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.
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.