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Nano Shade and Tire Shade review by Milesandsmiles

Nano Shade and Tire Shade review by Milesandsmiles

Posted on: May 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Jeff over at www.milesandsmiles.us recently reviewed the Nano and Tire shades.  They were kind enough to let us post their video (the Nano and Tire Shade content starts at 10:57) and review.

You can find their full article on their ten favorite things for the RV here: https://milesandsmiles.us/our-ten-favorite-things-for-the-rv

Tire Shades and Nano Shades

We found out about these great products at an RV rally and ordered the Nano Shade on the spot. Magne Shade makes a variety of shades to cover your windshield, windows, and tires when parked. These are intended for the outside of your RV. The indoor Nano Shade mounted on the driver’s side window keeps the sun out of the driver’s eyes at certain times of day. Even though these are kind of see-through, we trimmed the lower part of the shade for safety so that it doesn’t hinder his view of the rearview mirrors. Easy to put on, easy to pull off, it does the job. We love the ease with which our tire shades go on and off (so much easier than the traditional covers), and we no longer delay putting them on to protect the sidewalls of our tires from the damaging UV rays of the sun when setting up camp. RV tires are expensive, and they tend to dry out before they wear out. Having a blowout in a 11-ton motorhome can be downright deadly. These covers help extend the life of our tires and attract the curiosity and compliments of other campers. Made by Hunckler Fabrication LLC, they can only be purchased direct from the manufacturer.

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Magne Shade review by Love to Wander RV for their 5th wheel

Posted on: April 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Dale and Ginny, the individuals who run the Love to Wander RV blog, were kind enough to let us share with you a post they made last year on their website, lovetowanderrv.com.

You can view their posting below or by going to their site: https://lovetowanderrv.com/magne-shade/

Too Much Sun and Heat

Our 2017 Open Range Roamer 347RES did not come or option out with “blackout shades”. We have the standard according draw-up shade on our windows. It did not take us long while camping in the summer heat to find out that our shades were inadequate. The rig would heat up in the midday sun, up went the silver bubble mat insulation, down came the shades there goes our view.

I was searching around the web for a solution. I came across blackout shades, pulled down shades to allow light but block sun UV rays all fairly expensive and most would call for complete removal of our current curtains and shades. I follow Techno RV, and read a post regarding their recent installation of a product called Magne Shade.

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Magne Shade

The patented Magne Shade™ system uses small but very powerful Rare Earth magnets that are mounted on the outside of the window with a hi temperature 3M peel and stick tape. Our shades are designed to fit your coach glass tight, we incorporate a simple and effective fabric adjustment system in our design so your shades won’t stretch out of shape and sag over time, as a snap-type system can. Magne Shade™ is simply the best custom RV shading system in the market place.

I’m Sold

Magne Shade features Class A windshield and side window installations on their site. It certainly looked to me that these would work just as well on Fifth Wheel Campers windows as well. I reached out to the company and they walked me through the measuring process and helped identify the corner radius of our windows for proper fit. We have cantilever windows throughout the rig. My rep, Greg gave me specific instructions regarding the measurements for proper fit and trim. I took my measurements, placed my order and four weeks later they arrived at my door.

The Installation

I will be sharing an installation video from their web site below. Although the owner of the company single-handedly installed the Windshield shade on a Class A, I would suggest you get a partner to help you out. The one hold back to the process is if you do not have your rig indoors you will need to wait for a 72 hour period of warm and dry weather to install the magnets.

Installing the magnets for two large and one small shade was done in short order. After the recommended 72-hour curing process for the adhesive, it was a snap to place the shades up. I did purchase the install bar to give me a bit more reach, and it worked like a charm from ground level.

The Results

Our first real test of the shades came in August of 2018. We were camping in Western NY with the rig facing south. The entire side with the large dining room window was facing west. The afternoon sun was beating down on Natasha. The shades worked perfect, cut the sundown, keeping the interior cooler and we could see out the windows fine. I would highly recommend this product.

Shades Rolled UpThe manufacturer recommends rolling the shades up when you store them. By the way, you will not be traveling with these positioned on the rig. The magnets are strong but rolling down the road at highway speeds will surely blow these off. I store mine away under the rig rolled up on pool noodles. It has worked fine and the shades keep their shape.

In the end, these have been a great solution for our needs. They are less expensive than new interior blackout customs or sun shades. Here is a link to the web site for more information: Magne Shade

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As Dale and Ginny mention in their posting, though we don’t offer them through our online store because there are so many different windows on so many different models we do offer our Magne Shade system for both 5th wheel and travel trailers.  If you call our office we can get you diagrams for exactly what dimensions we need to build your shades based on your window types.  When you call if you also have some rough dimensions for the windows you are looking to cover we would be happy to get you pricing.  We are typically in shop Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM (EST) and are happy to talk to you about any questions you may have.  And as always if you email us and don’t see a response in a timely manner please check or spam/junk folder as the attachments we include to help you with your order can confuse some email filters.

New Nano Shade video on YouTube

Posted on: February 26, 2019 at 2:57 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Roger has just finished a quick informational video about our new Nano Shades.  You can find it here:

Hear Roger on the AutoTalk radio show tonight @ 7 PM EST! – Now with Archived MP3 of the broadcast

Posted on: February 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Roger will be interviewed this evening by radio host Joe Rossman at 7pm eastern. Joe was so impressed with his Magne Shade he asked for an interview.  Tune in at 7:00

If you aren’t in their radio listening area you can hear it on the stations website: http://wintradio.com/

You may know Joe Rossman as “The Motor Doctor”. He’s been a popular Cleveland radio host for more than 20 years. He is the host of the AutoTalk radio show heard on WINT 1330 AM, 101.5 FM Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

 

You can listen to the show on the stations website or listen here!

New Customer Installation Video

Posted on: August 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm, in by Greg Kupka

We received the following note from some customers today who are getting ready to start full timing.  They made a video of their installation that we think everyone will find helpful.

—Greg

We wanted to let you know that we have installed the Magne Shade with the side shades and we are impressed. We love the privacy, plus the ease of putting them on and taking them off.  We also ran a test to see what the temperature is between the RV shade that came on the RV and the windshield would be.  The temperature got around 30 degrees warmer then the temperature outside.  We left everything the way it was , but put your shade over the window too and the temperature dropped.  We are very impressive and very happy with our purchase.

 

We thought we would also let you know that we are hoping to be full timing in our RV before the snow flies here in NH and we are documenting the process on our Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHHDeMDXntQ

Gillette WY Rallies and Summer in Mocksville

Posted on: August 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm, in by Greg Kupka

Clare and Roger are back in town for a well deserved, and all too rare, break from the road.  We had a great pair of shows in Gillette WY and we want to thank everyone that stopped in to see them at the shows.  The summer is officially in full swing here at the shop with everyone on staff putting in overtime to try and keep up with the increased demand the summer months are bringing.  We hope everyone is having a great and safe season, and we appreciate everyone who is spreading the good word out on the road, and everyone who is waiting on their shades as we work through a few record months in temperature and sales.

-Magne Shade

Motorhome Magazine Install Article

Posted on: August 1, 2018 at 7:09 pm, in by Greg Kupka

The following article appeared in the January issue of Motorhome Magazine.

http://www.motorhome.com/motorhomes/motorhome-gear/motorhome-install-sun-shade-solutions/

Motorhome Install: Sun Shade Solutions

An aluminum wand is used to place the Magne Shade on the windshield — without a ladder.
An aluminum wand is used to place the Magne Shade on the windshield — without a ladder.
Photos by Owen Mitchell

Magne Shade creates an easy way to reduce solar heat

Ever since shade cloth appeared in the 1990s, it has found an ever-increasing market, including motorhomes. During warm or hot weather, the sun streaming through a motorhome windshield can dramatically raise interior temperature even when interior curtains are closed. The result can be discomfort and/or more power devoted to operate the air conditioners.

Shade cloth (mesh) is an effective remedy, blocking much of the heat while admitting some light and allowing limited see-through. However, conventional methods of attaching and removing the mesh during trips have been a challenge. Installation and removal usually require the use of a ladder to reach swivel fasteners or snaps used to hold the cover in place, and the ladder often has to be strapped to the rear of the motorhome for travel — somewhat unsightly, not to mention the safety risk of fiddling with swivels/snaps while perched high on a ladder.

[1-3] The shade is held in place while magnets are positioned on inside surface of windshield.
[1-3] The shade is held in place while magnets are positioned on inside surface of windshield.

Roger and Clare Hunckler of Magne Shade came up with a better way: temporarily securing the shades to the windshield with strong rare-earth magnets strategically located in pairs around the circumference of the shade. The outside magnets are sewn into pockets
in the shade, and the opposing inside magnets are attached to the inside surface of the windshield with double-sided adhesive discs.A telescoping 6-foot wand (40 inches collapsed) is used to lift the cover to the windshield so the matching outside/inside magnets can attract each other. No more swivels or snaps, and no more ladder. And the shade can be removed easily.

While the most popular shade colors are brown and black, the Huncklers decided to add more style by offering the option of hundreds of choices of digital photo­graphic images for the shades — anything from scenic mountains, lakes, streams and sunsets to the customer’s favorite libation.

For our installation on an Itasca motorhome, we chose a scenic mountain lake image, and supplied several windshield measurements to ensure precise fit.

Magne Shade provides detailed instructions as well as videos on the company website, which describe the ordering and installation process. Our installation went as described with the rather surprising exception of accidentally allowing a couple of the inside magnets to get too close together, which the instructions caution against. They jumped together with surprising magnetic force.

After a bit of wrestling, we got them separated and carefully laid them out — several inches from each other — on the underside of a steel cookie sheet, per instructions. The instructions specifically caution that the magnets can jump, can be dangerous to customers who are fitted with cardiac pacemakers, and should be kept away from sensitive electronics.

The installation process begins with a “dry fit” by two people to position the inside magnets opposite the outside magnets without removing the film from the adhesive on the inside magnets — thus, no stick-down at this point. This allows adjustment of their position for later permanent placement.

Using a ladder, one installer holds the shade in place at the center of the windshield at the top, which places two outside magnets in position, while the other person places two center magnets on the inside of the windshield. Immediately the two magnets attract each other through the glass and hold the center portion of the shade securely in place, allowing the same procedure with the remaining eight magnets.

This serves as a temporary test fit prior to removing the adhesive backing and sticking all 10 in place on the windshield. During the test fit we marked the position of each inside magnet with a non-permanent marker pen to ensure correct placement.  (Magne Shade Note: This marker pen isn’t something we normally recommend since the magnet in the shade will bring its corresponding interior magnet back to where you want it, the key is just making sure the person on the outside is holding the magnet in position.)

After the magnets were in place and the shade was wrinkle-free, we peeled the backing off the adhesive on each magnet and stuck them securely to the inside of the windshield, one at a time for the final fit.

Magne Shade EZ Fold tire covers leave wheel visible; when not in use they can be folded for compact storage.
Magne Shade EZ Fold tire covers leave wheel visible; when not in use they can be folded for compact storage.

After allowing the adhesive to set for several hours, we could remove the shade by gently pulling it away from the inside magnets. For reinstallation, the wand is fitted into slots at the top of the shade, allowing it to be lifted into place and into the magnetic field of the inside magnets.

The windshield wiper covers also are made of the digitally printed shade cloth and they completed an attractive and attention-getting package. Heat-wise, the payoff was immediate when compared with closing interior curtains: more light and appreciably less heat. Magne Shade states that the shade cloth will block 90 percent of the sun. Using an infrared thermometer, we measured 88 degrees Fahrenheit on the beige vinyl dash behind the shade and 105 degrees with the sun directly on the dash.

Magne Shade also markets EZ Fold tire shades that we found convenient to install or remove. They are made of black polyester, designed for total sun block to prolong the life of tires. The shades are made with spring steel wire around their circumference and are easy to collapse and store by twisting them in opposite directions so they fold into layers. In our case, the shades were made for 22.5-inch tires and they folded for storage to a circumference of 14 inches with thickness of about 2 inches. A convenient storage bag is provided.

… The company also markets NanoShades for side windows, in varying sizes. All products are made in the USA.

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