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Old 06-13-2019, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default Exterior window coverings for Sprinter 3500

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Does anyone have any experience and opinion on what is the best exterior window coverings for the Sprinter 3500?
I want to keep the radiant outside heat from the sun away as much as possible so the Dometic Penguin II 13500 btu A/C can keep the inside cooler especially towards the front 2/3rds of the inside of the coach.
I do have a 12 volt fan I use to blow the cold air coming from the A/C unit forwards but the front 2/3rds of the coach don't cool very well at all.
This restricts me to staying directly under the Dometic to stay cool.
Does anyone have any experience and opinion on a smallish, portable 110v A/C unit I can plug into shore power and use at the front end of the coach?
I value you opinions and this will help me narrow down the search for these products. Any and all ideas on how to cool down the front 2/3rds of the coach are greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:02 PM   #2
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Hi G Man,

It seems that your question, circumstances are applicable with most any B.

I agree that the front of the van can be the warmest in the sun, or the back wherever the sun is. I suggest pointing the front of the van into the sun with reflectics inside with each window. Then outside the appropriate windshield, side windows cover made for your vintage Sprinter:

https://www.amazon.com/ADCO-2423-Pol.../dp/B00JVQFXB0

Then cool the B with BOTH a/c's, Penguin and Sprinter. B van a/c's are noticeably stronger than the B a/c. Cool air is not enough, the interior stuff can be a heater that needs to be cooled down. After that the B's a/c should do the job.

"After that" can take a long time if the vehicle's interior is 120F.

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Old 06-13-2019, 02:06 PM   #3
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I think this one is interesting at rvcustomscreen.com because it has a built-in bug screen so you can roll down your windows. I saw this at the B-Rally in Susquehanna, PA last month.

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Old 06-13-2019, 02:08 PM   #4
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Yes Magna Shade,

https://magneshade.com/products/

Great product

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Old 06-13-2019, 03:48 PM   #5
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I have this one from Eurocampers. Side window covers can be rolled up for ventilation through screens. I like it a lot.
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Default Heatshields work Great!

We use Heatshield's product for the windshield and front side windows in our 2016 Roadtrek CS Adventurous (Mercedes Sprinter 3500 chassis).

Keeps the front area of the Van cool and provides privacy... They roll up nicely and store in one of our closets while not in use...

Front Windshield Item# 1547 w/ Sensor $39.95

Side (Row 1) Windows Item# 061S-A Set of 2
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Thanks. I am more interested in keeping the heat out and the cool air in, not so much about bugs. Do you think this screen will do that? Or do you have based on your vast experience any other ideas to accomplish my goal?
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This was not my van with the exterior cover with screen. I had full white exterior screen covers before and can tell you the cab area will still get hot because it becomes a dead zone and wished I had ventilation like the screen provides where you can get some cross ventilation. Most of the heat buildup comes from the windshield and not the side windows.

I currently have a screen door at my sliding door, a full screen at the back doors and six awning windows with a Maxxfan for exhaust. I can keep my van pretty much at ambient temperature with that setup. I also have magnetic screens for my cab windows and an insulated inside reflective cover for my windshield but seldom get them out. When I had my exterior cover, other than the lack of ventilation, it was nice unless you got caught leaving in the rain. What to do with a wet cover?
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:48 PM   #9
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Thanks Davydd.
So you think most of the heat comes front the windshield and not the side windows? What do you think about any heat build up at the rear windows located on the rear doors? Or does that not matter since the A/C unit is located back there? I am trying to stay cool in the whole inside of the coach and not be restricted just to the rear when I am in Tucson for September, October and beginning of November.
What do you think about a MagnaShade on the outside and Heatshield for the inside on the windshield?
Thanks in advance for all your help.
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Thanks Davydd.
So you think most of the heat comes front the windshield and not the side windows? What do you think about any heat build up at the rear windows located on the rear doors? Or does that not matter since the A/C unit is located back there? I am trying to stay cool in the whole inside of the coach and not be restricted just to the rear when I am in Tucson for September, October and beginning of November.
What do you think about a MagnaShade on the outside and Heatshield for the inside on the windshield?
Thanks in advance for all your help.
G Man
The more you do, the better. Especially in the front cab area. As you noted, it is furthest from the a/c and has the most to benefit by adding shading.

If you cover the rear windows, that will provide some additional cooling (I cut and insert my own reflectix when my van's in storage), but at the cost of losing your view out making the interior more claustrophobic. Maybe wait and see how the cooling does with just the cab covered first. If you can deploy your awning even partially, it will reduce heat on one side.

Someone who lives in the area can inform you on how much the heat lessens by October and November. Should improve your situation greatly.
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