MCD Shades for the Ram ProMaster Back Windows!

It seems that everyone building an RV on the Ram ProMaster has come up with a different idea on how to close off the rear (automotive) windows for privacy.  Fabric panels, side-pull curtains, roman shades, what have you.  We typically have bikes in the back of Lance, so anything that requires a lot of fuss to open/close/snap/slide is a hassle.  Here’s what we’re trying now:



I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can’t. A reader emailed me and suggested this window shade option.   It uses the popular MCD shades that we have elsewhere in our RV. It’s a style that’s always in tension, so there’s no flopping and no rattling.  And they go up and down very quickly and with minimal effort. Exactly what we needed.  And if you were planning a DIY ProMaster conversion, there’s nothing extra to make or order.  Doesn’t get much easier!

To pull this off, you’ll need to order a very specific type of shade from MCD Innovations. It’s their bottom-up screen shade (which we’re obviously mounting upside-down). I’ll attach the order form I filled out here:

MCD ProMaster Rear Window Order Form

In addition to this order form, which you email in to MCD, you’ll need to give them two other pieces of information.

  1. The width, 25” represents the size of the FABRIC for the shade – not the metal shade box.
  2. Tell them the fabric you want to use. As far as I know, you can select any of the MCD fabrics. I chose material “B50” to match the other shades in our Travato.

Once they have your order form, MCD will call you to confirm your order and take payment.  When your shades arrive, the process to put them up is just as simple as what I show in this “How-To” video.

If you’re interested in the center punch I have in the video, you can find it on Amazon.  The rest of the supplies you can get easily from a home center.

And that’s about it! I may experiment at some point in the future with adding a reflective film to the back of the shade to repel more heat, but we’re going to roll like this for now.

Let me know what you think.
(And if you’re the reader who suggested this modification, email me back so I can give you credit! I lost your earlier email.)

James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he's also an IT consultant.

    9 thoughts on “MCD Shades for the Ram ProMaster Back Windows!

    1. DJ Heaton

      Our TRAVATO 59K has arrived @ dealer and after-delivery pjcts. begin next wk. This DIYer pjct. comes right after I fashion a table for a spare OE wheel & tire on open roof space above LR door. Before that having a spring shop add a leaf to each rear spring.

      Thank you James & Stef.

      1. James - Post author

        You’ll have to let us know how it handles with the extra leaf in the springs.
        I thought about doing that, but then just decided to go with the Sumo Springs. They seemed cheaper and easier, and they accomplished more or less the same thing. But I’m very curious on the extra leaf route, so please do let us know after you’ve driven it a while.

    2. Char

      We like our silver Reflectix window coverings we made from a roll and used extra strength Velcro brand to attach and detach.
      Update on gas mileage: Michigan Upper Peninsula down to Lake Michigan, Wisconsin side – round trip 500+ miles – averaged 17.3 mpg to 17.9 mpg. Not windy, not mountainous.
      2nd Update – after long reflection we have decided to trade in the 2015 Travato 59G on a 2016 Era 70X. The Travato was our first RV and we mis-calculated the space. Travato bed is quite small, not as wide as a true full size. Not as much storage as we wanted inside. And although the bath size and open aisle in back seemed like a great idea, we found that we do not haul bicycles, canoes, etc. and really needed more “lounge space” and a larger sleeping area. Looked at the Roadtrek Zion which had more storage, but really LOVED the Era with it’s extra 3 feet length. The Travato also needs a step or running board to get into the cab area, that is quite a reach.
      Getting the ERA soon, I think it will work better for us.

      1. James - Post author

        Wow! Another new RV! I’m excited for you.
        The 170X will definitely give you more “lounge space”.
        Best of luck with the new rig!

    3. Ian

      Very slick. So far in our ProMaster we’ve been using a trimmed-to-fit sheet of EZ-Cool insulation. Put a couple magnets around the edge and it pops itself right in place.

      Pros: seals quite tight, blocks light very well; noticeable difference with the insulation over the bare glass
      Cons: as you allude to, something else to store and deal with when not being used

      We’ll be taking a look at the MCD stuff now, good chance it’ll go in eventually. And I could see keeping the reflective/radiant insulation to use behind the MCD when the travelling at the temperature extremes.

      (our PM is now named BoB, which is fun when we’re looking for the key, “have you seen the BoB key?” (Bobke) Figured you might appreciate that one, or at least Lance would.)

      1. James - Post author

        Bobke. Nice!
        I’ve thought about prepping some insulation to put behind the MCD shades when we’re headed out in the cold. We won’t typically bring the bikes in the snow, so storing the extra bits won’t be as big of a hassle.

    4. Eric

      That’s not the way I dealt with those windows but it just goes to show, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Thanks for posting all these Travato/ProMaster videos. They’re appreciated.


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