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Old 07-14-2016, 02:51 PM   #1
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RV roof shade / rain protection?

It sometimes seems the roof is the most vulnerable part of an RV. It can leak, be damaged by the sun or hail, and is probably the most significant heat sink on the rig.

Since my vintage A/C was deemed 'sufficient' by Camping World, I'm looking at other was to draw or prevent heat from my good ol' Argosy 28 MH. Am not sure, but I think aluminum walled RVs make excellent large format solar ovens. Has anyone here installed a cover over their roof that can travel with the RV? Something like this: http://www.shaderv.com/

Seems like an awning that extends over the roof of the RV would reduce heat, sun damage and perhaps reduce leaks? Seems like one could somehow roll up a tarp from the Home Depot around one or more lengths of 4" PVC drain pipe and rig some kind of frame work to keep it off the roof yet still attached to the RV in high wind. It'd have to be easy to roll out and roll up for transport.

Any ideas - or better yet actual implementations? This question doesn't strictly pertain to Argosy Motorhomes, I just spend most of my time in this particular forum.
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
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The original Land Rovers utilized what they called a sun sheet. It was nothing more than another sheet of aluminum suspended about 3/4" above the real roo keeping direct sun off the roof. As a Land Rover guy I can attest to the fact it works well.
I have often wondered how to make this concept work on an Airstream. My Classic does not have the white roof and I 'd never consider painting and am left with little other options.
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:46 PM   #3
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Yep, been waiting 10 years for someone to rig up some tent poles hooked to a trailer mounted bracket that would hold a tent fly. Course, with the slightest bit of rain or wind, you will probably have some new problems more serious than a little sun!
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Old 07-21-2016, 02:36 PM   #4
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Wouldn't it be great if there were someway simply fly a shade panel light breeze over the RV? Use that same breeze that knocks down tarps and awnings to facilitate install and removal of the shade cover.
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Just paint the roof with Hy-Tech Bus Kote 2150. It is a ceramic insulation in a acrylic elastomer and a very significant amount of the energy is simply reflected. It also doesn't look too out of place on our already painted MH.

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Wow, great looking rig. Did you paint the roof with Bus Kote? W sprayer? Am wondering if I should paint top and whit portion of sidewalls with it.
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I had it applied whilst Bella was in for the final step of her restoration 'body and paint'. The Bus Kote was the first task, because prep for coating included removing/replacing any loose sealant from the fans, vents patch panels on the roof. It is a thick consistency, and was sprayed but the guys had to apply very slowly we low build to get an even coverage. It was the first time the shop had used it even though they routinely apply 'normal' membrane coatings to roofs on large A classes - they really liked the product and said they would use again.
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