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Old 02-23-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Finally Able To Beat The Heat

After suffering through a summer of heat in 2012 and thinking the front A/C unit in our 2012 Berkshire 360 FWS was not big enough I think we have finally beat the heat!

We are in Port Charlotte, FL and yesterday it was sunny and 86. We are facing north east so we are getting sun all morning and most of the afternoon on the curb side of the coach. While the sun was shining outside the inside of the coach was a cool 74 and the A/C was not running constantly!

So here is what we did. I ordered exterior sun shades for the windshield, large dining room window, door, driver and passenger windows. Putting shades on the exterior really does make a big difference vs. the interior sun shades.

I ordered them from a company in Winter Haven, FL. Prompt RVSunScreen and am very happy with the price and the product!

I also ordered a custom awning shade, from ShadePro Inc, for my Carefree eclipse power awning which also has helped make a big difference when using the patio. The shade is made for the electric Carefree awning. I ordered a 17' shade with a 10' drop and it is ideal for our awning. It is designed with a zipper at the 6' up from the ground point. The remaining 4' of shade rolls up with the awning. In cases of severe wind or rain you can have the awning rolled up in about 15 seconds. Just unzip the lower portion and roll up the awning.


Here are some pictures of the new shades.





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very nice! do you have to have the 6' section attached to the 4' section in order to tie it down?

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Old 02-23-2013, 01:46 PM   #3
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very nice! do you have to have the 6' section attached to the 4' section in order to tie it down?
Yes it has a zipper and easily attaches to the upper portion. The zipper is heavy duty and is double stitched.
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Radiant energy from sunlight can get up around 1kW per square metre (sorry, I only do metric nowadays) and it doesn't take much glass area to let in enough heat to completely overwhelm a couple of rooftop AC units.

Trick is to keep it outside and inside drapes and blinds just don't do that.
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BOY, I wish I had a problem with 86 deg. and the SUN right now here in Pennasylvania!
It is coming our way slooooooowly here.....
You shades really look nice on your Coach! Hat's off to ya.......
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Have a similar setup as yours. Front exterior windshield cover, ShadePro with 24 inch top that zips off. really helps in the heat. If you have a wind sensor on your awning, don't forget to turn it off when you have the ShadePro sunscreen attached.
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Have a similar setup as yours. Front exterior windshield cover, ShadePro with 24 inch top that zips off. really helps in the heat. If you have a wind sensor on your awning, don't forget to turn it off when you have the ShadePro sunscreen attached.
Good tip on the wind sensor. I keep it off when traveling and only turn it on to extend the awning. Once the awning is extended I turn it back off and tie down the awning. When strong winds or rain is predicted I just roll in the awning and we do without.
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Used that type of shades for years and they work on boats. I think I will get some made up.
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I wish the manufacturers would get away from dark colors, sure doesn't help.

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That was one of the dumbest moves the manufacturers made. An RV is used primarily in the summer heat so why paint the RV roof and all black? Sometimes I wonder about the wisdom of the so called experts that they employee.
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This looks like a Nice Option.

Does anyone have any input on Limo Tinting the all the side glass and the front glass along the top with a sun shade.

Then it is there all the time, no extra parts to carry, install and remove?

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Got the limo black from Lowe's it is held to window by static electricity you use soapy water to install
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Got the limo black from Lowe's it is held to window by static electricity you use soapy water to install
How do you like it, did you notice a big difference?
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That was one of the dumbest moves the manufacturers made. An RV is used primarily in the summer heat so why paint the RV roof and all black? Sometimes I wonder about the wisdom of the so called experts that they employee.
Roof on my coach is white and I have zero issue with heat in the side walls or roof. All of my heat gain was coming from the windows. Today it was 86 again in the shade on my patio and a cool comfortable 74 in the coach.
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