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Old 09-06-2013, 05:29 AM   #29
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I've got the kind with roll-up panels over the side windows. When you roll them up, you've got a screen in place, so you can use the front windows for added ventilation without removing the cover or letting insects in. The cover has plastic D-rings under each window panel (not quite at the corners) and I never knew what they were for. Thanks for the tip!

And might I ask, what is the best way to clean the exterior cover?
It took us awhile to figure out what they were for, too.

I have put our cover in the front loader at home, but actually warm water, a bit of Dawn and oxyclean with a soft brush work very well.

The best way to clean it is with it on the rig. Rinse and let dry.

Watch the magnets for collections of tiny, airborne metal particles, too.


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Old 09-06-2013, 10:03 AM   #30
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Protag, I was thinking the same.... and then wondered what if it rained in the night and we had to pack away a wet cover the next morning!
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:09 AM   #31
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Protag, I was thinking the same.... and then wondered what if it rained in the night and we had to pack away a wet cover the next morning!
That HAS happened to me. I stretched out the clothesline in the wet bath and draped the windshield cover over it to dry during the drive, then rolled it up and put it away once I got home.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #32
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You could drape it over almost anything, and it would dry quickly.

We have laid ours out over the benches in the back many times. A good, hard shake gets most of the water off.

It feels like canvas, but is probably entirely or mostly synthetic.


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Old 09-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #33
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I learned the HARD WAY when I used an outside cover on my Class C. My drivers door glass was shattered by the magnets and the paint scratched. The outside covers are great but use with CAUTION.

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Old 09-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #34
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How in the world was the door window shattered by the magnets??


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Old 09-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #35
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how in the world was the door window shattered by the magnets??
×2! Please tell, so we don't make the same mistake!
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:00 PM   #36
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Maybe the wind detached the magnet and then the whipping action smashed the magnet into the glass.
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You are CORRECT 73shark, the RV was in storage and the wind blew so hard that it detached the magnet and the wind then caused the magnet to shatter the window.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the outside covers, I was just passing along my experience.

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Old 09-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #38
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You are CORRECT 73shark, the RV was in storage and the wind blew so hard that it detached the magnet and the wind then caused the magnet to shatter the window.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the outside covers, I was just passing along my experience.

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I don't use my exterior cover in storage. I park at my apartment complex's parking lot, and an outside cover does not protect my Interstate from prying eyes that might want to lift the cover and see what's inside that's worth stealing. In storage, it's interior covers only (which also don't obscure the blinking lights of my alarm system).

When I'm camping, any wind strong enough to make me take in my awning is also strong enough to make me take in my outside cover.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:12 AM   #39
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Everyone knows the AS curtain is a joke. The blinds in the RT were awesome, and i may end up with them but for now couldn't swallow the price-point.

My wife is way to shy to dry off in hallway after a shower if i didn't have a full blackout system installed; and we all know you can't dry off in the bathroom after a shower - so I needed a solution fast.

Here was my "cheapo solution"

Made the side window covers from a table cloth doubled over, slammed in door, cut and hemmed. (And all my friends thought I took 3 years of home-ec in high school because all the hot girls were in that class - reality is; that's why I took four years of typing - and that happened to be the best career move ever!). Anyway back to the shades.

Table cloth side covers - both windows $4.00

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Front window was different story; after 2 hrs and 4 cardboard templates I broke down and bought a shade. VERY happy with it, just a small area behind the mirror (see photo) that it didn't cover. Using tablecloth scrap for now.

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Made the side window covers from a table cloth doubled over, slammed in door, cut and hemmed. (And all my friends thought I took 3 years of home-ec in high school because all the hot girls were in that class - reality is; that's why I took four years of typing - and that happened to be the best career move ever!). Anyway back to the shades.

Table cloth side covers - both windows $4.00.
Very creative! Kudos!
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It is creative and clever.

Some folks are just like that.


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Old 09-10-2013, 11:10 AM   #42
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If you want privacy for ablutions, here's another way…

Get an automotive clothes rod that will reach from the clothes hook behind/above the driver's seat to the one avobe/behind the front passenger seat. Then just hang a curtain fron the rod.

I put the clothes rod there after I first bought my Interstate, because I kept banging my head on the bottom edge of the front television. With the rod there, it forces me to duck lower, and no more putting knuckle-bumps on my head from the television. Never hung a curtain off of the rod, but I thought about it.
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