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Message posted by Fiznlil18/7/2021 at 5:36pm
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Afternoon all.
We are going to a campsite tomorrow for a couple of days and then to a festival, the forecast is scorchio!
The MOHO won't move once at the festival so should we use the concertina type blinds or the silver windscreen cover to keep out the heat. Or both?
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Message posted by saxo118/7/2021 at 5:45pm
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We were in France 2 years ago it was 36 deg we found that the silver screens and silver covers on all the windows including the roof lights was the bes option.
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Message posted by chrisandsandra18/7/2021 at 8:40pm
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I agree.

Silver screens have far more insulation and are reflective which will keep heat out.

If you have external silver screens you can open the front widows while they are on and still have privacy, though not so much security so best only do this when you’re in the vicinity of the van.

We also open the roof lights but close the fly screens. This particularly helps if your fly screen is black as even that cuts out the light considerably.

We’ve done over 40 degree heat using this method.

Basically, as Saxo says the more direct light you can keep out whilst providing ventilation the cooler you will be.

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Many thanks both

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We were warned by our dealer not to use the silver blinds with the windows closed as the heat build up between the blind and the closed window can damage the window.

Presumably alright with the window open though to let the heat out.

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Message posted by chrisandsandra19/7/2021 at 1:13pm
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Are you referring to external silver screens that cover the windscreen or the silver lined blinds that cover the plastic side windows.

If it's the former I can't see how this would be the case as the screens are thermally lines and keep the windows a more or less constant temperature. These are what we leave on to keep the temperature down.

If the latter then I agree. We never pull the screens down on hot sunshine without having the window open as the thermal coating is on the outside and reflects heat back on the plastic windows which can cause damage. I've lost count, however, of the number of caravans, motorhomes and campervans that drive round with all their screens closed and wonder why they do this.

Message posted by Monty1519/7/2021 at 1:18pm
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On my caravan, I crack the windows open to it's secured ventilation position as a minimum and then use the silver reflective blinds. Do the same with the roof vents.

Without blinds it's an oven, with blinds drawn it's far more comfortable. The silver blinds are far more effective than the conventional curtains that are also fitted.

If I really need to see in better light, I'll turn a light or two on rather than open a blind.

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Quote: Originally posted by chrisandsandra on 19/7/2021
Are you referring to external silver screens that cover the windscreen or the silver lined blinds that cover the plastic side windows.

If it's the former I can't see how this would be the case as the screens are thermally lines and keep the windows a more or less constant temperature. These are what we leave on to keep the temperature down.

If the latter then I agree. We never pull the screens down on hot sunshine without having the window open as the thermal coating is on the outside and reflects heat back on the plastic windows which can cause damage. I've lost count, however, of the number of caravans, motorhomes and campervans that drive round with all their screens closed and wonder why they do this.



The blinds that we have are the internal concertina type blinds that we have fitted to all the front and side windows.


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