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Old 06-26-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
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Reflective Insulation in Windows

Has anyone used the reflective bubble insulation on the inside of windows in the summer heat If so does it make a substantial difference in cooling compared to just mini blinds?
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Has anyone used the reflective bubble insulation on the inside of windows in the summer heat If so does it make a substantial difference in cooling compared to just mini blinds?
Yes it works. We use it behind the couch window. At the table window I put the black Velcro on the frame of the window. My wife sewed velcro around solar screen. I install in when we park so we can still see out and block most of the heat. Then remove it before hitting the road.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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We use "Reflextix" insulation in the front window and a couple of side windows. It comes in a roll and is 4' wide. Foil on both sides and foam inside. Easliy cut with scissors. It has a low R value, but it makes a DRASTIC difference in the hot/cold getting in.

I cut a piece that goes across the entire windshield. It fits tight and holds iself in place. I can take it out and roll it up to travel. Then put it back when we park. Cut pieces for the bedroom windows, door window and drivers side window. Most are held in place by the day/night shades we have.

We installed it for the winter, during cold temps, and the radiant cold through the windshield was immediately evident.

The same is true for the heat. The relective foil cuts the radiant heat. You can tell the difference as soon as you get it in the windshield.

ANY insulation is better that none.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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It is bubble wrap with alium. On both sides .
Same as your foldable. Windshield protector is made out of

I used it when we had our pop up on the outside over the beds. Made a huge difference
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Jymen,
you put the velcro and shade on the OUTSIDE of the rv ?

We have the day and night shades and while they do great with the light control and privacy, being on the inside just stops the heat once it gets inside...

will probably research outside shades as well....
could we maybe use magnets to clamp to the window frames ?
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Makes a huge difference! Don't forget to put some up over your shower dome and all the roof vents also. Even the ones with a fan in them. We use them to insulate against both the sun and at night to keep the RV warmer in the cold.
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Thanks everyone that the answers i thought i would get so i now have a new project to work on since it is 102 degrees out and only June.
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If you have dual pane windows don't put the silver foil on the inside. The heat will blow out your seals and you don't want to know what it will cost to fix them.
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If you have dual pane windows don't put the silver foil on the inside. The heat will blow out your seals and you don't want to know what it will cost to fix them.
I have heard that but i have single pane windows am i correct in that it is safe to use on single pane?
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I have heard that but i have single pane windows am i correct in that it is safe to use on single pane?
Correct, dual pane is a no no!
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we use it but my wife made fabric covers for them and they look much better than the foil look
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I use it on my Hybrid Travel trailer in all the cloth windows and it makes a big difference. There are lots of other places to put it. Depending on your trailer, read around on the forums and you'll find useful places to put it.
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we use it but my wife made fabric covers for them and they look much better than the foil look
Very nice touch to it.
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Jymen,
you put the velcro and shade on the OUTSIDE of the rv ?

We have the day and night shades and while they do great with the light control and privacy, being on the inside just stops the heat once it gets inside...

will probably research outside shades as well....
could we maybe use magnets to clamp to the window frames ?
It's not a shade, it's the same solar screen that is used on a house window. The black velcro has a glue side that I put on the black frame of the camper window. It blocks some of the sun before it gets to the windows. When not in use I roll it up on the tube the screen came on.

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