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Old 07-18-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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vent and door shades

I like it dark in the mornings. I'm thinking of using a reflective auto or truck windsheild sunscreen, cutting it up and, with some Velcro help, fitting it to our two door windows/lights and four more that could cover the three vents and shower skylight. They'd serve the dual purpose of giving me extra sleep and helping with insulation in both hot and cold times. Just wonder if any of you have a better solution. I've read the retractable vent covers are less than optimal.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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You might want to try vent cushions that keep heat and sunlight out and for the door/skylight they make Solar door entry covers. These products can be found at rv stores for around $10 to $15 each.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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DW, who is a great with a sewing machine, made some cushions out of foam rubber covered with fabric for the 3 roof vents. I cut some Reflectix panels and velcro them to the windows. I was thinking of putting some reflecting material on the shower skylite, it's a large area, but was concerned with reflecting all that heat back onto the skylite doing damage like cracking it.
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Wiscampsin, that's a good point. Maybe reflectix type material isn't such a good idea. And SWMBO just finished new covers for our dogs' rest on the back deck, so she can do it and I can take credit. BTW, I just now discovered that the end pillows that came with the RV's couch fit pretty nicely into the vents. And good old duct tape keeps them in place. Can't wait to show DW my idea!
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I have a problem with the security lights at night, we hang towles over the window valances.
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You know, I never thought about covering the vent to block light. That and the skylight over the shower is the only source of light we have. Our window shades work really well. I am definitely going to make something up before our trip to Colorado in a couple weeks. You all rock!
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We used velcro and the automotive foil on our Mountaineer. It worked well for the door window and the vents.
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Big jim,

We too use towels on our valances to help with the bright AZ sun, I need to come with a more permanent idea.

I also need to come up with something for our door window while it's in "storage" (the sun beats it up). I was thinking of using velco, again with this hot AZ sun, I'm not sure it would hold up. Any other ideas floating around out there?

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I spray painted the inside of my vent covers to keep it a little darker in the bedroom.. I am also having all my windows tinted with dark limo tint that will keep it darker and if someone tries to break in through a window it will make it a little harder..

NOTE: Please us the dark limo tint not the silver.. no need to take a chance on blinding another driver with the sun bouncing off the widows when you are on the highway.
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Big jim,

We too use towels on our valances to help with the bright AZ sun, I need to come with a more permanent idea.

I also need to come up with something for our door window while it's in "storage" (the sun beats it up). I was thinking of using velco, again with this hot AZ sun, I'm not sure it would hold up. Any other ideas floating around out there?

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You could use snaps, like for a boat cover, very simple to install. There are kits out there.
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