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Old 06-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #15
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Ditto on the avoidance of dark exterior colors. No matter what color they're painted they're basically Dutch Ovens sitting in the sun and when they're a dark color.... it's tough to remain livable in hot climates.

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I can testify dark colored coaches are hotter than light ones. We've got a Fluke infrared thermometer. We use it to keep track of our tire temperatures, but it's fun to point at other things (like the campfire, the marshmallow I just cooked over the fire, or the pavement on a hot day)
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:16 PM   #16
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Yes they are and gives you the facts instead of guessing just how hot something is like tires

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Old 06-22-2012, 10:20 PM   #17
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You can run your own test in any dealer parking lot, without an infared gun, on a sunny day put your hand on the hood of a white or silver car sitting in the sun, then on the hood of a black one ; if you dare.
Ever notice that the taxis in Vegas are white, most highway patol cars have switched to white, why are MH makers bucking the trend .
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:38 AM   #18
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I love the looks of the coaches with the dark color schemes. I hate the heat problems and if you've ever tried to keep a black automobile clean, well, that's not a hobby, it's a career.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:11 AM   #19
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I'm with Lori - last black (mostly) coach we will own. Too hot outside and inside. I never noticed the temp with the awnings extended - patio, window and slide toppers - but it sure makes sense that they would be hotter than white. Drove a metallic Chevy truck yesterday that stayed relatively cool in the 90 + temps in Alabama. That would make a great color and I'm betting some graphics guys could make it look as good as the black.
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I own one of those - it's black and 3 shades of gold. Black window and patio awnings too. Can't say that I notice any difference in the awnings - the patio is so high up that it doesn't trap any extra heat, but the black areas of the sides sure heat up. I don't need my IR gun - I can feel it on the interior sidewalls when the sun is blazing down on the black parts. And I can also tell by touch the drop in sidewall temp when I deploy the awning to shade the sides from direct sun.

But RV builders know that interior and exterior dazzle sells, so these "hot" color schemes (literally as well as figuratively) continue to be offered. And customers continue to buy them. Personally, though, I've learned my lesson and would not do it again.
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Mine has black slide toppers but grey main awning and window awnings. I guess they do that so it matches the color scheme. It's all a personal preference like cars I think black cars look best but they need the be cared for.
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It's not as easy to buy a light colored coach as you'd think. Seems the dark colors are the most popular, and they are sharp, when clean, but we wanted a lighter color scheme for just the very reasons already enumerated in this thread. Thankfully there was one paint scheme that did not include any dark colors available when we ordered our coach, and it's just a bonus that we love it.
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Originally Posted by JMonroe
It's not as easy to buy a light colored coach as you'd think. Seems the dark colors are the most popular, and they are sharp, when clean, but we wanted a lighter color scheme for just the very reasons already enumerated in this thread. Thankfully there was one paint scheme that did not include any dark colors available when we ordered our coach, and it's just a bonus that we love it.
I like the "middle road" schemes better, that being said I wonder when these awning manufacturers are going to come out with Tan/goldish colored hardware for awnings.. My actual awning is faded from white to tan and I would actually want that same thing on a new one or replacement.
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I was always lead to believe, the darker the coach the more expensive it was!!!!!

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