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Old 07-22-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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Black vs White Camper Shell Temperature Differences

We have narrowed down our search for a TV for our 2016 Classic to F250's. We are now trying to decide black vs white. We really are leaning towards black, but are curious about how much hotter it will get in a black camper shell than a white. The camper shell will carry bikes, generators, etc. We are in the South. In the dog days of summer, both are going to be extremely hot. Do you think we should be concerned black vs white. Thanks for any input.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:40 PM   #2
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Andy from Inland RV did a test using camper panels

Might be hard to find though. White, bare metal and some colors were tested. White won

I made my decision on white, because they started painting school bus roofs white. They " claimed " a 12 degree difference. I dunno how well school buses are insulated, if at all. That being said, any vehicle is like a greenhouse. Go for tinted windows.

Also, I try not to travel in the hottest part of the day, for the transmissions sake.
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I used to have both a white(double) and black(single) motorcycle trailer. The white trailer was dramatically cooler when in the sun.
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3M Crystalline tint on the windows and white top. Definitely for the hot parts of the nation.

I painted the top of my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited white (it's factory black). Made a huge difference in temps.
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Black is sexy, but white won't burn your skin, and it's easier to keep clean.
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Black heats up quicker, but will also radiate heat out quicker once its out of the sun. White will definitely be cooler. However, I ordered silver for my truck for precisely this reason, and to match the AS!
You'll need your sunglasses on a sunny day!

For the same reason - don't paint your AS roof white.
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Might be hard to find though. White, bare metal and some colors were tested. White won

I made my decision on white, because they started painting school bus roofs white. They " claimed " a 12 degree difference. I dunno how well school buses are insulated, if at all. That being said, any vehicle is like a greenhouse. Go for tinted windows.

Also, I try not to travel in the hottest part of the day, for the transmissions sake.

Andy? Really? Benjamin Franklin did these tests in a snow bank 225 years ago.
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White v color v black
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Black is the worst color of any vehicle in the south. It will get much hotter than a white painted unit. The bar chart above shows this. White is my favorite color because it does not absorb as much heat. Anything in the interior will degrade from the extra heat.

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I love the look.....of a clean black vehicle, but hot and keeping it clean.....sucks. I'll never own another one.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:36 AM   #11
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Not necessarily so, it is possible for white paints to be good radiators as well. It really depends on the emissivity and the emissivity of white paints is just about as good as black paints and it does not absorb as much heat in the first place. Silver paint reflects light well but has bad emissivity so it heats up much faster and does not radiate well. This is why polished aluminum runs hotter than white. Aluminum has much lower emissivity than white paint. Silver is bad from a visibility standpoint on the road.

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Black heats up quicker, but will also radiate heat out quicker once its out of the sun. White will definitely be cooler. However, I ordered silver for my truck for precisely this reason, and to match the AS!
You'll need your sunglasses on a sunny day!

For the same reason - don't paint your AS roof white.
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You can easily test the difference yourself. On a hot sunny day, go outside for a while wearing a white t-shirt. Then, change into a black t-shirt. You'll feel the difference in the amount of heat transferred to your body by the black t-shirt immediately. You can do the same test with white and black hats, but then you'll be identified as either a "good guy" or a "bad guy."
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The difference between our white car with the darkest legal window tint possible (barely gets hot even in Mexico) and our black pickup with black shell and no window tint on the cab door windows is so extreme we're thinking of painting the truck and shell at least white on top and tinting the windows.
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Black heats up quicker, but will also radiate heat out quicker once its out of the sun. White will definitely be cooler. However, I ordered silver for my truck for precisely this reason, and to match the AS!
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For the same reason - don't paint your AS roof white.
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Had a black 2013 F250 but it was so hot and hard to keep clean. Got a 2015 silver and love it. More power a lot cooler and never looks dirty.


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