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Old 03-26-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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Will Adding a Front Rock Guard Set Make Our Argosy too Dark inside?

Considering adding the three-piece set from Airstream (called Andy's place and got a great price) to the front of the 1976 Argosy - not a Minuet - and are a bit worried that the new "shades" might make the interior too dark at times.

Please let us know you're experiences after installing the guards. We KNOW it's the smart thing to do, but we (and the two rescue Boxers) really like the bright panoramic view.



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Old 03-26-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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I have found that the guardfs do not make it dismally dark inside. Actually pretty nice and on the one I made for the '66 I wish it was much darker. Protecting those valuable front windows is a great trade off too.

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Ours took the blinding glare off, still very light inside. I also replaced all the vent covers with the smoke covers.
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Will Adding a Front Rock Guard Set Make Our Argosy too Dark inside?

Greetings AndyPenny!

I don't think that you would regret the addition of the three-piece window guard. The degree to which it darkens the interior is signficantly less than what an awning does to the side windows. I like mine due to the fact it reduces two worries the cost and difficulty of locating a used or NOS replacement wing window that is clear -- and in addition a concern that a replacement window may be more prone to leak than my originals which seem to be water tight.

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Old 03-26-2008, 10:24 PM   #5
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My ’Excella has the tinted guards. The tint is not noticeable from inside. It also adds that cool wrap-around Terminator sunglasses look too! There is much more light in the Excella’s living area than the ’67 Trade Wind’s even though the Trade Wind has no tint. It, the Trade Wind, doesn’t have the wrap-around windows. I think you will be very happy with them.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:00 AM   #6
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We installed the rock guard on our trailer, and its great. Still lots of light, and we like hiding behind the "sunglasses" with the curtains open during the day. It makes for great entertainment, watching the SOB folks backing in and setting up, while incognito. We also tinted the rest of the windows with extra dark tint. While it does darken the trailer some, it makes the interior much cooler in the sun and cleans up the appearance from the outside since there are no blinds, only the back of the curtains.

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