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Old 06-13-2019, 06:08 AM   #1
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Ideas to keep front 2/3rds of coach cool.

Hello all,

Does anyone have any experience and opinion on what is the best exterior window coverings for the Sprinter 3500?
I want to keep the radiant outside heat from the sun away as much as possible so the Dometic Penguin II 13500 btu A/C can keep the inside cooler especially towards the front 2/3rds of the inside of the coach.
I do have a 12 volt fan I use to blow the cold air coming from the A/C unit forwards but the front 2/3rds of the coach don't cool very well at all.
This restricts me to staying directly under the Dometic to stay cool.
Does anyone have any experience and opinion on a smallish, portable 110v A/C unit I can plug into shore power and use at the front end of the coach?
I value you opinions and this will help me narrow down the search for these products. Any and all ideas on how to cool down the front 2/3rds of the coach are greatly appreciated.
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MagneShades on the front, driver and passenger windows.
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Get a roll of Reflectix at Lowes. Cut to fit inside of windshield. Yes ... you can't see thru it but will cool the front by about 10 degrees. Roll up for storage.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reflectix-R...5-ft-L/3011906
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The problem with portable AC is that you need to vent the heat extracted to the outside. The best systems are two pipes supply and return to outside. This is hard to do in a van.
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MagneShades on the front, driver and passenger windows.
Magneshades are superb. They apply on the outside of the coach and therefore stop much of the sun's heat before it comes through your windshield. And the best part is that you can still see out. You still need another solution inside the coach for privacy at night. Magneshades aren't cheap but they are a great product.
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Get a roll of Reflectix at Lowes. Cut to fit inside of windshield. Yes ... you can't see thru it but will cool the front by about 10 degrees. Roll up for storage.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reflectix-R...5-ft-L/3011906

X2 on reflectix. Also, we put a curtain across behind the seats to minimize the area that the A/C is trying to cool. You can also use the reflectix on any windows that the sun is shining on. They also make "pillows" that fit inside the vents - it's amazing how much heat can come down from the vents.
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