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Hammer bird 06-05-2016 03:07 PM

Front window shades - open or closed?
 
I find the big, gigantic front window on our coach to be a perplexing thing. Many times in some places (particularly scenic) I love to leave the curtain open during the day for extra light and the scenery. Now obviously if it's really sunny and hot it's wise to close the curtains. But I'm sure to some, the curtains wide open is a bit like living in a fishbowl! Sometimes I'll partially open the curtain, but I really love the light. I'm going out on a limb here, but it seems, to me, that most coach owners keep things pretty closed up. Am I an oddball!?

Spk64 06-05-2016 03:09 PM

When we have our external cover on the windshield and curtains open during the day. You can see out but cannot see in.


Steve

CarlAda 06-05-2016 03:27 PM

Yep, you need a sunscreen for the window. It reduces the heat transfer significantly, as well as restricting people looking into your coach while not restricting your views (during daylight hours).

MSHappyCampers 06-05-2016 03:29 PM

Depends! If the sun is not shining directly on the windshield AND it's not too hot outside, we'll leave it open. We too love the outside view and don't mind feeling like we're in a fishbowl!

If the sun IS shining on the windshield, OR if it's REALLY hot out there, then we have a piece of Reflectix cut to fit the windshield. :thumb::D

Pigman1 06-05-2016 03:42 PM

DW had the same general thoughts. She sewed up a Cafe Curtain about 24" tall and hung it from a spring loaded shower rod across the lower part of the front window. It keeps the casual gawkers from looking in and seeing every move you make, but allows unrestricted viewing of outside. Curtain folds up and rod stores in the basement.

96 Wideglide 06-05-2016 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by CarlAda (Post 3101623)
Yep, you need a sunscreen for the window. It reduces the heat transfer significantly, as well as restricting people looking into your coach while not restricting your views (during daylight hours).

:thumb: My coach came with one that slides into a track on the inside. I f I were buying one, I'd get the Magnashade, that mounts on the outside!

Hammer bird 06-05-2016 05:26 PM

Glad I posted this. Never thought of an exterior shade! I'll have to look into that!

dennis45 06-05-2016 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Hammer bird (Post 3101835)
Glad I posted this. Never thought of an exterior shade! I'll have to look into that!

Had a set of screens made for our coach a few years ago. They reduce the inside temperature a bunch making things a lot more manageable for the AC. And they still allow light inside.
These particular ones use snap buttons to install. Storing them is pretty easy. Just roll them up and slide them into a 6" tube I installed in one of the basement compartments.
If I were to buy them today, I think I would look at the ones with magnets instead of snaps.
There are a few varieties of these on the market. I am told the only ones that are really effective are the black ones. Also, be careful of the ones that fit like a saddle on a sow. If your gona spend the money, get the good ones.
IMHO that is...

Mr_D 06-05-2016 05:49 PM

Ours came with the MCD dual shades, one total blocking and the other is a sun shade. Still considering getting a MagneShade though as the cats like to look out and the interior shades get in their way.

Cat320 06-05-2016 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Hammer bird (Post 3101835)
Glad I posted this. Never thought of an exterior shade! I'll have to look into that!

We had five Magne Shades on our last coach:

Home | Magne Shade | Sunshade for RV, RV Shade, Installs from the ground, Magnetic Shade, Magnet Shade

dennis45 06-05-2016 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Cat320 (Post 3101907)

If I were in the market, these would be at the top of my list. :thumb:
I have the Winshield, Drivers Side window, the Entry Door and Passenger Side window along with four curtains for the wheel wells.
One of the Best investments I made but did not know about the Magne Shade at the time.
With the snaps, they are easy to install but I need to use a ladder.

Frantz 06-05-2016 06:15 PM

Another :thumb::thumb::thumb: for Magna Shades. We don't know why it took us 5 years to get rid of the snap-on & the suction cup mounted varieties. Worth every $$$ we paid for them :cool:

At night we lower the inside solid shades so we are no longer in the fishbowl.

CampDaven 06-05-2016 07:29 PM

Front window shades - open or closed?
 
I suggest doing whatever fits the moment, the weather, or your mood.
The front blinds are easy to operate, never jam, and there are no motors to replace. They never fail.
Side shades are 95% UV with draw strings. They never fail.
With the side shades down in daylight nobody can see in, but we can somewhat see out. They never fail. At night, peeps can see in. If there is good weather (which we follow as much as possible), all of the shades and the front curtain are OPEN! A better view in and out. What a concept (albiet old)!
What IS a true wonderment is the actions needed by electric shade owners to poke the remote to open all of the shades, and then stand and go to each window to open them! Tenters must really feel slighted.
The world is viewed best without a screen. Much more real that way. Imagine Magna Shades on the house windows.
Ours is the RV that is a lit up like a "pumpkin" until we retire. If folks look in at night, they may see our scrumptious dinner, but not the recipe. Gawkers may view at will.
An estimate from Magna Shade was $6200 for the double layer stuff. Ummm....Sheesh!
See ya later, we have camping to do.
Happy Trails


Dave and Nola, RV Mutants

Ludmilla 06-05-2016 08:30 PM

I also love our Magnet Shades! They keep the sun out, you can see through but others can cannot see in during the day. We close the inside curtains at night because you can see in through the Magnet Shades at night. They are great for keeping the sun from heating up the coach. We have the ones for the front windshield and the three side windows in the cockpit.

bruceisla 06-05-2016 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers (Post 3101627)
Depends! If the sun is not shining directly on the windshield AND it's not too hot outside, we'll leave it open. We too love the outside view and don't mind feeling like we're in a fishbowl!

If the sun IS shining on the windshield, OR if it's REALLY hot out there, then we have a piece of Reflectix cut to fit the windshield. :thumb::D

Same here !!

guardrail53 06-06-2016 07:57 AM

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I have the snap-on variety, for the windshield, both side windows, the wipers, and all 4 wheel wells that were left by the PO! You do need a ladder to put on and take them off! They work great, and still let plenty of light in, but keep most of the heat out! And we close the curtains at night! Rail!

Triker56 06-06-2016 09:37 AM

I have used Quickshades for over 18 + years.
Easy to install and real reasonable in price over other makes.
Fits on the inside, so no going out in the rain, cold etc to put on or take off.

mccrob 06-06-2016 09:48 AM

Bought the Magna shade at Q last Feb. still trying to get it to go on as easy as the guy at the show did LOL guess I need more practice

SpaceNorman 06-06-2016 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers (Post 3101627)
Depends! If the sun is not shining directly on the windshield AND it's not too hot outside, we'll leave it open. We too love the outside view and don't mind feeling like we're in a fishbowl!

This pretty much describes us too! Depending on our location and what the outside view is like - there are times we don't bother closing up the front shades in the evening. The view thru the windshield is one of the reasons we love our coach to begin with!

Regardless ... this has been a helpful thread. We're headed for Arizona for a couple of months in September and am starting to think that closing up the front a bit to help keep cool may be necessary. Thinking that a Magne Shade setup might be just the ticket!

CC Driver 06-06-2016 04:34 PM

Many years ago, when the coach was new, we bought interior screens from DimIt, in Texas. Two very nice ladies owned the business, and sewed each order by hand in their shop. They attach with Velcro which is stuck to the perimeter of the window. We have both the "see through " and their "space blanket" ones. We put them up in seconds, and remove and store the same. The added layer of the thermal ones reduce the temp in our coach by almost 30 degrees. We've measured it during one blistering summer job in East Texas just after purchasing. I know they are not in business anymore. I do not know if someone got all their patterns, or intellectual property. For my money they were the best on the market. In 2002, they cost about $500.00.

Ah well, progress and inflation.:sick::sick:

Hammer bird 06-06-2016 05:30 PM

I'm getting sticker shock from some of the sun shade companies! Magna shade quoted $560! wow. Anyone have a bargain basement option?

Okiedoke 06-06-2016 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Hammer bird (Post 3103529)
I'm getting sticker shock from some of the sun shade companies! Magna shade quoted $560! wow. Anyone have a bargain basement option?

We are happy with Prompt RV Sunscreen. Used it for two years now while full-timing. No ladder needed and no snaps, velcro, magnets or suction cups on ours. Wife timed me taking it out of basement, and installing at less than two minutes! Holds tight in high winds also. Cost for the windshield cover was $300 with case. Probably more now.

Note: Read where one guy said he had a problem with his in that the internal metal rod on each end would bend over because of the length. Never been a problem for me, but ours is only 4 ft. tall. If your windshield is 5 or 6 ft tall, it might not work as well.

Frantz 06-07-2016 09:18 AM

We used the Prompt Shades for a few years but ours just never fit the way they should. Every few days or so the shade would slip down & have to be re-fitted. We do have a large windshield with a curve so that might have been the issue.

The Magne Shades go up easy, stay tight & smooth, easy to clean, no ladder, and keep an amazing amount of heat out. We just didn't eat for a few weeks to afford them :laugh:

Tha_Rooster 06-07-2016 10:42 AM

The cheap way is to use sun screen and fold the edge over with a hot glue gun instead of sewing and put magnets in the seam.

Crabb E 06-07-2016 11:40 AM

I love the people who will spend $100k+ on a motorhome but balk at $500 for Magneshades. They are so worth the money. Dropped the temp by 10 deg parked facing south. No ladder, even though they'er not as easy to put up as advertised. Still worth every cent we paid.

Hammer bird 06-07-2016 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Crabb E (Post 3104619)
I love the people who will spend $100k+ on a motorhome but balk at $500 for Magneshades. They are so worth the money. Dropped the temp by 10 deg parked facing south. No ladder, even though they'er not as easy to put up as advertised. Still worth every cent we paid.

I know... but since we are just getting our feet wet in the MH world (buying the towing gear, spiffing up the interior..) it's just another bill! LOL!:rofl:

Crabb E 06-07-2016 12:52 PM

Hammer Bird--my comment wasn't directed at you, just people in general. We totally understand getting set up costs a lot of money. I just retired and we are on a fixed income and full timing so we know every cent has to be accounted for but you can't put a price on comfort. Which ever front shade you chose will make a big difference in you comfort in hot weather. We love the motorhome life style and want others to enjoy it as much as we do. Good luck in your adventure and have a safe trip wherever you travel.

96 Wideglide 06-07-2016 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Hammer bird (Post 3104635)
I know... but since we are just getting our feet wet in the MH world (buying the towing gear, spiffing up the interior..) it's just another bill! LOL!:rofl:

Problem with buying cheap one is if it's a hassle to put up / take down, you probably won't bother, unless you are planning on staying put for an extended period.

CarlAda 06-07-2016 03:33 PM

Our coach came with the snap on custom screens from Country Coach. Yes, I need a ladder to install (and sometimes to get back down), but it's a 5 minute job and well worth the effort for the results they give. When they wear out (or I get a different coach), I'll go with Magne Shade, but until then, the ladder is in the basement pass thru for that job :)


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