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Old 06-22-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Black colored coaches and Black awnings

Just a random question... Last weekend I saw a motorcoach that was around 90% black with some grey detail swoops. Also, the slide awnings and patio awning were black. Are the cooling aspects much more indepth with those and does it seem to be hotter while under the awnings? It was making me sweat just looking at it and I thought maybe some here saw a difference coming from a lighter colored coach.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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I suspect when these coaches are in the SW, the owners complain about lack of cooling.

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Ours is mostly black and no we dont plan on doing it again our next unit will be mostly white and or white and silver our awnings are gray but the black is easily 10-20 degrees hotter than you would think. We saw a completely black toter home and while it looked really nice as it was new and hadnt started to show the scratches yet still couldnt bring myself to "wanting" one just like it. Lighter colors are cooler and better.....
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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)

At our 2009 iRV2 National Rally (June in OH) we took exterior & interior readings on our coach (light grey) and a friend's coach (lots of black).

In the sun, our exterior wall was in the low 90's; our friend's was over 135 degrees. Inside, with our A/C's on & the laser pointed at an exterior wall facing the sun, ours was in the mid 70's, theirs in the upper 80's.

I, for one, will not buy a dark painted coach - unless I want to do more winter RV-ing. Which, in that case, a dark coach will, by my tests, help absorb the heat & use less propane/electricity to keep heated.

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Old 06-22-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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Those infared thingys sound fun
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Well, you know the black heilcopters? When they are not in the air the crews have to have SOME PLACE to sleep don't you know.

Some folks just plain like black.. Personally.. I like lighter colors, they shed heat more slowly in the winter and absorb it more slowly in the summer.

That said: She who must be obeyed picked the color of my house on wheels.
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Well, you know the black heilcopters? When they are not in the air the crews have to have SOME PLACE to sleep don't you know.

Some folks just plain like black.. Personally.. I like lighter colors, they shed heat more slowly in the winter and absorb it more slowly in the summer.

That said: She who must be obeyed picked the color of my house on wheels.
I wonder how many disgruntled husbands there are based on the wife's exterior color choice
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The DW likes those "Rock Star" motorhomes too, but I'm the that has to wash it! I prefer lighter colors
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Many of the ones I've looked at in the 6 or 7 year age, have had problems with their skin. Lots of buckling, splitting, pealing. This would be the other reason aside from the heat generated.
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Interesting responses.... I've always assumed my lighter colored MH was easier to "climate control", but now I know for sure. The measurements by Lori and Dave tell the story quite well. Thanks, Lori
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Another little tid-bit...Our coach has a dk charcoal, almost black, awning. At the 2006 iRV2 National Rally (Sevierville TN in late July) temps were in the 90's most days - under our awning (in full sun) the thermometer read 105-degrees.

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I wonder how many disgruntled husbands there are based on the wife's exterior color choice
Count me as one! I was perfectly happy with my white coach with a few decals.
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Count me as one! I was perfectly happy with my white coach with a few decals.
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Here's a black paint story that was rather illuminating for me -- I was getting some roof work done by a central Oregon dealer, and it took 6 days in the body shop. So, after a few days, I got to know the young man who was doing the finish work, and one day we got talking about the beautiful paint jobs on some of the rigs parked outside waiting for work to be done. He said the owners wanted them repainted. You've got to be kidding, I said, they look fantastic.... And they did, they were absolutely beautiful.

Come on out, he said, I'll show you something. We began looking at the huge black, red and gold swirls, and he showed me where the paint was checked. And sure enough, there were spidery little cracks in the paint, so fine I could hardly see them. But they were there, pretty much just in the darkest colors, especially black.

So, it's not just a 'climate control' problem.... My rig has about half body paint, the rest white gelcoat, just the way I like it....
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