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SDcampowneroperator

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Posted: 05/06/21 06:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fantastic exterior upgrade. Looks brand new, up to date and with new roof and interior should be a viable unit for many years to come.
We are in the same pickle- to replace cracked faded graphics or paint? Our 09 Carriage Cameo is looking aged. with over 50k miles on it the skirting has road chips, In this forum we did find a furum member supplier of new graphics exactly like factory to replace the old, and bought them. I am troubled to work on do the work to install them, or forgo them and paint.
Trouble with that is the walls and skirting will still show age and fading. It will have new graphics, weathered between. You must have seen the same issue which confirmed your decision to do full body paint.
Your Hitchhiker, our Carriage and many other units are built to last, their exterior apperance is not equal to the effects of age and road debris.
Question 1 is cost, wheather its worthwhile to strip graphics and do such prep as can be done before, or getting the pros in the paint shop to do it. There is no question that upgrading what you and we have is lesser cost than a new unit. A $ xx paint job is lessthan a $ XXXX new unit that wont fair better some years done the road.
Question 2 is how to evade the 10 year old unit police? Or are you- like us - avoid the places with age and type of unit who restrict unit age or class ?

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Looks great but have you noticed any differance in staying cool with the black?


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Edd505 wrote:

Looks great but have you noticed any differance in staying cool with the black?


We just had it done over the winter (actually, between Labor Day and Thanksgiving). So, we have only taken it out a few times. The hottest was in Big Bend NP over Spring Break. It did get up to 103 one day, but no, we really didn't notice much in the way of heat build up. We will see this summer when we take it to the Tetons and then down to Durango, CO. I'll post an update on whether it gets hot or not.

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Rug wrote:

Mike does a great job.

You need to post it on the NuWa owners forum.


Thanks. I finally figured out how to host photos and link them so I posted it on the NuWa forum yesterday. I also sent a picture of it to Mike Mitchell and he responded with a very nice email about how he loves it when HitchHiker owners take such pride in their coaches. Shame they no longer build new units.

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Look great! NU WA is one of the worst for decals peeling.



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I received an estimate from Mike based on description and photos of my 30 foot trailer. He estimates the cost would be around $9500 for full body paint. I imagine this does not include custom colors and graphics like the OP had done on his.

I am thinking I probably will have it done, either by him or someone closer to where the trailer is now. After watching his video and seeing the OP's trailer pictures I really like his work so it may well be worth the drive there and back.

I agree that it is a whole lot of money but as already mentioned, you cannot purchase a new trailer these days that is anywhere near the quality of mine and some others for that kind of money.
By the way, in all my years of traveling, I have only been asked once, at check-in, what the age of my rig was.

That age rule is just used to keep obviously run down rigs out of the campground. If your rig looks good and is well cared for I don't know of any campground owner who will turn down your business.[emoticon]
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That paint is absolutely fantastic. Those older gorgeous rigs are worth it. But please don't paint over beautiful wood on the inside. I think that would be tragic.
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JKJavelin wrote:

That paint is absolutely fantastic. Those older gorgeous rigs are worth it. But please don't paint over beautiful wood on the inside. I think that would be tragic.
JK


Agree on the older rigs being worth it and also on not painting the inside! I do not like the current trend in painting the insides white. Ugh!


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BarneyS wrote:

. . . I agree that it is a whole lot of money but as already mentioned, you cannot purchase a new trailer these days that is anywhere near the quality of mine and some others for that kind of money.
By the way, in all my years of traveling, I have only been asked once, at check-in, what the age of my rig was.

That age rule is just used to keep obviously run down rigs out of the campground. If your rig looks good and is well cared for I don't know of any campground owner who will turn down your business.[emoticon]
Barney


Agree on both counts. We didn't go full body paint, but did have new laminated high quality decals applied, costly, but probably a third the price. The point is that it's worth maintaining a well built rig rather than buying new with how the current industry builds.

We too have never been asked on the age of our rig.

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Beautiful!! We considered doing the same with our 2005 HH, NuWa made good 5ers. In our case we elected to buy a Vilano through the old NuWa Kansas RV center (they are wonderful) because of newer bells and whistles. I plan on going your route with our current rig 10yrs down the road…


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