Even back before I made my curtains to shade the ProMaster cab, I had been trying to get the company REMIS, from Europe, to adapt their Fiat Ducato cab shades so that they could be used in a US-Spec van. I had been trying for a couple of years, and it just wasn’t working. But apparently it wasn’t working not because they didn’t want to. They were just waiting for someone who wanted more than *one* of their shades to make it come true. Well, they found that partner in Winnebago, and now, I finally have a set. Check it out!
When we reviewed Winnebago’s new Pure3 Lithium-powered Travato models, we couldn’t help but notice the super-cool blinds they had installed as an option. Yep… REMIS. So we pestered Winnebago until we finally had a set to install in our own van. But there was a problem.
These blinds are made for later-model-year ProMaster vans – those that have a grab handle in the A-pillar. Ours is older (a 2015 chassis) and did not. Things were shaped a bit differently. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I got them installed. I show you how in this video.
Typically, I’ll do these projects in or near my shop, where I have all sorts of resources. But in this case, I did it in a field in Iowa, using only the tools I had with me (and one long screwdriver I borrowed). If I can do it under those circumstances, then I’d bet just about any of you reading this could pull it off, no problem. It’s not too difficult.
We’ve now driven halfway across the country with the shades installed, and we’re loving them. Now, when we pull in to go to the store, we don’t hesitate to deploy the cab shades. They keep the heat down. They keep prying eyes out. And most importantly, they keep cat hair off my dash. (which is almost as annoying as sand…)
And finally, since someone asked for an outside view, here we are. Here’s the front:
And here’s what the sides look like:
Until next time!