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Old 12-22-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Windshield Covers

Background: '03 Gulfstream Sun Voyager, just bought in October '12, located in South Central NM.

Its getting a little cool here lately, so we decided to install the windshield/side window covers that came with the rig. They are by SunGuard, out of California.

These things are _really_ tight! We managed to get the driver's side and passenger side on, but the windshield is an absolute no-go! I needed to use pliers to get the last snap of both l. and r. sides to snap in.

I'm thinking I need to hold off for some sunny weather so this last piece can warm up and stretch out to fit.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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Our DSDP has a curtain that's pleated that pulls around the front and side windows. Kind of a pain but work's ok. Kate made a curtain that she puts up, you can see out during the day but people can't see in very good. Jim
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Had the same type problem with my boat. Either wait for the sun or heat indoors and put on quickly, still had to use pliers
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:15 AM   #4
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Me thinks that if they were easy to install in cold weather, there would be posts about the wrinkles in them in warmer weather.

When building bridges, the last pieces have to be placed at a specific temperature so the bolt holes will line up.

If you bring the covers up to room temperature, and I mean down to the fibers, they will probably be a lot easier to work with because they were made in a warm room. Even then, I find a rubber mallet sometimes a handy tool.


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For a temporary, short time fix, I wonder if heavy-duty suction cups would stick well enough to the body. You could use small S-hooks for the grommets.

Has anybody tried this?
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:54 AM   #6
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Why not make a few snap "extenders" by mounting a female snap near a male snap on a piece of durable nonstretching fabric?
Principle same as a collar extender for a shirt that "shrunk in the closet".
In this case the female snap would fit onto the male snap on your RV and the male snap would go into the female snap on your cover. After the cover warms up and is no longer contracted you merely remove the extenders.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:00 AM   #7
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Go to West Marine and buy extenders.

They also have a snap tool to help put the snaps on.
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Background: '03 Gulfstream Sun Voyager, just bought in October '12, located in South Central NM.

Its getting a little cool here lately, so we decided to install the windshield/side window covers that came with the rig. They are by SunGuard, out of California.

These things are _really_ tight! We managed to get the driver's side and passenger side on, but the windshield is an absolute no-go! I needed to use pliers to get the last snap of both l. and r. sides to snap in.

I'm thinking I need to hold off for some sunny weather so this last piece can warm up and stretch out to fit.

Any suggestions?
It sounds like you have Sun Guards which keep out the sun. If it is getting a bit cool, you want to let the sun in to help warm the coach. They do make thermal covers for the windows and windshield, but they also completely block the sun.

If you have the mesh looking covers, they are to keep the hot sun out of the coach in hot weather.

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Old 12-24-2012, 06:50 AM   #9
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I heated mine from a previous coach I had with DW's hairdryer after having the same problem you are having, Worked for me!
Just a thought.....
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:09 AM   #10
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Heat as suggested. A really good reason to look at "PROMPTSCREEN" or "MAGNASCREEN".

No snaps, no ladders, no extenders, no problems.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:30 AM   #11
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We use the prompt sun screen no snaps works great
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