Dark colored German panel vans

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    Hello All

    Just joined your site today after reading various posts and not finding any answers to my query.

    We have owned a Hymer Exsis SG since May 2014, it's our first van and had some fab times mainly around Europe. I'm now ready to sell the Exsis and purchase a lhd panel van in Germany. I've looked on mobile.de and like the look of the grey and black colored Adria's, Globecars, Hymers etc. however, what are they like in direct sunlight when the temperatures are above 25C? they don't look as practical as the white vans, or do the panel vans have some sort of insulation that stops the vans from getting hot inside?

    Are theses dark colored vans best suited to cooler climates?

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    David
     
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    Not sure about panel vans, but our grey Hymer A class has a white roof to reflect sunlight.
     
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    Don't know how the fish got in pffft
     
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    We have a dark grey Globecar and in the summer sun it gets flippin hot :eek:

    On the other hand, in winter the van is nice and cozy on a cold sunny day :D

    Principally you have already answered your own question. On a different note however, it is much easier to 'wildcamp' without standing out like a belisha beacon (y)
     
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    Was meant to say biggish ! Now edited pffft
     
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    Thank you, Steph will drive it and it will open up more avenues for us.
    The converter is at Brantome and the build quality seems very good.
     
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    My experience with commercial vans as in Transits is that the darker colours act as heat sinks... I had a metallic grey Transit and it used to get uncomfortable in the sun even though it had Air con..
    Our PVC is what Peugeot call Golden White. Very light gold in other words. It's fine in direct sunlight and heat.

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    We spent the Summer of 2014 in Greece in a white Westfalia James Cook and this last Summer in much the same area in a "graphite" (dark grey) La Strada PVC.
    In both the internal temperature usually equalled the outside temperature most of the time.
    We didn't notice any difference between them really as far as temperature was concerned...in both we used strategically positioned fans to keep the air moving around which kept things comfortable most of the time.:)
     
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    Both our Pvc have been dark, first black, current dark grey, no idea how they stack up against white with heat, but we cope, it's a small area to cool and you do get a huge sliding door to let the outside in.
    Personal preference, but I wouldn't ever go for white they just don't look cool;)
     
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    German PVC 's are quite well insulated, but nowhere as the same standard as coachbuilts. Although a dark van get a little hotter but with the insulation I doubt if it would be enough to cause concern.
     
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    Agree..have had light and dark Grey and no difference that I notice
     
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    An insulated dark vehicle will get hotter than an insulated light coloured vehicle.. Any owner of a dark vehicle whether it's a van a motor home or car should realise dark colours absorb heat.
     
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    Well my PVC is German and it get flamin hot in the sun! If there is a good breeze then not so bad but on a calm day you could literally fry an egg on the paintwork :eek: Internally the side that is in the sunshine gets so hot that it radiates heat on the inside. All the insulation does is hold the heat longer!

    Given the choice I would have silver....
     
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    Ashphalt flat roofs are painted with a silver paint called silver flex . This is to prevent heat sink that gives the expansion and contraction that deteriorates the ashlhalt.
    Ever seen a black sunhat ?
     
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    I don't understand Charlie :unsure: are you suggesting I paint the roof silver?
     
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    No I was agreeing with your comment that silver is a better colour for vehicles used in hot climates...
    It would be extreme to paint the roof of a van !
    I must admit to liking that dark grey the Germans seem to like ! And it would not deter me from buying a van in that colour.
     
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