Internal screens ...which ones ?

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  1. beachcaster

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    There is a current question on external screens.but what about internal.

    I already have a good external.......but would also like to have an internal for my 2009 Autotrail .....which is a Fiat.

    Any thoughts ?

    barry
     
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    Yes..
    Dont bother, waste of time and cash..
    Usually the suckers will fall off or they start to bend down.
    Dont stop condensation like the external ones...

    Someone will come on now and tell us how great they are.. :Doh:
     
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    I never found the internal screens much use.....they are not totally private,sometimes the suction pads fail and they fall off:Doh:, the windows still get steamed up badly .....if they are with an added thick curtain inside maybe ok...the external screens far better but you have go and fit them, and take them down...also when WET (most of the time either with dew or rain) then you have to wipe them or stand in the shower room to dry... but still the best option not perfect:Doh:
     
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    Tonka you beat me to it...I was replying while you was..I TOTALLY AGREE:thumb:
     
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    I have internal screens. Agree re the condensation etc. No problem with suckers though. Have considered the pro's and con's and still want to stay with the internal ones for safety reasons. If I ever have to move on quickly I can just rip them down without getting out of the van and off I go.
    Kaybee
     
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    I agree with Tonka ..... we bought a set for a previous van, tried them once and sold them.:thumbdown:
     
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    I find the fitted blinds quite adequate. There can be condensation on the windscreen in cold weather but not a big problem. My old Dethleffs had a lever that woul divert some warm air from the Truma heater to the demist vents. This worked to keep the windscreen clear of condensation. Pity it's not on the present van.
    If I need to get off in a hurry and windscreen is covered in condensation, I have a squeegee which can clear it in seconds. I would not use external screens unless I was staying for a while in midwinter in an absolutely safe location (if there is such a place).
     
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    We have both, the internal ones came with the van and as was previously posted the suckers tend to fall off, they don't prevent condensation and are of little use, besides I can well imagine if you are in a really cold climate and you have external screens then adding internal ones may help a little..

    The external ones are far better, yes the issue of taking them off in a hurry is one issue, but they do work and they do protect the van...
     
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    We got some brand new ones with our MH but have never used them as the dealer even said they are not much use. We immediately ordered Silver screens and had folding blinds fitted internally for sumemr use which are great but expensive.
     
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    So there you have it!

    Which type of Internal Screens??

    EXTERNAL ones!:Rofl1:
     
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    I already have exterior ones....and they are very good.
    But in Jim's useful book on security ( especially in europe ) is suggests that if you park up somewhere and need to get away fast for any reason...........dont use external blinds. Seems sensible to me.

    So back to my original question which ones are best?

    barry:Smile:
     
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    Microfibre cloth and curtains are the fastest for an escape!

    If it is just for the occasional overnight on an aire, or roadside - that would be the better option. Even internally, you would still have to get the screen down and discard it somewhere. Curtains are easy to throw back, wipe the screen with a microfibre as they are absorbant and streak free and floor it!
     
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    You said someone would come on to defend internal screens - well here I am. We use internal screens and find them great. Fair enough they don't stop all condensation but are far better that the external screen which came with the van. They are easier to use and provided you buy a good quality screen you should'nt have problems with the suckers coming off. I used to hate putting the external ones on, especially if it was windy or raining and hated it even more taking it off when it was wet.
    We got ours from Comfort Van.

    www.vancomfort.co.uk/contact.html
     
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    Since I can't get an off-the-shelf external cover, for the time being I'm using internal screens and they're OK. They give me a bit more privacy, even more with the internal curtain, and do seem to have a positive effect on keeping the van warmer in winter (and make a big difference in keeping it cool in the summer).

    Condensation...yes.
     
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    No 1 reason for internal blinds is to reflect sunlight keeping the inside cooler.

    that why they have very little bulk and reflective 'foil' on the outside face.

    external screens are for insulation and anti condensation.
     
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    And they do the job well-however,if you remove them before breakfast this time of year you will probably have condensation by the time you are ready to leave if you do not open some vents and windows whilst cooking breakfast-thus letting out all the warmth :BigGrin::BigGrin:
    I know cos we've been doing just that on our recent trip.

    Mike.
     
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    This argument about 'safety reasons' always makes me smile :BigGrin: The amount of condensation with internal screens means at least 15mins with a good chamois leather before you can drive safely !
    Secondly,with external screens your screen is clear the moment you take them off-true you have to get out of van,but,if you've levelled up you'd need to do that any way or leave your levels behind. Perhaps being more carefull about where you park is the better way to go.
    Just my opinion :BigGrin:

    Mike.
     
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    The Remis ones came fitted to our van, had em for 6 years without any problems.:thumb: Also use the outer jobbies if it's really cold or really hot to stop the sun heating up the van.
    The sun is that big yellow ball in the sky that sometimes comes out if your wondering.

    But for sure if your forced into staying some where less selubrious don't use the external jobbies as the guvnor Jim points out.
     
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    Magnets !! thats the answer !!!

    Sew in big lumps of metal to the external screen zips

    In an emergency Hold the magnet up to the windscreen and move down, pulling said lump of iron and the zip down !!

    Sorted :thumb:

    Seriously though..
    We have both internal and external.. No longer bother with the internal ones as apart from getting everything nice and wet they did not do much at all :Eeek:
     
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