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Old 06-30-2016, 08:34 PM   #15
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Bigjim what do you connect the bungee cords to? That looks really great actually. Smart idea!
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Had bought and used reflectix in previous rig. I worked best in the winter to block the cold. It helped in the summer, but was less than perfect. The heat would still be inside the coach, just not as much.

We purchased a newer coach last year, and the heat in the summer turned out to be a real problem. My old roll of reflectix was not wide enough and did almost nothing. Our first pass was to upgrade to 3M Silverline. Much better approach, now have quite a bit of improvement when driving. When stopped, we add the Magna Shade, to the windshield. I think this is the optimal solution.

Never did like the view blocked with the reflectix.
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How did you attach Dowels to ends of Refletix TIA
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:40 AM   #18
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Has anyone installed the 3M Crystaline film? If so,
does it perform as advertised?
Are you happy with it?
Which level film did you install?

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Friends put that or a similar product on the entire windshield with great results. The only downside is if you have to replace the windshield. I think the cost of installing the film was around $800. It reduced the heat load greatly.
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Old 07-01-2016, 02:26 PM   #19
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Hi folks, On the dowel rod question. Lay the reflectix flat and simply gorilla tape the dowel rod 6" from the end, I used 4' x 1/2" dowels so I did not need to even cut them. Then fold the last 6" of reflectix over the dowel and tape again. The drivers side mirror is high enough to be in the way on our Challenger, I simply trimmed enough to get the material straight when it is on the mirror housing. Have some help the first time laying this on the windshield and it will be a snap. When you lay it on, start with one end attached and wipers up, as you pass a wiper, lay it down and they hold everything there until you fasten the far side. Lay it tape side away from the sun and there is no sign of the dowels or tape. When it comes time to roll it up, start with one end and wipers down, lift them as you get to them, work slick once the initial sizing is set!

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I just picked up my custom made window coverings yesterday. I used the 48" roll of the 1/4" insulated foil stuff not sure of the name but bought it at Home Depot $45 for 25'. I made the patterns to fit the glass just within the window frames I used cardboard at first to do that but was hard to work with, so then I just took the material itself and laid it up in place and then just pushed in on it with a sharpie and followed it around the perimeter and it worked out great that way. At the recommendation of my friend who does all this I used what is called Aqualon and it was sewed onto it. We still have install a couple of snaps and install them on the outside. Click image for larger version

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I just picked up my custom made window coverings yesterday. I used the 48" roll of the 1/4" insulated foil stuff not sure of the name but bought it at Home Depot $45 for 25'. I made the patterns to fit the glass just within the window frames I used cardboard at first to do that but was hard to work with, so then I just took the material itself and laid it up in place and then just pushed in on it with a sharpie and followed it around the perimeter and it worked out great that way. At the recommendation of my friend who does all this I used what is called Aqualon and it was sewed onto it. We still have install a couple of snaps and install them on the outside. Attachment 131992


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I Googled the Aqualon and I wonder if that may be the same material as the snap-on shower skylight and vent covers in our MH is made from?

BTW- your cover looks great!
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I Googled the Aqualon and I wonder if that may be the same material as the snap-on shower skylight and vent covers in our MH is made from?

BTW- your cover looks great!

Not sure about the skylight covers, I know they are durable and won't soak up the water. Using them on more boats now than Sunbrella in some cases. I'll post a couple pictures once I get them installed.


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Bigjim what do you connect the bungee cords to? That looks really great actually. Smart idea!
Sorry, just noticed the question. I have a driver's door with a grab bar, that's the drivers side catch. The passenger side bunch hooks into the window track.
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I just picked up my custom made window coverings yesterday. I used the 48" roll of the 1/4" insulated foil stuff not sure of the name but bought it at Home Depot $45 for 25'. I made the patterns to fit the glass just within the window frames I used cardboard at first to do that but was hard to work with, so then I just took the material itself and laid it up in place and then just pushed in on it with a sharpie and followed it around the perimeter and it worked out great that way. At the recommendation of my friend who does all this I used what is called Aqualon and it was sewed onto it. We still have install a couple of snaps and install them on the outside. Attachment 131992


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I just put a Magna Shade on my coach and was surprised at how much heat it blocked. I already had solar and privacy electric shades on the inside but the heat still came through the windshield and could be felt in the front seats but the MS eliminated most of this. The initial installation is a two man job requiring a ladder but after that I can install it in less than a minute by myself. I'm going to order them for the side windows as well, I couldn't be more pleased.
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I just installed a Magna Shade this morning. Did it by myself, wasn't too bad. It does make a significant difference in heat transfer.
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Actually Joe you can see out pretty good with the Magna Shade. Not sure on some of the other types of materials used.
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