Cow Or Camo?

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Yes, it’s ugly as sin, but it still beats the daylights out of those damn omnipresent swooshes.  I HATE swooshes!  Swooshes belong on Nikes, not recreational vehicles.  I had fully intended to prepare an entire dissertation on this scourge, but dangit–somebody already did.  To see examples of other hideous RVs such as this one decorated by drunk Zorro,

zorro

visit: http://2penniesworth.com/2010/08/30/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-rv-graphics/.  Nothing says gas-guzzling cross-country road trip like some ugly decals.  This is a travesty!

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  1. Hello everyone… Yes, graphics on rvs are hideous, to say the least. The Sunseeker (drunk zorro designed) is actually a unit I have striped before. Not that particular year or model, I have worked with more recent graphics. Those might have been from in between 2004 to 2008 perhaps? I’m not really sure. But to answer a few questions, I think the swooshes are stupid as well. Yet they seem to be growing in popularity amongst certain rv manufacturers. The only reasons I can think of are that they are relatively production friendly (smaller randomly placed ones), they seem to be a decent filler of blank wall space, they are not difficult for the tape companies to make in one whole piece (big graphics are often sent in 2-5 pieces and i think look horrible when applied because its like a puzzle with overlay and has tape on top of tape) and they are attempting to make the unit look “cool” or some crap. Also, placement of graphics are never spot on with measurements. In order to pull off the high number of rvs we build and put graphics on in a single day, we have to move them around a little. On slideouts and entry doors and compartment doors, etc. you won’t see the graphics covering them as much as flat surface walls. This is to make production run smoothly. It is most likely going to be raised or lowered to avoid certain areas (such as door locks or entry door handles) otherwise they will look like a five year old school project because the cutting around those areas are horrible because of “time” pressures on the line.
    The graphic packages I am currently working with are ridiculous. No full blown swooshes, but the entire rv is covered in graphics and it isn’t easily installed on a production line where 7 to up to 27 rvs are built in a single day. I am doing 9 a day at the moment and it has over one hundred graphic pieces on each. We can’t even avoid locks or handles with these monster graphics.
    Anyway, it’s time and it’s money and they want to make money and not spend much time doing it. That’s the bottom line. Take a look at an actual graphics blue print on an rv and then look at the one in the lot. Does not ever look the same. The designers usually design the graphics on a standard unit with one slide. They don’t take into consideration the units with three or more slides or the small ones with no slides. A lot of times we have too many graphics and we have to delete (at our discretion and then get it cleared by supervisors) certain pieces just so they all fit on a side! I say get paint or go back to the old way. One small line around the whole thing and a name. Good grief!

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