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userBigplumbs
Posted: 11 January 2022 4:57 PM
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New to us owner of a Auto Sleepers Nuevo 2004 here and like many others when we stay in it we get a lot of condensation on the front windscreen inside. We have the curtains and next stay we will open more roof ventilation and most likely leave a small oil filled radiator on in the step at the rear.

Are the silver screen external cover things much help to prevent this or are they just a Pain

Thanks in advance
userMickt
Posted: 11 January 2022 5:31 PM
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External blinds will cut down congestion on screen and side cab door windows. They are no problem fitting.
userlaimeduck
Posted: 11 January 2022 5:52 PM
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They make all the difference!
They minimise condensation when its cold, and they stop overheating when in full sunlight in hot weather.
They also offer a degree of privacy.
The only pain is removing and storing them in the rain - but it's a price worth paying for the advantages.

I would say they would be in my top three things I wouldn't want to be without in our motorhome.

We have a set of Silverscreens and have used them for nearly 10 years. (There are other makes)
http://www.silverscreens.co.uk/

Jeremy

userGandJP
Posted: 11 January 2022 8:38 PM
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Back in early December we spent a couple of nights visiting friends in Minehead. We arrived mid afternoon and low and behold I had forgotten to get my winter covers out of my attic but what to do? I carry a rubbish internal fitting type for use in the summer as they help keep out the heat of the sun and might help protect the windscreen if we had a big hail shower at least I hope they would. Anyway I had no alternative to put these in place between the screen and my fitted blinds. Did they work? Not a jot, the only way to stop condensation is to use the correct winter covers. We have used Taylor Made covers for our last 3 vans and think they are the best. I will never forget another time, lesson learnt and they are now in the van awaiting our next trip out in a week or so.
userClive_Adams
Posted: 12 January 2022 6:20 AM
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Another one for external screens, and adequate ventilation, only way to go.
userwitzend
Posted: 12 January 2022 11:28 AM
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Clive_Adams - 2022-01-12 6:20 AM

Another one for external screens, and adequate ventilation, only way to go.


Use ours all the time summer an winter actually their on the Van now and its not moved off our drive for 2 mths
userspospe
Posted: 12 January 2022 11:31 AM
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Another vote for external screens, but with one caveat. When it is really cold overnight, be sure to get you engine running and producing some heat before removing the screens, otherwise you will mist-up when the cold glass meets the warm moist air from the rest of the 'van.
userlancepar
Posted: 12 January 2022 11:42 AM
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In general there are Pros and Cons for both.

I'm happy with my internal ones.

userBrian Kirby
Posted: 12 January 2022 11:50 AM
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The external insulating blind insulates the windscreen etc from the colder night air and allows it to warm up, so lessening the amount of condensation that will form.

The internal insulating blind has the opposite effect, insulating the windscreen etc from the warmer air in the van, so ensuring that it reaches a lower temperature than it would even in the absence of any kind of blind and maximising the amount of condensation that will form.

But, if using the van in cold weather it would be a mistake to expect even an external blind to eliminate condensation. Occupation creates airborne moisture, so the air in an occupied van will be relatively humid.

If the temperature of the windscreen (usually the main culprit) drops below the dew point of the air, condensation will form on it. It is one of the immutable laws of physics!
userDerek Uzzell
Posted: 12 January 2022 2:21 PM
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This link provides a useful summary of the pros & cons of internal or external thermal blinds

https://www.hortoncommon.co.uk/motorhome-thermal-blinds/

This 2017 forum thread discussed the external variety and not all the comments were positive.

https://forums.outandaboutlive.co.uk/forums/Motorhomes/Motorhome-Matters/Newbie-and-thermal-screen-cover/47387/

userBigplumbs
Posted: 13 January 2022 4:32 PM
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Many thanks for all you help.... You convinced me to splash out £107 for our 2004 Boxer and bought this one


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/233195501355?epid=543279418&hash=item364b88f72b:g:03gAAOSwbI9dsE-W
userBigplumbs
Posted: 15 January 2022 4:11 PM
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Arrived about 2 days after I ordered it and very please with it. Here is a little video that you might find useful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33A2MEeu-kk&t=8s
userstevec176
Posted: 15 January 2022 9:23 PM
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Glad you're pleased with it and hopefully it will remove the condensation. I have 2 covers, a thick one for winter and a light weight cover for the summer and both stop internal condensation on the windscreen. Only problem is is when it's raining and you have to take it off and try to put them away.
userwitzend
Posted: 25 January 2022 10:49 AM
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Bigplumbs - 2022-01-11 4:57 PM
most likely leave a small oil filled radiator on in the step at the rear.

Probably just make more condensation

Bigplumbs - 2022-01-11 4:57 PM
Are the silver screen external cover things much help to prevent this or are they just a Pain

They are the answer to your problem Just make sure to buy either silver screens or tailor made
userTracker
Posted: 25 January 2022 11:59 AM
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We Motorhomed for over 50 years and apart from a couple of times when blinds came with a van we found the downsides of loss of view and the packing and storage of wet blinds far less attractive than the insulation and condensation potential benefits.
A good wipe of the windscreen with a decent quality leather or microfibre towel soon dries up the wet but given the nature of warm inside and cold outside, condensation will return unless you keep the covers on, so for us it is most definitely something we would never buy or use.
Internal window blinds we did find very handy, much easier to work than curtains and very good at keeping the sun out when needed. They do reduce condensation a bit but not a lot.
Just an alternative view!


Edited by Tracker 2022-01-25 12:01 PM
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Posted: 25 January 2022 12:33 PM
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Tracker - 2022-01-25 12:59 PM

... far less attractive than the insulation and condensation potential benefits.
A good wipe of the windscreen with a decent quality leather or microfibre towel soon dries up...


110% agree.
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