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Old 07-25-2017, 05:57 AM   #85
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Protagonist, that wasn't a girlfriend, she was a GOLD DIGGER. There are better fish in the sea!


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Old 07-25-2017, 12:27 PM   #86
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Protagonist, that wasn't a girlfriend, she was a GOLD DIGGER. There are better fish in the sea!
As far as I'm concerned, the matter is closed here on the Forums. My own fault for airing my relationship problems here, but those problems WERE the major reason for my absence from the Forums for so long, so they were part of the explanation. But the absence is over, and so is that discussion.

I'll be glad to discuss the relative merits and drawbacks of relationships, including my own, if we meet around a campfire or something. But not here, not anymore. Best to stick to talking about Airstreams and related topics, if you don't mind. I'm sure the forum moderators would prefer it that way!

On that note, I previously said it doesn't matter what color tow vehicle you have, because it's only a tow vehicle when you're pulling your trailer. The rest of the time it's just a truck.

That answer could be considered a non-answer. So I will venture an opinion. Gray/silver is probably the worst color. Not because it matches the trailer; it does that very well. But in areas where it rains a lot or gets foggy a lot— such as here on the Gulf Coast— that color also turns invisible sooner than any other when visibility drops. And when you consider how many people ignore the "wipers on, lights on" laws that so many states have, I would go for a bold, easily visible color of tow vehicle so that other drivers have less trouble seeing you in reduced visibility. You may not WANT a tow vehicle that is Canary Yellow, Lime Green, or Fire Engine Red (though Candy Apple Red is still a beautiful choice), but I guarantee that they won't fade into obscurity when you encounter rain, fog, snow, or in the mountains, low-hanging clouds. Not that I recommend those colors in particular, just that you keep in mind how well your tow vehicle can be seen when no one can see well— even when it's just a truck with no trailer behind it.

In fact, on both my Interstate and my toad, both of which are white for reduced daytime heat transfer, I even added a thin (˝") reflective stripe down the sides of both the van and the hatchback, after my toad was nearly T-boned by someone at a 4-way stop who was in such a hurry to take his turn to go that he didn't realize the toad wasn't separate but rather attached to the van's tail. Visibility to other drivers is a safety issue, and for me that takes precedence over stylishness any day.

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Old 07-27-2017, 01:39 PM   #87
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At the time I bought my TV I opted for silver (titanium) because there is a panel on the rear, above the hitch, that is silver on all models of that year. I wanted the dark gray but with that silver panel, it looked odd. The luggage rack was the same way, silver for the SE model regardless of body color. So mine matches all around. While we were planning on buying a travel trailer for retirement, Airstream wasn't an early consideration, so the silver color was just serendipity when we got "Dora".

My experience in fog, rain, snow and other low light conditions is that the front of vehicles are pretty much the same, mostly chrome. Body color doesn't mean much when they're approaching. OTOH, I have daytime running lights (DRL) and when there's low light I turn on the headlights (low beam). I have seen others with no lights at all, even at night. Hard to believe, but it's common. When driving conditions are bad, you have to really be on guard for those, uh, individuals.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:28 PM   #88
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How about CASH GREEN ?.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:53 PM   #89
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The best color is white with metallic in the paint. It hides scratches and swirls in the clear coat and keeps you looking good on the road, which is where you want to be.

On the subject of lights. Daylight running lights should always be on. When towing, turning on the lights (low beams of course) to get everything glowing on the trailer and tow vehicle is one of the easiest safety practices to implement.

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Old 08-27-2017, 08:43 PM   #90
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WOW! Look at all the answers!
We certainly are a 'colourful' community.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:32 AM   #91
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Thanks. We always use low beams as it also powers the rear camera. I agree with the safe part.

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