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Old 10-15-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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To Shade or not to Shade?

Regarding the exterior window shades specifically, I have been considering deleting the window shades only (part of the Gerard awning package), thinking that it would be a cleaner look on the exterior of the coach particularly on the the passenger side. My thinking was is that the larger awnings, and /or the interior MCD shades would take care of any issues with direct sun. After reading a comment on another post, I am now re-thinking this and also wondering how big of an issue deleting them would be on the driver side windows. To those of you that have the Gerard Awning Package window shades, how often do you use them and how important are they to you?
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Prior to owning our new to us 2005 Beaver MH, I thought the little window awnings on big motorhomes were just fluff. But now, with the MH, I put the awnings out whenever that window will get full sun, especially afternoon sun. Our small bathroom window does not have an awning, and that window passes a lot of heat to the inside of the coach. Much easier to control the temp inside the coach with awnings out. Get the awnings!
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Old 10-15-2017, 05:17 PM   #3
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We ordered a 17 DSDP 4369. 2 regrets. Not getting the chrome baggage door trim and not getting the full Gerard shade package for the windows. Had Gerard price adding two large awnings to the drivers side. $15k. Will be buying Magne Shade window coverings for the entire drivers side of the coach. The ones we purchased for the front window, drivers side window and the entry door/passenger window make a huge difference in the interior heat.
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We ordered a 17 DSDP 4369. 2 regrets. Not getting the chrome baggage door trim and not getting the full Gerard shade package for the windows. Had Gerard price adding two large awnings to the drivers side. $15k. Will be buying Magne Shade window coverings for the entire drivers side of the coach. The ones we purchased for the front window, drivers side window and the entry door/passenger window make a huge difference in the interior heat.
You can order the polished stainless baggage door trim directly from the same folks who provide it to Newmar, Summit Stainless in Altoona, IA. They will ship you the kit and you can install yourself or have someone do it. I did my coach and it was time consuming but not hard to do. Or, you can go there and they will make the trim and install it.
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Trust me - having owned 4 Class coaches- get the window shades- you'll use them a lot & they are very wind durable!
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I really like the window shades on our coach for a couple reasons. First is the amount of direct sun it prevents from entering windows. Second is they provide a little privacy with the interior shades all up.
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If nowhere else, get them on the drivers side at least...

you will barely notice them when in and I promise,
the difference in wind resistance WON'T be noticed
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We use our window awnings most of the time. It's much nicer on a sunny day to have the awning out than to have the night shade down. They are sturdy enough to be left open all the time unless you have a real wind storm. Generally ours are out the entire time from when we arrive at a campground until we leave. Sometimes shade or the orientation of the rig means we don't need them on one side but we usually do. Ours are manual and very easy to put in and out. I wouldn't pay much extra to have motorized ones but I would definitely pay extra to have window awnings vs. not.
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I got the two Girard novas for the passenger side and a digital printed magneshade up front, two years in a row. Excellent.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:29 AM   #10
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I use the window shades more than the big awnings. They do make a difference and are essential on the driver's side. Also down the road when you decide to sell your coach it may be an issue for some buyers...
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I knew I needed window awnings the first time I experienced afternoon sun on the driver's side of the RV, it was 100+ at the 2012 Rally in Gillette, WY. I noticed how window awnings shook in the wind if it covered 2 windows and was 8+ feet long. I ordered 4 awnings from Camping World, 1 for each window, that matched the big passenger side awning and added 6" to the size of each window when I ordered them. They cost $1,300 and were installed by Camping World 3 months later. They make a big improvement in comfort when the sun shines. If I ever replace my RV I will order awnings 12" larger than the window size because the sun frequently shines at an angle that is not perpendicular to the windows.
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Window shades are great
Have then on1999 Dutchstarr. Still work great
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The large Gerard awnings are not that good in any kind of wind. The window awnings are definitely a good idea. Not so sure on the motorized units (ours are manual) as it's just another thing to go wrong.
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