Reflectix Window Coverings
First published on twodogsandasinglelife January of 2015
Good morning! It’s another beautiful day. Chilly, but not cold like it usually is this time of year. Some say lows in the 20s is downright COLD, but it could be worse, oh yes, a lot worse. We have had no single digit overnight temps and no sub zero so yes, it could be worse; has been in past winters and will be again I am sure, but for now I am loving the warmer temps and looking forward to highs in the 50s.
Today, I want to show you the window covers I made for Freedom that have a dual purpose; covering the windows to reflect the heat of the sun and blacking out the windows for complete privacy at night. This great idea was found on http://CheapRVLiving.com , a community of like-minded people who live in mobile shelter, want to live in mobile shelter, or just curious about the life style. Lots and lots of wonderful information on that site.
This first photo is of the black fabric applied to the Reflectix with Super 77 spray glue. It’s pretty simple, just spray the Reflectix with the glue, let it tack up a bit, then apply the black fabric (that you have pre-cut with 1/2 – 1 inch edges) by laying the fabric on the Reflectix (also precut to size for each window) and then smooth out starting from the middle and working from the center to the outside edge. Let it dry completely and they are ready to use. Start with the smaller windows……the large windows are kind of tricky, but the glue is a bit forgiving, so just pull it up and smooth it back down if it gives you any trouble or better yet, enlist a helper with the bigger pieces.
Below is the opposite side of the first photo.
Next is the same shade pressed into the window with the Reflectix to the outside to reflect the sun’s heat.
Same window from outside the van. With the shades pulled down it covers the uneven edges of the black fabric. Extra fabric all around helps to keep the shades in place.
This is the driver’s side back window with the fabric side of the shade facing out. Perfect night time camouflage for stealth camping. You cannot even tell it’s anything other than Limousine tint unless you have your nose pressed right up to the window. And the first person who does that is in for a rude surprise 🙂
When I am driving or parked and want a view, the shades are stored under the bed on top of some storage bins. They are out of the way yet easy to get to when the time comes to use them.
I bought the 48″ x 25′ Reflectix roll and there was enough for all my windows (didn’t make any for the driver and passenger windows), a windshield sunscreen, cover for my Cube Cooler, and I still have enough I think for making a solar oven.
Huge thanks to the guy who posted this technique on Cheap RV Living. I can’t remember who it was, but would love to give him credit for this so if you know, please let me know!
Have a great day! Hugs, Shawna
PS It’s been a year since these shades were made for our vome (van home :-)) and there are a few places that will need to be re-glued. While I can’t say we have used them overly much, but when the time came to put them in the windows and take them down it was not with a delicate hand. Only time will tell how well they hold up with daily use, but as of right now I am very pleased with these.