Motor Home Shades vs. Glass Tinting
Motor Home Shades vs. Glass TintingPosted on: November 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm, in
RV shades are a really effective way to block out the sun and the heat it produces, as well as its harmful UV rays. But there’s another option for blocking the sun’s rays in your vehicle – glass tinting. Let’s look at the difference between these two options and which is the more effective one.
What is window tinting?
You’ve likely seen cars and motorhomes with tinted glass. The glass is a little darker and your view is obscured when on the outside trying to look in, but those inside the vehicle can still see out. This provides a degree of privacy and security for the owner of the vehicle and those inside it. Whether your view completely obscured or not depends on the level of tinting applied.
Window tinting is achieved by applying a thin film, usually made of polyester, to the glass with a tinting agent. Another benefit of this process is that the tint filters the sunlight so that light is still let through the glass but the majority of UV rays are filtered out. This prevents skin damage and also reduces eye strain from the light.
RV sun shades
RV shades, like those provided by Magne Shade, are dark screens that can be placed over the windshield and windows of your motor home. Similar to tinted glass, these shades provide complete privacy but can still be seen through from the inside. These shades block the sun’s rays rather than filtering them so that up to 93% of UV light is blocked and less light is let in to stop the RV from heating up.
Which is superior?
One of the main concerns in motorhomes is them becoming too hot inside as the sun settles on the large windshield and windows. In this respect, RV shades are much better than tinted glass because they stop the heat from dissipating into the vehicle, whereas tinted glass still lets it through and allows it to insulate behind the glass, heating up the vehicle substantially.
But sun shades also provide an extra layer of insulation between the shade and your windshield, which helps to retain heat inside your RV during cold weather, while tinted glass will easily allow the heat to escape. Another great benefit of windshield shades is that you can remove them and put them back up whenever you need, while glass tinting is a permanent process.
So, if you want to keep your RV cool in summer and warm in winter, while protecting your family from the sun’s harmful rays, order an RV shade from Magne Shade today.
Product Review Update from Get Gone with USPosted on: November 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm, in
Check and Cheryl from Get Gone with US have done a brief review of their Magne Shades. You’ve seen them previously install their shades so now they are letting us know what they’ve thought of the shades in actual use over the past months.
They sent along a nice note as well.
“We have been living full time in our RV for 4 months now and we really love the Magne Shade. We are still getting a lot of questions from people who have seen our first video showing the installation. Now that we are full time, there are a lot of people in the campgrounds coming up to us and asking about them, because they saw how easy they were to install. … They are definitely a must have and that is what we said in the video about the Top 5 Must Haves for Full Time RV Living.”
They also talk about a few other pretty neat items that we think the company coach might need to get upgraded with.
Follow along on their adventures on their YouTube channel:
Customize Your RV with Printed Shades from Magne ShadePosted on: October 29, 2019 at 5:20 pm, in
Want to add some character to your RV and show off your personality? Then don’t settle for a plain black shade; go for one of Magne Shade’s custom-printed shades instead. Turn heads on the road and show off the things you and your family love. If you want to know more about our custom printed shades, read on…
How to get a printed shade
It’s simple; just select the “custom print” option when ordering your RV shade and selecting its fabric type. You can either upload a photo you’ve taken yourself or enter the Photo ID from one of our recommended stock photo sites – Bigstock Photos or Dreamstime. We’ll add custom printing to your order for an extra price – $200 for class B/C windshields, $395 for class A windshields. The cost of the stock image from one of the above websites is included in the price. Try to avoid just taking an image you find through a Google search as you may not have permission to use this.
Considering the dimensions of your windshield, you should choose an image that’s oriented horizontally rather than vertically, i.e. a landscape image. Try not to choose a crowded image with details going all the way to the edge. The edges of the image are likely to get cut off for most windshields, so make sure the details you like are nice and central.
Photos you use from the stock image websites will be high-quality and ready to use on your shade. If you choose to take your own photo, you need to make sure that its quality is good enough to be printed in a large format. We recommend a minimum resolution of 300 pixels/inch. Photos taken on smartphones may not be up to scratch, so check their properties before you submit them.
Choosing an image for your printed shade
When it comes to choosing an image to be displayed on your motorhome, the opportunities are practically endless. You might want an impressive landscape or landmark, like the Grand Canyon. Animal photos are also a popular choice. Or why not choose something a little more abstract and artistic? Browsing those stock photo websites will give you lots of ideas.
If you’re looking for something a little more personal, you could choose a photo you took on one of your family holidays, or the logo of your favorite sports team. If you use your RV for commercial purposes, then you could even get your company logo printed on the shade.
If you’re ready to spruce up your motor home, choose your image and contact us to get your custom shades printed.
Interior vs. Exterior RV ShadesPosted on: October 14, 2019 at 1:57 pm, in
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.
Installs for FMCA Rally in Tucson, AZ March 2020Posted on: August 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm, in
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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.
New EZ-Fold Tire Shade review by Outside Our BubblePosted on: August 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm, in
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.
Magne Shade FMCA Minot InstallsPosted on: June 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm, in
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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 MilesandsmilesPosted on: May 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm, in
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.
Magne Shade review by Love to Wander RV for their 5th wheelPosted on: April 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm, in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
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.
New Nano Shade video on YouTubePosted on: February 26, 2019 at 2:57 pm, in
Roger has just finished a quick informational video about our new Nano Shades. You can find it here: