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Old 06-04-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Help with color choice

I am trying to decide on a color to paint my beachcomber. I am torn between trying to match it up to my van, or go with a retro color scheme. My van is quite dark, and I fear that it will make the trailer to hot. I could paint it a lighter shade of grey, But then it does not match. The decals on the van are going to be removed. Maybe a dark grey bottom and a light grey top? I have always liked that green color of the era though. All thoughts are welcome and appreciated.

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Old 06-04-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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White with dark gray graphics (same color at tug). I like the graphics on the tug, maybe match that to graphics on the trailer? Paint the frame parts that show the same color as the tug.... and the wheels on the trailer too!

The reason I said paint the trailer white, it's an easy color to match if you need to touch up something... like gravel chips. It's (supposedly) cooler to in the sun. If/when you change tugs, it's easier/cheaper to change trailer decals and paint the little bit of metal that shows, than the entire trailer!

YMMV
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:31 PM   #4
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I just finished my Boler. I did the bottom Mineral grey and the top bright silver. Both are have metal flake in them. Bought the paint from Canadian Tire. It was Duplicolor automotive paint. Went on very well with a cheap $30 spray gun from Princess Auto. I will post pictures as soon as I roll it out of the shop.
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Question I've had both a dark gray trailer and a "Navajo" White one

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I am torn between trying to match it up to my van, or go with a retro color scheme. My van is quite dark, and I fear that it will make the trailer too hot.
Is the Van too hot?
My Trailer Profile shows both of my trailers; I could not discern any significant difference between them.
  • They were both hot when all closed up on a warm day.
  • They both cooled down when windows and vents were opened and a fan was turned on.
I think that's an old wives tale.

I would go retro with the trailer and change the graphic on the van to pick up on the trailer's color.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #6
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Is the Van too hot?
I only just bought the van, ( february ) and have noticed that it gets VERY hot inside. Even on mild days the van interior is hot.

Thanks for all the thoughts so far! I plan on starting the trailer soon, and will post pics.

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I only just bought the van, ( february ) and have noticed that it gets VERY hot inside. Even on mild days the van interior is hot. ...

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In that case, my suggestion would be to have the roof of the van painted white a la the Ford Flex or Toyota FJ.

Then you could paint the bottom of the trailer, below the belly band, the same color as the van. Or not. Maybe just a narrow band around it.

But as Donna said about the wheels, definitely at least paint them silver to visually tie to the tug. Or get wheels to match!

There. That's my 2c.

BTW, Nice Rig!
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How long are you planning on keeping the van? Gonna always buy gray?

White goes with everything
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:40 AM   #9
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I am trying to decide on a color to paint my beachcomber. I am torn between trying to match it up to my van, or go with a retro color scheme. My van is quite dark, and I fear that it will make the trailer to hot. I could paint it a lighter shade of grey, But then it does not match. The decals on the van are going to be removed. Maybe a dark grey bottom and a light grey top? I have always liked that green color of the era though. All thoughts are welcome and appreciated.

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In my opinion, white is boring, and the cookie cutter graphics that are often on the sides of trailers and RVs to break up the boring white are not any better. Go ahead, have some individuality, it does not have to be a loud splashy color or design, but almost anything is more interesting than white.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:31 AM   #10
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Thanks for all your thoughts. I have been really busy with work and have not started on the trailer yet. I am thinking that I am going to stick with the vintage look, and to me there is not a more vintage trailer color than green. Now to find the perfect 70's shade of green.
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Thanks for all your thoughts. I have been really busy with work and have not started on the trailer yet. I am thinking that I am going to stick with the vintage look, and to me there is not a more vintage trailer color than green. Now to find the perfect 70's shade of green.
'77 Chevy Apple green. not as bright as a lime green ans not as dark as avacado and screems 70s.
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'77 Chevy Apple green. not as bright as a lime green ans not as dark as avacado and screems 70s.
Is this it?
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Oh, yes indeed.
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