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Old 02-22-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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Room Darkening Shades

Has anyone installed room darkening shades in their Airstream? Thanks
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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Yes, I put day/nite shades in my trailer. They are pleated blinds and when you pull the first section down, it blocks vision, but lets light in, pull down the second section and it blocks the light. Love 'em!
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You can even have your drapes made with black-out lining. Then all the corners are covered.
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We use the insulated silver reflective material from Lowe's between the windows and the curtains. We bought the material by the roll and cut it to size for each window. It works grate and costs very little. The liners on the bedroom windows have not been removed in over two years. It keeps the bedroom dark so that we can sleep past dawn. It also significantly helps with the A/C and heat. It also does an excellent job of eliminating sun fade during storage. We also made panels of this material for the skylight and the Fantastic Fans.

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Hey Bob, where'd you get them?
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Hey, if you do your own curtains and want a very cost effective way to block the light, I found black panels at the dollar store. You can either put pleats in them and use them as your curtains, or just cut a panel to fit over your windows...They work great, but I am still wanting to place the silver tinting on my windows to match the exterior of my AS....Our Lowe's does not carry this tint...Does anyone else know of a place where I can get this? I even tried at our local Auto Zone, but they only had a silver that faded to a black tint....
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Thanks for all your ideas.
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I bought mine at an RV supply store in Quartzsite, but you can pick them up off Ebay for about the same price. I had to buy mine long then cut them to length which was tedious but it worked. I would determine the width needed to fit the window then I would disassemble the blind, use a razor knive to cut the length and a hole punch to make new holes for the string. I also had to use a hack saw to shorten the aluminum bars at the top and bottom. I worked carefully and did not rush, they turned out looking like factory. If you plan to do it, be sure to either make a diagram showing the stringing technique or have a second one to help guide the stringing.
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We use the insulated silver reflective material from Lowe's between the windows and the curtains.

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Brian, do you have any photos? How do you hold them in place? Sounds goodócombines darkness and insulation.

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Brian, do you have any photos? How do you hold them in place? Sounds goodócombines darkness and insulation.

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Gene,

I did the same thing in my AS. It is time consuming, but not difficult.

I measured the size of the opening, and made the foil bubble about a 1/4" larger. Cutting the radiuses was the hard part, and required lots of test fitting. When it is just right, push it in place and it will stay there without any help. The bigger windows might need a bit of aluminum tape to help them stay put, just don't get the tape on any paint. It'll all be hidden behind the curtains anyway, so there's no need to worry too much about appearances.

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