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Old 12-12-2014, 11:13 AM   #15
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Those of you who have DIY outside screens:

How did you create the hems on the edges of the solar screening?
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:48 PM   #17
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I went to Lowe's and purchased a 48"X50' roll of 90% sun block window screening and made my own. Believe it was about $50.00. Home Depot should have the same stuff. Used mine on the outside and worked great.


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Bruce, do you remember what area of the store that material was in? I went to the Lowes website and I find window screening but I don't believe that is what you got. If you can find it on their site and give us a link that would be great! Thanks!
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I have had all kinds of sun shades over the years ... Inside and out. There is no arguing that inside sun shades can be effective in lowering inside temperatures and blocking the sun, but the simple physics of that is that the sun hits the inside shade, is blocked, but a substantial portion of its heat is then trapped between the sun shade and the windshield... Creating a pocket of very hot air when the sun is shining directly on the shade. You can easily determine this by simply holding your hand on the shade. That hot screen does re-radiate a significant amount of that heat back into your motor home.

Exterior shades do not have this problem, and as a result do keep notably more heat outside the RV instead of trapping it inside behind the windshield.

I realize the hassle of mounting snap-on type shades, and the cost is high. The excellent Magna-shades are easy to put on but cost even more. My final solution to address all these issues would be to either purchase a product such as the 'Prompt RV Sunscreen' or make one of my own like it: http://www.rv-sunscreen.com
This type of screen keeps the most heat OUTSIDE, is less expensive, and easily installs while keeping both feet on the ground. To me, it's a no brainer for those of us on a budget.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:40 PM   #19
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deandec. their is a long thread on DIY outside shades, search "outside window sun cover" I was convenced to make them but chickened out.. If I was planning on extreme heat I would do that for sure. Let me know if I can help.
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This is the 2nd Motorhome that I have had them, and very happy. Shades really need to be on the outside. If they are on the inside, the heat is already in. It really makes a difference.

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Bruce, do you remember what area of the store that material was in? I went to the Lowes website and I find window screening but I don't believe that is what you got. If you can find it on their site and give us a link that would be great! Thanks!
Phifer 36 in. x 25 ft. Charcoal Super Solar Screen-3021116 - The Home Depot

It is in the screen window area of each store.
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I'd have to respectfully disagree. They kept out a ton of heat out of our Bounder. We spent 40 straight days in 100 plus degrees in the summer of 2012 and they were very effective. We also live in South Florida. The outside ones may be better ( I don't know ) but the hassle and dealing with wet dirty shades doesn't appeal to me.

Hi Cliff - Was not my intent to tick you off! I did state that they do cut down on the heat gain, and they certainly do. But having had both, no question that the exterior mounted shades offer a much larger reduction of heat gain - that is a fact, not opinion.

And we're in the South West, so have some areas called deserts. Have been in temps in the teens above 100, with both the Bounder (internal off white suction cup shades) and the Country Coach with external medium brown shades. So have experience in hot weather too.

I salute the DIY approaches, but do recommend if someone is just starting to develop a front cab shading system, that they do so with the External Shade approach. The few negatives of being wet or dirty from time to time when taking down to put away, has never been a problem. The material is very durable, and is easy to hose off and drys quickly when needed.

I do also recommend the magnet type approach, to avoid the need to snap the top via a ladder. Some DIY magnet shades searches will yield good results on How To.

I will also point out, that my DW had a bad back for several years (Surgery has made this 85% better now!), and she had difficulty mounting the Bounders inside window shade suctions, especially above the driver seat. Where as she could mount the external the few times she did for me. (I had a broken hip, that for a few months made this her job.) So that is another, admittedly unusual, advantage to external shading.

Best to you, and all - do what works best for your circumstances. Desire to DIY, or amount that you are willing to spend!
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I used the window screen such as "deandec" posted above. It is heavy duty stuff. Just get the roll wider than windshield height. I used 48"X 25'. When you pick it up the roll should feel heavy. Good luck.


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Thanks Bruce & Dean! I will look into that for sure!
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