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Old 03-03-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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Is yours painted a different color?? Besides Silver or Beige?

We want to paint our Argosy black with a red stripe down the sides. I was wondering if anyone else has painted their Argosy a different shade other than beige. Or if any other Airstreamers have any other colors on theirs. The Argosy (as I'm sure most of you already know) were painted beige and it's just not us. Oh, pictures please.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:01 PM   #2
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The most "famous" colored trailer is "Vintage Thunder" (post #74) which was a project taken on by Airstream Life a couple of years ago. I think the new owners are members of the forum here - they may chime in.

Also there was long discussion about painting a trailer "red" at one point...may give you some food for thought as well. I also recall seeing a robin's-egg-blue one, a camouflage one and discussions of other colors (creamsicle?) too. You may want to do a search to see what else comes up.

My biggest concern with painting one black would be the heat gain.

Good luck in whatever your decide to do!

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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Talk about roasting in Hell

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We want to paint our Argosy black ...
You sure you want to do that? Tobacco barns are painted black to get them as hot as possible to cure the product.

Your Argosy may look cool, but it won't be.

Back to your original question: rluhr painted an Argosy a non-standard color and reported being constantly accosted by complete strangers who badgered him about the color. Do a Google search on "Vintage Thunder" and you will find pictures.

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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We want to paint our Argosy black with a red stripe down the sides. I was wondering if anyone else has painted their Argosy a different shade other than beige. Or if any other Airstreamers have any other colors on theirs. The Argosy (as I'm sure most of you already know) were painted beige and it's just not us. Oh, pictures please.
Have you thought about what black will do for the heat build up inside. You will be living inside an oven. Beige and white were the colors because they reflected the heat. There are some other painted colors out there, maybe they will chime in.
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You know I did think about the heat and that was one thing I was worried about. We're from Florida so we're kinda used to the heat, but I don't want to be cookin from it. Hmmmm we'll think about it more.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:14 PM   #6
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-of course, if you're in Manhattan you wouldn't be caught DEAD in anything but a BLACK travel trailer, even it meant you soon were dead of heat stroke...OK, I'M KIDDING..

I'd paint it silver. I think the totally HOT (meaning cool) setup currently is when the full-monte folks add that reflective mylar-bubble insulation against the inner side of the outer walls with fiberglas batts on top of that. That will probably produce the coolest interior you can make and reduce condensation issues. I dream of one day doing this to a Weewind...
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We want to paint our Argosy black with a red stripe down the sides. I was wondering if anyone else has painted their Argosy a different shade other than beige. Or if any other Airstreamers have any other colors on theirs. The Argosy (as I'm sure most of you already know) were painted beige and it's just not us. Oh, pictures please.
I have painted the black Stripe on our 20 Black, the brown just did not look right... We are thinking of an off white some day...
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:21 PM   #8
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We want to paint our Argosy black with a red stripe down the sides. I was wondering if anyone else has painted their Argosy a different shade other than beige. Or if any other Airstreamers have any other colors on theirs. The Argosy (as I'm sure most of you already know) were painted beige and it's just not us. Oh, pictures please.

If you paint it black, the heat rise in the interior during the summer, is out of sight.

You may have to add another AC, or not use the trailer except in the winter months, or only at night, like after midnight.

But you could also park the trailer under a double layer tent.

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:22 PM   #9
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I read about "painting the trailer red" and I think that people should be able to personalize their trailers however they want without being harassed about it. If it came in MINT condition then we'd leave ours that way but if we're gonna have to redo alot of it we want to redo it our way. We gotta stay in it so we should be comfortable right?

And there is AC for the heat right? Unless we were in a place that didn't have electric hook-up. Help??
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:35 PM   #10
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You should be able to do what you want without harassment, that doesn't make it so.

Yes, there is A/C for the heat.
If you paint the trailer black, or another dark color, the A/C will be working overtime and you'll be replacing it sooner.

Sometimes the consequences of doing what we want don't pay off.
This is true for all areas of life.

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:49 PM   #11
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Also, bear in mind if you will be keepig pets inside during the day--what would happen to them should the A/C fail for some reason.

I think it would look AWESOME, but have to agree on the heated interior. Ten years in Texas'll do that to ya!

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Old 03-03-2008, 04:52 PM   #12
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I read about "painting the trailer red" and I think that people should be able to personalize their trailers however they want without being harassed about it. If it came in MINT condition then we'd leave ours that way but if we're gonna have to redo alot of it we want to redo it our way.
True. But if you ever plan on selling or trading your trailer for another, your list of "future buyers" would be limited it it is too customized.
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I read about "painting the trailer red"... We gotta stay in it so we should be comfortable right?

And there is AC for the heat right? Unless we were in a place that didn't have electric hook-up. Help??
This post (and several others) from the "painting it red thread" goes into great detail about heat gain. Do you really want to limit your travels to places w/electric so you can run your A/C? This would exclude most State & National Parks, boondocking "overnighting in a parking lot", power failures? Having owned both black & white colored cars...how hot they get (thus how hard your A/C has to work for you to be comfortable) varies dramatically!

Ultimately, it's your trailer - do what you want to it. But just know what you choose to do to it may impact it's future.

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People are just trying to warn you from doing an expensive paint job you might regret. However, if you still want it black, then paint it black - it's yours to do with as you wish! There are lotso f personalized trailers on here, and they may not be to everyone's taste, but as long as the owner loves them, that's all that matters!

Plus, it's just paint, if you hate it you can change it a few years down the road. I painted my house pink for a few years just to tick off the neighbors. Nice thing about paint is you can always change it later
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I painted my house pink for a few years just to tick off the neighbors.
Gosh Steph...glad your not MY neighbor!

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