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Old 08-23-2017, 12:26 PM   #1
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Heat mitigation when facing into the sun?

There are times when I have no other choice but to have the motorhome facing into the sun ..... south or southwest exposure or some other such thing.

I have a Magna shade and find it does provide some relief in those situations. It may result in a 5 to 10 degree heat reduction as compared to no magna shade and just using the inside shade in the MH.


Does anyone use some other product that is better? and renders little or zero heat gain when the full sun is blasting the front ???

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Old 08-23-2017, 02:55 PM   #2
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Whether it is Magne Shades or other high quality exterior shades, you won't find another product that does much better if at all. The only other thing would be to have trees to stop/reduce the sunlight hitting the windshield in the first place.

If you use a fan to circulate air from the cooler parts of the coach up front it might be of help for general comfort. Other than that, I'm not sure of anything else you can do.
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Unless you get a sun blocking shade, heat will always be a problem. This type of shade will make a considerable difference, however it will darken the interior, like a total eclipse.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-45167-S.../dp/B001D9E41I

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There are times when I have no other choice but to have the motorhome facing into the sun ..... south or southwest exposure or some other such thing.

I have a Magna shade and find it does provide some relief in those situations. It may result in a 5 to 10 degree heat reduction as compared to no magna shade and just using the inside shade in the MH.


Does anyone use some other product that is better? and renders little or zero heat gain when the full sun is blasting the front ???

regards

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A roll of Reflectix, available in Building Materials aisle at Lowes or HomeDepot .... cut to fit windshield. 10 degree drop at minimum.
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Heat mitigation when facing into the sun?

Buy a roll of Reflectix and cut it to size
https://www.reflectixinc.com/. Sold at Lowes and HD
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We were in Las Vegas 3 years ago and it was 115. The ACs could not keep up. I saw other MHs had Reflectex, aka shiny bubble wrap stuff, in the front window. We went to Home Depot and bought a roll that would cover the side windows and windshield. I cut a single piece that covered the side windows and windshield. Next day the ACs had no trouble keeping up. I now have it cut for all windows in the MH and install them as needed. Also have the Magna Shade, most of the time that is all I need for the windshield.
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We were in Las Vegas 3 years ago and it was 115. The ACs could not keep up. I saw other MHs had Reflectex, aka shiny bubble wrap stuff, in the front window. We went to Home Depot and bought a roll that would cover the side windows and windshield. I cut a single piece that covered the side windows and windshield. Next day the ACs had no trouble keeping up. I now have it cut for all windows in the MH and install them as needed. Also have the Magna Shade, most of the time that is all I need for the windshield.
Same here. For the Reflectix, I use small suction cups that has hooks attached (also from Home Depot or Lowes). Punched some small holes in appropriate locations at top of Reflectix and circled the holes with a magic marker (so I can find the holes again). The Reflectix hangs from the hooks/suction cups (attached to glass) and keeps it close to the windshield so the curtain can pass without catching.
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Ok sold on this but is it installed inside or outside.
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Ok sold on this but is it installed inside or outside.
I install mine on the inside.
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Ok sold on this but is it installed inside or outside.
Inside ... and keep the Reflectix as close to the glass as possible.
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Don't know if it would work, but I would try to put the reflectix on the out side with the magna shade over it to hold in place.
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Same here. For the Reflectix, I use small suction cups that has hooks attached (also from Home Depot or Lowes). Punched some small holes in appropriate locations at top of Reflectix and circled the holes with a magic marker (so I can find the holes again). The Reflectix hangs from the hooks/suction cups (attached to glass) and keeps it close to the windshield so the curtain can pass without catching.
How else do folks install the reflectix so it stays up...suction cups is one..any other simple solutions?
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The aluminum bubble material really works, but here's how not to attach it: Buy self-adhesive strips of Velcro and line all edges so they attach to Velcro strips running all around the windshield. The sunshine heat between the windshield and sun screen melts the adhesive and makes a terrible mess. I now just cut the bubble wrap slightly larger than the opening and let friction hold it in place.

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How else do folks install the reflectix so it stays up...suction cups is one..any other simple solutions?
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The Reflectix will difinitely work better if installed on the outside of the windows.
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