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Interior vs. Exterior RV Shades

Interior vs. Exterior RV Shades

Posted on: October 14, 2019 at 1:57 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

There are various different types of shades you can buy for your RV, most of which are designed to protect your motor home from the heat and UV rays of the sun. One major difference between RV shades is whether they are fitted on the inside or the outside of your windshield/windows.

Here at Magne Shade, we sell exterior motor home shades for your windows, windshield, and even your tires. Let’s look at the differences between interior and exterior RV shades and help you decide which type is right for you.

What’s the difference between interior and exterior RV shades?

The main difference between interior and exterior shades should be obvious – one is fitted on the inside of the RV while the other is fitted on the outside of it. How each type of shade fits to the RV will depend on the make and style of the shade, but what’s consistent is that an interior shade will fit behind the glass and an exterior shade will fit in front of the glass.

Why are exterior shades better than interior ones?

Both types of shade are ideal for providing you with privacy inside your motorhome, but most people buy RV shades to help with temperature control. Motor home shades are designed to block the rays from the sun so that less heat is transmitted into the vehicle.

Based on this factor, exterior shades tend to perform better because they intercept the sun’s rays earlier than interior shades do. By the time the sunlight has reached an interior shade, it has already transmitted through the glass of the windshield or window. This means some heat has already transferred into the vehicle. The same goes in winter for insulating a vehicle from the cold outside.

Interior shades do stop most of the heat from increasing the interior temperature of the RV because the heat is trapped in between the shade and the glass. But this can cause another problem – condensation, especially when the temperature outside starts to drop. Condensation creates excess moisture inside your RV that can lead to problems like mold and rust. Exterior shades don’t create this problem.

One reason some people prefer interior shades is because they won’t get wet in bad weather, and wet shades can be unpleasant to pack away. But, for the most part, exterior shades are the better option.

If you need windshield shades to keep your RV cool on hot days, then get in touch or request a quote from Magne Shade.

What Are Tire Shades for Your Motor Home?

Posted on: September 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Here at Magne Shade, we don’t just sell shades for your windows and windshields. We also have tire shades that fit to each of your RV’s tires. “What are tire shades?” you may ask. Read on to find out all you need to know about this product and why it’s a must-have for your RV.

What are tire shades?

Tire shades are protective covers that are placed over your tires to cover the sidewall of the tire. They are made from high-quality fabric with spring steel sewn into the hem so that they remain tight across your tire. They attach simply with an elastic strap that you place around the back of the wheel. The inner hem is cut around the central hub of the tire so that this metal hub is still visible.

Place Magne Shade’s tire shades on your tires when you’re camped out or if you store your RV in your driveway, then remove the shades and store them away once you’re ready to drive.

What are the benefits of using RV tire shades?

The main purpose of tire shades is to protect the sidewall of your tire from the weather and other external threats. In particular, the exterior grade fabric with 100% UV resistance protects your tires from sun damage. The harmful UV rays can cause gradual damage to your tires over time as well as fading. Since your tires are so crucial to the safety and control of your vehicle, it’s important that they’re well looked after. As well as the weather, tire shades can also provide protection against wildlife, such as insects and snakes.

The black material of our tires shades blends in well with your tires. And with the central hub still visible, onlookers can barely tell that shades are fitted to your tires. This makes your RV visually pleasing even with the shades on.

Tire shades are simple to set up, remove, and store away. Take the shade out of its storage back and unfold it. It’ll pop right up, ready to put into place. Then just wrap the elastic strap around the back of the wheel and you’re all set up. To store the shades, remove the strap from the back and then twist and fold it into a compact size, as seen in this video. It can then go back into its storage bag so that it barely takes up any space.

If you want tire shades or other motor home shades for your RV, get in touch with Magne Shade to request a quote, or take a look at our selection of quality products.

5 Big Benefits of Buying Magne Shade

Posted on: September 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

When you’re heading out on a road trip or vacation, you want to make sure that you’re properly prepared. That goes for your vehicle, too. If you’re driving an RV, then installing a windshield shade will make the journey much more comfortable. Read on for some of the main benefits of buying your RV shades from Magne Shade.

Blocks out the hot sun

The main purpose of RV and windshield shades is to keep the sun out of your vehicle. Our shades filter the sun so they still let light in when you need it, but they block most of the heat from the sun so your vehicle won’t get too hot inside. This makes it more comfortable for you, whether you’re driving or parked up on a sunny day. It will also reduce your energy costs as you won’t have to run the AC as much.

Protects you from UV rays

As well as blocking the heat from the sun, our shades also block 90% of its harmful UV rays. This means you and your family are safe from sunburn and the other harmful effects of the sun’s rays. You just have to remember to put sunscreen on when you leave the RV!

Quality you can count on

We use high-quality materials to craft our RV shades, so they won’t dry out and crack from repeated use and sun exposure. Our shades are made from marine grade thread with PVC coating and UV-rated binding. So, you’ll be able to use your shade for a long time without any problems, making them great value for money.

Customizable design

Choose a shade to suit your tastes with a variety of color options available for the fabric and binding. But if you want to go a step further when customizing your vehicle, we also offer digital printed shades. Choose a photo that you’ve taken or find a stock image online. Send us your photo when placing your order with us and we’ll print your custom photo on your window shade. You can even add text, as well.

Easy to set up

After the initial installation of your shade, it will be quick and easy to set up whenever you need it. Magnets are first installed into the corners of the shade and onto your windshield. Once this is done, you can simply lift the shade into place using the installation rod, so you don’t have to climb up a ladder to put your shade in place.

Are you ready to up your RV game with the help of Magne Shade? Get in touch today for more information or to request a quote.

Installs for FMCA Rally in Tucson, AZ March 2020

Posted on: August 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm, in by Greg Kupka

TO PLACE YOURSELF ON OUR INSTALL LIST CALL THE OFFICE OR EMAIL info@magneshade.com

Installs in Tucson, AZ – FMCA 101st International Convention & RV Expo – March 26th – 29th

We are happy to announce that we will have an install team in Tucson, AZ for the FMCA 101st International Convention and RV Expo. Please note that the following guidelines must be followed in order to ensure a spot on our installation schedule.

ALL INSTALLS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND SHOULD BE PRE-ARRANGED THROUGH OUR OFFICE BY Feb 28th. 

  • All orders for new shades MUST be placed by Feb. 14th to ensure they are completed in time for the Rally
  • Your order will be shipped to you prior to the rally – If you need us to call when your order is ready to get an updated shipping address from you at that time, we are happy to do so.  Please note we will not be bringing any orders to the show, that is not a physical possibility as we don’t have room in the motor-home for everyone’s order.  As such there there will be no exceptions to this.
  • Installation appointments will be limited and SHOULD be pre-arranged prior to the rally. If you are not on the installation list prior to the show, we cannot guarantee that we will have time to add you to our schedule during the show.
  • If you are on the list, you will be contacted once our team is at the rally so we can notate your location at the rally and create a tentative schedule.  Please understand the schedule is tentative since each install and coach is different and takes a different amount of time.
  • Installs will be weather dependent.  We cannot install in the rain, as it is unsafe and the product needs dry conditions for the initial install.
  • Installation charges (paid via cash, check, or credit card) will be charged at the time of install (as we cannot guarantee ANY installs). Pricing will be announced as the event approaches.
  • For people requesting installs at the event without prior contact with our office, additional fees may apply, and their install will be completed if time allows after all pre-arranged installs.

If you have not placed your order yet, please contact our office via phone or email so that we can send you the appropriate verification information for your coach.  Note that November and December are great times to place your order to ensure plenty of time for production and shipping out to you.  This is especially true for our full-timers.

How to Install Your RV Shade

Posted on: August 27, 2019 at 2:16 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

One of the great things about buying one of our windshield shades for your RV is that there is very little hassle involved in installing and adjusting it. After you’ve completed the initial installation, you don’t even have to get up on a ladder when you want to remove it or put it back up. Wondering how it works? We’ll take you through the set-up process in this article.

Preparing for installation

The first time you set up your windshield shade will take a little longer, but this is a one-time job. Your shade will come with strong magnets sewn into small pockets around the edge of the shade. The number of magnets will depend on the size of the shade.

Another set of magnets will be provided with an adhesive on one side so that they stick to the inside of your windshield. This adhesive is covered by a film for now. To keep each magnet separated, we recommend sticking them to a metallic surface and then sliding them off individually as you need them.

Start by cleaning the perimeter of the inside of your windshield so that it provides a clean surface for the adhesive to stick to. We recommend wiping it down with a microfiber towel and a solution of water and alcohol.

Installing your RV shade

You’ll need two people for the next steps – one on the inside of the RV with the magnets and one on the outside with the shade and a ladder. The person on the outside should line up the shade with the windshield starting with the center magnets.

When it’s in place, the person on the inside should position each magnet so that it connects with the one on the outside, securing the shade in place. Leave the film on the adhesive for now. Repeat this for each magnet. And once you’re happy with the positioning of the shade and magnets, you can remove the film from each magnet and reapply it, making sure the shade is being held in position on the outside.

You can see this process in action in our instructional YouTube video.

Adjusting your RV shade

When you want to remove your shade, just pull gently on the bottom of it to dislodge the magnets from the internal ones. When storing your shades, it is best to roll them up rather than folding them.

To put your windshield shade back up, an installation rod is included. Simply place the rod into one of the corner pockets and raise it up to meet the internal magnet of the corresponding corner of the windshield. When they come close, the magnets will snap into place. Repeat the same with the other corner. The other magnets should also match up and attract. You can tighten up the shade by gently nudging each pocket with the installation rod.

If you have any questions about installing and using Magne Shade then check out our FAQ or contact a member of our team.

New EZ-Fold Tire Shade review by Outside Our Bubble

Posted on: August 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm, in by Greg Kupka

David Bott with Outside Our Bubble recently did a review of our EZ-Fold Tire Shades.  He was kind enough to let us post it:

 

If you like his content please see his youtube page for more videos on a variety of motorhome subjects.

https://www.youtube.com/user/David350Z/featured

How to Keep Your RV Cool on Hot Days

Posted on: August 7, 2019 at 2:02 pm, in by Katie Hiatt

Whether you’re driving down the highway on a hot day or you’ve set up camp in the direct sunlight, your RV can get uncomfortably hot on those summer trips. Installing and running an air conditioner is the obvious solution, but it can get expensive. So, to keep you comfortable without the crazy costs, here are some tips for keeping your RV cool on hot days.

Choose where you park wisely

The more direct sunlight your RV gets, the more it will heat up on the inside. So, whether you’re stopping for a break somewhere or you’re pitching up for a few nights, think about where you’re parking your vehicle. Look for shade if possible. If not, think about which direction your RV is facing. If the biggest window will be facing the afternoon sun, things are going to get very hot.

Install shades

You can’t avoid the sun all of the time, but you can mitigate its effect on your vehicle. Installing RV shades on your windshield and windows will help to block out some of the heat from the sun, keeping your vehicle as cool as possible on the inside. This also helps to stop the sun’s UV rays from penetrating your windows. Check out the range of windshield shades that we have to offer.

Keep your RV ventilated

You don’t want the sun beating down from outside, but you could benefit from the breeze. Opening windows that aren’t in direct sunlight will let some fresh air into your RV and can lower the internal temperature. Make sure to keep doors and windows shut as much as possible when they are in the sun. Installing fans or pumps can also help to ventilate your RV by bringing the cool air in while pushing the warm air out.

Try to produce less heat

It’s not just the heat coming in from outside that makes temperatures rise. Certain appliances you use inside your RV will also produce heat. Try to cook food outside if possible so all that heat isn’t being trapped inside your RV. Lightbulbs can also produce a lot of heat, so try switching to LED bulbs as these don’t heat up very much. And make sure you turn off appliances and electronics when you’re not using them.

You don’t want to be sweating inside your RV for the entire vacation, so take these steps to keep your vehicle cool. And you can stay cool in the outdoors, too, by bringing an awning along so you can relax in the shade. Get in touch with Magne Shade if you need motor home shades for your RV.

Magne Shade FMCA Minot Installs

Posted on: June 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm, in by Jennifer Leonard

TO SCHEDULE CALL THE OFFICE

Installs in Minot, ND – FMCA 100th International Convention & RV Expo – August 14th – 17th

We are happy to announce that we will have an install team in Minot, ND for the FMCA 100th International Convention and RV Expo. Please note that the following guidelines must be followed in order to ensure a spot on our installation schedule.

ALL INSTALLS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND SHOULD BE PRE-ARRANGED THROUGH OUR OFFICE BY AUGUST 9th. 

  • All orders for new shades MUST be placed by July 19th to ensure they are completed in time for the Rally
  • Your order will be shipped to you prior to the rally – If you need us to call when your order is ready to get an updated shipping address from you at that time, we are happy to do so.
  • Installation appointments will be limited and SHOULD be pre-arranged prior to the rally. If you are not on the installation list prior to the show, we will not have time to add you to our schedule during the show.
  • If you are on the list, you will be contacted once we are at the rally so we can notate your location at the rally and create a tentative schedule.
  • Installs will be weather dependent.
  • Installation charges (paid via cash, check, or credit card) will be charged at the time of install (as we cannot guarantee ANY installs). Pricing will be as follows:
  • Windshield only: $150
  • Windshield and Side windows: $200
  • For people requesting installs at the event without prior contact with our office, additional fees may apply, and their install will be completed after all pre-arranged installs.

If you have not placed your order yet, please contact our office ASAP via phone or email so that we can send you the appropriate verification information for your coach.

Nano Shade and Tire Shade review by Milesandsmiles

Posted on: May 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Jeff over at www.milesandsmiles.us recently reviewed the Nano and Tire shades.  They were kind enough to let us post their video (the Nano and Tire Shade content starts at 10:57) and review.

You can find their full article on their ten favorite things for the RV here: https://milesandsmiles.us/our-ten-favorite-things-for-the-rv

Tire Shades and Nano Shades

We found out about these great products at an RV rally and ordered the Nano Shade on the spot. Magne Shade makes a variety of shades to cover your windshield, windows, and tires when parked. These are intended for the outside of your RV. The indoor Nano Shade mounted on the driver’s side window keeps the sun out of the driver’s eyes at certain times of day. Even though these are kind of see-through, we trimmed the lower part of the shade for safety so that it doesn’t hinder his view of the rearview mirrors. Easy to put on, easy to pull off, it does the job. We love the ease with which our tire shades go on and off (so much easier than the traditional covers), and we no longer delay putting them on to protect the sidewalls of our tires from the damaging UV rays of the sun when setting up camp. RV tires are expensive, and they tend to dry out before they wear out. Having a blowout in a 11-ton motorhome can be downright deadly. These covers help extend the life of our tires and attract the curiosity and compliments of other campers. Made by Hunckler Fabrication LLC, they can only be purchased direct from the manufacturer.

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Magne Shade review by Love to Wander RV for their 5th wheel

Posted on: April 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Dale and Ginny, the individuals who run the Love to Wander RV blog, were kind enough to let us share with you a post they made last year on their website, lovetowanderrv.com.

You can view their posting below or by going to their site: https://lovetowanderrv.com/magne-shade/

Too Much Sun and Heat

Our 2017 Open Range Roamer 347RES did not come or option out with “blackout shades”. We have the standard according draw-up shade on our windows. It did not take us long while camping in the summer heat to find out that our shades were inadequate. The rig would heat up in the midday sun, up went the silver bubble mat insulation, down came the shades there goes our view.

I was searching around the web for a solution. I came across blackout shades, pulled down shades to allow light but block sun UV rays all fairly expensive and most would call for complete removal of our current curtains and shades. I follow Techno RV, and read a post regarding their recent installation of a product called Magne Shade.

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Magne Shade

The patented Magne Shade™ system uses small but very powerful Rare Earth magnets that are mounted on the outside of the window with a hi temperature 3M peel and stick tape. Our shades are designed to fit your coach glass tight, we incorporate a simple and effective fabric adjustment system in our design so your shades won’t stretch out of shape and sag over time, as a snap-type system can. Magne Shade™ is simply the best custom RV shading system in the market place.

I’m Sold

Magne Shade features Class A windshield and side window installations on their site. It certainly looked to me that these would work just as well on Fifth Wheel Campers windows as well. I reached out to the company and they walked me through the measuring process and helped identify the corner radius of our windows for proper fit. We have cantilever windows throughout the rig. My rep, Greg gave me specific instructions regarding the measurements for proper fit and trim. I took my measurements, placed my order and four weeks later they arrived at my door.

The Installation

I will be sharing an installation video from their web site below. Although the owner of the company single-handedly installed the Windshield shade on a Class A, I would suggest you get a partner to help you out. The one hold back to the process is if you do not have your rig indoors you will need to wait for a 72 hour period of warm and dry weather to install the magnets.

Installing the magnets for two large and one small shade was done in short order. After the recommended 72-hour curing process for the adhesive, it was a snap to place the shades up. I did purchase the install bar to give me a bit more reach, and it worked like a charm from ground level.

The Results

Our first real test of the shades came in August of 2018. We were camping in Western NY with the rig facing south. The entire side with the large dining room window was facing west. The afternoon sun was beating down on Natasha. The shades worked perfect, cut the sundown, keeping the interior cooler and we could see out the windows fine. I would highly recommend this product.

Shades Rolled UpThe manufacturer recommends rolling the shades up when you store them. By the way, you will not be traveling with these positioned on the rig. The magnets are strong but rolling down the road at highway speeds will surely blow these off. I store mine away under the rig rolled up on pool noodles. It has worked fine and the shades keep their shape.

In the end, these have been a great solution for our needs. They are less expensive than new interior blackout customs or sun shades. Here is a link to the web site for more information: Magne Shade

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As Dale and Ginny mention in their posting, though we don’t offer them through our online store because there are so many different windows on so many different models we do offer our Magne Shade system for both 5th wheel and travel trailers.  If you call our office we can get you diagrams for exactly what dimensions we need to build your shades based on your window types.  When you call if you also have some rough dimensions for the windows you are looking to cover we would be happy to get you pricing.  We are typically in shop Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM (EST) and are happy to talk to you about any questions you may have.  And as always if you email us and don’t see a response in a timely manner please check or spam/junk folder as the attachments we include to help you with your order can confuse some email filters.

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