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We’ve tried more than a few things over the years to keep our RV windows covered.  Track mounted curtains.  Home-made draping curtains.  Pleated shades.  Roller shades.  Suction cup-py reflect-y thingies.  We’ve even been known to try the factory-supplied shades (gasp)!  But with our new loaner van, Parky, we thought we’d check the market again and see if there was a better mousetrap around.  I think we’ve found one.  Have a look:


We had seen the Vanmade Shades on other people’s RVs at rallies and get-togethers, and we thought we’d give them a try on the back windows of Parky.  Parky has cassette-style window coverings on most of his windows, but the back windows (where the toilet is!) needed something better.  So far, we’ve been pretty pleased with the Vanmade Shades.

Full disclosure:  Simon did send us these shades free of charge, but we’d be just as happy with them had we paid full retail!

These shades are only one sample of the products made by Vanmade Gear.  They make shades for any ProMaster, but also Sprinter and Transit vans.  You’ll need to check out their website for the full range of products.  But briefly, here are some of the things we like about these shades:

  • They install with magnets.  This means there’s really nothing to do to install them.  Literally just slap them up and there you are.
  • They block out all the light.  No light leaks past these.  Nice.
  • They’re pretty well insulated.  Not bulky, but enough insulation to keep you from feeling the worst of the heat or cold on the other side.
  • They’re super-customizable!  Want a different color?  No problem!  Want the pleats running horizontally instead?  Can do.
  • They fit most of the windows on most of the vans out there today.  So if you don’t have a Travato, or even a ProMaster, don’t worry.

About the only negative I can come up with is that these shades have become just too darn popular!  If you check out the website now, you’ll see there’s a 6 week wait for your next set of shades.