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ThruTraffic

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Posted: 02/18/20 09:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do they exist?

I can find the windshield covers easily enough but I'm curious if anyone has seen an insulated version. I'd like to have one to use in the winter that would be more heat conservation efficient.

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I've never one one. What I would do is cut reflex insulation to fit under the custom windshield, side window cover. I'm not sure how much extra insulation that it would provide.
I use the reflex, inside as the usual camping covers for privacy, easily removed for visibility during the day.
We used them once in minus 20s temp, but the condensation on the windshield was bad, the reflex was on the inside, we have since learned how to deal with the condensation issue.

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For cold camping conditions, we do the following with our E350 cab area. I can't say to what rating it's good for, but it works for our particular rig to a low of around 28 degrees F.

- set the climate control in the dash to "recirculate"
- cover windshield and door glass with pop-open sunshades, but custom-fit insulated shades would be much better
- drape and tuck a comforter over and around the two front seats, creating a sealed and insulated barrier to trap the cold air in the cab
- when 110v is available, we place a small cube heater on the floor near the cab and blow the warm air rearward towards the house interior.
- not related to the cab, but we also draw the shades in the house

Our interior is small, has no slide-outs, has a lower ceiling, has thermal pane insulated glass, and a well sealed entry door. General air leakage and radiated cold is less with the quality build of our rig which further helps with interior comfort. With everything considered, the main house furnace operates much more efficiently. At bedtime we close the bedroom curtain to trap bedroom heat. The thermostat inside the enclosed area then works off that trapped heat with us inside it, further reduces furnace cycling which reduces our concern for battery and propane usage.

CLICK HERE to see our rig's interior and curtain. The curtain is thin but helps a lot.


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Its very simple and inexpensive to make a cover that will work.
You can see in this below link how an insulated material (like a moving blanket glued to a foam board) where it's was held in place by webbing straps that can be Velcro'd in place by using short screw in Velcro tabs.
You have a few options as to what material to use. I would cut a 1" solid foam board in 2 pieces (driver/passenger) and stick some REFLECTIX onto the boards.
I actually did it in my previous rv by cutting the foam insulation very tight to make it fit snug holding it place by its own pressure.
I made covers for all my windows, by the time I was finished a candle could heat the interior. [emoticon]
I stored them under the mattress where they wouldn't get damaged.

scroll down about 1/4 way to view a larger interior pic.

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Go to the website: Downbytheriver. TheY make thinsulate windshield covers. I am looking at some for my class bl

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Like ron.dittmer I drape a blanket that is large enough & long enough to hang down behind the seats to seal off the cab from the house. I use entertainment doors to hold the blanket in position over the cab hole. I do have to have an opening of sorts at the bottom of the isle for the dog to go into cab for her entertainment at night or morning.

So far, with the slide in & 28F with wind outside at night. Two electric heaters set to 800W each and the furnace set lower than room temp as a backup has worked fine. One heater in the bedroom facing out and one by the kitchen sink, mid living space, facing towards the cab. The dog & I survived very well. The furnace ran several times just before I got up.

If I were to do the above on a regular basis I would have covering for the cab windows.

I should mention all of the fresh water pipes are inside of the rig and heated by the furnace. The holding tanks are not, yet.


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Has anyone used the ELUTO RV Windshield cover ?
Looks to have more insulation properties than the ADCO vinyl (Which I have used for many years).

My ADCO's last about 2-1/2 years before the sun destroys them, This ELUTO one only has 1 year warranty. I don't think I would use it for storage only for Camping setup.

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It looks nice but I think it would be a safer option to use inside the rv.
I would only use something like that inside and not outside for safety reasons.
I camp off grid with no other help other than me. I need to be able to see what's out in front of me without having to go outside.
You need to be aware of what's around you and being able to see out is Safety 101. People with bad intentions look for people napping while they are awake.

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Posted: 03/07/20 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO, insulating the windshield will do very little to help with heating, as the cab area of the unit has little to no insulation. We do some below zero camping in our class c, and feel that an insulation barrier/wall offers more benefits in the cool weather. We use a wall made (homemade) of “bubble foil” insulation. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain to put up/take down.....but, seems to do a good job of keeping the cold in the cab area of the unit! memtb


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Posted: 03/07/20 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bobndot wrote:

It looks nice but I think it would be a safer option to use inside the rv.
I would only use something like that inside and not outside for safety reasons.
I camp off grid with no other help other than me. I need to be able to see what's out in front of me without having to go outside.
You need to be aware of what's around you and being able to see out is Safety 101. People with bad intentions look for people napping while they are awake.



I agree with bobndot, having the ability to monitor your surroundings should be a prerequisite! A small “peep hole” in our “little wall” can offer you the option of “seeing without being seen”! memtb

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