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Old 10-26-2015, 08:59 PM   #15
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Wish I could do that, but then my Interstate would never pass another mandatory vehicle inspection. Window tinting is only legal in Louisiana behind the B-pillars.

Instead I settled for tinted vent visors from WeatherTech, available from Eurocampers.com and other fine retailers.

They also prove very handy for winter camping where I need to leave a window cracked open while running my furnace, since the cracked-open window with its cold draft is as far away from my bed as you can get in an Airstream Interstate. I normally crack open the passenger-side window because it's also as far away from the furnace and water heater exhaust as you can get.
How often do you have to get an inspection? Are you sure you wouldn't pass with some light tint. The vans back windows are so dark you can't even really tell that mine is tinted. Big difference with the heat plus it was only $130. It isn't legal in CA either but we don't have vehicle inspections and the Leos rarely enforce window tint unless you have "Limo"
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:24 PM   #16
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How often do you have to get an inspection?
Annually.
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Are you sure you wouldn't pass with some light tint.
Quite sure. I applied a mere 10% gray tint to the front windows of my Dodge Durango and was ticketed and given 10 days to remove the tint and get the SUV reinspected. Each automotive window is stamped with the amount of tint it was made with, and if you have more tint than that ahead of the B pillars, you can be cited for it. At least in Louisiana.
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It isn't legal in CA either but we don't have vehicle inspections and the Leos rarely enforce window tint unless you have "Limo"
Having been burned once, I'm not willing to spend the money to do it on another vehicle only to have to remove the tint later.

When I received the citation, I asked why tinting the front windows was an issue. I was told that tinting on the windows makes it more difficult for law enforcement to see the driver during traffic stops. And considering that Louisiana is one of the few states that allows you to carry a loaded gun concealed within reach of the driver— without a concealed carry permit as long as it's not concealed on your person— I can understand why they wouldn't want to risk being ambushed by a driver they can't see clearly when they pull someone over.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:43 PM   #17
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Kinda makes sense with La carry laws. And I know people that use those laws to their benefit.

I'm glad I can get away with it. So nice :rubitin:

BTW that is every states reasoning. Criminals don't need know stinkin carry laws.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:53 PM   #18
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I concluded this clip is to prevent moving the visor (next to the door window) where it would cover the airbag zone. So I decided the leave the clip in place and had the windows tinted.
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Regarding the D-clips for the sun visors, I'm wondering if Airstream used to remove them when drapes were part of the kit, since the drapes had two pockets in the middle which had to be put over the inner edges of the visors. So pulling out the visors made it a little easier.
Since mid-2014 (I think) they changed the drapes for removable shades.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:47 AM   #20
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Tint laws vary considerably from state to state, it appears. Texas apparently allows 30%, or more if a person has a medical justification. But tints don't work for those of us with very poor eyesight because of the impact on night driving. And shallow shades such as vent visors don't work well for those of us who are shorter in stature because they don't extend down far enough.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:31 AM   #21
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My brain must be turning to tapioca since I retired. I completely forgot to post what my final solution was, in addition to the vent visors. Baby sunshades…

I've found that the 13×20 size works well in my front Sprinter windows if turned long-ways-up, and because they're removable I can just peel them off. When they're removed they can be stuffed in a door pocket. The only downside is that I can't lower the windows without removing them first.
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Regarding the D-clips for the sun visors, I'm wondering if Airstream used to remove them when drapes were part of the kit, since the drapes had two pockets in the middle which had to be put over the inner edges of the visors. So pulling out the visors made it a little easier.
Since mid-2014 (I think) they changed the drapes for removable shades.
My 2013 has the clips and the drapes with the pockets that go over the inner visor edge. Of course you may be correct and Airstream is inconsistent in implementing details as models evolve.
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I checked out a new 2015 model this afternoon and I saw the clips you all have been talking about. The ones I saw were plastic and could easily be removed.
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It has a D-type clip around it that keeps it from coming off. If you are the original owner, did it ever have a D-type clip? If yes, how did you remove it?
I am the original owner of a 2014 Interstate. I remember noticing and removing the clips that locked the sun visor in. I remember the clips were pretty tight, but I think I removed them with just fingers, no tools. I might have used a screwdriver, but if so, it wasn't a big deal. I didn't have to break anything.
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I concluded this clip is to prevent moving the visor (next to the door window) where it would cover the airbag zone. So I decided the leave the clip in place and had the windows tinted.

Ahhh! I think you are correct the clip is there to prevent visor interfering with the side curtain airbags.


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... Baby sunshades…
.....The only downside is that I can't lower the windows without removing them first.
I bought one of those indoor-outdoor battery operated thermometers at Walmart for ten bucks with the intention of sticking the digital read-out on the dash and perhaps inserting its transmitter into the Fantastic outer vent shroud (I could also put it under the chassis but it would receive a lot of pavement radiation).

My husband laughed at me and said, "If you want to know the temperature, why don't you just roll down the window, duh?"

I said, "I can't because the stupid sun shade is always there. And I like to mentally prepare for how I'm going to set up my camp site by having an idea in advance of what the prevailing temperature is going to be when I arrive. If I've been driving for four hours nonstop, I don't automatically know what the temperature has become."
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My brain must be turning to tapioca since I retired. I completely forgot to post what my final solution was, in addition to the vent visors. Baby sunshades…

I've found that the 13×20 size works well in my front Sprinter windows if turned long-ways-up, and because they're removable I can just peel them off. When they're removed they can be stuffed in a door pocket. The only downside is that I can't lower the windows without removing them first.
These look like the ones attached with tiny suction cups? I use something similar, tho mine are a peel and stick, moveable sunshade.

I don't remember where I bought them.

The windows can still go up and down, but these cut the glare and heat tremendously.


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I stopped by the Mercedes dealer in Hilton Head Island while on our trip and showed the clips to the guy in service. He said that the entire visor and storage area is after market, installed by Airstream. He said that this clip is not standard on the Sprinter Van.

He removed the clips by hand, doing what I was afraid to do, for fear of breaking either the clip or the mounting bracket. He pulled the clip down from the windshield side and rotated it toward the back of the vehicle and off. Yes, it is a very tight fit, and yes, it seems like it will break something when doing it. But he was able to get both clips off.

He said he didn't know why Airstream put them on there, but thought that perhaps they were put in place for shipment to the dealer to hold the visors in place with the windshield shade. But he thought that the Airstream dealer probably should have removed them. Yet ours were still in place and apparently the case for several others.
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