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Old 11-19-2015, 10:02 AM   #21
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Hey, Nat, what is a chloroplast backside? My google search just gives me cell biology stuff. I'd really like to do something similar, since I will be making panels for the windows to block what I can. I just didn't think the windshield would be a possibility, mostly due to the size of the panels needed and where to store them when not used.
Sorry, I used a product brand name that doesn't exist anymore.

The product is basically corrugated plastic cardboard.

Corrugated Plastic Sheets - Glass & Plastic Sheets - ¬*The Home Depot

It can be had in thicknesses from 3/16 all the way up to half inch.
The thin stuff will work fine, but the thicker the better.

I will have one sheet against the glass, and one sheet spaced 2 or 3 inches from the other. After filling with pour foam, this will give a nice 2 or 3 inch insulated panel that is made to fit the window.

Other things can be added to increase stiffness of the panels. Like adding 1/2 inch wooden dowels into the foam space before pouring it, ect.

Feel free to ask anymore questions if I missed anything.

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Old 11-19-2015, 10:33 AM   #22
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Saw a fellow north of town who built a solar water heater for his swimming pool using 1/2" black Coroplast. Several interlinked panels on a low sloped shed roof and the water came out about 120* during most Texas summer days.

Very nifty stuff with lots of uses other than "bandit signs".
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:22 PM   #23
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Hey, Nat, what is a chloroplast backside? My google search just gives me cell biology stuff. I'd really like to do something similar, since I will be making panels for the windows to block what I can. I just didn't think the windshield would be a possibility, mostly due to the size of the panels needed and where to store them when not used.

Try spelling it "coroplast" like Tango did when using google, I use it all the time....comes in about 12 different colours.
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:12 PM   #24
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:02 AM   #25
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Soooo...how about those walls/dividers behind the pilot's seat?
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:03 AM   #26
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I am going to say yeah probably. It will cut down on the drafts from the bus door and give you a little more privacy.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:15 AM   #27
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I am still planning a barrier in La Tortuga

right now we put up a black curtain on a rope tied to metal turtles, that and the blacked out cover for windshield it's fairly private, the noise echoing inside is a pain, still thinking of gluing egg crate foam to roof over drivers head
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:19 AM   #28
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I've no plans for a wall between the cab and living area. Especially since SWMBO gets motion
Let me clarify this...I'm not planning a full wall, but a partial partition, similar to what's there to stop the students from flying through the windshield/driver's seat. Probably fill the voids with foam so they're not rattling.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:20 AM   #29
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That's pretty much my thinking on it, Bansil.

Plus the big windshields are hard to insulate, so its easier to have a wall full of insulation just aft!
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:07 AM   #30
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I'm planning on separating the (not sure of terms/making them up) cabin from the house with a heavy curtain for winter time use. That way we can have a sort of mud-room to minimize door/cold glass draft.
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:02 AM   #31
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Was searching on "aerogel" and came across this thread. Any reason people aren't just putting inserts in over the windshield itself? Plain foam board or something. Like the solar shields in cars. Just something that sits on whatever dash there is. Keep the pieces in the right size and stash them somewhere when driving.
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I have some extra pergo "gold" underlayment I was going to try and use for that.
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- lack of view out the front of the bus
Totally agree. I get a thrill from the massive views from my windshields.
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Totally agree. I get a thrill from the massive views from my windshields.
I plan on relocating the door and planting a passenger seat up front. Both on swivels. Put in a "typical" pole RV table kinda between and behind them. Use the area as a dining table/sitting area. Might as well make the space as functional as possible.

Foam board would be ghetto as hell but VERY easy. I suppose the RV world also has the accordion windshield covers. They must have something insulated too.
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Foam board would be ghetto as hell but VERY easy. I suppose the RV world also has the accordion windshield covers. They must have something insulated too.
You can always do blinds mounted on the overhead with foam board behind them.
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Was searching on "aerogel" and came across this thread. Any reason people aren't just putting inserts in over the windshield itself? Plain foam board or something. Like the solar shields in cars. Just something that sits on whatever dash there is. Keep the pieces in the right size and stash them somewhere when driving.
On the outside in the summer, inside when cold. I also have the heater outlet in the stepwell and that counters the windshield temp. transfer.

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On the outside in the summer, inside when cold. I also have the heater outlet in the stepwell and that counters the windshield temp. transfer.
Is that the car stuff? Except for the vertical lines it looks like sheet metal.
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Is that the car stuff? Except for the vertical lines it looks like sheet metal.
Large WS shade. Suction cups and bungees.
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