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:
In addition to this order form, which you email in to MCD, you’ll need to give them two other pieces of information.
- The width, 25” represents the size of the FABRIC for the shade – not the metal shade box.
- 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.)