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Old 08-08-2014, 10:22 PM   #1
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Painting AC shrouds??

Interested in everyone's opinion on something a friend of mine mentioned. Our 2014 Eagle Premier came with the Coleman Mach 8's with the black shrouds. My friend mentioned that an RV service tech told him that he should pull the black shrouds off his unit and paint them white. Claims the tech said it would greatly prolong the life of the AC units because they will reflect heat better. There's no doubt that the lighter color would at least in theory be a little cooler, but if this were a potential problem, I would think Coleman would shy away from putting black shrouds on them to begin with.
What does everyone else think, and has anyone ever tried this and compared what difference it makes?


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Old 08-09-2014, 06:16 AM   #2
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No different that painting plastic decorative shutters on your house as far as the painting process is concerned. The logic of the service tech seems kind of flaky. So do black cars have more problems because they absorb more heat than white cars?

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Old 08-09-2014, 06:22 AM   #3
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I'm not an A/C guy, but I don't think that the black covers would make a big difference in the efficiency of the unit. While black will absorb more of the heat, the vents on the A/C shroud will eject that heat quickly along with the transferred heat from the inside of the coach.

Now the darker color schemes of the newer campers, that's going to make things heat up more than the white of yesteryear!
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:30 AM   #4
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The temperature difference will be minimal. The shroud is a good 6 to 8 inches above the parts in there. Therefore the cooling of said parts will be the same in my opinion . I like the look of the black shrouds. I say leave it as it is, and go enjoy the camper.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:52 AM   #5
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My thinking is, that the extra heat from the black would help dry out any water left laying in the pan when the ac is not in use.
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Thanks for all the comments and I agree the black shrouds provide a nice contrast on the roof.

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