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Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by Tove.H on Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:35 pm

Hi all, we have a 1990 autosleeper legend gl ford transit and we need to buy some thermal blinds. Is it best to buy the internal ones or external? also wheres the best place to buy? any help is appreciated. thanks.
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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by m8form8 on Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:04 pm

We have the internal ones, they came with the van when we got it, have to say ii wsh we had the external ones as the suction caps make a mess on the windows. I keep trying to hide the washing up sponge someone keeps insisting on using to make the suckers wet!  hugegrins
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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by TeamRienza on Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:37 pm

We only have the external ones, Silver screen, which we find indispensable. In the summer they reflect a lot of the heat when in France and have the added advantage that they have excellent blackout properties for those bright 5am summer mornings.

At this time of the year we find that they almost completely stop the formation of condensation on the inside of the windscreen, which can be considerable. On those occasions when we simply use the curtains inside the amount of water is a good half cup full.

The only time we do not use the external screens is if we are 'wild camping' when I always have the van ready for a quick departure, although the situation has never arisen.

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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by daisy mae on Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:40 pm

Exterior Silver screens every time, they come in their own waterproof bag so no wet in van,
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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by jollywalker on Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:32 am

On my Duetto I have used both internal and external (not at the same time!).
I agree with comments already made, the internal blinds leave suction cup marks, and I also suffered heavy condensation, especially on the windscreen. Since using the external blinds I get no condensation, I can lower the top half of the blind during the day for extra light and a view if wanted, and no need to use internal curtains round the door windows/windscreen.
I'd go with external every time now. I put mine in the bag and place them in the washroom when travelling, so no problems if they are packed away wet, and very easy to remove for a comfort stop  smile!
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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by rose49f on Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:09 am

jollywalker wrote:On my Duetto I have used both internal and external (not at the same time!).
I agree with comments already made, the internal blinds leave suction cup marks, and I also suffered heavy condensation, especially on the windscreen. Since using the external blinds I get no condensation, I can lower the top half of the blind during the day for extra light and a view if wanted, and no need to use internal curtains round the door windows/windscreen.
I'd go with external every time now. I put mine in the bag and place them in the washroom when travelling, so no problems if they are packed away wet, and very easy to remove for a comfort stop  smile!

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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by Paulmold on Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:37 am

Ditto

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Thermal Blinds

Post by treynolds on Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:38 am

Hi there, I have fold down ones similar to these , they work very well.

https://www.taylormade-covers.co.uk/acatalog/External-Windscreen-Covers.htm


They provide extra insulation for the cold and help keep the van cool in the summer - also no condensation on the inside in the morning.

The ones I have, have black out material to the inside which also helps keep the light out.

It's a year or two since I bought mine think (maybe the design has changed ?) as my blinds come in three parts, one each for the doors and a larger piece for the windscreen.

The webpage seems to imply they are now made as one piece with a fold down section.

I also shelled out on the extra net which I find useful.

A bit pricey, but worth it if you want to extend your trips into the colder months.

Cheers

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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by PLOUGHLIN on Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:13 am

Recently bought the Taylormade long external version. They are still 3 piece,with full height velcro each side of screen, so you can turn down or up.

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Re: Advice on thermal blinds.

Post by Tove.H on Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:37 pm

Hi all, many thanks for all your comments. Really appreciated, looks like external for me then.
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