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Old 07-02-2015, 10:20 AM   #11
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Does Gel Coat have to be white or could pigment be added to it?

Just imagine how many more Escapes would sell if they came in various school colors.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:36 AM   #12
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Just imagine how many more Escapes would sell if they came in various school colors.
They already have a 1yr backlog.
I suspect it is a headache that they just don't want to take on.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:20 PM   #13
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That was interesting .... just viewed the blue Escape but noticed it was listed as a 17C ... ? What was a 17C?
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:09 PM   #14
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gel coat comes in many colors, take a look at a canoe manufacturers web site.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:27 PM   #15
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It's the set-up and clean-up time that ensures that Escapes will continue to be white. To switch colour would destroy the production schedule and no customer would be willing to pay the cost for all the extra work involved.
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:28 AM   #16
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Does Gel Coat have to be white or could pigment be added to it?
Gelcoat can be various colours; even the white is pigmented - that's not its "natural" colour. My Boler is tan coloured, and others were various shades of yellow, green, and brown, and often two-tone (one colour for each moulded piece, upper and lower). Early moulded fiberglass trailers tended to have more colour, compared to the stark white which is now popular. The Lil Snoozy was tan for the first few years, which was the topic of some debate in the FiberglassRV forum, but is now white.

Although many colourful canoes are not fiberglass and not covered in gelcoat, lots are gelcoat and I agree they're a good example of available colours. So are power boats.

I think this is similar to the situation with commercial truck cabs, which are all painted (steel, aluminum, and fiberglass) so they could be produced in any colour, but essentially all of them come out of the factory generic white; each company which buys them uses that as a blank canvas to add their identity. When the generic white truck is sold, the next owner doesn't need to paint over a distinctive corporate colour if the white is still there. Similarly, police cars that were once black and white in most of North America went to white almost everywhere a couple of decades ago; no custom paint at the factory, all of the customization and markings went to decals, and they can be made back into generic white without repainting. (This is not universal - Edmonton Police Service was used generic white for years and recently changed to black-and-white factory paint.)

For very limited production runs of entirely factory-ordered trailers it would be practical to produce a range of colours, but I think that the resale market would be hampered by colour preferences.

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Just imagine how many more Escapes would sell if they came in various school colors.
Escape Trailer Industries sells every unit they can produce, and has a year-long backlog of orders. Increasing the appeal of the trailers with a colour choice might allow them to charge a higher price, but it wouldn't increase production (and therefore sales) at all. It would make the production process more complex and expensive to run (as Baglo explained).
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Old 07-03-2015, 07:56 AM   #17
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I feel very fortunate that I was able to personalize the exterior of Ten Forward by choosing the color of decals I wanted. I don't know of any other all molded towable manufacturer that has this option.
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:50 AM   #18
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I feel very fortunate that I was able to personalize the exterior of Ten Forward by choosing the color of decals I wanted. I don't know of any other all molded towable manufacturer that has this option.
True, and for us that's customization enough. I guess one could always paint it, but we love the clean look of white gel coat.
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Like Henry Ford said, you can have any color you like as long is it's Black!
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Reese was persuaded to have a unit painted a special colour in the past. It was not a good experience and he was not totally satisfied with the result. He says he will not do it again.
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