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Old 08-15-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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Contemplating a 395AMP due to the 14' garage, not decided but kicking some tires. I really like the idea of custom paint, tow rig is fire red so nice to match it up. Question is for those of you with the custom paint how bad does it effect the temperature in the trailer?

Spend enough time in wide open areas so there is no shade to the trailer, will all of that black on the trailer cause it to be crazy hot, force the a/c to never keep up?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:25 PM   #2
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Common sense says yes to your summary paragraph.

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Old 08-15-2015, 03:29 PM   #3
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:22 AM   #4
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Living in North Carolina it gets hot,I can say that yes.the dark colors do make a difference.The ac units do runs constantly on the hot days but they do keep the temps in the trailer cool.I haven't ever thought that I made a mistake on getting a full body paint toyhauler.
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Okay - what are we talking about for extreme heat July/August. A month either side of them and we need neither heat or AC - then we have 8 months where the darker color will absorb the sun's heat and save us a few bucks.

Did a shake down run for three days the weekend of August 8th with the outside temp at 105 degrees. Humidity was pretty low as the moisture from the AC units never reached the ground. Inside - yes both units ran continuously (15K/13.5K) and temperature was 79 degrees with humidity at 40%.
It was comfortable.

My last unit (Rockwood signature 8310SS) had the tan exterior, which was not painted, and got very warm inside with high outside temperatures.

Bottom line - if concerned about heat from sun in summer get a unit that is white. Color should help cool the RV. On the other hand the Painted coach is much easier to wash, wax, and generally maintain than the Gelcoat finish. If you are okay with the cost of the paint - go for it.
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:13 PM   #6
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Never been sorry I have the full body paint. Two airs keep it cool in 100 degree plus, and it looks like new after four and a half years

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Old 08-16-2015, 10:49 PM   #8
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We got our 24R Solara with full body paint, and among the first things I did was to clean the fiberglass top that was tan colored, and I bought the best white high gloss enamel I could find, and masked all of the edges, and painted the entire surface. I know it is cooler, but on a hot day, you still need AC. I also know that I have kept the U.V. off of the fiberglass for a significant time to extend it's life.
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It's also a lot easier to wax paint than it is gelcote, and it look like new for many years.
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It's also a lot easier to wax paint than it is gelcote, and it look like new for many years.

What is this "wax" you speak of? 😀


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