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Old 06-24-2020, 11:51 PM   #1
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Reflextex windshield cover

Anyone make a outside windshield cover using reflextix and magnets like the magna shade. Pictures please or ideas. Going to start this weekend
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:01 AM   #2
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I put mine inside.
Maybe kinda stupid, but I don't like the idea of covering it outside. I like the idea of being able to drive away without going outside
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:14 AM   #3
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I put mine inside.
Maybe kinda stupid, but I don't like the idea of covering it outside. I like the idea of being able to drive away without going outside
I do both: I have a Sunguard RV cover (similar to Magneshade without the magnets) and use the foil on the inside.

Foil on the inside is used in storage and outside cover is used when camping.

When camping I like the idea that the light doesn't have to pass through the window twice. With the cover on the outside the light is stopped on the outside not allowing it to heat the window or anything on the inside.
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:25 PM   #4
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How do you connect on inside
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:58 PM   #5
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Anyone make a outside windshield cover using reflextix and magnets like the magna shade. Pictures please or ideas. Going to start this weekend
Ive got a scheduled trip to Phoenix next week (110 degrees, but its a dry heat...hahaha. Just like an oven)

So I went to Harbor Freight and purchased the black screen tarp material.
An 8x10 folded in half to make 8 wide across the front and 5 long...will provide double the shade and still allow you to look out.

Its $22 minus the 20% HF Coupon.

Next is the tricky part. How to adhere/fasten along the top.

If you use magnets, they need to be powerful enough to hold. So my research suggests that they run about $30 a piece.
You would need 8 magnets minimum (that is 4 across on inside mounted permanently and 4 sewn into the mesh material).

For this trip, I will probably use 3M plastic hooks along the top outside
The bottom can lay under the wiper blades.

With a little creativity, and all of the Vegas/Axis owners...this could turn into a small business opportunity.

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-ft-x...arp-60577.html
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Old 06-25-2020, 04:29 PM   #6
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Ive got a scheduled trip to Phoenix next week (110 degrees, but its a dry heat...hahaha. Just like an oven)



So I went to Harbor Freight and purchased the black screen tarp material.

An 8x10 folded in half to make 8 wide across the front and 5 long...will provide double the shade and still allow you to look out.



Its $22 minus the 20% HF Coupon.



Next is the tricky part. How to adhere/fasten along the top.



If you use magnets, they need to be powerful enough to hold. So my research suggests that they run about $30 a piece.

You would need 8 magnets minimum (that is 4 across on inside mounted permanently and 4 sewn into the mesh material).



For this trip, I will probably use 3M plastic hooks along the top outside

The bottom can lay under the wiper blades.



With a little creativity, and all of the Vegas/Axis owners...this could turn into a small business opportunity.



https://www.harborfreight.com/8-ft-x...arp-60577.html


How are you going to attach the plastic hooks. I have earth magnets that are very strong reflecting is very light. But I like your idea better. How are you going to place the material on the hooks carry a ladder
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Old 06-25-2020, 04:45 PM   #7
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So this is just a cheap test run without magnets

3M Command small plastic with metal hooks, attached by double stick tape just above windshield line, on the fiberglass
can be easily removed and cleaned off
You only need the 1 pound holding power. So they are the smaller hooks.

(I can also use the "all plastic" ones and spray paint with light beige to match the fiberglass so they can stay on indefinitely and won't be noticeable)


The one caveat is that you need a small ladder/step stool (which I carry)
Mine gets me to a standing platform of 36" + my 8' reach.
It's a little trouble, but can be installed very quickly.

I'll attached photos later today when I've got the RV out and about on a planned shopping trip.

https://www.amazon.com/Command-Strip...19A14PYPZ9H0TH
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Old 06-25-2020, 07:50 PM   #8
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Here are photos of the prototype

As previously indicated, I carry a large but light weight step stool in my rear storage compartment.
It takes me all of 3 minutes to remove ladder & screen, and then install on the five 3M Command hooks already in place

I like this lightweight foldable material. Provides adequate screening of from window + I can see out.

Mind you...
> I could use expensive magnets, snaps, Velcro, or continue to use these plastic hooks painted in matching beige (only 3 needed across the top plus 1 on each side)
> I can sew the sides with a sturdy strip of bendable material (ending on the immediate outside edge of front window) to create a more professional/finished look
> black bungee cords could also work to pull tight on lower sides, fasten to side mirrors

Any ideas???
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:30 PM   #9
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Its a little pricey but, if you have a 24.1 with the big rear storage, this folding ladder fits great in the back.

I use it with our sunguard RV windshield cover.
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Old 06-25-2020, 10:57 PM   #10
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With a little creativity, and all of the Vegas/Axis owners...this could turn into a small business opportunity.
Be careful not to lose it in the next big wind that sweeps across the land.
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Old 06-26-2020, 03:11 AM   #11
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How do you connect on inside
I cut them to fit tight. The windshield and side windows stay in on their own....
The house windows don't have much of a frame to wedge into, so I put them into place then pull down the blinds to help hold them
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That’s pretty sweet. Must...have....new....gadget.
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:14 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried this

Adco DuPont Tyvek RV Windshield Cover for Class A Motorhome - White
Item # 290-2600
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(88 Reviews)
Retail:
$99.37
Our Price:
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25.1
25.2
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:23 PM   #14
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Has anyone tried this

Adco DuPont Tyvek RV Windshield Cover for Class A Motorhome - White
Item # 290-2600
Adco logo
(88 Reviews)
Retail:
$99.37
Our Price:
$93.58
You Save:
6%
Confirmed to Fit
2016 Thor Axis Motorhome
CHANGE VEHICLE
24.1
24.2
25.1
25.2
25.3
25.4
I haven't used one of those but I have used an ADCO cover on our RV of which this windshield cover appears to be made out of the same material.

Thus a few comments:
  • It will likely last 3-4 years before tearing and you'll have to replace it
  • Its held on with straps: The side view mirrors and something (eTrailer shows it using the A/C) on the roof--doesn't look like it holds too tightly
  • Good point: It blocks the light before entering the RV and thus will help keep it cooler than the foil covers on the inside
  • It blocks 100% of the light so if you're camping and want a view out the window this isn't the cover for you
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