Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

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Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby wwaveydave » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:16 pm

Hey everyone, I'm looking at "blacking out" my Bongo. I've seen the "internal stick to the windows thermal screen types jobbies". I've seen "external screen and door windows covers (some even with eyes on!)" and also an option to put a curtain in to separate the cab from the bus.

All seem to have their pro's and cons and I'm not sure which way to go. any opinions on what's best and why?

Also, when it comes to the rear window, I'm assuming it's curtains for everyone, so to speak?
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby Bob » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:00 pm

It will depend if you are looking for just black out, or some thermal insulation as well.

I'm guessing the back window could be covered by blinds or a stick on thermal cover to suit.
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby Ian » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:35 pm

For me it's silver screens (internal) every time. On all windows, front, side and tailgate. The only real problem is condensation, but if you leave the driver and passenger door windows open a crack it's not a problem. They act as insulators, privacy screens and heat shields.

External screens are Ok for the front but not available for the rest of the vehicle. Plus, they get wet and need packing away.

Curtains. Good for privacy but little else.
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby wwaveydave » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:00 pm

I'd like to put a blind on the rear window anyway. Could do both easily enough.
Do the silver screens help with heat, or just cold?
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby Bob » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:10 pm

I would think the silver kind would reflect sunlight well and keep heat down inside.

Once snuggled down for the night they would help keep heat in. :)
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby Katka » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:44 am

I bought some blackout material and made a crossover between blinds and curtains. Stitched around the hem some small magnets to stick to the metal of the front & rear doors and some turnbutton fasteners elsewhere. No insulation but at this time of year it's not (much) needed. All the blackouts, including the windscreen, roll down into a very small volume.
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby wwaveydave » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:21 am

Can you add Blackout material over the top of the current blind material? Or does that make them too thick?
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby mikeonb4c » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:04 am

wwaveydave wrote:Can you add Blackout material over the top of the current blind material? Or does that make them too thick?


Too thick. But people have taken the rollers out and replaced standard material with blackout material thats not thick. But considering you might still need/want an insulating layer then the quilted stick on blinds give that + blackout, so it could be seen as a lot of work for limited benefit to replace roller material. And its nice at times on hot/sunny days to have shading without blackout from the standard blind material.
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby tootsmcfruits » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:20 pm

I made my own interior silver ones to save some money - got some of that silver insulating material from B&Q, doubled it up and stuck the edges together with gaffer tape, then got some suckers from Amazon and tied them on and they seem to do the trick! Blocks the light and helps insulate. And all for about £15! Fair do's they don't look the most professional but I can always save up and buy the proper ones if needs be but it seems to work for the moment! In saying that I've not been out in Buddy the Bongo a lot so I suppose once I've been away for a fortnight in the van I'll soon know if they're going to last! [-o<
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Re: Blinds: internal or external? Or maybe even curtains?

Postby Markas » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:21 am

I got some of the insulated type that are supposed to stick to the glass with suction cups. They don't; the suction cups are c**p. At the front its not too much of a problem as the side ones can be jammed in the door frames and the screen one held in place with the sunvisors, but the back one just falls off. As I'm a heavy sleeper it's not too much of a problem if I can park facing a hedge on site for a bit of privacy. I was looking to modify the rear blind to attach to the window frame with velcro but I like the magnet idea. If I was going to invest in window coverings again I would track down the original Mazda curtains - they are out there!
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