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Posted: 08/11/12 05:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone made their own windshield solar shades? The kind that goes on the outside of the windshield. My two piece windshield looks like it already has the snaps around it on the fiberglass. I've seen solar shade material at home depot before so perhaps one could cut out the shape and attach some opposite snaps to it?

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Posted: 08/11/12 05:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It sounds like you have the correct ides. You might talk to the previous owner and see if the shades are available.

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I made my own but used magnetics to hold it in place. Needed very strong magnetics on the inside to hold the shade in place. Used double sided tape to hold the magnetics in place. As a side benefit I can install the shade on the inside also which I do when the coach is in the driveway.




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I did and they work great. Bought a roll of solar shade material at Sam's Club for $30.00 and installed hooks on the windsheld with 3M tape from Home Depot


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Posted: 08/11/12 05:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i made my own mom tot me to sew i used brown marine grade vinyl at joanns less than $30 2 hours of time

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Posted: 08/11/12 06:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I paid a bundle for RV windshield sunshades that were not permanently snapped sunshades that was nothing more than rigid sun shade material with suction cups on the inside. You could either put them on the outside or inside by just reversing the suction cups.

Albeit they worked great one could make them for way less. The only thing you would have to do is have the DW stich a hem all the way around or they unravel or curl if you don't, because the ones on the roll at the box stores have raw edges. They aren't going to keep the heat out very well though.

I have since re delegated those MH sunshades to the dogs' ex-pen, they love the shade they provide.


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I bought a roll of the TechFoil insulating foil bubble wrap. cut it to fit with excess over all the windows inside, and attached with velcro patches. Great insulation from cold or heat, excellent privacy too. Best of all cheap


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If you're going to make your own..here's some tips...

1. Rough cut the material so you're working with smaller pieces.
2. You have the male snaps already on the coach. Take at least six of the female parts and drill a small hole in the middle. Pop rivet a rivet in the middle of each snap, then snap them in place on the windshield. Now you can place your material over the rivets to hold it in place. Once you're satisfied with the look, mark your spots with chalk and install the finished snaps.
3. Install the shades and trim to fit, leaving some room for binding.
4. Once the shades are made, put some binding around the outer edge for a finished look and to prevent the material from fraying.....Dennis


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