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 5/28/2010 8:24 PM
 

I have a class c MH and have trouble with the day/ night shades and blinds because my dog tries to eat them as he looks out the windows when I leave him alone. It's getting expensive replacing blinds etc. so I was thinking ajbout trying some the window film that you can apply yourself. The window I would really like to try it on is above kitchen sink so privacy not a big concern. The film comes in 2 types, one for homes and one for autos but the home type comes in many more types, i.e. mirror finish. Has anyone used this? Good results? It's not very expensive, but is it worth a try? I know it will also help with heat build up since the rig sits outside in the open air most of the summer. Thanks.

Kelpie


Kellie and Eddie 2000 Four Winds Class C
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 5/28/2010 9:26 PM
 

Hi Kelpie,

We have a 38 ft Diesel Pusher that we fultimed in. The windows were not tinted and we didn't notice the difference in the beginning. While staying in South Padre ,Is. during the summer, the heat was brutal. There was a local guy doing tinting at a good price. It was the mirrored type, so you couldn't see in the RV during the day and it reflected the hot daily heat excellent. We were very happy with the results of keeping the heat out.

Now the down side. If it 's a cloudy day the RV is a lot darker inside. If it is cold and rainy it's kind of gloomy . If it's sunny and warm, we can open the windows and it is fine. Just remember to shield the heat and sun during the day, you have to deal with the darkness during the gloomy days.

Also, it will scratch from the inside. At the time, we didn't have a dog, so it didn't matter. Now we do.

When we attended the Kentucky Derby we left our new puppy in the motorhome for the first time. She had access to the passenger seat window and was looking and pawing at the window, either trying to be friendly to people passing by or glad to see us when we returned. We now have some scratches on that window. It's the only one we had any trouble with but keep in mind if you do the tint that the dog cannot have access to the windows it's on.


Big Bad John & Runaround Sue & Paris *Hammock,Florida* *97 Dutch Star Diesel* *76 VW Bay Window Bus* *91 Classic Harley Davidson* *1949 Ford Lead Sled* *2012 HD LSV
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 6/11/2010 5:19 PM
 

Hey Kelpie,

Yes, window tinting is a great idea, especially if you do a lot of traveling in the southern parts of the US. Our type A came with clear windows, and the thing acted like a huge heat sink, drawing the sun in and trapping the heat as we drove down the road. Neither the dash nor the roof AC could keep up as we traveled in states south of the Mason-Dixon line. It was also nearly impossible to cool it down while parked in the afternoons.

So I bought a few rolls of very dark gray automotive tint film from J.C. Whitney. This type was cheaper and easier to apply/replace than the house stuff. I did the MH bedroom windows, the dinette windows, the salon window, the entrance door window, the double driver's side window and the copilot's double side window. Midway through our first trip, I removed the front half of the tinting film from the driver's side window and the copilot's side window, because the side visibility was too obscured by diminishing so much light. We simply could not enjoy the scenery nor the traffic conditions to either side, so we took off the film on the front half of each sliding side window, and kept the tint on the rear half of each sliding window. Much better! If you are considering doing the driver/copilot windows, consider a lighter tint or a lower density filter for just those windows.

The result is that we have reduced a significant amount of solar heat entering our space and being trapped in the coach. We have also reduced an amount of daylight on both bright and overcast days as was mentioned above, so keep that in mind. But overall, we achieved our goal of reducing heat, and it's much less work for either of our AC units to cool us down. An additional benefit, as mentioned above is the increased visual privacy during daylight hours. I would do it again in a New York minute!

Now, if you are looking to further reduce heat, don't forget your engine doghouse. We used some insulating material from J. C. Whitney, and in about two hours, we insulated the doghouse cover in our type A MH. I suspect you could do exactly the same with your type C. That has been a very satisfying improvement in reducing not only heat coming into our cockpit from the engine, but also noise reduction.

Good Fortune,

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 6/11/2010 6:48 PM
 

Sorry Kelpie, I cannot agree with ANY of the above "solutions". We travel with a Yorkie and Scht-Zoo ( I can never remember how to spell that). When we leave them in the RV, we close the day-night shades so they can't see out. They have never been a problem. Why? We have them trained properly. The only real solution to your problem is to take the dog to obedience training or get rid of it. OR get one of those travel cages and stick him in there when yer gone.


Every Day is Saturday funner travelin, Ebs,Donna & Beezer the Beast & Buffy the Bitch
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 6/12/2010 10:28 PM
 

Call 'em shih-tzu. Otherwise they'll get ticked and rip off your window coverings.

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 6/13/2010 12:20 AM
 

Tex - You can say that again. We had a Shih Tzu and it was an interesting experience. If he wanted to go through a bedroom or garage door, he did. Of course he ended up bloodied, but what the heck, he got through and Dad could fix the damage. Wonderful dog, but I'll never have another one! Thanks for the memories. Good luck. - Dave

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 6/13/2010 10:24 AM
 

Well, guys, this one is pretty docile until you mess with his Buffy. She is a BITCH and has no fear of anything wich of course gets her in trouble. Beezer almost killed a Jack Russel terrier for messing with her. They are both great pups and seem to understand english. They've been trained extensively and obey on command....except when a squirrel is involved. They seem to go brain dead when they see a squirrel.


Every Day is Saturday funner travelin, Ebs,Donna & Beezer the Beast & Buffy the Bitch
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 6/13/2010 9:59 PM
 

Thanks guys for the discussion about dogs. So off topic


Kellie and Eddie 2000 Four Winds Class C
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 6/14/2010 11:31 PM
 

kelpie - I'm glad we were able to help you. The General Forum is very similar to the Women's Forum in that we frequently start out "here" and end up "there", but that's created some of our most interesting threads. Hopefully, nobody will ever have to worry about digressing. Good luck. - Dave

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