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Old 01-29-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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Best bus color for boondocking?

I really love all the pretty colors I see others painting their buses...the turquoises and mints especially are lovely...but for boondocking, would it better to paint it something more inconspicuous like beige? That color depresses me but I don't want to stick out when I'm trying to blend in...

One idea I have is to paint it a cream color and then do some subtle pastel blue and green elements over that under the window line (maybe hand painted or stenciled).

Anyone have thoughts/experience/seen any great examples of good boondocking colors that aren't totally boring?
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:56 PM   #2
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Keep in mind heat absorption. Nealy all bus roofs are white for a very good reason. I went with slightly off-white, but for the same reason.


Likewise the exterior wall colors. Lighter shades (of almost any color) will minimize heat gain. Other than that...just have fun with it!
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I really love all the pretty colors I see others painting their buses...the turquoises and mints especially are lovely...but for boondocking, would it better to paint it something more inconspicuous like beige? That color depresses me but I don't want to stick out when I'm trying to blend in...

One idea I have is to paint it a cream color and then do some subtle pastel blue and green elements over that under the window line (maybe hand painted or stenciled).

Anyone have thoughts/experience/seen any great examples of good boondocking colors that aren't totally boring?
Aside from using light colors, esp. on the roof, to keep the bus cool I think you should paint your bus to whatever color scheme makes you happy. IMO unless you're trying to hid from the feds or have some narcos on your tail, I don't know that you really need to be inconspicuous. Boondocking, as far as I understand, is just dry camping (preferably) away from anyone with outdoor TV sets, generators, and, of course, drum circles.
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Thanks for the replies. I must have read some inaccurate info on what boondocking is...back to the classroom
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I too have thought along those lines. A paint job that will sell up the road but also be semi invisible in the woods. I definitely don't want a camo paint job, but will use earthiness instead. White is too bright to hide in the woods, so my roof is going to be tan and below that a mix of olive drab and black with some possible graphics involved. My bus will be dark themed outside and bright inside.
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Thanks for the replies. I must have read some inaccurate info on what boondocking is...back to the classroom

I mean, I know people in the vandwelling community do stealth camping, but a bus by its very nature doesn't exactly blend in. We've not done any boondocking yet but we plan to, extensively, when we hit the road full time. A lot of people boondock in just regular old travel trailers and motorhomes though.
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Converted Bus Blue. Blend in anywhere.







If you want a generic "skoolie" color this is probably the one to go with. I won't blend in, but it won't look distinguishable from 60% or so of the other buses out there lol.

It is a lovely color, I just like to make fun of it since everyone's doing it. I'm painting mine a loud green and white.
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Converted Bus Blue. Blend in anywhere.







If you want a generic "skoolie" color this is probably the one to go with. I won't blend in, but it won't look distinguishable from 60% or so of the other buses out there lol.

It is a lovely color, I just like to make fun of it since everyone's doing it. I'm painting mine a loud green and white.

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I don't see quite enough green tint in yours to count as Bus Conversion Blue but close!
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Is there a woman anywhere who is NOT fond of "Tiffany" blue? Most can spot those little boxes from two blocks away.
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Is there a woman anywhere who is NOT fond of "Tiffany" blue? Most can spot those little boxes from two blocks away.
I gave mine something in a little blue box and now she has a taste for it!
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I must be lucky, I gave my wife a log splitter for Christmas and she loves it. No little blue boxes for her.
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I too have thought along those lines. A paint job that will sell up the road but also be semi invisible in the woods. I definitely don't want a camo paint job, but will use earthiness instead. White is too bright to hide in the woods, so my roof is going to be tan and below that a mix of olive drab and black with some possible graphics involved. My bus will be dark themed outside and bright inside.
Cool! I'd love to see it when it's done!
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Converted Bus Blue. Blend in anywhere.







If you want a generic "skoolie" color this is probably the one to go with. I won't blend in, but it won't look distinguishable from 60% or so of the other buses out there lol.

It is a lovely color, I just like to make fun of it since everyone's doing it. I'm painting mine a loud green and white.
Hahahaha that's hilarious!!!
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I love it! It's a beauty. Nice job
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Hahaha Dazzling Blue Bus, checkin' in
Whoops! Meant to quote your message in my reply...your bus is beautiful! Nice job
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Is there a woman anywhere who is NOT fond of "Tiffany" blue? Most can spot those little boxes from two blocks away.
Now that's the truth! No wonder we love that color so much...lol
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I gave mine something in a little blue box and now she has a taste for it!
Hahaha good man, good man
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I must be lucky, I gave my wife a log splitter for Christmas and she loves it. No little blue boxes for her.
Lol I'd be happy with either...or both!
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