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Old 08-21-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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Full Body Paint

Full Body Paint worth the extra money or stick to the basic skin.

Looking for feed back from owners that have full body paint jobs, easy to maintain, how well does it look over time.

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Old 08-21-2019, 11:16 AM   #2
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Make your best deal on one without. Then after the dealer already knows how much he will make on the deal see if they will sell the full body paint for their cost. That is what I did and saved over $2,000. I feel it will be easier to sell with it. Also, no decals to worry about peeling off.
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:19 AM   #3
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I had the same question as you. It's an expensive option and probably won't get it all back at trade in. But we went for it on our motorhome and are glad we did. It's probably more of an aesthetic issue than a maintenance issue. I'm not sure the care is much different than one with out the paint. Care and cleaning is just like your car. I wash it using a little car wash soap with wax in it. We've only had it a little over two years so it remains to be seen how long it holds up, but so far it still looks like new.
And like mentioned above, our dealer sold the option at his cost.
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:35 PM   #4
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We went with the FBP on our Sunseeker, because the plain Jane factory white just looked boring. We did get a good deal on our coach and paid less than retail on the paint. One thing to watch closely is the finish, and don't let it oxidize. Bug splatter will come off much easier too. Clean well and apply some wax occasionally. We accidentally parked too close to the lawn sprinklers one time, and in a week the hard water scale build up was terrible. Took four hours with vinegar to get it all off, and then cleaned and waxed again.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:07 PM   #5
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Get the full body paint. It's worth it. After a few years, the suns' UV rays will start to go to work on the fiberglass gelcoat & start turning dull......even with meticulous care & waxing.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:49 PM   #6
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My 2011 Cedar Creek 36CKTS Touring Edition with FBP looks as good as any new 5th wheel out there. Wax it once a year and it will pay you back with positive comments from everyone.
You may not get all of your $$$$ back at sale time but I bet it will sell faster than similar gelcoat models
I am sold on FBP.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:23 AM   #7
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Only way to go if you have the dough for it. 10 grand list on my Riverstone Legacy. No peeling. Keeps a shine, easier to maintain. Even though I won't get it back at trade in, it looks so much better than units that have decals. Worth it to me.
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:59 AM   #8
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My 2011 Cedar Creek 36CKTS Touring Edition with FBP looks as good as any new 5th wheel out there. Wax it once a year and it will pay you back with positive comments from everyone.
You may not get all of your $$$$ back at sale time but I bet it will sell faster than similar gelcoat models
I am sold on FBP.
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X2 My 2012 Cedar Creek which is also a 36CKTS Touring Edition looks as good as the day it was painted. Except for some tree branch scratches, that is!
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:40 AM   #9
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We have a 2016 Sunseeker with full body paint and I say it all the time to my wife: thank goodness we got the full body paint. To me it looks so much nicer. We have only owned it 16 months and it still shines very nice. I wash it after every trip and wax it twice a year.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:59 AM   #10
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Another vote for the full body paint
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:59 PM   #11
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Me too. FBP looks soooo much nicer.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:08 PM   #12
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The bottom line is how long do you plan to keep the RV?? If you are going to keep the unit more than 4 or 5 years totally worth the FBP cost and it looks so much better than the Gel Coat and stickers.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:38 PM   #13
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We have FBP and love the aesthetics! But dang, they sure are proud of it when it comes to price.
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Old 08-27-2019, 02:44 PM   #14
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We bought the full body paint on a 2020 Sunseeker, and we really like it. It was one of the must have options when we decided to replace our old motorhome. The 4 color paint was done by an outsourced shop in the Elkhart area, and as picky as I am, I could find almost no faults in the paint job or the masking work.

This may sound weird to some, but the only dislike I have with the FBP is that I can’t peel off the big “Sunseeker” banners, since they’re painted on. If I had the white body with stickers, the Sunseeker banners would be gone the first day. I just think free advertising for the manufacturer stuck on my vehicles looks dumb.
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:07 AM   #15
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I wholeheartedly agree about the names on vehicles. I insist they remove them on my cars before I buy them. At least the ones on my Riverstone aren't too bad to look at.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:51 PM   #16
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I have full body paint on mine when bought but dull colors. I wanted to match my pull car so I had some wrap done and it made a world of difference and it did not cost an arm and a leg either!
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Old 10-03-2019, 05:54 PM   #17
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On the UV issue, that's going to vary greatly from region to region. If one lives in Arizona or So Cal it's going to be very relevant. Choose the more UV resistant option.

Up here in the PNW, Sun and UV degradation of paint is nowhere near the issue.

Other than that, buy what you like and can afford.
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FBP in my opinion is the only way to go! My cardinal is 3 years old and looks like it did the first day I bought it.
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Old 11-23-2019, 11:04 AM   #19
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Full body Paint is one of the few options we use for trade value. No, you are not going to get what you spent for it but you will get more for your trade with it than without it.
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I've been researching this and talking to folks who have it when I see them during our travels. Like anything, there are caveats. Seems the longevity of the paint is directly related to the quality and number of coats of clear coat applied, and of course, how the surface is prepared.
Also, any pliable seam sealant that is painted over is a source of cracking/peeling, so you need to watch for that.
But overall, everyone said they would recommend it and is easier overall maintenance wise than gelcoat, especially as the years add up.
It is now on my must have list. Liz determines the floor plan and colors, all I insist on is 6-point auto level, non-solid entry stairs, recliners facing the TV, limited dark colors on cap and body, no large Schwintek slides, and now, full body paint. And yep, my choices are limited
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