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Old 05-26-2010, 09:19 AM   #1
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Why are most RV's white?

When you look across a sea of RV's, they are predominantly white. An ocean of white RV's are everywhere you go. Anyone know the reason for this?
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My best guess would be to help keep them cooler inside during hot summer days when the majority of RV's are being used.
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My best guess would be to help keep them cooler inside during hot summer days when the majority of RV's are being used.
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It's a trick ...the more you spend the darker they get. Want a nice bronze color, get your wallet out! Joe
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On a nice, bright, sunny day I can put my hand on the white portion, but the dark portions are just too hot to touch at all.

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The same for Boats! I'm thinking that white is easier to keep clean,
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:30 AM   #7
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That's funny The RV cost goes up proportional to the color darkness
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When I worked in the boating industry, I learned that most boat hulls are white due to the fact white fiberglass gelcoat will not oxidize and chalk as fast as darker colors. With Motohome bodies essentially the same material, I would assume most are white for the same reason along with the fact of lighter colors absorbing less heat. (the same reason we wear lighter clothes in the summer)
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I had not given it much thought but this raises the question; why is it that boats that are colored use colored jell coat while colored motorhomes are painted? Colored boats don't seem to cost any more. Colored motorhomes are $20K or more higher in cost.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:49 AM   #10
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Hmmmmm,,,,,
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All the above may play a part, but I suspect it's largely a "style" thing, sorta like when the earlier "earth-tones" were in style, and avocado shag rugs - the current "style" is white outer colorings, and a move to hardwood floors - neither of those, nor the wild graphics down the sides would likely have been popular back in the '80's, because that simply wasn't the "in" style of the times. Our '88 Winnie in relatively conservative earth-tones looks sorta dated as compared to what is common today - but in another decade, BOTH will probably be dated by whatever the latest style statement happens to be...
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why is it that boats that are colored use colored jell coat while colored motorhomes are painted?
I suspect it is because of what I stated above, colored gel coat tends to chalk and fade very quickly in direct sunlight. Even with generous coats of wax, I ended up painting the colored area of my boat's hull after two to three years because it just didn't look good. On more expensive boats, the color is painted. Most boats do not sell anywhere near the price points of Motorhomes so cost is an issue on them.
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Dave is correct.

Paint is superior to colored gel coat.
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Straight white wasn't always the norm. Go back to the 70s, 80s, and early 90s and you'll notice the color gradually lighten to white. Most older units used and off white or cream color. My camper, when I brought it home, was colored Coppery-Orange, Butterscotch-yellow, and off-white, or as my mother put it, colors commonly found in a baby diaper . Its since been repainted bright white and two shades of hunter green that looked more distinct on the paint can lids than they wound up being when painted on the camper itself..
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