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Old 11-22-2023, 09:59 AM   #1
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Window tinting on Interstate/Rangeline

I couldnít find a thread on this subject. Interested if anyone has applied tinting to their front side windows (and windshield?) on their class B and if the results improved the insulations factor in the van. We leave our van outside year round and I assume this would also reduce the amount of sun damage that would occur in the cab as the Interstate sunshades do not cover all exposed areas.

Appreciate your experiences and suggestions on this topic.
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Old 11-22-2023, 11:24 AM   #2
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I have the peel and stick tinted sheets on those windows, basically for sun protection, and they work much better than nothing

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Old 11-22-2023, 11:53 AM   #3
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Hi there

I had the same question you did and found some conversations about window, tinting side and front window ( which can be legal or illegal in each individual state) nestled in replies throughout this thread.

Hopefully that would be helpful to you.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f24...ge-173135.html
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Old 11-22-2023, 12:27 PM   #4
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No state allows windshield tinting other than in the top margin of the windshield... some define it in inches, some by the lower line of the factory-tinted area along the upper portion. At least a few ban it on the windshield altogether. Check your ACTUAL state law (don't ask a tint company, many of them will tell you it's legal, or that they "do it all the time" or somesuch just to sell you more tint.)
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No state allows windshield tinting other than in the top margin of the windshield... some define it in inches, some by the lower line of the factory-tinted area along the upper portion. At least a few ban it on the windshield altogether. Check your ACTUAL state law (don't ask a tint company, many of them will tell you it's legal, or that they "do it all the time" or somesuch just to sell you more tint.)
Don't forget it matters what the law is in the state you are in when the police stop you, not where you live.
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Old 11-22-2023, 11:32 PM   #6
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Don't forget it matters what the law is in the state you are in when the police stop you, not where you live.
It matters what the law is in the state in which your vehicle is registered.
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Old 11-23-2023, 06:59 AM   #7
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This is an example of where a forum old-timer such as myself comes in handy: Not only DO we have a thread on that topic, itís an epic thread.

I would not fault anyone for not being able to find that thread, however, because non-searchability of forums generally (ALL internet forums) seems to be a feature, not a bug. Why allow people to locate valuable historical content that prevents them from asking the same questions anew and thus driving additional thread traffic and ad revenue?

Worth a read for the applied wisdom it contains:

Front clip protection & Window tint
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Old 11-23-2023, 08:50 AM   #8
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We got Panaflex nano ceramic film put on the inside of the windshield and front doors. Cost was $500. Sign says it blocks 99% of suns UV rays. There is no discernable tint to it. They had a demo infrared light where I got it. Put various pieces of tinted glass (up to a very heavy tint that is surely illegal everywhere!) in front of the light and I could not tell a difference in heat when putting my hand in front of the glass. Then put in a piece of glass with this nano magic stuff and could not feel any heat at all. Amazing.
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Thanks for all of your comments and the link to the older posts. I have done my cars with 80% ceramic film tint on windshield and it is not noticeable to the eye but I believe provides a lot of benefits from a glare and UV perspective. I am planning to do both the windshield and front doors (slightly higher tint 50%). Will let you know what the experience is like on my Interstate,
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Thanks for all of your comments and the link to the older posts. I have done my cars with 80% ceramic film tint on windshield and it is not noticeable to the eye but I believe provides a lot of benefits from a glare and UV perspective. I am planning to do both the windshield and front doors (slightly higher tint 50%). Will let you know what the experience is like on my Interstate,
If youíre able to share pics before / after that would be helpful to me
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Old 11-24-2023, 09:47 PM   #11
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I have Geico insurance and asked them if film replacement would be included if the windshield needed to be replaced. They said it would be as long as they had record of it being installed, and its cost. I asked what it added to the cost of the policy and they said there was additional cost. So be sure to tell your insurance company if you get it.
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Old 11-25-2023, 10:16 PM   #12
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If youíre able to share pics before / after that would be helpful to me
It might take a month or so before I do the work but will send before & after pics.
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We have the IR ceramic added to the front windows and the windshield. The windshield was done with basically clear that still offered significant IR reduction. The side windows we did with slightly more tint but not very dark. Again, significant reduction in IR transfer. Will it keep the coach from getting hot when it is 90+ degrees outside? No, but it does help when you are rolling down the road with just the chassis AC on.
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Old 11-29-2023, 02:49 PM   #14
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My husband is a retired Texas State Trooper so I asked him to research and document the Texas Transportation Code in reference to window tint:

547.613(b)(2) (A)and(B):

"a wing vent or a window that is to the left or right of the vehicle operator if the vent or window has a sunscreening device that in combination with the vent or window has:
(A) a light transmission of 25 percent or more; and
(B) a luminous reflectance of 25 percent or less;"

Tint is legal in Texas if it meets the 25% rule. In addition the tint applicator is required to affix a label that states the tint meets the 25% rule

We applied tint to our Interstate and there was a remarkable difference in cabin greenhouse heat
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Old 11-29-2023, 02:57 PM   #15
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In addition, for Texas window tint applied to the windshield the tint cannot be applied below the AS-1 line. Look to the left and right side of the windshield approximately 4 to 6 inched below the top of the glass is the AS-1 line.
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In general, when tinting any front windows we focus on reflecting / blocking heat and not on darkening the windows. We've driven a loaner car with front side windows so dark that we had to lower them when out after sunset. We simply couldn't see for turns or to check for oncoming traffic at stop signs. It was pretty scary. Don't want that on our own car or camper van!
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Old 12-01-2023, 09:54 AM   #17
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Yes agree Rocinante. We just did our passenger car and the windshield tint is not really noticeable with the naked eye. It’s supposed to block heat and associated UV rays from the sun. Thinking it will be good for the large windshield and front windows on the van to block the sun and rays when we are driving and camping.
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Thank you for helping us newbies find those longer in depth threads that disappear.
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