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Old 01-05-2020, 04:51 PM   #1
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Window coverings for the winter

I have been looking at creating coverings for the windows while sleeping in the van during the winter. Reflectix and fabric coverings are my thoughts in materials. For the rear windows we made cardboard templates and will cut reflectix to size. Then make a fabric covering for the interior face. Fasten with magnets to the well of the windows. Time and effort aplenty. For the two windows with sportsmobile blinds I just cut reflectix to fit inside the space between the window and the blinds. With the blinds down I cant see them. I did the same for the door window and the snapped fabric covering will hide its reflective unfinished appearance. It took ten minutes and I hope will make a difference. Not bad for a lazy winter day. The reflectix roll came from Lowes, special order but worth it.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:52 AM   #2
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We used reflectix but no fabric cover. My wife stitched some seam tape around the edges to keep them from getting to beat up. For the front door windows she put a couple of tabs, about four inches long, at the top of each one. She weighted the tabs with flat washers so you can easily flip the tabs over the window and roll up the window to hold them in place. All the others we just wedge into place except she did make a small cover for the vent fan with the hooked part of Velcro tabs stuck to it so we can stick it to the carpeted ceiling. We have only used the vent cover once when it got well below zero' Fahrenheit. Of course they can also help keep the heat out in the summer. She found it too hard to make the windshield cover in one piece so she made it in two pieces with a slight overlap. We don't have a heater but the covers keep it several degrees warmer inside from just our body heat and breathing. We do get a lot of condensation on the windshield even with the covering so if it is below freezing it is advantageous to park facing east to help thaw the windshield but this only works if it is sunny.
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Consider installing a diesel heater! They are now so inexpensive that there is almost no reason to be uncomfortable when it is cold.
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