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Old 04-17-2014, 08:18 AM   #1
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Simple and Quick Awning for window

When I am in Florida during the winter the temps can get quite warm, especially since I don't have an AC. However, on Hutchison's Is. there is always a cooling breeze off the ocean. With all the windows in the Shunpiker (my 4500 Trillium) the inside of the camper can stay comfortable if I can keep the sun from shining inside and still let the breeze blow unimpeded through.

I use the insulated windscreen shades (used for a car's front window) as a quick and simple awning. Held in place with a couple clamps they work perfectly. And when not needed they fold compactly for the next time. I think they could do double duty to insulate the windows on the inside during a cold spell as well.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #2
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nice!! I'm jealous of your jalousie...
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #3
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nice!! I'm jealous of your jalousie...
Me TOO!

No one says something has to be beautiful to be effective. You've found a solution that works well for you and since you've shared... it may work well for others in the same situation.

Cool BEANS!
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Good idea, I like that, very simple and works.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:35 AM   #5
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Thank you for a simple but brilliant idea.Will be using it too.

When our Trillium is out of storage I will also be working on ideas for a fridge vent awning..........thinking those spring edged silver window shades (support and tauntness) and........strings .......... and magnets.....and.........
Well, lets just say its a work in progress!
Any ideas?
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Thanks for the feedback re. the window awnings. I found it handy bc it's so easy and simple.

Donna R, what a good idea you have for the frig vent shade. I tried to think of some way to make a simple shade for that area too. My frig was able to keep the food cool and make ice cubes....but just. It was better on the gas setting than electric. But if I could have shaded it from outside it would probably been better.

I will buy one of the shades you mentioned and find some way to attach it when needed. Got the 'wheels' turning. Ha ha
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The reflectors are handy for inside use too......

These are from Dollar General. They come in a few different sizes, about $3 each.

I use them to keep the sun off the curtains while the trailer is in the yard. Otherwise the sun will fade the curtains and degrade the fabric.

Just got these curtains made by my handy seamstress sister-in-law.

The reflector fold up nicely with elastic straps to keep them flat.

I used cable ties in the upper corners so I could hang them on curtain rod holders.

Wish I had jalousie windows on my Compact Jr.
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noreen---great idea! and not only am i jealous of your jalousie windows, but i am jealous that you were down in florida while i've been here enduring the winter-that-wouldn't-end!!!!!

a number of years ago, when we were in gamble rogers state park near daytona, we ran into
alistair and inge camelford. he had made up a cover for his cooler that was the same car window shade as you used, formed with duct tape to make a form-fitting cover and it worked like a dream to keep the heat away from the cooler....and we've copied it and used it ever since!! simple but effective..just like your window shades. now, i've just got to get me some jalousies....
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Hi Theresa, I understand the east coast continues to have winter weather. So sorry. This winter will be one we will remember for a long time. I hope spring comes your way soon.

I did get to Florida.....although much later than I usually go. It was great to have a break from the snow and cold.

Alistair's idea sounds like a good one too. I will remember it as there are times when I still use my ice cooler. As John Madill points out, these reflective shades can be bought for next to nothing and used in various ways. Ideas that are effective and very little cost.

I am really looking forward to Cobourg's Eggs on the Run. Will you be there this year? Hope to see you.
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Would those strong 'locking' suction cups be an option for the fridge vent shade? You could lock them in place and attach the shade to the handles. It would naturally be held away from the vent by the depth of the suction cups.
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Good idea, Pam. And if one used the spring loaded shades as Donna R suggested, and set the suction cups in such a way the shades were 'bowed' over the vent it would insure there was sufficient air circulation......perhaps.

I can hardly wait to try it!
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Interesting suction cups.......have never seen any like these.
Where are they from please?
Have purchased some from famous Lee Valley Tools here, but very disappointed in their staying stuck power!
Thanks for any info.
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Would those strong 'locking' suction cups be an option for the fridge vent shade? You could lock them in place and attach the shade to the handles. It would naturally be held away from the vent by the depth of the suction cups.
I have a set of those to MacGyver a screen over my door, and they stick very nicely, as long as they are on a flat-ish section of fuselage.
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Interesting suction cups.......have never seen any like these.
Where are they from please?
Have purchased some from famous Lee Valley Tools here, but very disappointed in their staying stuck power!
Thanks for any info.
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I just pulled the image off the internet to use as an example, so I don't really have any info on what brand. Probably you'd have to try different ones?
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