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Old 08-28-2020, 06:31 AM   #1
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Full body paint vs. standard finish

We are considering upgrading from our Eagle to a Pinnacle which may be our last upgrade. The FBP is really sharp but pricey. Wondering what maintenance/durability advantages anyone may have experienced to help justify the added cost. Really appreciate any input.
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FBP wears better than gel coat and has better resale value.
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I have owned a good many rv's and never sold one at a profit.
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I have owned a good many rv's and never sold one at a profit.
Resale value is not profit.
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Resale not the issue. Question is will fbp stay looking like new with less work. I’m anal about how my equipment looks but all the trips up and down a ladder for a full wax job is getting harder. The price could be worth it if it solved both issues.
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Class C a few years ago was Gelcoat and the last 2 have been FBP. Wax once or twice a year depending on time in full sun. I take mine through a Blue Beacon for a wash periodically and touch up what they may miss.

Our Challenger got a professional detailing after 4 years and looked like new a year later at trade in.
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I've had both, a fbp diesel motor home and several fifth wheels without it. I know it is an available option on the Pinnacle but when looking for our model on the on line for sale sites I never saw a single one with fbp. I guess the extra cost would not make them competitive with other brands so dealers probably avoid it for stock units. I usually wax mine once a year and I've not noticed any difference in keeping an unpainted vs painted shiny.

What might make a difference is the vinyl decals on an unpainted version which can have a tendency to deteriorate if it lives outdoors full time. Ours stays indoors except when on the road so this has never been an issue for us. I know the front and rear caps on the Pinnacles are painted so it's already part way there.
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We chose the FBP for our 2019 Pinnacle and we love it. It looks great all of the time, no fading decals to worry about. This is our second season with it. Its easy to clean and maintain. I would never buy another one without FBP.
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Everyone here is always willing to help.
Basically, there is some reduction in maintenance, certainly no worry about decal deterioration, and looks awesome-just pricey. Enough encouragement to bite the bullet-it’s ordered!
Now to find a buyer for our 2018 321RSTS that is better than new (yeah, I admit I’m anal).
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