Originally Posted by elks
Looking at Class A (Vista LX) or maybe Aspect Class C units. Is the paint option worth the high price? Anyone with the "infused" color regret not getting full paint? I guess the graphics are painted on the full body paint units and decals on the "infused" colors.
As mentioned it depends on how long you intend to keep the coach, where it's stored, and what kind of use it will get.
Our 2001 Adventurer had the vinyl graphics. It was stored inside when not in use, and had well over 100,000 miles on it when we traded it in on our 2013 Adventurer. When we traded it in it looked as good as the day we bought it.
Friends of ours had the same year Adventurer that was stored out doors without a cover. It took about 6 years for the graphics to deteriorate to the point that they were faded and peeling at the edges.
A few caveats however. We had to have a window resealed in about 2008. When the service department removed the window they tore a graphic. They were no longer being manufactured so they removed the entire graphic and painted the area the same colors and shape as the graphic.
The graphics are only manufactured during the year the motorhome is manufactured. Any available after that time are from new old stock. That means if you need a graphic 5 or 10 years down the road, if it is available, it will be the same age as the coach. It will have old adhesive that may or may not be fresh enough to adhere to the coach. It will certainly not be the same color as the slightly faded ones still in place.
Our 2013 Adventurer has full body paint. It is much easier to keep clean and will not yellow or fade in the sun. The downside is that the quality of the paint job is nothing like the one on your car. Since it's done after the coach is completely assembled any parts that are partially covered are not painted. Also the paint is applied in several stages. The first colors applied have to be masked over when the following colors are applied. This makes seams between the color layers that have to be buffed smooth. They doo a nice job, but it isn't the same as a car body that is painted prior to assembly.
Also any scratches have to be repaired with matching paint. I for one don't seem to be able to make a the repainted area seamless or invisible.