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Cooling during hot weather
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:57:25 pm »
This summer, enduring day after day of 105 degree weather in Louisville was trial.  We found one trick that made a difference keeping out the heat.

The coach door is an impressive design, particularly the clever upper hinge, however the window is not tinted like the rest of the coach.  In spite of the window shade, heat simply boils in.  The trick is to seal off the door unit.  The dead air space in the door frame provides insulation. 

We first used a fleece blanket held in place with strong magnets.  A better choice was a space blanket which was much lighter, provided a better heat seal and stores in a sandwich bag.

I am getting the window tinted this week.

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Re: Cooling during hot weather
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 03:46:35 pm »
The coach door is an impressive design, particularly the clever upper hinge, however the window is not tinted like the rest of the coach.
Interesting.

Our 2007 PC-2350 coach has tempered glass thermal pane windows including the door window, all made by Hurd, all are darkened including the door window.  I am quite impressed with how well they keep out the heat from direct sunlight, as well as heat in-general.

The same goes for the cold.  Our old rig had dark plexi-glass single-pane windows.  Coldness would radiate right through them, creating a down-draft right on our heads where we slept.  They also sweated, soaking anything that touched them.

With our Hurd thermal PC windows, it's quite the Thermos bottle except up front from the cab area.  We don't have a slide out which I think helps further.  At night we'll draw that pleated privacy curtian which solves any draft from up front, which I am sure you all have discovered that too.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2012, 07:51:23 am by ron.dittmer »
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Re: Cooling during hot weather
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 09:33:31 pm »
Hmm.  I will add the tinted thermo-glass to my list of things omitted.

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TomHanlon

Re: Cooling during hot weather
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 06:22:49 am »
We got the standard window and the door window came tinted. Not a very heavy tint, but it is tinted.

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Re: Cooling during hot weather
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 07:26:48 am »
We have insulated glass and the door window is lightly tinted.

We had tint and a glareshield put on the front windshield. Tint on the side windows as well. $225 and well worth it!
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Re: Cooling during hot weather
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2012, 07:58:26 am »
gradygal, that is a good idea.  I'd like to have that done some day to our cab glass.

Here in IL, the cops love to pull over front door windows for being heavily tinted so I can't specify them as dark as the PC windows.  But there is surely a good compromise in there somewhere.
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