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A question of colour...

Postby DaveS » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:17 pm

Hi all,

A question re vehicle colour. Obviously I'm aware that a white or light vehicle will reflect the heat better than a dark colour, but how much difference does this make in practical terms? I've been looking into painting my Sprinter 4x4 (its currently white, and I want to get away from the delivery van look), but wondered whether I'd regret it later if the internal temperature rises, especially during the summer in Europe, as we've not got aircon!

Any thoughts appreciate!

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby bromleyxphil » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:29 am

I would keep it light if I was you, a dark coloured metal box gets very hot when left out in the sun. I once owned a black 4x4 that was like an oven in the summer.

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby Michael » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:08 pm

Hi Dave. We've not noticed much difference in temps with ours been not white. Saying that, I don't think we'd go any darker with any shades in the future.

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:27 pm

I remember the effect being quantified on Mythbusters:

"A fan wrote in and asked a follow up question: “Does the color of a car affect the way it heats up?”. The MythBusters used two identical cars, one black the other white and left them both out in the summer heat with thermometers in both. By mid-afternoon the black car had heated up to a temperature of 135 °F while the white car topped off at 126 °F, almost 10 degrees cooler." (About 5 Deg C).

I recall the test was done in absolutely searing heat and in such a way to maximise the effect (windows closed etc). The effect would be much less than this with less extreme exposure, anything other than pure black, and with well-insulated campers: so I'd guess that in real-world-camper conditions the effect would barely be noticeable.

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby DaveS » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:11 pm

Thanks guys. We're using it shortly for a long weekend (in white still!) and will have a ponder whilst we're out in the sun (hopefully). Cheers.

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby jonbull » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:42 am

Keep it white, just add big graphics. Cheaper and if you're aiming for re-classification it all helps convince the DVLA (or it used to..I'm not "up" on the latest directives)

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby Michael » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:47 pm

jonbull wrote:Keep it white, just add big graphics. Cheaper and if you're aiming for re-classification it all helps convince the DVLA (or it used to..I'm not "up" on the latest directives)


Just for the info, the DVLA no longer require crazy tribal graphics (or any for that matter) on a 'motor caravan'. We got our Sprinter accepted for reclassification exactly as it is.

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby NeilandPat » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:05 pm

Agreed Michael

There is a definitive criteria set by the DVLA as to what is required to have a vehicle re classified as a Motor Caravan. Tables, seats etc

At no point does it refer to the exterior paint, decals etc. However, some DVLA operatives were reading too much into it and applying their own interpretation, bouncing applications on not having any decals etc.

This was challenged by many and they now appear to be applying the regs correctly ,

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:26 pm

Blimey, not heard that one before!

Just as well my inspector did not hear about it as well when I had mine tested.... and failed....

Mind you, he did fail it on everything else so it probably would not have made that much of a difference.... He was a nice chap though, not a "jobs worth" as he may be sounding, just want to add that.

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Re: A question of colour...

Postby DaveS » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:38 pm

Thanks all. Current plan is to colour match the bumpers and the lower half of the truck to match, leave the upper white. Will see how it goes...


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