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coolmom42

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

I have used it for more than 6 years in the window of the overhead bunk,to keep the heat down and keep from sun bleaching the curtains,it faces east when stored here at home.

There has not been any downside to this or any problems. I also use it in the rear and side windows while stored here at home and also camping when needed.

The nice thing I like about it over the solid,which I tried,if you want to see out all you have to do is take it down and roll it up for easy storage. Not so on the solid boards,always a storage problem,I found it was a real pain.


Good to know. Thanks! Also, I already have some that I used as a sunshade for a windshield in a minivan. It's plenty big to cut down for the window.


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I used to use reflectix to keep the trailer cool when boon-docking in the high dessert. I came back to the trailer one time, and the sealant on the bedroom, which didn't get any shade that day, was melting. Luckily I only lost some trim, and as soon as I removed the reflectix, the sealant started to set back up before the glass fell out.

So... I still use it all winter, but I'm selective in the summer. I won't use in anymore in very hot weather if the window will be in direct sun all day.

White vinyl on the outside would probably lower the temps enough so it won't be a problem. A window would be small enough to cover with sign-vinyl, which is much cheaper than automotive-vinyl, and you might be able to pick up some remnants for very cheap at a sign shop.


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carringb wrote:

I used to use reflectix to keep the trailer cool when boon-docking in the high dessert. I came back to the trailer one time, and the sealant on the bedroom, which didn't get any shade that day, was melting. Luckily I only lost some trim, and as soon as I removed the reflectix, the sealant started to set back up before the glass fell out.

So... I still use it all winter, but I'm selective in the summer. I won't use in anymore in very hot weather if the window will be in direct sun all day.

White vinyl on the outside would probably lower the temps enough so it won't be a problem. A window would be small enough to cover with sign-vinyl, which is much cheaper than automotive-vinyl, and you might be able to pick up some remnants for very cheap at a sign shop.


This is a very good suggestion. I will be going by a sign shop tomorrow so will stop and ask.

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I had the same "sealant meltdown" on my RV in NY City a few years ago. Very hot and direct sunlight. I stopped using it for that reason.

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We were told not to use Reflectix on our park model in FL over the summer as it would possibly break the seals on the dual pane glass and void the warrenty. We use heavy cardboard but behind the bed for your use, maybe foam board sprayed black on the outside.


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

I have used it for more than 6 years in the window of the overhead bunk,to keep the heat down and keep from sun bleaching the curtains,it faces east when stored here at home.

There has not been any downside to this or any problems. I also use it in the rear and side windows while stored here at home and also camping when needed.

The nice thing I like about it over the solid,which I tried,if you want to see out all you have to do is take it down and roll it up for easy storage. Not so on the solid boards,always a storage problem,I found it was a real pain.


Same here, only problem I know of is if you have dual pane windows. My local glass company said not to use it on dual pane home windows. He said they get a lot of business from fixing dual pane home windows because of this causing heat build up. I took it out of the few dual pane home I was using it in.

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I use a piece of corrugated cardboard for the large window in our bedroom. With the tinted windows, I didn't even need to paint it.
Now for the overhead skylight, who the H E double hockey sticks thought it was a good idea to put a skylight in the bedroom? This is in addition too the Fantastic Vent that also lets light in. I painted the outside of the skylight black, then painted over the black with white Flex Seal paint, or whatever it is called. It is the thicker stuff in a spray can. That light is completely blocked now, allowing us to sleep past 4:30 am in June, and without the heat build up when we are boondocking/dry camping.


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You can peel the foil off the white foam boards at home depot. Cut it with accuracy and it will hold itself tight in there.

Get a piece of paper. Hold it against the window. Use a pencil to scratch the rounded corner shape. Then cut along the pencil line and use that template to cut the foam board.

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Now for the overhead skylight, who the H E double hockey sticks thought it was a good idea to put a skylight in the bedroom?


You got that right. It was in my TC no less. Talk about being near the heating element ! [emoticon] Some friends mentioned that we have a lot of heat going on in our cabover and I took it as a compliment but then realized.....they were talking about our skylight [emoticon]

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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

I use a piece of corrugated cardboard for the large window in our bedroom. With the tinted windows, I didn't even need to paint it.
Now for the overhead skylight, who the H E double hockey sticks thought it was a good idea to put a skylight in the bedroom? This is in addition too the Fantastic Vent that also lets light in. I painted the outside of the skylight black, then painted over the black with white Flex Seal paint, or whatever it is called. It is the thicker stuff in a spray can. That light is completely blocked now, allowing us to sleep past 4:30 am in June, and without the heat build up when we are boondocking/dry camping.


I have one of those "pillow" things to stuff in the skylight. I agree they are awful.


I'm planning to put a fake headboard of some type across the window so I can lean back against it in bed. Thus the concern about heat buildup.

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