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Old 01-13-2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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Opinion on Window Tints???

We just can't seem to STOP when it comes to our 'baby'.... We're trying to decide whether or not to tint the windows on her. We've had some suggestions from people in the biz, and one guy wants to put 'chrome' tint on the windows as opposed to the privacy dark tint. Looking for opinions and suggestions.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:41 AM   #2
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Met another vintage owner once who had the reflective-tint thing, and he said he really liked it. Is it somewhat permanent, or can you try 1 before doing all? I know that JCWhitney, among others, sells the dark-tinted stuff on rolls, and it just sticks on. I have some on my 2 deteriorated wing windows, and I can say that it tends to bubble some after time- not super great looking.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:13 PM   #3
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We had our trailers windows tinted by an auto shop. We removed the window and took them in two at a time. It was about $40 per window. We had the dark tint and love it. It makes the trailer cooler and you can have the curtain open without the heat. The only disadvantage is at night you can't see out, but your neighbors can see in. I prefer to keep cooler during the day and keep my curtains closed at night. Good luck on your search.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:54 PM   #4
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Our trailer (non-A/S) was sold new with factory-tinted glass. The tint isn't that dark, but it is nice to have. Cuts the glare, gives the exterior a nice look, and adds some privacy. From the interior it really isn't noticeable.

Be sure to investigate warranty. Nothing looks as silly as purplish tint a few years down the road.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:19 PM   #5
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My trailer is half and half...the bedroom windows have the chrome tint (looks sharp BTW) But I didn't want it on the kitchen or the front windows. Awnings will do more to keep the heat off than window tint, but that doesn't help if it is stored or moving down the road. What I did do for storage is get some Reflectix and cut it to the window size, we put it in the windows when it is stored or moving, once set up it comes out and is put away.

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Old 01-14-2009, 07:53 AM   #6
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Does anyone have any pictures of how the chrome tint looks on an AS? I've only seen the dark tint, and can't quite imagine how it would look. And how would chrome tinted windows look against a trailer that's in need of a polish? Would it just accentuate that it's not as shiny as it could be?
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:01 AM   #7
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We put dark tint on our 77. It does not fit well on the double curved front wing windows. The other windows look good and function well. We have mini-blinds on most windows so we shut them in the evening and do not look outside that much in the evening anyway. The open tinted windows (during the day) act as awnings and keep the trailer cool, which is good a WBCCI rallies where you do not have enough power to run the air conditioner. The 63 has no awning or air conditioner. Canvas Mini-awnings attached to the open window and the fiberglass rock guard keep it cool during the day. Leaving the tint off the windows on this trailer makes it seem lighter on the inside and offsets all the dark wood used in this interior.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:59 PM   #8
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We did it ! !

Well, WE didn't do it, we had a professional do it. OK, so here's some pics of the finished product. We decided to go with the 'chrome' tint, and we think it's beautiful. Haven't seen it actually outside yet (still in the shop curing), but am anticipating that. We leave on our 4-month trip next week, and we CAN'T WAIT ! !
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:24 PM   #9
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Love it! Very cool, in my opinion...

Do you know if it gives you privacy at night? I have to make certain my curtains/blinds are closed at night otherwise everyone sees everything, but I can't see out...
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:40 AM   #10
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Love it! Very cool, in my opinion...

Do you know if it gives you privacy at night? I have to make certain my curtains/blinds are closed at night otherwise everyone sees everything, but I can't see out...
Thanks -- Don't know about the night-time privacy issue yet. The trailer is still in the shop, waiting for the tint to 'cure'. Waaayyy toooo cold here for outisde curing. You can't see in AT ALL, even if you press your face against the glass!! ! We'll have to wait til next week when we hook her up and take off. Hubby is concerned about the 'glare' to other drivers when travelling. I suppose if the glare is bothersome to other drivers, then they should pass us, or put their sunglasses on ! !
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:29 PM   #11
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I know this is an old post, but wanted to show some before and after pictures of using Window tint. I think it looks 100% better. I did mine myself (I have experience with tinting car windows, so it wasn't too hard.) The first window I did while still on the coach. Then I figured I would try to remove the windows and do it that way. Worked MUCH better.
I bought the tint on eBay, paid $35.00 for a 24" by 25' roll. I chose to go with 5%. It's very dark. You can see from the inside out pretty well. Regarding the view from the outside in, you can't see anything when it's daylight out, but when it gets dark outside, and you have your lights on inside, you can see in. It's not too bad though. That's what curtains are for.

Anyways, here are some pictures of my '66 Overlander. The first picture is the day I brought my AS home (4/10/09), and the 2nd picture was our first camping trip with it (Memorial Day Weekend.)
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It does look VERY nice, and we also really like our tinted windows. Rather amusing, too, being inside during the day when people walk by and carefully scrutinize our buggy, having no idea we are inside and smiling at them!
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:19 PM   #13
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Rothrock,
Nice looking tint job.
Do you have any good write up on the process that a novice could follow and get decent results?
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that tint looks great, I have not even thought of it.
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