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Old 07-18-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Sun Shade/Privacy Curtain

Hi Everyone,
I'm not to impressed with the standard privacy curtain that comes with the Interstate. I prefer one that fits right next to the windshield. I think that gives you more open area.
I'm interested in hearing what others use as an alternative.


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Old 07-18-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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I'm considering getting this or something like it:
Sprinter Remi Cab Window Shade Kit for 2003 - 2013
I would be interested to hear from anyone who does have it..... whether it's a good sunshade as well as a good nightshade.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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I just spotted the price of that one - way outside my league. Here's another alternative:
Car Sun Shade, Auto Windshield Sun Shades, Eclipse Sunshade, Retractable Sunshade, Self Storing Car Window Sun Shade
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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We have had this one the last couple of years, a Sprinter accessory, and are very happy with it.

It rolls up to store in a fabric sheath, tucks under a rear bench.


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Old 07-18-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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Here's what I've got:

For storage I use this to block people looking in as well as controlling heat…
Window Insulation

For camping I use this to block people from looking in…
Exterior Cab Cover; the deluxe model with the roll-up sides and insect screens, so that I can partially roll down my front windows for added ventilation.

And add this on the inside of the windshield to control heat…
Ultraviolet Heat Shield and Storage Bag - AutoSport Catalog

If there's no shade where I'm camping and my campsite is oriented with my windshield to the south, I'll layer them all.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:20 PM   #6
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I am using a Weathertech Techshade windshield shade
2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter | WeatherTech TechShade custom fit sun shade sun visor cars, trucks, SUV, CUV, minivan | WeatherTech.com

And I just ordered covers for the front side windows from Outside Van
http://www.outsidevan.com/outsideparts-sun-shades.php.
I'll report back once I get them and try them.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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I just ordered covers for the front side windows from Outside Van
Outsideparts Sun Shades - Outside Vans.
I'll report back once I get them and try them.
I said I would report back. I have had the door window sun shades in for several days now. I love them. Easy to put up, they stay securely in place, they block all but a sliver of vision in through the door windows and keep out a lot of heat. They also fold and stow quickly. Nice stuff. I can provide better pics if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:03 AM   #8
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I can provide better pics if anyone is interested.
Yes, please! What are they made of? And how do they attach?

I'm not entirely thrilled with the Reflectix shades that I use when I'm storing my Interstate at home (which is an apartment complex, not a private drive). The suction cup attachment method doesn't always work well, and the Reflectix shades tend to curl in the direction they were last rolled, leaving large gaps that allows curious potential miscreants to look inside to see if there's anything worth stealing.

I'd definitely be interested in your shades, if they're more secure and easier to store when not in use.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:46 AM   #9
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A little pricy tho.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:59 PM   #10
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I have found another alternative.
Easy Curtain, I don't have a link, just search Easy Curtain

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Old 07-27-2013, 02:13 PM   #11
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We live in South Florida and purchased this Heatshield product for the windshield and door windows. Very pleased with the price, fit and quality. Works as advertised and rolls up. Just what we wanted.
https://www.heatshieldstore.com/sun_...cargo_van/2013
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:05 PM   #12
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Yes, please! What are they made of? And how do they attach?
Sorry for the delay. They have two nylon tabs on them and you just roll the windows up on the tabs. Works great, you can open and close the doors with them in place. I can't tell you exactly what they are made of but the interior is a fabric and the exterior is shiny silver slick stuff.
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Sorry for the delay. They have two nylon tabs on them and you just roll the windows up on the tabs. Works great, you can open and close the doors with them in place. I can't tell you exactly what they are made of but the interior is a fabric and the exterior is shiny silver slick stuff.
Brilliant! And with the Weathertech window vent visors that I have on mine, even the nylon tabs won't show, much.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:36 AM   #14
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Privacy/Sun Shades

Well I decided to purchase the shades from OUTSIDE VAN and give them a try after seeing russ 240 post photos. They are expensive but I feel like they are an investment for my Sprinter. I received them today and put them up and I am very pleased.

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:55 AM   #15
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Got mine yesterday, too. No more suction cups on the windows! Remains to be seen how well they do compared to the Reflectix shades I've used up until now, so I'll keep those in reserve just in case.
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Too late, just ordered from Heatshield.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:06 AM   #17
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Interestingly enuf, my Heatshield screens use the suction cups. But they fit well and do the job, so I'm happy w/ them.
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Got mine yesterday, too. No more suction cups on the windows! Remains to be seen how well they do compared to the Reflectix shades I've used up until now, so I'll keep those in reserve just in case.
Followup— The windshield and side window shades from Outside Van actually do a better job of keeping out the heat— and keeping out prying eyes— better than the suction-cupped Reflectix shades did! They also block out more light in general, turning the cab into a veritable cave.

The only downside I've noticed is that, when putting on the windshield shade, the stiffener rods make it a bit difficult to fit it around the inside rearview mirror. You've got to rotate the mirror up to one side, then up to the other side, to get the shade around the mirror. Ditto for removing the shade.

The side window shades are held in place by nylon straps. You open the window slightly, put the straps over the top of the glass, and then put the windows back up. Very simple. I was concerned at first that since I already have WeatherTech window vent visors— that insert between the glass and frame— that there wouldn't be room for the nylon straps, but that's not a problem. The nylon straps are thin enough that they work with the WeatherTech vent visors in place.

Kudos to Russ240 for telling us about this product.
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We have had this one the last couple of years, a Sprinter accessory, and are very happy with it.

It rolls up to store in a fabric sheath, tucks under a rear bench.


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Hello Maggie, was wondering if this alone would be good enough for the fierce SouthWest sun, or I need something on the inside in addition? Need to get something urgently - the cab gets way too hot!
Thanks....Peter
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Hello Maggie, was wondering if this alone would be good enough for the fierce SouthWest sun, or I need something on the inside in addition? Need to get something urgently - the cab gets way too hot!
Thanks....Peter
I recently bought one like Maggie's, that I use when camping but not for storage. It's a single layer of white canvas, and lets in a lot of light (and some heat) and serves better than anything else to block prying eyes when you're doing something naughty inside

I put a windshield sunshade on the inside to block heat when I use the outside cover. Most recently the set made by Outside Vans, which seems to work best (so far).

The reason I don't use the canvas windshield cover for storage? It goes on the outside, and is too easy for the curious or malicious to mess with.

Handy hint, if you get one of these canvas covers, the windshield wipers hold down the bottom edge. Get yourself a piece of split foam pipe insulation, and cut it to the right length to slip over your wiper blades to protect them. The blades will last longer.
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