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Discussion in 'T4 California Technical' started by Padraic, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Padraic
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    Cheers everyone for the tips and advice so far. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Silverscreens external cover is worth getting and some good points have been raised.
    1. With the external cover, the windscreen does not get a build up of condensation. However as pointed out, the same amount of vapour is present and has probably condensed somewhere else. So I tend to use large bags of silica gel to help absorbe moisture. Also as mentioned, better ventilation would help.
    2. Earplugs, we use them a lot when there is a chance that there is noise that will prevent us getting to sleep or waking us up.
    They do work, we slept through the police trying to wake us to move us from our parking spot!!! However my wife finds that they do sometimes irritate her ears, so we are going to get the proper moulded ones.
    Regarding fitting the form ones, method is, squeeze/roll the until they are thin, moisten with saliva, open the ear canal by lifting the top of the ear with your opposite hand, re-squeeze/roll earplug again, under the earplug to the ear. It should then expand inside the ear canal and keep out any noise.
    The corded ones I prefer as they can be removed easily with the cord.
    I work in a noisy environment and this seems to be the best method to ensure they work.
     
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    Currently holed up in my van surrounded by snow and ice. Just thought I’d add to the thumbs up for Silverscreens.
    I have wind deflectors so am able to crack the front windows all day/night.
    Today I took advantage of some sun and folded my silver screen down...it was an option to have the half opening variety...take it! I use my screen in hot weather too so I keep the screen closed when I’m out and open the half in the evenings for more light.

    Silver screens are worth every penny: smart, fit like a glove and work beautifully.

    We’re snug as a bug in a rug tonight. I have the roof up with no cover, but will take it down overnight. I might open the side windows a little cos we had some side condensation this morning. All’s well so far....just hoping the road’s clear enough to drive over tomorrow, otherwise it’ll be a long drive round the mountain as opposed to crossing it!
     
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    I have just taken delivery of a Brandrup Isotherm extreme insulation for the canvas. Going to fit it on Monday and hopefully try it out with the upcoming cold weather.
    I tend to find a nice bit of condensation, close to where we sleep, obviously from exhaling.
    Do people recommend leaving some of the windows open a tad? It would help with reducing the condensation, but would reduce the temperature in very cold temps.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the tips and advice on this. I went with the Silverscreens cover. I did a trial fitting and it fits very well. I like the idea of being able to open it in the front during the day time. I haven't been away camping yet to try it properly, but I'm sure it will be very good.
    Together with the Brandrup Isotherm Extreme insulation for the canvas, I'm sure we will be kept very warm.
    Regarding the comment about condensation, I suppose its a fact of life and ventilation will help reduce it. The silverscreen will keep it off the windscreen and prevent the water marks that are left after the condensation dries up.
    For the winter I source large bags of silica gel and place them in the camper, they help to dry up any moisture and dampness during the winter. During the night I place a few on the dash, they help prevent the windscreen fogging up.
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    +1 Silver Screen - no more condensation, easy to fit, very effective sunshield and more internal space. Just remember to not leave it packed wet otherwise mold will grow. The Silver Screen is expensive, but the insulation material makes all the difference.
     
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    Martyn,

    Is opening the front doors an absolute no-no with the Silverscreens?


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    Yes. You can open the door say 3" any further and it is in danger of ripping the screen
     
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    Open 3" then slide cover off door
     
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    Very good recommendation thank you. Do they not soak up a lot of rain /due as they are external. Would they not be "dripping" following a rainy night?
     
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    Remember you WILL get condensation, even if the Windscreen cover stops it appearing on the windscreen, it will be present within the vehicle, on Side windows, on the Tailgate window or on the uninsulated body panels in the wardrobe/kitchen or behind the door and body trims or in the Roof Space.
    The ONLY way to reduce this effect is adequate ventilation. 2 people sleeping produce a lot of water vapour and if it is not ventilated it WILL condense on the coldest areas. If not the windscreen then elsewhere.

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    They don’t tend to soak rain in like perhaps a sponge would. The side in contact with the screen is generally dry. A bit like a good waterproof jacket, most of the water will shake off. They also come with a waterproof bag to store them in til you get chance to air it out.


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    Ok, sounds good thank you for the advice!
     

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