Keeping your vehicle cool

dreadlocks

Well-known member
My bus has a custom made window cover for my westy that wraps around the sides, you can still see out in day (in at night) but they do pretty damn well at keeping the sun out of the cabin.. they make completely opaque ones, and with screens for your side windows and other features.. they might be willing to anything for any vehicle if the money is right.


Open both doors, fit a lil fitted corner over the outside top corner of each door, close em and it pulls it tight.. a magnet keeps the bottom secure to the vehicle.
 

Photobug

Active member
I'm sure you've all seen these, but the Land Rover safari roof option deserves a mention here.
That could be easily done with my truck. Mounting some white plywood onto my roof rack would give instant shade and a place to store stuff. My white tarp shows up today and i may be camping this weekend. It is supposed to get hot also, 80 degrees in hot around here.
 

Shovel

Explorer
That could be easily done with my truck. Mounting some white plywood onto my roof rack would give instant shade and a place to store stuff.
Definitely use some caution on how you affix it - there's likely some value in letting air under it but don't underestimate the force an airfoil like that can generate at highway speeds. Those Rover roofs look like they're intentionally contoured to allow the minimum amount of air to get under them so they don't become likely to rip themselves off, and I also don't suspect those things have the requisite horsepower to push 80mph against 40mph (combined 120mph) wind gusts.

I'm wondering if there's not a kind of UV stable/permanent coroplast equivalent that could be glued to the roof (in a comsmetically deliberate sort of way, we don't wish to be driving trash trucks around..) to provide the thermal benefits of an air gap without the structural risks or weight penalty of a suspended panel.
 

workerdrone

Fulltimer
All cars should have a 12v computer style fan drawing air from directly underneath the parked vehicle and venting thru the sunroof or something once a certain temp threshold is hit. Low draw, probably more benefit than a roof shade
 

Photobug

Active member
80* hot? I don't think so, try 104 in the shade!
I have lived in New Orleans and spent summers near Fresno. No thanks. Where I live it is shorts weather in the 40s, 80s is hot, not sure how I will survive Baja this fall.

My white tarp showed up. I calculated my intended tarp set up will take 13 poles to erect my wife suggested I just buy an awning.
 

Photobug

Active member
Definitely use some caution on how you affix it - there's likely some value in letting air under it but don't underestimate the force an airfoil like that can generate at highway speeds.
Figured it would be easy to attach to the lumber rack. I just bought an add-on intermediate bar to attach a kayak rack. It would be nice to have more intermediate support to attach more stuff to the roof.20190608_130133_sm.jpg
 

Photomike

Explorer
For my van I made shades for all the windows out of REFLECTIX Insulation. WOW what a difference. Then I had a roof vent put in and it really helps. If I am away from the vehicle I also use these vents in the windows made out of eavestrough covers with screen glued on the back.



If I am at the van I made a screen for the window that covers the entire window with screen and I have a screen at the back doors as well.
 

Photobug

Active member
For my van I made shades for all the windows out of REFLECTIX Insulation. WOW what a difference. Then I had a roof vent put in and it really helps. If I am away from the vehicle I also use these vents in the windows made out of eavestrough covers with screen glued on the back.



If I am at the van I made a screen for the window that covers the entire window with screen and I have a screen at the back doors as well.
I had just instaled Reflectix 360 degrees around the truck shell. Then when I arrived at the campsite I put the tarp all the way over the top of the shell. Climbing into the back of the shell the temp felt less than outside of the shell. Not sure what made it so but between a tap over the top and reflectix.... Wow big difference. Opening up the truck cab it was hot, damn hot. The cooler stored in this cab had plenty of ice but the area above the ice was also probably near 100 degrees. The beer at the bottom was cool but anything above the ice layer was questionable.
 

Photobug

Active member
The white tarp arrived yesterday and I just added grommets to tie it to the place I want on the truck. What I would like to do is have it lashed to the roof rack at a predetermined location. Instead of tying it afresh each time, I would like to make a paracord loop with a hook on it so it is easy to set up each time. The only thing I can think of that I know is strong enough is a carabiner but would like something smaller. I am thinking something like this link but doubt they would be strong enough to hold up in a breeze. Any suggestions?

 

dreadlocks

Well-known member
They sell those at lowes over by the chain section that has a swivel loop at one end and a clip at the other.. if they hold a dog on a dog-run the'll hold a tarp.
 
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