3 Benefits Of RV Window Shades
It’s great to travel in an RV during the warm days of spring and summer, but sometimes the sun is a bit too much to handle. After spending a day outdoors, sometimes we just need to relax in a cool, dark room and enjoy some relaxation time. Luckily, RV window shades provide a simple way to keep the sun out of your sanctuary.
There are lots of accessories that RV owners must weigh the pros and cons of, but I think that sun shades are an absolute necessity! Natural light is great, but it’s always nice to have the option to block out that extra light and heat. Below we’ll explore the top 3 benefits of RV window shades, as well as some great products to consider.
1. Keeps the RV cooler
The main reason that we use RV window shades is obvious: it helps keep the vehicle cooler! Many people use shades over the windows/windshield in their car when it’s hot out.
Sun shades block the light and heat that comes in through the glass. Blocking the direct path of the light creates a more shaded area, so any window shade will help keep the vehicle cooler. However, if the shades are specifically designed to be reflective, they will do an even better job of deflecting the heat.
Many RV window shades can block 90% or more of the sun’s light, which makes it a lot harder to heat up your vehicle.
It doesn’t just help when it’s hot outside though! Windows are notorious for letting heat and cold into a temperature-regulated area. If you have some cover for them, they will help keep the internal temperature more regular. So whether you camp in the summer and winter, your RV will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature.
2. Reduces brightness and prevents furniture fading
As we mentioned above, window shades are designed to block sunlight and the heat it produces. Many window shades will provide a complete form of coverage for your windows, which keeps your RV interior cool and dark.
This is perfect for you movie lovers out there! A dark RV is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a movie on a hot day, and I’m sure many of us appreciate the escape from time to time. It’s easy to make a theater-like experience with a good set of window covers.
In addition, blocking the incoming light and heat will help to keep your camper’s interior in good shape. Sunlight can fade or damage the walls, floor, and furniture over time, especially if they are not UV-protected. You’ll want to keep your RV in good condition for your own use and for the eventual resale value.
A good set of RV window shades will help protect your investment and keep everything looking as nice as the day you bought it.
3. Improves privacy
Another nice thing about RV window shades is that they provide a better sense of privacy and personal space. Some RV parks can feel a bit crowded and you often find yourself facing directly toward someone else’s windows.
To give both of you better privacy, it can be nice to add window covers. Tinted windows are already standard in a lot of models, but they only provide so much coverage.
If someone is trying to look through your windows at your belongings, it also helps to add an extra layer of protection. No one will be able to see in if you have an opaque sun shade in the way!
3 Best RV Window Shades
Some RVs come with built-in curtains, blinds, or window shades. But if these weren’t included, or your current models aren’t getting the job done, consider the products below.
1. VELIMAX Static Cling Total Blackout Window Film
The VELIMAX is an adhesive window cover that attached directly to the glass. It can be cut to fit the exact size and shape of your windows, so it really works for any RV you want.
It blocks up to 99% of sunlight and creates an almost pitch black environment when the other lights are off. It’s designed to absorb and reflect light and heat. The RV will stay nice and cool while these thin covers take care of all the heavy lifting.
These are also easy to install and remove. You can also reuse it once it’s been removed, so it’s not a one-use product. I definitely recommend this window cover if you want to keep the option of switching between natural light and darkness.
2. Camco SunShield Reflective Door Window Cover
The Camco SunShield is a bit closer to what most people usually think of when they hear about an RV window sun shade. This is a flexible cover that has a metallic reflective appearance.
The main purpose of this Camco window cover is to reflect light and prevent the rays. from entering the interior. These covers come in multiple different sizes including:
- 25″ x 16″
- 26″ x 50″
- 26″ x 62″
- 30″ x 50″
- 30″ x 62″
When you buy one of more of these SunShields, you should be able to easily cover your windshield and other large windows in the RV. This format might be especially helpful for motorhomes, since they have large windshields that are connected to the main living space.
This SunShield is also easy to roll up, store, and reuse whenever you need it. It will last a long time and won’t break down when it’s exposed to high temperatures.
3. Lippert Components 786037 Thin Shade Ready RV Window Shade
The Lippert Components Thin Shade is an interesting product because it is a set of pull-down shades. These can be installed over existing windows and doors in your RV, and the blinds can be pulled down to your level of comfort.
This is handy if you enjoy natural light, but want an easy way to limit it. With this Lippert model, all you need to do is pull the window shade up or down, without any need to unroll, attach, or stick anything onto your windows.
The only downside of this product is that it’s not universal and it only works in RVs that have compatible windows. But if you have an RV that it could work with, this is a great option to consider!
You can alternatively make your own DIY window coverings. Learn how to make them in our previous article here.
For more tips on staying cool in your RV this summer, check out this video from RVersity:
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