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    Our first 5th wheel had decals. At the 7 year mark it was faded and the decals were cracked. It looked like an old 5th wheel. Since we are long term fulltimers that travel constantly we opted for the full body paint on our new Momentum. The hope is that it will retain it's good looks for the life of the 5th wheel. From a maintenance/washing prospect it is easier.

    We have had many positive comments on how it looks, lots of compliments, even other 5th wheelers honking and giving us thumbs up and mouthed WOW's. For us it was a long term investment.

    The down side is that our mostly black paint job gets pretty hot when the sun is shining on it. Of course that becomes a plus when we are wintering at the ski resort. If we ever buy another 5th wheel I will probably just order stock, remove the decals, and have it custom painted. Don't know how much that would cost. But road dirt color would be my choice. Beige or grey, not to hot, not cold, hides the dirt.

    And then there is the bug problem, more here.

    In the end we are pleased with our investment and would buy it again.
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    Ordered our 394M with FBP. Do not regret it one bit. Looks sharp and in my experience way easier to keep clean, even with the dark colors.

    The paint quality isnít fabulous; for example they do not remove any fixtures (door handles, lights, etc), but rather mask. Iíd expect better.

    Not sold on the ceramic protectants, but thatís another topic altogether.

    I wax it once a year with a quality wax and when I wash it I NEVER dry it... just air dry. To do that youíll need a deionizer, well worth it as it cuts down the time considerably.

    As others have said, it just looks sharp. And who knows, when itís time to sell, it might be more appealing than a non painted one? Although I doubt Iíll get my full money back in the FBP option.

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    Thank you all for the feedback, exactly what i was looking for. Still undecided but, 70-30 leaning toward the FBP, I have to check a couple of the body shops in the area and get a comp quote. $11K seems a bit steep. They do look great with the FBP though !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headin Out 2 View Post
    $11K seems a bit steep.
    Remember, the actual price you pay will be lowered by the discount you negotiate for the RV. If you get 25-30% off MSRP, you lower the price of the FBP by the same amount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headin Out 2 View Post
    Thank you all for the feedback, exactly what i was looking for. Still undecided but, 70-30 leaning toward the FBP, I have to check a couple of the body shops in the area and get a comp quote. $11K seems a bit steep. They do look great with the FBP though !
    I am in the process of having a 20x50x16 cover built to store our new 394m under. The west side is enclosed to the ground, east side is enclosed 8 feet down and my shop building will block any sun up to the eight feet. This is costing slightly less than the FBP and can be used for any RV we purchase in the future. I love the look of the FBP but I feel my money is better spent on the cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headin Out 2 View Post
    Thank you all for the feedback, exactly what i was looking for. Still undecided but, 70-30 leaning toward the FBP, I have to check a couple of the body shops in the area and get a comp quote. $11K seems a bit steep. They do look great with the FBP though !
    We have a 397 on order for a body shop owner.

    He ordered FBP because he said he would never paint it for the selling price from factory.
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    If I knew it was going to be my last 5er, I'd get the FBP.

    If I knew I was maybe only keeping it for, oh, I dunno, 3-5 years, then no.

    I agree with the comments that you likely won't make all your money back upon resale, but it would certainly be more attractive to potential buyers.

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    We got FBP because we liked the way it made the RV look. We also was planning on keeping the RV for a while and thought the painted version would hold up better then the non painted version. We got ours when they first started the FBP option and I think that was a mistake.

    We have a lot of over spray and paint runs on our RV. We also have spots where the paint now is starting to peel and separate. An auto body place told us the separation was due to improper stopping and starting painting. I would recommend waxing it as soon as you get it and keep it waxed because if any type of marks get on the paint it is extremely hard to get off. I'm talking mainly about the streaks that come off the roof and run down the side of RV. We do use the wash and wax but that is not enough because it wears off to quick. Also about trying to keep this RV for a while is questionable because we keep having issue with it and won't know if it will hold up as long as we hoped. Grand Design is helping with some of the issues but not all of it.

    With that all said we still like the FBP and would most likely get it again if the time comes to purchase another RV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntr70 View Post
    We have a 397 on order for a body shop owner.

    He ordered FBP because he said he would never paint it for the selling price from factory.
    strong testimony coming from a body shop owner that could paint for materials price only !

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    good idea, but won't work for my situation, gonna be full time for two or three years, a considerable portion will be fairly mobile, no "home base".

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