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Old 03-04-2014, 03:48 PM   #1
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Am I CRAZY For Even Considering.....

buying a new BLACK Interstate?

Even after contemplating all the cons against it, I am still thinking about it.

Black....

Cons

Hot to the touch and heats up the whole vehicle
Harder to keep clean (I am a clean freak and have another black car)
Harder to avoid swirl marks
Can see the orange peel in the factory paint job (silver & white you can't as much)

Pros

Looks completely bad ass
Windows blend in with body and gives it a different look
Not as many around (like you really see any color often)

I do have an RV garage that it will be parked in while not in use.

Am I crazy or what?
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:57 PM   #3
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IIRC the climate around Santee is relatively mild and assuming you stick to the coast or the mountains, I see no reason why black would not be fine. As you say it is really bad-ass looking. If you lived in Mojave however the picture changes. It is not so much the heat when your AI is in storage, it is when you are camping or traveling and the A/C is struggling to cool the interior down to 100 degrees that you really appreciate white or silver. It may not help much, but every little bit helps.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:26 PM   #4
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Having owned several black vehicles in the past and being a clean nut, I know that black is dirty five minutes after you finish. And the coach A/C struggles once the outdoor temp reaches 85*-90* out. And that's w/ silver.

I do agree black is a bad-ass color which was main reason I got them.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:31 PM   #5
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buying a new BLACK Interstate?

Even after contemplating all the cons against it, I am still thinking about it....

... Am I crazy or what?
Not crazy at all... I considered a black one myself, but never having owned a black vehicle and not fond of washing the beast often it just would not work. Also I have to leave mine outside all the time. But they sure look good in black. I got mine in silver and I'm happy with my choice. Tired of my last two white vehicles...
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:37 PM   #6
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A friend of mine, years ago, came back from his college reunion in love with an old flame. He asked me if I thought he was crazy to ditch his wife (she was number 3, I think) and take up with the newly rekindled flame. So, I gave him too pieces of advice I will pass on to you.

1. Wait six weeks--a full 42 days--and make no decision until then;
2. Ask yourself: is this something that you want to live with the rest of your life?

He's still with his wife. My suspicion is you'll come to the same conclusion. Bad ass, is, after all, only fun some times and for a while, and only gets you so far.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:38 PM   #7
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I love black vehicles. My car and my motorcycle are black.
I don't think I would want a black Interstate, though.
Yes, it looks good, but washing it would be like washing 3 or 4 cars...
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:48 PM   #8
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I have a black truck only because it was the only model anywhere around with the features we needed. I severely regret it, hot and a only clean for a day or two. Badass, who really notices or cares.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:50 PM   #9
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:53 PM   #10
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It is not so mild in Aug-Sept, plus I will be traveling. I read the posts about the AC struggling so then I am crazy haha

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IIRC the climate around Santee is relatively mild and assuming you stick to the coast or the mountains, I see no reason why black would not be fine. As you say it is really bad-ass looking. If you lived in Mojave however the picture changes. It is not so much the heat when your AI is in storage, it is when you are camping or traveling and the A/C is struggling to cool the interior down to 100 degrees that you really appreciate white or silver. It may not help much, but every little bit helps.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:58 PM   #11
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My black Viper is much smaller. It also has a much much better paint job than the AIs do. I wash it with deionized water to avoid spots. Forgot about hard water spots when washing out on the road.

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Having owned several black vehicles in the past and being a clean nut, I know that black is dirty five minutes after you finish. And the coach A/C struggles once the outdoor temp reaches 85*-90* out. And that's w/ silver.

I do agree black is a bad-ass color which was main reason I got them.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:02 PM   #12
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Yes, you're crazy :-)


My truck is black and forever dirty. Inside too as Daisy is a bit of a drooler and as soon as I can clean it up, she's got it looking like it was slimed as in Ghostbusters.

I'm crazy too and love every second of it. Life is dirty and messy too. Enjoy it! :-)
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:13 PM   #13
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Ordered our 2014 Ext. On a 2014 chassis Ext. Cab in September (Hershey, Pa) without the rear two seats and minus the cabinet attached to the shower cabinet. With this change the rear tv is moved to the bathroom wall which squaring up the rear seating a bit making it somewhat more functional space. When the rear seats are removed they then move the stove area foreword which also helps to open up the rear area. Additionally with this change you will lose access to the cab from the driver's seat when the table is in place. This was not an issue for us (it may be for others). Just spent two months in Florida, with this vehicle and it is a "bad ass" machine with NO complaints. This van is better that advertised.Thought this might be of assistance.

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Old 03-04-2014, 06:15 PM   #14
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The verdict is in....and.......

you ARE crazy!!!


Love the bad ass look of the black one. Saw one parked at Fiesta Island one afternoon. However, we ruled it out....way too hot. Really glad we ended up with silver.

Our dogs, who travel with us....are also glad we didn't get black. They are black dogs, and they understand how hot black stuff gets when the sun's beating on it.
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