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Old 01-15-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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Frames - why black?

Why all the trailer frames (that I've seen) are black? Have any of you painted theirs any other colour? I'm restoring my trailer and thinking of painting it some other than black colour.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
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Black? Just because. I have seen frames in other colors... few pictures have been posted. The frame on Frederick's Fiberstream is red.
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I've seen red, silver, blue and green. If you have color painted wheels on your trailer... match the frame! One simple way to personalize your trailer and everybody will know it's YOU.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:53 AM   #3
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Ours was black, but we painted it royal blue to match the orange and blue of our trailer. The tongue has yet to be painted, but that will likely come.

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Old 01-15-2011, 09:35 AM   #4
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Donna, I like the red on your egg. It's a good match!
Cindy, I love that blue bumper and the red propane tank. Paint the tongue! Paint the tongue!
So, there is some method in my madness. Glad I'm not alone and now, I just can't imagine painting my frame black.
I was thinking about painting my wheels same colour as the body (going to be same silver as my TV) but now, I'll think about frame and wheels to be the same colour of... not sure yet what. I'll see what colours we have in excess in our paint shop. Maybe blue. I wonder how a blue frame would go with silver.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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Not my trailer Andrew. I have a Scamp... with a black frame The trailer I posted is Frederick L. Simson's! And yes, I like it too
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:04 AM   #6
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My frame two years ago was an interesting color of brown with red streaks, kind of an abstract painting look. Of coarse rust will do that.
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I love the way CindyL has color coodinated her camper and accessories! One of my favs, Cindy!
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I believe that many folks paint frames black (other than thats the way they come from the factory) is they (black frames) are a lot less maintenance. As a rule, people who custom paint their trailer frames are more apt to get 'down n dirty' when it comes to clean up time. This said from personal (automotive experience)......
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If you think about it, brown makes more sense... considering the inevitable ferrous oxide trim.
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Andrew,

The propane tank is orange, i.e. Uhaul. Colors are difficult in pix.

Vicki - thanks! The hubby had a lot to do with it. Coming, if they ever get to it, is a custom Howie (Hotel on Wheels) wheel cover that will look like this:
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OMG, Cindy---what a cool tire cover! I'll never be able to "keep up with Cindy!"
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Why all the trailer frames (that I've seen) are black?
The frame is a necessary part of a trailer, however most people would not think of it as a particularly good looking part of the trailer. All the frames that I have seen are built purely for function, I have not see any stock frames that have decorative iron work or styling to make them visually more appealing. When the frame is painted black, it allows the eye to focus more on the fiberglass body of the trailer. I would guess that is why most frames, jacks, stabilizers, etc, are painted black. After an extensive rebuild of my frame, I painted it black for that reason.

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Not my trailer Andrew. I have a Scamp... with a black frame
My favorite color is RED. It's even a part of my name!

I wanted a simple way to work it into the trailer's look, but thought that painting the whole trailer RED was too much $$$. I also wanted to be different.
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I was thinking frames are typically painted black because it's easy. Rustoleum (etc.) in black is available just about anywhere and a can of rattle paint doesn't need any special equipment or ability for touchup. Which would be different than a custom color needing a compressor and spray gun.
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