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Old 07-23-2008, 08:55 AM   #15
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I had a product rep come into my office a few months ago and he showed me their new LCD windows. An electric charge activates the LCD, laminated between sheets of glass, turning the glass opaque. An electonic blind, if you will. Now this sort of thing would be ideal for an Airstream. Pretty pricey though. Could you imagine just flicking a switch and instantly obscure all the windows? Very cool technology.
Way cool and way expensive.... I think the Maybach and Airstream 1 both have them...

Airstream 1 is being leased to a some auto magazone or something like that. Wish I could see that one in person.....
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:11 AM   #16
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Thanks 2dabeach.

That sounds like a good compromise. Did you remove some of the drapery panels you didn't need?

Do the blinds make it any easier to work the window opening levers?

Thanks for the link for the blind supplier. That sounds like a very reasonable price. I may just follow up on that if I give up on the complete curved blind idea.

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We didn't remove any of the original curtains, just moved the center panels to the sides. The bottom panel of the blinds are held just above the window latches by the plastic bottom retainers that we attached to the window screen frame. As the bottom of the blinds are above the latches, it makes them a little more more accessible than what they were before.
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:27 PM   #17
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I had a product rep come into my office a few months ago and he showed me their new LCD windows. An electric charge activates the LCD, laminated between sheets of glass, turning the glass opaque. An electonic blind, if you will. Now this sort of thing would be ideal for an Airstream. Pretty pricey though. Could you imagine just flicking a switch and instantly obscure all the windows? Very cool technology.

Yeah & I can also imagine the air conditioner tripping the breaker & the windows go from opaque to fully transparent while bending over for that second application of Preparation H...

I agree though. pretty cool idea.

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Yeah & I can also imagine the air conditioner tripping the breaker & the windows go from opaque to fully transparent while bending over for that second application of Preparation H...

I agree though. pretty cool idea.

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Evan

We didn't remove any of the original curtains, just moved the center panels to the sides. The bottom panel of the blinds are held just above the window latches by the plastic bottom retainers that we attached to the window screen frame. As the bottom of the blinds are above the latches, it makes them a little more more accessible than what they were before.
Thanks for all the help 2dabeach.

I think your solution represents the easiest fix for the problem & definitely looks better than the plain curtains.

I'll look into the supplier to see whether they ship to Canada.

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One the things I have tried to find, but unsuccessfully so far, is someone (in Georgia) that can tint the curved windows. I've talked to a number of tinters, and they so far have all said it cannot be done. Now I know someone (Texas?) had that done, and thus at least in part alleviated some of the need for curtains - at least daytime.

So, like I said, haven't answered your question - but feel your pain.
nilesrob,

I was washing the trailer this evening for the first time & just noticed that on my unit, the front & rear panoramic windows including the curved sections, are all tinted from the factory. I'm surprised that the more expensive CCD doesn't have that in your case. Perhaps AS could direct you to a source for this?


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We like all kinds of window treatments, but we decided with shades and draperies for our 73 Overlander. We ordered new shades that match the interior and my wife made pleated lined draperies. What we found out was when the temps hit the mid 90's with a west sun we needed to pull the shades and draperies because of heat coming off the windows. We realized how it kept the coach uniformly cool when running the air condtioner. When the draperies were open and the shades were closed you could still feel some heat coming off those windows. Shades and lined draperies were the best decision for us.

Some one from Marietta Ga (Metro Atlanta) said that they could not find somebody to tint curved windows. I never had tinted auto windows before but decided to do it myself. I bought my tint mateiral at Napa Auto and was very succesful with applying it. I found out how to do it by looking at videos posted by the company that makes the material. These videos were posted on the Internet. They had several videos showing hands on installation.

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My draperies closed when it is in the 90's and tinted vista window.

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