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Old 12-24-2017, 01:58 PM   #1
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I wasn't keen on the "upgraded" window covers that came with our Crossfit -
I found they were heavy, hard to store and the magnets were too weak to be useful. I made my own by layering Mylar-coated bubble wrap (Reflectix from Home Depot) in fabric and sewing a couple of magnets in. The bubble wrap is so light, the magnets didn't have to struggle. Still takes up more room than I would like, but much easier to deal with. I sold the covers that came from Coachmen to another Transit owner, so not everyone feels like I do.

I made the front covers out of two sections so I wasn't always hitting the rear-view mirror when I put them in and out. The two vertical blue strips contain 3/8" dowels so they hold up well by using the visors to hold them in place. I put rubber tips on the dowels so they wouldn't tear the binding tape.

Because the front of the side-cover slips between the dash and the window, I only needed three magnets to hold the side covers in place. Note that I am not a frequent seamstress, nor a very good one so the fit and finish are pretty terrible, but they get the job done.

I also cut squares out of the Reflectix to slide into the house windows (not covered) and they work really well at insulating the van. Seems like the windows are the weakest link for temperature control.
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OK, I have NO IDEA why the images are loading upside down - they look fine on my computer...
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OK, I have NO IDEA why the images are loading upside down - they look fine on my computer...
Most likely you rotated images in a photo processing software but didn’t save them. Try to save them and then post.
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Old 12-24-2017, 05:43 PM   #4
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Covering the reflectix in fabric a nice idea. Did you sew through the reflectix at all or just the edge tape and fabric? Stiffening dowels are a good idea, too. I'm planning to make winter covers for the windows above our beds. I appreciate your solution.
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I sewed right through the Reflectix. It was no problem at all for the machine.

Making the front into two pieces has worked really well. I hated having to readjust the rear view mirror every time I took the shades down. Because I'm not tall, I would have to scoot forward in the seat, adjust the mirror, then sit back to see if it was in the right place, then repeat as needed, since I couldn't tell how it would look from the driving position.

I tried rotating the images and saving them, but they still posted upside down. Interesting, since I posted them in the Crossfit Facebook group and they look fine there.
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I opened in Photos from Windows rotated and saved as - did not work, tried with Paint from Windows - success - weird.
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Thanks, George - looks much better right-side-up!
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Reflectix another solution:



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Reflectix I seen it used in many applications. The reflective barrier stops the temp transfer!
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Reflectix got its name because it reflects heat away. You cover up the reflective surface and you get a lousy insulator.
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