The solution is removable window covers that roll up and fit neatly into the overhead compartment when not - well - covering windows. But life in a window can be harsh and after 4 years of Texas sun the original covers started coming apart. Every time I rolled or unrolled the covers a shower of little bits of white plastic was left behind for me to clean up.
Time for new covers.
I stopped by one of the big box stores and picked up a 25' roll of 48" wide Reflectix. That's a foil bubble radiant barrier insulation often used in buildings and - well - window covers. Back at the barn, way up on a high shelf, I had stored yards and yards of a nice heavy, dark grey fabric we picked up off the bargain table somewhere for a dollar a yard. This is the same fabric I used to make the privacy curtain between the driving compartment and the living quarters for when I'm stealth camping, like at a handy Walmart or in a truckstop parking lot. And digging through my wife's sewing stuff (I'm counting on y'all not to tell on me!) I found a spool of UV resistant thread.
With supplies in hand I went to work and in two days (Well give me a break!! I had other things to take care of too! Like tending the garden and - and - well - reading a magazine and checking my email and watching the birds and - Hey! after all I'm supposed to be retired here!!!) the new covers were completed and installed.
|Years in the sun have taken their toll on the original covers|
|And every time I handled them these little bits of white plastic got left behind|
|Using the original covers as templates, I marked and cut the Reflectix, making sure to keep track of the fabric or inner side of each one.|
|Before I mangled it I used the original cover to carefully mark the position and ends of the various battens onto the new cover.|
|Then I spayed the back of each batten with adhesive and stuck it in place|
|Before draping and gluing the fabric down.|
|Then is was simply a matter of folding the fabric over the edge of the bubbles and sewing.|
|So now the van has nice new window covers that don't shed little bits of plastic that I have to try and clean up!|