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Old 07-01-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Blackout curtains??

I really enjoy our new TT, but this one thing has got to change. I cannot sleep unless it is totally dark, so I cover the windows with heavy black poster board and the roof vent with an insulated pillow, the only thing left is the privacy curtain. I have told the wife that maybe we, (she) could sew a dark linen to the back of it and that would block more light. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Good thing that you are NOT in Alaska. Dark in the summer time? Not likely. For us, we got used to the long day light hours. Besides when you get tired you sleep no matter what the light conditions are.
It does sound like you are on the right track in getting some dark covers made for your windows.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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When my wife was a night shift travel nurse she had the same problem. Lots of blackout curtain material available online and I think we even once found some at Wal Mart.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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Good thing that you are NOT in Alaska. Dark in the summer time? Not likely. For us, we got used to the long day light hours. Besides when you get tired you sleep no matter what the light conditions are.
It does sound like you are on the right track in getting some dark covers made for your windows.
Well just so happens that I was born in Alaska, but for some reason I don't remember having this problem, (age I guess). I looked around the Internet and found some material called "reflectix" not sure of the spelling but I think this might work.
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[QUOTE=badog5;1229383]I really enjoy our new TT, but this one thing has got to change. I cannot sleep unless it is totally dark, so I cover the windows with heavy black poster board and the roof vent with an insulated pillow, the only thing left is the privacy curtain. I have told the wife that maybe we, (she) could sew a dark linen to the back of it and that would block more light. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.[/QUOTE



Ever consider wearing a sleep mask over your eyes? Much cheaper, and a lot less hassle than blackout curtains.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #6
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Tried several items to block night lights, and found only one that works really well and is inexpensive.
Foil bubble insulation is available from Lowes in 48" wide rolls, and can be cut to any desired size and shape. This material is very light, it's rigid and thus can be cut and trimmed to any shape needed, and finally it will stay in place without being fastened, friction only.
It not only blocks light, but will insulate for heat or cold. I cut a piece of this material for our bedroom windows and keep it stored until needed. When we are staying at a location where there is a lot of stray night light, just place it between the shade and window, and its virtually totally dark.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #7
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Ever consider wearing a sleep mask over your eyes? Much cheaper, and a lot less hassle than blackout curtains.
I bought a pretty good one at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
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Heavy aluminum foil works too.
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I really enjoy our new TT, but this one thing has got to change. I cannot sleep unless it is totally dark, so I cover the windows with heavy black poster board and the roof vent with an insulated pillow, the only thing left is the privacy curtain. I have told the wife that maybe we, (she) could sew a dark linen to the back of it and that would block more light. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
We bought white blackout ( oxymoron ) and had our curtains backed with it. Works great on light and heat.

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After years of working the first half of the knight, and often most of the 2nd half as well, I can sleep anywhere, anytime, so sorry, no help.

However, I recall years ago seeing a "Behind the cab" curtain used on a van or class c so the dash HEVAC could take care of the occupied portion of the vehicle.

I'm thinking something like a curtain, or such, just behind the driver's seat, Might be easier than turning the privacy curtains into blackout curtanis

Another thought... Silver stuff.. Camping world sells a silver material, You cut it to fit the window and it reflects HEAT making the inside warmer in winter, or cooler in summer. It also blocks the passage of light. Would need to be very carefully fitted however.
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Yeah, it's like what the Lone Ranger wore, but without the holes.
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On the North Slope (Alaska)we simply cut cardboard to fit the windows with a friction fit. THis cuts the light down to nothing. It also allows other using the room when I'm gone to easily remove it if they choose.

The summer daylight in anchorage isn't all that bad, so there I use 5 mil black plastic from Lowes. I secure to top the top of the window frame and let the bottom hang free so I can get a breeze at night.
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