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Old 06-08-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Summer shades

We are new to RVing and thinking about getting some shades for the windshield and front windows. Looks like there are a lot of options. Some pricier than others. If we decide to make our own ... 1.) how hard is the material to sew? 2.) How well do the suction cups hold on to the sides of the RV? 3.) any other things we need to consider?

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Old 06-09-2011, 06:01 AM   #2
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Sewing the material is not difficult, a standard home machine will handle it.
Can't advise on the suction cups, have never tried them. We used magnets and they work very well.
There is a discusion about them under "windshield screens" that may help you with your choise. Very dooable.

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Old 06-09-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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az bound is right about the sewing. There are enough holes in the material that it sews fairly easily. Use heave thread and a denim needle.

Suction cups work fairly well, but the RV needs to be clean, as do the suction cups themselves. Road dirt and grit will cause them to leak vacuum and fall off.

Consider putting the shades on the insides of the windows. The shades will be easier to reach (no ladder necessary) and you can put them up regardless of weather.

We used snaps across the top of the windshield shade and suction cups along the bottom. The sides tuck behind the windshield trim, or you could put snaps there, too. The side windows are held up with snaps and Velcro. You can buy kits to set the snaps into the fabric. Use short screws to hold the other side of the snaps to the window frame. Sew one side of the Velcro to the fabric, and use self-stick Velcro on the window frame.

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do not know if this might be what you are looking for; but we have just replaced all of our side shades in our Discovery 36T with black out shades from Lowes. Took the old mounts for the shades out and put the new clips in for the shades. Spent @$450 for the total job. Work great, and keep the light out at Walmart. The front windows have a sewn night curtain that covers the entire driver and passenger windows. The shades from Lowes were cut to our measurements and move up and down easily. We selected the BLACK OUT option. Makes good security and sleeping.
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Before we got MCD shades we had the solar shades with suction cups. They held on great.
The manufacturer told us to clean the area first and to dampen the cups with a little water (never use saliva). We followed the instructions and had no problems.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:40 PM   #6
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Some of the shades are "Screen like" and as others have said, they have very large holes for the needle to punch through, Others are opaque and these are often vinyl.

I have an inside reflective shade, which is NOT the best option, but it will help keep things warmer in winter and cooler in summer.. Problem is it makes the glass itself hotter.
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We have the outside solar shades that snap on and we like them very much. We are on our third MH with this setup. We learned years ago that good window tinting helps tremendously in the summer sun. Our first MH was almost impossible to cool with 2 AC running constantly. With Ceramic tinting and outside window awnings we stay very comfortable and with no yelling to have a conservation.

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