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Old 03-06-2007, 10:02 AM   #15
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We have used the tinted cellophane type stuff in both our RV and home. It keeps the glare out but not the light and does add some privacy and you'll need that as we have camped a long time and people are extremely curious and often try to get a "look" at the inside of the coach especially when you have something a little different. We used the Reflectix - silver foil on both sides, bubble wrap in the middle, which can be purchased at home stores at a lesser expense than an RV store. We used Reflectix to line the canvas on our pop-up, to line windows, cupboards and closets when we full-timed in the TT in both high summers and cold winters and it makes a big difference. When making your own, make sure you buy the "craft" velcro with the sticky stuff on it as one type requires you to sew it on. Cathy
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:03 AM   #16
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I vote for the window covers in Christi V's trailer. I did the same thing to my Scamp while living in Alaska. We went on some trips where the daylight was 24 hours. I velcroed that material over all the windows and the vent opening to keep out the midnight sun. It also reduces the heat inside the trailer. You can buy it at Lowes or Home Depot and cut it with scissors.
That's what I did too. I used car window covers I found on clearance at Target. I didn't velcro them in I just tuck them into the window frame. I think I might go to the .99 store and get some velcro to add to them.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:27 PM   #17
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This is a clip from an old thread..
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For curtains I lucked out at the fabric store.
On sale, light colored textured fabric that reminded me almost of wood. Less than 2 bucks a yard! Because of the great fabric deal, I splurged and bought this thermal curtain liner stuff to sew into the curtains. This stuff is a four layer thermal blanket with a silver mylar layer like space blankets plus a vapor barrier, cotton batting and a fine white fabric outer layer. Sewn all together on a garage sale sewing machine, these curtains keep almost all light and heat. I can sleep until late in the day and I don't even know it's light outside. It keeps heat in, or heat out. I made a curtain that fits the roof vent too.

I riveted snaps inside so they can also be pulled tight against the windows.
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:18 AM   #18
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The sun shades certainly do work to keep the light out, but my problem with them and anything else that blocks the air, is that it gets too hot. One of the things that I like most about sleeping in my Surf Side is that there are windows on three sides and there is always some air movement. Our un-insulated and un-air conditioned house 90 year old house gets so hot in the hottest part of the summer the SS is the only place I can get a good sleep. I think this year I'll simply put dark lining on the plain white curtains - they are tied back during the day and once they are close we don't want light coming in or shadows visible from outside.
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:52 AM   #19
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This is a clip from an old thread..
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For curtains I lucked out at the fabric store.
On sale, light colored textured fabric that reminded me almost of wood. Less than 2 bucks a yard! Because of the great fabric deal, I splurged and bought this thermal curtain liner stuff to sew into the curtains. This stuff is a four layer thermal blanket with a silver mylar layer like space blankets plus a vapor barrier, cotton batting and a fine white fabric outer layer. Sewn all together on a garage sale sewing machine, these curtains keep almost all light and heat. I can sleep until late in the day and I don't even know it's light outside. It keeps heat in, or heat out. I made a curtain that fits the roof vent too.

I riveted snaps inside so they can also be pulled tight against the windows.
That looks like a super idea! My wife was going to add lining to the curtains anyway and I have one of those "emergency" space blankets... a thin, flexible, reflective, mylar material that reflects all light/heat. Sew the mylar material between the curtain and the lining and it should do the job while remaining flexible. The velcro "hook" material (the good stuff found at Lowes/Home Depot) seems to do a good job sticking to the rat fur without pulling it out. Good idea! I think I'll give it a shot.
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:49 PM   #20
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I too use car window shades, got mine at Big Lots for $1 piece. I went with the silver on one side, white on the other..because I didn't want to feel like I was sleeping INSIDE a baked potato...thinking back, it doesn't make any difference because the curtains cover the shades when in place. I took a hint from the office and bought some Cube Clips. Our cube walls are covered in burlap and NOTHING will stay, unless pinned with a cube clip or long pin.

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I'm tracing the window size/shape and extending the pattern by several inches all the way around. The benefit is when the weather is cold, the window frame is also covered and helps to prevent condensation. The clips are nearly invisible when the curtains are in place which is nice, because they're left in the rat fur "permanently."

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The kitchen window is the only one without a curtain. I still use the cube clips there, but after I cut the shade to fit, I think I'll cover the white portion with the same curtain material I'm using for the windows, then resew the binding on. May as well have a finished look!

I know others have used velcro successfully, but I think long term this will be a better choice for me. My Scamp is nearly 20 years old and the rat fur is in perfect shape. Thinking about using velcro reminds me of how a wool sweater looks like after numerous wearings....get out the piller to remove the fuzz balls.

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Old 03-11-2007, 02:28 PM   #21
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Cube clip! Wow! The things you learn.
*wicked evil grin* hmmmm....maybe I won't have to buy any. Maybe I can just go down to the third floor and...unh...BORROW some....MWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Seriously, Donna, GREAT idea!

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Old 03-11-2007, 08:57 PM   #22
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Donna,

Thanks for sharing the GREAT idea about cube clips...and the best part is where to get them since sleepy little Newport actually has a Staples! We have been using Velcro with our shades, and although it doesn't actually damage the fabric, the rat fur takes on a "fuzzier" appearance after the Velcro is pulled off a few times.

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