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Old 06-06-2021, 03:24 PM   #1
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Heat from Windshield

looking for something to go across front window of my class A motorhome to block heat. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-06-2021, 03:52 PM   #2
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The very best thing you can do is use a solar screen on the outside of the windshield to keep a lot of the hot sun from getting in. There are several manufacturers; Magneshade, SunPro Mfg, etc. The other thing some have done is get some of the reflective roll insulation and line the windshield with it when parked. The more you can keep the sun out the better it will be.

I have the Magneshade, which is kind of pricey but worth it, and it works very well. I did an experiment one time without the shade and both the solar screen and privacy screen down the privacy screen measured 113 degrees. I then installed the solar screen on the outside and 30 minutes later the temperature was 87 degrees.
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Yep. Magne Shade when parked. Keeps more heat out than both the day and night shades combined.
You can see out better than the solar shade and no one can see in (at least during the day)
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Another vote for Magnashade; We had had an older version made by MCD but the material was only rated at 80% sun blockage; our new one is rated at 90% and you could tell the difference.
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X4. They are pricey but are very easy to install and remove. It works wonders on the heat. You will still need shades and or curtains to keep people from seeing in at night but you really can't see in in the daytime.
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Another MagnaShade customer.
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I just ordered a magnashade. Any comments on how best to install it each day and or storing it? Thanks. Jeff
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I just ordered a magnashade. Any comments on how best to install it each day and or storing it? Thanks. Jeff
Jeff, I found it's easier to install using two poles. The weight of ours won't allow it to be held up by just the one corner magnet so I use two poles so I can catch 3-4 of the top magnets. As for storing it, I roll mine up tightly and slide it into one of those Camco round tubes some use to store sewer hoses.
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I bought a roll of the 4' Reflectix and cut it to cover the windshield plus about a foot overlap on each end. I set the bottom in place and jam the top behind the motorized windshield shades. It works great!
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As for storing it, I roll mine up tightly and slide it into one of those Camco round tubes some use to store sewer hoses.
Do you have a link for this? I couldn't find anything that matches your description.
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I just ordered a magnashade. Any comments on how best to install it each day and or storing it? Thanks. Jeff
I donít use my magnashade when breaking camp every day. I only put them on when I am staying somewhere for longer than a few days.
It can be installed with one pole . If you watch the video of the owner of Magnashade installing his on the coach it will make it much easier. Once I watched that and tried it I had no problem with the one pole install.
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I see the Newmar luxury line coaches have different shades than say a Dutch Star.
Day shades are different and night shades are white facing the outdoors.
Any heat resistance difference with these, or are Magna Shades still needed?
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I see the Newmar luxury line coaches have different shades than say a Dutch Star.
Day shades are different and night shades are white facing the outdoors.
Any heat resistance difference with these, or are Magna Shades still needed?
For long term stay , keeping the heat OUTSIDE of the coach is preferred , once the heat ( from sunlight ) gets through the glass , it can circulate throughout the interior , no matter how good the interior shades are .
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For long term stay , keeping the heat OUTSIDE of the coach is preferred , once the heat ( from sunlight ) gets through the glass , it can circulate throughout the interior , no matter how good the interior shades are .
It's more than just "preferable"; it's science. When visible light goes through the windshield and gets absorbed by anything inside the RV it reradiates as infrared radiation (heat radiation) which doesn't transmit back through the glass. That's why a greenhouse is hot, because the energy of the light coming in is turned into infrared which is trapped. So an external sunshade is far, far better than any shade inside the coach.
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