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Old 03-25-2017, 11:12 PM
 
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I am curious, what is it with the corny paint / graphics scheme that is the common theme in the RV community. I notice the Australians are getting the picture, with a more subtle, utility theme on their RVs/trailers, but the US keeps on with the flimsy "swoosh" and champagne colors. There are only a few companies that have crossed over to whole colors for their trailers, but you still see that magic swoosh on all the vehicles.

Whats a matter? cant they be wrapped in Factory colors, per request? No creativity? This theme has been going on since the 80's, and RVs/trailers should not look as if they were made with aluminum siding. This is why Airstream has maintained their classic looks. Polished and clean! when will the Industry get it?
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:21 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...what is it with the corny paint / graphics scheme that is the common theme...?
Inexpensive, neutral, lowest common denominator design choices by the RV makers.
Similar to the interior materials, colors, fabrics, furniture, etc.

Those who truly care can do any sort of wrap they're willing to pay for on their NEW rig.
But it might need to be done by an aftermarket shop too.
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:42 AM
 
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I am curious, what is it with the corny paint / graphics scheme that is the common theme in the RV community. I notice the Australians are getting the picture, with a more subtle, utility theme on their RVs/trailers, but the US keeps on with the flimsy "swoosh" and champagne colors. There are only a few companies that have crossed over to whole colors for their trailers, but you still see that magic swoosh on all the vehicles.

Whats a matter? cant they be wrapped in Factory colors, per request? No creativity? This theme has been going on since the 80's, and RVs/trailers should not look as if they were made with aluminum siding. This is why Airstream has maintained their classic looks. Polished and clean! when will the Industry get it?
Most manufacturers change their graphics and paint colors every year. Paint options differ per the manufacturer. The manufacturer I bought from allowed me to choose any graphic they had ever produced including no graphics at all. Also I was allowed one base coat color and up to 5 different top coat colors at no extra charge. When I was at the factory watching my RV being built the unit a couple in front of mine was being painted solid black. And actually it looked pretty good when finished, solid black with lots of chrome

Now of course the lower end models will use sticker graphics and not paint which limits your choices
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Herd mentality, if one does it, they all do it.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:54 PM
 
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I too have wondered but always written it off as american poor taste or gaudy rather.
Look at European campers and they have nice neutral styling.

We are in the market for camper and I no matter what
it will not be driven by me with those silly swirls on it!!

If they are sticker graphics they should be easy to take
of, yes?

Let's not even get started on the uncool interiors that look like
they are from 1970.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:32 PM
 
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I have been surfing youtube, and found a nice class a, the Winnebago Brave/Ithica line . Man the retro look, in a modern build,very nice!!! The Sprinter set ups are cool but not as full/wide as a 26 ft RV.

This model has just a simplw 2 tone paint job, following a W theme. Nicely done.
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Old 03-29-2017, 01:32 PM
 
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I too have wondered but always written it off as american poor taste or gaudy rather.
Look at European campers and they have nice neutral styling.

We are in the market for camper and I no matter what
it will not be driven by me with those silly swirls on it!!

If they are sticker graphics they should be easy to take
of, yes?

Let's not even get started on the uncool interiors that look like
they are from 1970.
Sure you can take the decals off of a camper but I would not think of it as an easy job, if fact it's very labor intensive .....think of removing a bumper sticker off of a car and then enlarge that job by about ten thousand times.

Start my loosening the glue a small section at a time using a heat gun (very carefully or you can damage the laminate) then slowly peel the decals off little by little. A plastic or rubber edged puddy knife works good for this. Once you get the decals off then you will need to go back with some type of decal remover like goo-be-gone to get all of the remaining glue off. Once you get all of the glue off then you will need to go back a third time and wax and buff the whole rv....any damaged areas will require repainting the clear coat which can be costly
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Lake Coeur D’Alene
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I agree. Almost seems like the new "bold" graphics started with the toy hauler RV's. Maybe they appealed to the dirt bike, four wheeler crowds. But then the other models seemed to follow suit. Some of them are pretty loud.
Our Allegro isn't bad...more tastefully done than a lot.
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:58 PM
 
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Not only corny decor and swooshes, corny names, too.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:14 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I suspect the exterior graphics are really to hide the fact that the exteriors of RVs tend to be lumpy and bumpy - if it was just a smooth plain surface, you'd see more imperfections.

The interior design bothers me more - I have no idea who thought that the floor, fabric panels and counter surfaces in my 21' trailer were wonderful and coordinated well. Not me, certainly. But it is all easily replaceable (well, not so much the counter surfaces).

I do love my little house on wheels, though, we spend a total of probably 3 months a year out in the forests or at the coast.
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