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Old 12-07-2015, 05:26 PM   #15
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We have a big piece of foil-faced-foam material cut to the shape of the windshield, with flaps cutout for it to fit around the mirror. Lay it over the outside of the window as a pattern to get it close to the right size then do the final trimming to get it to ft inside. We stuff the lower edge in first then pivot the top up and work the flaps back behind the mirror. Then we lower the two visors to hold it. We use it every night. We use it at every stop during hot sunny days even if we just stop for lunch. What a difference that makes!!! When not using it we simply lay it on the back bed - which we always leave made up since it is just the two of us. It is starting to show a bit of wear and tear after several hundred uses. Looks like I might need to cut a new piece every couple of years. I can live with that.

We also use pieces cut for the windows in each door. These are held by a spring loaded adjustable curtain rod the we run vertical about midway front-to-back. Only problem with this arrangement is that we have to enter through the sliding door. We can use the front doors, but need to be ready to catch the rod and foil/foam because they fall out soon as we open the door.

We also use the same foil-foam on the side windows at the rear. Complete darkening - much better than the pull-down cellular blinds. Also lessens the greenhouse effect. We leave the foil in the upper (fixed) rear windows permanently - since nobody rides back there. We have smaller pieces that we can place over the lower (opening) windows if we prefer darkness over ventilation.

All of the above look a bit hokey but is very effective, and I prefer function over style.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:58 PM   #16
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I'm missing something I guess, but...we have 2016 Grand Tour on 2015 Sprinter. We received nice, well insulated units to put I windshield and side windows. Takes only a few minutes. Have privacy and good insulation qualities.
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Old 12-11-2015, 05:17 AM   #17
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Hi, My wife installed a tension curtain rod across, behind the front seats. She hung a pair of proper length curtains that are pushed to the sides when underway. The side facing out is white and that facing the living quarters is black. When settled in for the night we simply pull them together behind the front seats and have easy, complete privacy.
This is an excellent idea, and would be especially good for overnight stops when you didn't want to bother with putting up the inside or exterior windshield cover.

I'm going to copy this to the Small Space Living thread, and I think try it out myself.

The bottom half of a cafe style curtain might just do the trick.


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Old 12-17-2015, 09:17 AM   #18
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"Law of unintended consequences" observation regarding front window shade options --

Some products and combination of products in certain circumstances can produce an interior condensation issue of such magnitude as to make me worry about the safety of components down inside the dash.

I had this happen on the trip I took earlier this week which was subject to Houston's "winter whiplash weather" phenomenon. I packed up the Interstate in a 78-degree subtropical downpour - all of my stuff got wet. I then drove north through the cold front that had caused the meteorological melee, and overnighted with hook-ups as the temperature dropped into the upper 40's.

As I almost always do, for privacy and heat retention I used my Heat Shield aftermarket windshield and cab side window covers. I also ran the furnace extensively to dry out all my stuff. Under those conditions, the closely-fitting, insulating Heat Shield turned the windshield into a fabulously efficient dehumidifier. I have seen condensation before, but not like that. Water streamed down the massive windshield into the dash. I saturated a large microfiber bath towel and numerous paper towels trying to control it.

With endpoint weather in the 40's, it would have been harsh and inefficient trying to run the Fantastic to get rid of all that sloppy moisture. My idea for a possible future workaround is to sew a thin absorbent fabric tube filled with those polymer "crystals" that can hold many times their weight in water (similar to those cooling neck bands sold at outdoor stores). If I leave such a device laying in the crevice where the windshield meets the dash, it will hopefully do its protective job without me having to sacrifice my towels. Houston gets a few dozen cold fronts per year, so this is not a rare scenario for us.
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:28 PM   #19
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Just picked up our 2016 Grand Tour.
We have previously owned Roadtrek Agile, Adventurous and a Great West Vans Legend EX.

I was quite surprised to find the Airstream solution to providing privacy at the front windshield and front side windows. Seems complex and bulky to me.

On GWV we had a track that a curtain was suspended from. The curtains were tacked behind the side driver and passenger windows when not in use and then just pulled around the track to block out the front and side windows at night.

Has anyone tried a better solution to the Airstream default?
Solution: My wife made a pair of curtains, white on the cab side and black on the cabin side, hung with an adjustable curtain rod (the kind that extends and is held with a spring inside), with tie backs when underway. Simply pull them closed behind the front captains chairs and put down the night shades = complete privacy!
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Solution: My wife made a pair of curtains, white on the cab side and black on the cabin side, hung with an adjustable curtain rod (the kind that extends and is held with a spring inside), with tie backs when underway. Simply pull them closed behind the front captains chairs and put down the night shades = complete privacy!

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Old 09-28-2016, 06:43 PM   #21
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I installed a set of these for mine and put the stock windshield insulated pad into storage. I still use the side pads for the side windows but the ease of use for these combined with the low cost make this one of our favorite purchases.

https://eclipsesunshades.net
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:46 PM   #22
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I find the AI shades too bulky and unwieldy! I bought a foil based sunshade for the windshield, a basic extender rod (like to hang clothes) which easily clips onto the two holders, one on either side, just above and behind front cabin seats. I use windshield foil cover to deflect heat. I throw a sheet over clothes rod, for privacy. Simple solution for me.
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photos of the cab privacy solution:

Attached are four photos showing the curtain behind the cab seats. An easy and effective solution. Thanks for looking.
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Just posted four pictures. Good suggestion.
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The curtains are from Target. Called black-out curtains, two panels under $8 each plus an adjustable curtain rod. See my photos posted today, Oct 1, 2016 somewhere on this forum.
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We did the same thing and made a cover for every window in the van. Now I can block the sun hear gain as needed.


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+ 1 - same here; the foil over the side windows really cuts down on the heat too!
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