if properly maintained, will look like new years later.

If you have a choice between decals or upgrade to the paint, go for the paint. The cost of that, like any other item, is negotiable. We got the price knocked down 50% on our FBP.

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I won't have another RV with decals, especially living here in AZ with the sun only a few feet away, lol. My front cap decals are toast and there are no replacements to be found.
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CaptBill, I suppose you had some of what RayDK called "Extra Money". Looks great and you seem to be very happy with your choice.
Well, there seems to never be any 'extra money' in my account, but it really needed something done, and trading in for newer would have been a lot more expensive. Also, I know this coach inside out, and topside to underside. I have done lots of improvements and upgrades, and I would have got nothing for it in trade. So the money for FBP seemed the best choice. 4+ years later, I'm still happy with it.
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