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Old 12-19-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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outer sunshade question

this question is about the outer sunshade. infront of the windshield. the ones i see are a dark color. isn't the main reason to help keep the heat off the windshield transmitting the heat into the rv? wouldn't a lighter color make more sence?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Here's info from the MCD site...

In what colors are MCD Solar/Privacy Day Screens offered?
Black is the best sun screen color choice due to its inherent properties which provide the highest degree of heat/UV protection. It also provides a higher degree of privacy and superior outward visibility when compared to any other color of so-called sun screen.
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I'm on my third set of black and won't be without them.
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I suppose a related question would be . . . If black is recommended for windows, why is white used for tire covers?

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Our Prompt sunscreen is a tan/light brown color. Color was picked not for a scientific or logical reason, it just more closely matched the color of the motorhome. Do not know if black would be better, but we are quite happy with the heat reduction with ours.
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Our is a brownish tan matching our MH; works great. Shied away from white when we had the choice. Our wheel covers are white but they are not translucent, they block all rays so back/white no difference. Again they match.
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Here's info from the MCD site...

In what colors are MCD Solar/Privacy Day Screens offered?
Black is the best sun screen color choice due to its inherent properties which provide the highest degree of heat/UV protection. It also provides a higher degree of privacy and superior outward visibility when compared to any other color of so-called sun screen.
my question is to get real world experence. back in school we learned black-dark colors atrack heat and white - lite colors reflect heat.
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:29 PM   #8
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Magna Shade gave the same advice as Sarah W noted from MCD...black is best.
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We have tan window covers and hanging tire shades.
White tire covers keep UV out but can trap moisture in humid or rainy climates. Moisture help degrade rubber.
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Black best?

If black is so good why isn't the roof of your RV covered w/black rubber or painted black?
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I suppose a related question would be . . . If black is recommended for windows, why is white used for tire covers?

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Heat is the number 1 killer of tires. Run low inflation means more heat generated and if hot enough you can have a failure.

Here is data on the value of white covers. Now some will confuse the ability of a material to resist UV degradation with its ability to block UV radiation.

While direct UV exposure is not good for the rubber surface, heat is not good for the integrity of the structure and degraded belt material can lead to early failure.
Heat degradation rate doubles with each increase in temperature of 18F.
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We use a black prompt sun screen and have no complaints
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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I just put these new tire covers on today as they were a Christmas present from DW. Listed as the right size and they are grey and slip on easy and gathered in back to hold in tight. They don't go all the way down to the cement or ground. Do they covet enough from the sun. What do you think should I tell DW to let me return them for next size up? I wonder if warmer will they stretch. I might be able to reposition them but they still would not touch the ground. Thanks
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this question is about the outer sunshade. infront of the windshield. the ones i see are a dark color. isn't the main reason to help keep the heat off the windshield transmitting the heat into the rv? wouldn't a lighter color make more sence?
We used to have a light color to better match the color of our rig, but now we have black. I don't think there is that much difference in heat, and we prefer black because it is easier to see out. As long as it's light outside, you can't see in with either color.
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