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Insulated Window Covers

I've made some insulated window covers / screens for my wagon but have made patterns for rear doors and the slider on Transit cargo vans as well. If anyone is interested, I will make them available for purchase. Right now I only have patterns for the medium roof wagons and medium/high roof cargo slider and rear doors.

Currently, offering black diamond pattern nylon/poly ripstop fabric covering Low-E reflective insulation. All seams are taped and the covers are held up using suction cups through steel grommets. They're about 3/8" thick. Pockets and a storage bag are also an option.

Pricing: Medoum/High Roofs
-Rear cargo windows $200
-Slider window $150
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Hi,

That is a great location for sleeping platform. I am trying to install high mounted shelf similar to yours. I have medium roof 130" WB 10 passenger with rear bench set removed.

I plan to use the rear OEM 10 mm shoulder harness threaded inserts to secure Uni strut vertical channel to support rear cross bar.

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The high roof cargo is my friend's van. Really like the high roof. Our medium roof wagon got some updated side window covers and rear door covers today with pockets. I plan on using the pockets on the doors for surf wax, bike tools, and a couple headlamps.



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I made another set of rear door covers today out of the diamond ripstop and must admit that they're much easier to sew. The only problem is that this fabric is three times the cost of the pvc polyester. I think I will use this stuff going forward, but prices will increase. Check out the new version and the storage bag that was a request from a forum member.




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Just received my covers for my wagon.

When we started talking about insulating windows this was going to be a tedious measure / sew / reflectix effort for me. I was happy to have someone just do the DIY for me. Something to provide some privacy in the back when needed and an extra level of insulation from the beating sun at times too.

What arrived in the mail is not a DIY reflectix cover. This is the real deal. I would not even expect this level of fit / finish and quality from most manufacturing companies. These window covers are sexy / durable / and highly functional.

I've had them in the van overnight in the freezing temperatures to test the suction cup stick and proceeded to drive up a bouncy I-95 this morning with them installed and everything is fantastic. The tolerance of the size is close enough that you don't even need the suction cups. It is almost a perfect interference fit.

Ohh - and the carrying bag is awesome!

These things are great - thanks for making them. If anyone in the Philly area wants to take a look at them before buying, I'm happy to show you mine.
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They look great! Nice work. I just can't sew much anymore, but used to be quite professional in my time... good work.

I'm in the process of working out my prodex window inserts... while just bare they made a huge difference while at the RTR in AZ a few weeks ago... I want to make them so they slide down at the wall (in a channel) and back up when I need them, as I have all-around windows and stowing elsewhere would take too much space.

I have the extended length 148"wb high roof (all around windows) Transit and will make paper patterns for you if you like, in the future, we can talk later. One of the biggies is finding a front windshield and cabin door window covers... something that blocks some cold but flips or closes "small-ly".

I notice that the rear door speaker covers are bare... and in my experience in cold weather is that very much cold air came through the bottom of the rear doors (which I had not prodexed.)


If you can make any for any vehicle, I'll tell others at the cheaprvliving.com site. MANY of those there are having to live in their cars and trucks and are really struggling though.


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The problem that I am having is nailing down exact patterns. I have a MR 148" wagon and have patterns that fit the windows with trim pieces and some for a thinner cover that slides behind the plastic trim (which is similar to a cargo). I'm looking into having a window tint company send me Illustrator file types that I can then print off patterns on a plotter from vinyl. Problem is, they want around $600 for each roof height, each length etc. Would cost thousands to get each window pattern. So right now, I'm jsut sticking with what I've got: 148" MR/HR wagons and the rear doors/slider for MR/HR cargo vans.

To be honest, I'm a perfectionist and often in hot temperatures fabrics will contract in the corners, especially when sewn. So, there might be slivers of light showing through and it bugs me. I want these things to be perfect, but I'm not sure it reallt can be done unless the patterns are oversized and that means making more and more hand-made patterns. I've spent at least 40 hours making and remaking patterns. In fact, I have a bunch of window covers that are "samples" that are just slightly off that I should sell...

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Ok, got a good pattern dialed again on the MR/HR cargo van barn doors. These are with the new fabric and added pockets. I'll try to get a photo tomorrow with these installed, as the customer is local.



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Insulated Window Covers

New window covers will have the option of charcoal diamond ripstop or black. We like charcoal inside and black fabric facing out.

Today, we made another set of rear door covers for a medium roof cargo van, with pockets. And the slider door window with a storage bag.





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