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Old 02-02-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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I know there has been a lot of discussion about sunshades, and for us it was one of those necessary items we wanted to add to the MH. We have the large one-piece Pana-View windshield and our "view" is very important to us. After research and considering our needs and wishes, we decided on the interior shades by RV Quick Shades sold by distributor Crystal & Tim Ryerson (877) 253-3947.

What mattered to us:
<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>ease of installation and removal (no ladder needed)
<LI>no holes drilled into MH for snaps or twist-buckles (yipee!)
<LI>easy to install, even if it's raining
<LI>maintenance (no cleaning prior to storing or using)
<LI>does not distract from our view (you forget they're there!)
<LI>customer service
<LI>reduce glare and provide privacy
<LI>cost (less expensive than some (most) others)[/list]
We have the black one-piece shade, although the other colors looked nice also. In addition, we have the RV Quickshades on the driver's window, the door window, small window next to door, large window at DH's chair, the rear window at back of MH, and one for the small window at the bed headboard. I move this small one at the headboard depending on the direction of the rising sun.

We waited a day or so after hanging the shades before cutting them. We marked them with a piece of chalk and cut them with scissors. We folded the large shade in half and marked the center suction cup so we could easily find that one the next time. We also found the (approximate) center of the windshield and marked the curtain track with a pencil so we could easily find it again. We start with the center suction cup and work our way out to each side, pressing the cups to the top of the windshield. We cut the front shade so it hangs straight down from the top and slightly overlaps the side window frame.

The cups do not slip or come off, but when I want to remove them I just put my fingernail under the edge of a suction cup and it easily comes down. I fold the shades in half (or so) and lay them on the bed when we travel. I don't bother to roll them up and re-package them. We also received the TLC customer service we were looking for from Crystal (and Tim), who answered all our questions and demonstrated all aspects with her own shades. We've included a photo of ours, but you really have to see them and live with them to appreciate them. We just love them!

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I know there has been a lot of discussion about sunshades, and for us it was one of those necessary items we wanted to add to the MH. We have the large one-piece Pana-View windshield and our "view" is very important to us. After research and considering our needs and wishes, we decided on the interior shades by RV Quick Shades sold by distributor Crystal & Tim Ryerson (877) 253-3947.

What mattered to us:
<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>ease of installation and removal (no ladder needed)
<LI>no holes drilled into MH for snaps or twist-buckles (yipee!)
<LI>easy to install, even if it's raining
<LI>maintenance (no cleaning prior to storing or using)
<LI>does not distract from our view (you forget they're there!)
<LI>customer service
<LI>reduce glare and provide privacy
<LI>cost (less expensive than some (most) others)[/list]
We have the black one-piece shade, although the other colors looked nice also. In addition, we have the RV Quickshades on the driver's window, the door window, small window next to door, large window at DH's chair, the rear window at back of MH, and one for the small window at the bed headboard. I move this small one at the headboard depending on the direction of the rising sun.

We waited a day or so after hanging the shades before cutting them. We marked them with a piece of chalk and cut them with scissors. We folded the large shade in half and marked the center suction cup so we could easily find that one the next time. We also found the (approximate) center of the windshield and marked the curtain track with a pencil so we could easily find it again. We start with the center suction cup and work our way out to each side, pressing the cups to the top of the windshield. We cut the front shade so it hangs straight down from the top and slightly overlaps the side window frame.

The cups do not slip or come off, but when I want to remove them I just put my fingernail under the edge of a suction cup and it easily comes down. I fold the shades in half (or so) and lay them on the bed when we travel. I don't bother to roll them up and re-package them. We also received the TLC customer service we were looking for from Crystal (and Tim), who answered all our questions and demonstrated all aspects with her own shades. We've included a photo of ours, but you really have to see them and live with them to appreciate them. We just love them!

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Old 02-02-2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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Very nice Rick & Mic!

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Can you please explain what the suction cups are for? Do you have to stick them to the window with suction cups each time you put them up? If so, what holds the suction cups to the shades?

Also... don't they make them that go up and down like a window blind? Someone was demoing these at the Greensboro Monaco Rally that went up and down with an electric motor, but maybe that was a different brand.
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Different brand and also a lot less expensiveThe motorized ones were $3-$4000. These are right around $100.
The suction cups are permanently attached to the shade...and you do suction them to the window each time you put it up.
It takes me about 3 minutes to put it up ...and that is with me fighting the big TV cabinet in the middle AND my "girlie corner" on the steering wheel.

When I get home tonight I will post the tan color and I will also take a close up of the suction cup.

We also looked at the NON-motorized MCD shades at the tune of about $400 I think... and I decided that it was more work plus these shades were less than 1/4 the cost

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Old 02-02-2008, 04:33 PM   #6
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I'll try to get an up-close photo tomorrow when we load more stuff in the MH. You can remove the suction cup from the shade if necessary. If the shades don't have the suction cups already attached, you use a small awl (or similar) to make a tiny hole (actually spread or separate the screen fibers), and there is a tack-of-sorts that pokes into the back-end of the suction cup. Clear as mud? Photos will help to explain.
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What about the two side windows? Ok, driver's window and door?
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They also have suction cups along the top hem. They are much easier to stick up since they are just within spread-arms-reach. Rick & I can also put up the one for the door together, but since we don't get the ladder out for it he stands on the step and sticks on the outer cup and I put my hand through the hinge side of the screen door and stick up the other cup. He holds the screen door so it doesn't pinch my wrist. But using a step stool makes it very simple.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MonacoMama:
We also looked at the NON-motorized MCD shades at the tune of about $400 I think... and I decided that it was more work plus these shades were less than 1/4 the cost. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>MM,

Yep, it was the MCD shades I was thinking of. Didn't really get a good look because the demo unit at the rally was crowded. We started to get claustrophobic and eventually pushed our way outside. I was really impressed with what I saw of them. But you're right - they ARE pricy.

The Quick-Shades do sound like a reasonably priced alternative. (But they don't really sound as "quick" - especially if you move from place to place a lot.)
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I have the same shades and for the most part do like them. Most of the time our coach is parked in direct sunshine when we are using it. So it can get hot and some times these shades just are not enough so I also carry the silver insulation sheet for the inside of the whindshield. This helps. Even with this I always feel the front of the coach never cools down to my liking. (I like it cold). My next project this spring is to look for air leaks where that cool air may be leaking out and seal. I found a huge air leak early this winter under the frig. There is a hole in the floor about 8 in sq for pipes to run thru. That will be insulated this spring for sure.
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We visited the MH today and took a few more photos of the shades to share. The photos are in our SHADE ALBUM if anyone is interested.

I feel that our Sony 7.2 MP camera really puts the shades under the microscope, more so than the human eye. We both forget that they are there, but perhaps those who have them on the exterior feel the same looking out of theirs. (I feel like the camera captures the screen material like it captures the TV, a little wavy, but they're really not.)

Robin, Rick said they really are quick to put up and take down. I had Rick demonstrate one of the side windows in four photo steps. And I took some close ups of the suction cups and tacks.

drifter, I noticed your photos in the gallery and yours look very nice also, both interior and exterior shots. The beige color matches very well. Good job!
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I made my own utilizing material from Beasley Mfg. in Center Hills,Fl. Total cost for material, grommets, and suction cups--$15.00
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Gonefishing , We when with the outside professionally installed sunscreen done at lazy Days in Tampa, FL . they are snap on the outside and lay flat , they are seen on Country Coach , American Dream and Newell motorcoach as well as Prevost. I also have them installed on the PREVOST also.

Also they made the custom fitted front bra and matching mirrors covers . Also when with the sunscreen on the entry door.You can be naked inside and nobody can see inside from outside . We always see people trying to see in.





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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ed S:
I have the same shades and for the most part do like them. Most of the time our coach is parked in direct sunshine when we are using it. So it can get hot and some times these shades just are not enough so I also carry the silver insulation sheet for the inside of the whindshield. This helps. Even with this I always feel the front of the coach never cools down to my liking. (I like it cold). My next project this spring is to look for air leaks where that cool air may be leaking out and seal. I found a huge air leak early this winter under the frig. There is a hole in the floor about 8 in sq for pipes to run thru. That will be insulated this spring for sure. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I agree with you. Those inside screens will not stop the heat from coming in. The windshield will heat up and the whole idea is to deflect it before it hits the glass. that is why all the pros installers do the outside . My even in direct sunshine here in so. fl when it gets in the 90 with the outside screens block 90 per cent of the Uv and heat , You can even touch the inside windshield and it is cool. hey we have even driven around town with the screen on the entry door and both driver and passengr screen on and they will not blow off or flop around , very snug fit with snap buttons. the whole idea on the outside is the tight fit and it will look like part of the window , very clean and extreme neat looks.
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