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Old 06-24-2016, 05:53 PM   #1
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Windshield heat load

I have been spending a lot of time lately in full sunlight, no shade available. Keeping the unit cool is almost impossible. I have been researching window films to reduce the heat from the Windows, and especially the windshield. At 3:00 PM the cockpit is like a furnace.

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?

Looking for some relief.

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You did not say if you were parked or driving when the problem occurs.

When parked, I use shade screens made for the coach. For more protection, I safety pin "Reflectix" (available at most hardware stores) to the back of the shade screens then place the shade screen on the wind shield. With the Reflextix between the windshield and the shade screen. The shade screen and safety pins keep the Reflectix in place. I also use Reflectix in side windows.

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Old 06-24-2016, 06:24 PM   #3
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slightly off topic

We don't have direct experience with 3M Crystaline film you're researching.

So please disregard if you've investigated this type of product.

We have had great results with another removable insulating product. Prodex comes in various widths, and can be neatly cut to fit the application. Then simply rolled up and stowed when not in use.
It works very well in hot and cold surroundings.

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Old 06-24-2016, 07:14 PM   #4
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You did not say if you were parked or driving when the problem occurs.

Not as bad when driving since the dash air is blowing, horrible when parked. I would really like something that will cover both cases. That's why I was looking at heat reducing films.

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Reflectix looks like the pic posted by MntTrek
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We bought a roll of the wide (4' I think) Reflectix from CW and cut a piece to fit the windshield. We just stand it up on the dash with the top wedged behind the roll-down shades to hold it in place. We pull the regular curtains over it just so it looks nicer! When not in use we roll it up, secure it with a small bungee cord, and store it in the BR closet. It makes an amazing difference in the temps!
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Our coach is the same, especially because some bright designer decided to make the area between dash & windshield all black. I don't think any film that you can see through is going to help to any notable degree. We use a silver reflecting panel when we have to park facing into afternoon sun and it makes a huge difference. I was able to find a aluminum folding windshield screen in a giant size (the ones they label "RV" are still too small), but you can make one from Reflectix or similar foil insualting material. The reflecting is more important than the insulation, in my opinion.
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I bought a roll of the Reflectix yesterday. Will cut pieces and put them in place over the next few days. I know it will help when parked, and that is when it is needed most.

Based on what I have read, the 3M Crystaline film is really good stuff and I am not going to give up on this approach just yet. Finding a local dealer that will do an RV has been troublesome. The cost may also be pretty high, but can't get a definitive answer yet.

Thanks for the help,
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I also bought the 4' role - works great in Texas sun - I also cover it with the curtains. I got mine from Amazon
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I think you may find that any window film on the windshield may be illegal in some states whether there is a tint to it or not. Using the silver insulation material or exterior window shades when parked is the best way to go. There's not much you can do when driving except lowering the shades as far as you can and still have visibility.
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I got a large automotive WS cover, attached suction cups and it really helps. Putting it on the outside is even more efficient.

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There is no substitute for shade. If there is none naturally then you have to create it. A cover on the outside is 100% more efficient than something on the inside of the glass. This keeps the glass from superheating when between an insulated and reflective blanket.

If you get a windshield cover go with the darkest one you can...this video I took at the Tampa RV Show showing how effective the various colors are...black is best at keeping the heat out.
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I went 4 foot wide reflectix as well. Went to local hardware store and ask for a 15 foot piece. I put dowel rods inside the ends so that I can grab them with a bungee cord and I wrapped the entire piece around the front of the windshield on the outside. Instant change inside the motorhome!
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