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Old 03-01-2016, 05:29 PM   #1
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Windscreen covers - color vs heat build up?

Our coach had a black snap on windscreen, driver window and side door window cover when we bought it. God quality, works well, and not too much of a problem to install or remove.

It is the color black that has me wondering. We're in Yuma, and facing South with AM to PM sunshine on the windscreen.

I'm wondering if anyone has had both a black, and then a lighter color (tan/beige/off white) windscreen. If so, any guesstimate of the difference in coach heat gain? 10, 20, 30% cooler?

We're thinking of changing over to Magna Shade, and wondering if cooler interiors would be part of our payback.

TIA for any thoughts on this, best to all,
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:34 PM   #2
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:43 PM   #3
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Of course the darker the color the hotter the temps. I'd get a tan/beige.
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Old 03-01-2016, 06:01 PM   #4
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Windscreen covers - color vs heat build up?

I just ordered a Magna shade and asked this same question. I was told that the black fabric absorbs the heat instead of it passing through and since it is spaced off the glass, the airflow dissipates the heat better than the light colored fabrics. Another drawback with the light colored fabric was the fact that it tended to glow in bright light and gave off a lot of glare in the coach. They seldom have complaints about the Black or Brown but do have dissatisfied customers with the lighter colors. So I ordered black. I have noticed that shade screens on greenhouses and other applications are always black. Call Magna Shade, they were very helpful and seemed well informed.
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Ditto here for MagnaShade characteristics and experience...
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I bought a windshield, side windows, wiper covers and storage bag from RV Windshield Shades of Flordia almost two years ago. It is a black set. I was told that they sold way more black covers than other covers combined. I have been more than pleased with its performance. One advantage I love is during day light conditions it acts as a one way mirror, I can see out but outsiders can't see in. I also bought a full length awning extension, tire covers and rug. Everything matches! The windshield cover was custom made on site. UV protection is a must in a motor coach.
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The key is having the cover on the outside of the window rather than the color. If it is outside, the sun never enters the coach.
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I agree with xflyer. I bought mine from the RV toy store in Palm Springs. They snap on to the outside. They're gray and even in direct sunlight they're cool to the touch. You can see out but not in.
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The key is having the cover on the outside of the window rather than the color. If it is outside, the sun never enters the coach.
Totally agree! All of ours have been black as well.
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I had an exterior silver/gray color cover made for mine at a local upholstery shop.

$100 installed with twist lock tabs. Owner has a motorhome and I think he made me a good deal.

Our coach has silver, black and blue designs so we decided the lighter the color the better it would be for reflecting heat.

It is a big help when the coach faces the sun all day.

We've only had this one color so I can't estimate what the difference in colors would do.

I agree with Ludmilla that it has to be outside.
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I had a Beige Prompt windshield cover on my PaceArrow that I had for fourteen years and now a Black Magna Shade on this coach. I can't tell any differance between the two colors. I think the black looks better though.
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Have a chocolate brown Magna Shade front and sides, works well and do not think a lighter color would preform much better.
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I bought a windshield, side windows, wiper covers and storage bag from RV Windshield Shades of Flordia almost two years ago. It is a black set. I was told that they sold way more black covers than other covers combined. I have been more than pleased with its performance. One advantage I love is during day light conditions it acts as a one way mirror, I can see out but outsiders can't see in. I also bought a full length awning extension, tire covers and rug. Everything matches! The windshield cover was custom made on site. UV protection is a must in a motor coach.
I have the same since 2010 that I bought in Apache Junction, AZ; the colour is dark brown and it is just fantastic; it is the 94% UV protection type.
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Curious to know how are the external window covers at night as far as seeing into the coach with interior lights on?
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