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Old 08-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #15
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:16 PM   #16
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I made my shades like the magna shade brand. I measured the inside temp of the windshield in direct sun at 90 degrees. The windshield measured 175 degrees in the top corner. After installing my homemade shade I measured it again on a identical day and the temp dropped to 130. I fit the entire cab for around 275$
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:22 PM   #17
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I can't help with material or attachment methods but will testify that a good set of solar shades make a huge difference. Several years ago we had a set custom made for our coach's windshield and two side windows. Use them all the time if we're setting up for more than an overnight stay.

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How is it secured? We just went thought a big wind and rain storm 30 min ago and I was wondering if I had a solar shade installed would it of been there after the storm?
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:30 PM   #18
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I've got some really strong magnets....magnets that I couldn't pry apart once they were together. However through a window they separate fine. Epoxy one to the inside of the window and sew one into the fabric
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:05 PM   #19
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I've got some really strong magnets....magnets that I couldn't pry apart once they were together. However through a window they separate fine. Epoxy one to the inside of the window and sew one into the fabric
Good work!! We did exactly the same thing and saved several hundred dollars compared to the Magna Shade Quote of $760. for windshield, driver and passenger. $340. to do 6 windows.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #20
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How is it secured? We just went thought a big wind and rain storm 30 min ago and I was wondering if I had a solar shade installed would it of been there after the storm?
Ours are snap on so I have to get up on the ladder to put them up and take them down. But they have been up during some pretty serious weather all across the country and they probably hold even more tightly when wet so I wouldn't be concerned about them coming loose.

I really like the magnetic attachments but have wondered how well they'll hang on but I'll bet the same "hang tighter when wet" thing applies and they do fine.

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Old 08-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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I'm a firm believer in reflectix or similar bubble wrap mylar coated plastic. I made a whole set for all the windows of my RV and the drop in interior temps in full sunlight is dramatic! Nice side benefit no UV fading of the interior!

I wrote all about it in an article for the RV newsletter....much more detail there.

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WanderMan: More Cool Tips - Thermal Insulation for Your Windows...It Works!

BTW: Love the CARS outside windshield screen. I wish I was that artistic!

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We use the snap on solar screens from RV Toy Store. I believe the brand is Sun Guard.

They were a lot less than the Magna Shade and work great.

To do the most good, the solar shade needs to be on the outside....stop the sun before if gets in the RV.

For winter use, the Refleftix bubble insulation works great.

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Where do you get the magnets? I know I saw some somewhere but forgot where. Might have been harbor freight.

Are they the rare earth magnets?


@ Manuel B that is very neat looking, good job

I really wonder if the black sun screens are as effective as light colors. When I had that fabric on the Class C window in the sun it got really really hot as well as the window. Did not work that well in that application.I think it needed space inbetween the window and the fabric.
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I got them at www.kjmagnetics.com Grade N52. The fabric is available in different percentages of blockage. Ours are 95% and work quite well.
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I thought black would be hottest but after talking to the sales rep at arizonasunsupply.com I decided to go with the black. His description was counterintuitive but made sense. Although I can't debate black vs a lighter color I do remember him saying that since the fabric was outside of the window it has the opposite affect as a black car. I thought it was a weird statement but went with it.....couldn't be more pleased with their performance. I bought my magnets at magnet4less.com. If you need specific magnets hat I ordered pm me. I originally ordered magnets that I felt we too weak for the windshield so I ordered some Mac-daddy ones instead.
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I ordered the Prompt RV Sunscreen for my Sportscoach. It attaches from the ground with a suction cup on the right and a hook on the left drivers window. It takes 2-3 minutes to install. I also ordered the black because I was told that the black will absorb the suns heat before it enters the coach. It does a GREAT job at keeping the temperatures down and still allows you to see outside. During the day, you CANNOT see inside the motorhome from the outside and even at night with a few lights on it's difficult.
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I chose not to use magnets on the inside. I cut 1/4" steel the size of the magnets and adhered it to the inside with rear view mirror adhesive.
For the side windows I attached the steel to the frame with exterior grade double backed tape, which allows us to have the windows open for ventilation. The fabric covers the window frames blocking the heat transfer thru the aluminum . Saved a considerable amount of money on magnets.
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If you don't have Reflectix option close to you, we just purchased Jumbo size windshield shade from Walmart which looks identical, easy to shape, for $9 and cut it to fit different windows, works great.
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