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Old 05-31-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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Sunshades for Airstream

Howdy folks. I need your assistance.

I'd like to cover the inside of the windows of our safari with some type of removable reflective material similar to what is commonly used for auto sunshades - the silver reflective stuff that looks similar to prodex, which I've checked out online, but not in person.

I'm trying to block out as much of the sun as possible.

Any suggestions?

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Old 05-31-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
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David,

Reflectix. You can attach it to windows, fan and skylight openings with Velcro.

I've seen it at Lowe's, Home Depot and some RV stores.

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Old 05-31-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Gene! I'll check it out on my way home today.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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In my area at least, the Reflectix is hard to find in any sizeable length or height. I ended up ordering a roll online from HD. Even got free shipping.....
Will say this, some folks are even pulling the inner skin on their AS's and using the Reflectix as an insulation. Wish I read far enough to see how the Reflectix worked out as an insulator.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:00 PM   #5
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I suppose Reflectix could be used a vapor barrier (like house wrap) or thermal break, but it is not designed for those things and there are better products for that.

The ribs that hold the inner and outer skins are metal and conduct heat and cold very fast. There should be something that does not conduct well between the skins and the ribs—even a piece of rubber would help. Reflectix would crush and probably provide no thermal break. It could be used between the outer skin and the ribs to prevent air and moisture from passing through. Any insulation is rendered nearly useless if lots of air can pass around it and fiberglass batts too typically are installed poorly in houses and Airstreams. If combined with rubber seals at penetrations, Reflectix or house wrap would channel leaks down in the inside of the outer skin to weep holes at the bottom. This might reduce leaks substantially and improve insulation values. If I were to go to all that trouble, I'd use high efficiency spray foam as insulation and install thermal breaks.

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Thumbs up Space Blanket....

Still have a lot of these left over from our Dog Showing daze.

Used to cover all the windows in the Burb to keep it cool for the "Smooch Pooch" Still use 'em...just close all the door's on them and let 'em hang over the windows on the inside.

You could cut to size and adapt, or fold 'em and stuff.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #7
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There is a guy here t our rally selling magnetic shades for the windows. It consists of a set of magnets that attach to the windows, then the shades attach to them. Pretty ingenious.
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I use reflectix and just cut it bit oversized, it will neatly stick in the window against the glass. It even stays in when the window is opened. Only one it doesn't seem to in place on is the big front window. If you leave it in place for long periods of time, it will eventually break down. But that is over a period of several years.

My local Lowes has Reflectix in several sizes. I would suggest the large roll.

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DW just chimed in.....Scotch tape some aluminum foil to the inside of the window, after all it's not a permanent repair.

Duh...I hate it when logic interferes with our guy stuff.

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I bought dark auto-tint rolls at walmart and cut to fit, used soapy water on the inside of the window and laid it on, squeegying out the bubbles. It removes very easily but it has no problem with having the windows open. I also use the collapsible auto shades on the inside of the windows with the shiny side out when it is hot outside and shiny side in when it is cold outside. Using collapsible window shades with suction cups, I take off the suction cups, safety pin (they don't show) them together and place them in the jalousy door windows. The solution is always so personalized, just try different items until you find what works for you and for your Airstream. For instance, I use flexible plastic cutting boards in the tiny back window. Hope this gives someone some ideas to try.

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