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Old 07-25-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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Anyone tinted their side windows?

I'm planning to tint all the side windows in the MH for heat reduction. I have a local tint guy coming out to give me a quote, but I have a feeling it will be more than I want to spend! I'm seriously considering doing it myself and just wondered if anyone has done this.

I plan to use the Gila LES361 Platinum heat-control residential tint, which has better heat control than the automotive tints with the same VLT (visible light transmission). The TSIR (Total Solar Energy Rejection) is 70, the VLT is 30, the UV Rejection is 99%, and the glare reduction is 67%. The reviews are excellent and it's a DIY project IF you follow the instructions carefully! It looks like Amazon has the best price, as usual.

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There are two different kinds of window tint. If you have double paned windows, be sure you get the tint for them and not regular auto tint.

You can do it as a DYI project, you may have to do the first window twice to get a system going.
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Its a great idea I think....But I have enough problems getting the plastic shield on my cell phone and tablet. I would probably have a huge problem with bubbles if I tried a large surface like a motorhome window.....Maybe someone out there has tried it and had success. If its done right it looks like a million bucks, but if its not applied perfectly to a perfectly clean surface it looks....well cheap. That said..there are you tube videos on the subject.
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There are two different kinds of window tint. If you have double paned windows, be sure you get the tint for them and not regular auto tint.

You can do it as a DYI project, you may have to do the first window twice to get a system going.

Yep, you're right! I checked with Gila and they assured me the residential film would be fine for the MH windows!
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The Amazon link said there is some kind of problem and they are not shipping right now?

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If you're planning on doing the driver and passenger side windows , you may not be able to do any night driving. I had mine done and it acts as a mirror at night making it impossible to see out. I never drive at night but left a few campgrounds before daylight and it was a challenge. Had to have the windows opened.
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If you're planning on doing the driver and passenger side windows , you may not be able to do any night driving. I had mine done and it acts as a mirror at night making it impossible to see out. I never drive at night but left a few campgrounds before daylight and it was a challenge. Had to have the windows opened.

Cliff, which tint did you use?
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The kind for dual pane.
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The Amazon link said there is some kind of problem and they are not shipping right now?

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Yeah, I saw that. I'll check it out before ordering. I think it must be some problem with Amazon since the folks at Gila didn't mention it.
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The kind for dual pane.

I'll sure check that out before doing those windows! Thanks!
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I didn't realize that would happen when I had it installed however I always enjoyed the extra added protection it afforded. If I ever needed to drive at night for some reason , I would have peeled it off.
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The PO of RV had all the windows tinted and really like it BUT on the driver and passenger side when you open the window it is hard to see the mirrors because you double the tint. So keep that in mind when you do this. One day I will redo those windows to make it easier to see through.


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The PO of RV had all the windows tinted and really like it BUT on the driver and passenger side
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it is hard to see the mirrors because you double the tint. So keep that in mind when you do this. One day I will redo those windows to make it easier to see through.


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Didn't you mean "when you close the window" ?
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It sure isn't cheap but we had MCD American Duo shades installed throughout our motor home.
The ones on the side windows are the best thing since pockets on pants. By bringing the day shade part or all the way I can keep the sun from being a problem. I don't recall ever having to drop them below my line of sight.
The motorized ones on the windshields are really neat too. No more messing with sun visors and get complete sun blocking as required.
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