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Dakzuki

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Here is what we did for insulating our Chinook for cold weather RVing. With all the window curtains and cab curtain installed I could keep it warm with 900 watts of heat when outside temps were in the teens. On the other side of the cab curtain it would be below freezing. The windows are held in place with velcro, the cab curtain with snaps. They are made with Warm Windows fabric with tan fleece on the inside.








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How many cats skinned?


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Here is the Mk II version installed on our Navion which replaced the Chinook. Same construction technique but we used snaps instead of velcro on the windows. We found the adhesive for the velcro got soft when the frame heated up in the sun and it would pull off. The velcro wasn't the most professional looking installation either. The snaps work well and we have little button covers to put on them when they are not being used. The cab curtain was quite a project as you can see. Getting around the cab seats was quite the design challenge. We've done one cold trip without them and one with and having them is wonderful.



This is the cab curtain installed showing the the passenger seat swiveled around so it is facing aft.


As seen from the passenger door


Here is the dinette curtain rolled up.


Dinette curtain deployed.


Aft window cover deployed. Those are the emergency release handles sticking through.

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MAU MAU wrote:

Excellent workmanship and pictures!

Did you do all of the sewing yourself and where did you purchase the fabric?


My dearest Nancy can do wonders with a sewing machine. All I do is design, then ask if she can fabricate what I come up with. The fabric came from Joann's. We wait for sales or a coupon as the Warm Windows fabric is expensive. I have since found some cheaper variants of quilted insulating cloth around so if you search you may find a better deal.

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Excellent workmanship and pictures!

Did you do all of the sewing yourself and where did you purchase the fabric?


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nice set ups there i was thinking of having something like that made for my truck camper to cover the big bay window to prevent heat loss

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MAU MAU wrote:

Hello Dakzuki and thank you for the reply -

When you are all 'sealed in' your cocoon, do you ever get claustrophobic, especially at night?

When can you come to Maine to do mine? (Free lobster dinner!)

Thanks........................Rob


Rob,

It's no worse than having the blinds closed. We intentionally picked a light color to cut down on the gloom factor. During the day we will roll up some of them so we can see the world.

Sorry, gotta turn down the offer.

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Miss Nancy is fantastic!

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Hello Dakzuki and thank you for the reply -

When you are all 'sealed in' your cocoon, do you ever get claustrophobic, especially at night?

When can you come to Maine to do mine? (Free lobster dinner!)

Thanks........................Rob

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