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Old 05-12-2017, 10:32 PM   #1
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Tinted all windows

We just had all the windows tinted to the max legal in our 2017 Thor Freedom Elite 30FE. Our installer is a friend of ours and completed the entire job in about 4-5 hours. We were SHOCKED how much cooler the coach was even without the A/C running, it was not even real.

Just spoke with him to ask why the tint already in the RV didn't do so well. As it turns out, it's not tinted at all . They are colored glass, so they might as well have been clear glass.

I wish I would have thought to check the temperature before and after, but I estimate that it's 10 - 15 degrees cooler.

Well worth the money, again, it's just glass in these units.

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Old 05-13-2017, 12:07 AM   #2
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Is it single or double pane glass.
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:49 AM   #3
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Mine was single.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:25 AM   #4
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The driver side windows and passenger side door window are not tinted and would like to tint those. However they are dual pane windows and I have read that tinting those causes the reflected heat to get trapped between the glass and leading to premature failure. I am still looking for a solution though.
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:05 AM   #5
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The driver side windows and passenger side door window are not tinted and would like to tint those. However they are dual pane windows and I have read that tinting those causes the reflected heat to get trapped between the glass and leading to premature failure. I am still looking for a solution though.
35% (medium) and lighter would be safe for dual pane glass
Do you know what brand and type he installed ?
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:18 AM   #6
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Window Tinting

I have no idea about FL, but aftermarket window tinting of driver's and passenger side windows is still illegal in CA....
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:21 AM   #7
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I have no idea about FL, but aftermarket window tinting of driver's and passenger side windows is still illegal in CA....


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Any film with a lower VLT then 80 (almost clear ) is illegal in Ca
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:22 AM   #8
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Not in FL as long as meets State standards
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:24 AM   #9
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Not in FL as long as meets State standards

http://www.tinting-laws.com/florida/
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Old 05-13-2017, 03:04 PM   #10
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35% (medium) and lighter would be safe for dual pane glass
Do you know what brand and type he installed ?
He installs SunTek brand, the driver's compartment is max legal in Florida. The rest of the RV my request was "whatever is needed to block out the heat".

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Old 05-13-2017, 04:55 PM   #11
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I can understand regulations for cockpit area, but even in California what difference would it make in the rest of the coach. I've had my windows tinted in every vehicle (rv, truck, cars) for last 25-30 years & what a difference it makes in heat & glare. In my opinion, as far as glare, it's safer with the tint.
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Old 05-13-2017, 04:59 PM   #12
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I was looking for someone to do the side front windows before we got on the road but didn't get it done. I think just doing those windows on both sides would keep the coach cooler. I'm not too concerned about my vision be impaired for night driving because we rarely if ever drive it at night.
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:25 PM   #13
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I have no idea about FL, but aftermarket window tinting of driver's and passenger side windows is still illegal in CA....
28% in Florida
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:27 PM   #14
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I was looking for someone to do the side front windows before we got on the road but didn't get it done. I think just doing those windows on both sides would keep the coach cooler. I'm not too concerned about my vision be impaired for night driving because we rarely if ever drive it at night.
Joe they have new tint out either carbon or ceramic. They block out more uv and heat without being really dark. I have it on my coach.


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Old 05-14-2017, 01:35 AM   #15
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I can understand regulations for cockpit area, but even in California what difference would it make in the rest of the coach. I've had my windows tinted in every vehicle (rv, truck, cars) for last 25-30 years & what a difference it makes in heat & glare. In my opinion, as far as glare, it's safer with the tint.
The laws aren't written specifically for RV's - but for all vehicles.. (we get lumped in with SUVs and the like).
As I understood the reasoning in NY at least - it was really a concern for LEO... On a traffic stop - not being able to see into the car increases the risk to them...
Might be other/different reasons there and elsewhere.
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Old 05-14-2017, 03:35 AM   #16
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I have no idea about FL, but aftermarket window tinting of driver's and passenger side windows is still illegal in CA....
My SUV has high levels of tints on all windows (factory installed) except driver and passenger and they ahve a lower level of tint. I see it all the time on dirver's and passenger windows in California legal or not. I think (IMHO) its enforced after an accident (to help insurance company fix blame) and probable at the discretion of the officers.

Googled it - Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield. Front Side Windows. Must allow more than 70% of light in.
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:26 AM   #17
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3M and a couple of other companies make a ceramic film, sometimes referred to as crystal tint, that blocks heat and or light. The film comes in clear and can be used on entire windshield since it doesn't block light. Good stuff, I have it on both side windows of my Yukon and can't feel any heat even in Texas sun!
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:12 AM   #18
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3M and a couple of other companies make a ceramic film, sometimes referred to as crystal tint, that blocks heat and or light. The film comes in clear and can be used on entire windshield since it doesn't block light. Good stuff, I have it on both side windows of my Yukon and can't feel any heat even in Texas sun!
It's called Crystalline it's pretty good stuff, the best I carry actually I have it on my 29MClick image for larger version

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Old 05-15-2017, 06:44 PM   #19
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Can it be used on double pane flat windows that you know of?
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:58 PM   #20
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......

Just spoke with him to ask why the tint already in the RV didn't do so well. As it turns out, it's not tinted at all . They are colored glass, so they might as well have been clear glass.
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I've gotta say this activates my BS detector. No doubt it's just an honest mistake in a game of semantics...with no malice intended....but what is "tinted glass" if not colored?....and what is colored glass, if not tinted?

In my thinking tinting is just a coloration
some tinting may also be accompanied by a reflective surface, making it more or less "mirrored"
either or both of these are basically just differing levels of allowed light transmittance...visible light and IR light
Some very dark tinted glass won't let through much visible light but will let through a lot of the IR....maybe that's what he means by "colored"???
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