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TECMike

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Posted: 09/27/20 08:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone experienced any problems with window tinting as it relates to seeing tow mirrors safely and rear view mirror visibility? What about night driving with side, rear, and front windows tinted?

Our brutal Texas summers towing in July and August are about to convince me and my wife that our AC needs help on our beloved old truck on long trips. I have a 2002 Ford SuperCrew diesel which has a lot of cab area to have to cool.

Any input from those who have completely tinted their truck and tow will be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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A properly working 2002 Ford truck AC shouldn’t need help IMO. Less cab area and glass than an Expedition.


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20% on the old Dodge.
Can use the mirrors at night if there’s any artificial light outside.
If totally dark or backing a trailer, need to roll down windows.
I have 2020 vision and can see well at night.


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Wouldn’t live in a sunny climate without tint. 35% min.
20% is just right imo. Gives decent privacy but not so dark to hinder night driving.

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Windshield tint too far down on the glass is illegal in most states without a medical exemption. You will get pulled over repeatedly for verification.


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I had the windows tinted on my 02 Excursion. Never had a problem seeing even at night. The Excursion has front and rear heat and air to help cool all of its interior space. The rear windows on the X are factory tinted. Are your rear windows factory tinted on your SD?
Also, when was the last time you had the AC Evan and recharged. It may just need that. I had to do mine when it was 7 years old. Sometimes they just get low, even with no signs of a leak. It's just how they are.
I say to have it evac and recharged and see how it does. Then if you want you can have the windows tinted. I know I loved not having the sun beatin in through he side windows when driving.


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I have neve seen an aftermarket tint hold up. Within several years of heat cold moisture it will begin to bubble.
As mention above dark windows are cop magnets,even a tint legal in your state may have you sitting on the side of the road in another.

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Our local tint shop uses a ceramic clear tint that stops the heat dead without darkening the windows.

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Tint shops here seem to do a good job --mine seem to survive Arizona summers.
Just stick to what's legal, and leave the windshield alone.

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most windshields can have a tint strip of 4-6 inches across top. It does help some particularly van windshields which are fairly large. the cab windows can be tinted just not limo dark. The problem I have with limo dark 9is I cant see at night thru them (son has it). We have tinted all vehicles and it does last but as noted above if the job is not done well they may start to bubble and the tint will fade if its cheap stuff. Look around and get recommendations from some who have had them done and go there, just watch out for low prices as that is the biggest problem.

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