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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 4:21 pm 
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fjpod wrote:
I like that external shield...how about stopping the wipers in mid-stroke, then insert the shield, and let them hold the it down.
fjpod, I thought it was a great idea and when we parked today I did just that. As I was taking the photo to document it, a gust of wind came by with the following result:

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I put my bungie back on... :|

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:16 am 
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JoeS wrote:
fjpod wrote:
I like that external shield...how about stopping the wipers in mid-stroke, then insert the shield, and let them hold the it down.
fjpod, I thought it was a great idea and when we parked today I did just that. As I was taking the photo to document it, a gust of wind came by with the following result:
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I put my bungie back on... :|


Why not just trim it a bit and put it on the inside of the car? That material is flexible enough to fit inside the plastic fascias and dashboard, using the visor to secure the top. I use an extra large SUV sun shade I got from some place many years ago that I have used in several vehicles including a Mazda MPV minivan. I then used it in my Nissan Versa and found it still worked in my i-MiEV. It's made of that same silver foiled bubble wrap.

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:41 am 
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MLucas wrote:
...Why not just trim it a bit and put it on the inside of the car? ...
Thermally, it's perhaps a bit better to keep the sun out completely and not have the heat buildup in the gap between the shade and the glass. Also, for myself, I find it less trouble to put the shade on outside the car, even with the addition of the bungie - the loops in the end of the bungie are permanent, and one can open the door without disturbing its function.

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:26 pm 
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It's hard to beat the cost, practicality and ease of use of the little $12 WalMart pair of shades. When we stop, she grabs the shades from behind the drivers seat while I roll down each window about an inch. When she flips them open, we each put our single shade on our respective side of the windshield and then exit the car - Total time elapsed is usually in the 10 to 15 second range. Stowing them away when we return and getting underway usually takes about the same

I'm sure there are probably other solutions which may keep the inside of the car a little cooler, but on an average day around town, we regularly run through this drill half a dozen times, so the ease of use just about trumps every other consideration for us

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 6:18 am 
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Don wrote:
... on an average day around town, we regularly run through this drill half a dozen times, so the ease of use just about trumps every other consideration for us.
Actually, we rarely use ours as we go well out of our way to always park in the shade - even if it means a looong walk (wife claims that's to keep me in shape). ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 7:44 am 
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Oh, we park in the shade whenever it's available too, Joe - With the sun nearly directly overhead and not a cloud in the Mississippi sky, even a ten foot tall tree in the Home Depot parking lot (which couldn't properly shade a pedal car) is 'taken' 99% of the time :lol:

Unfortunately, it seems we have about 100 times as many cars as we have shady spots near public parking places, which is why owning a white car is so very important down here - When you see someone driving a black car, you pretty much know they're from out of town . . . . very far out of town!

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:50 am 
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Don wrote:
Unfortunately, it seems we have about 100 times as many cars as we have shady spots near public parking places, which is why owning a white car is so very important down here - When you see someone driving a black car, you pretty much know they're from out of town . . . . very far out of town!

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Like up north here. :lol:

We only get about three months of 'hot' weather if you call it that.

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 9:22 am 
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JoeS wrote:
As some of you may have noticed, I merged these two identical topics. Reminder to everyone to search first before starting a new topic..


I often want to do a presearch before starting a topic, but as you well know, the search function here sucks. :(
I remembered someone here .....you IIRR.... Posted how to use google to effectively search this forum.... But I could've remember the syntax :oops: , and of course when I tried to use the forum's search to find THAT tip it failed to find it ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 10:07 am 
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The site search is useful for any site, just add the term "site:", so your search string would be "Shade site:myimiev.com" [you don't need the quotes when searching].


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 Post subject: Re: Sun Shade.
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 4:33 pm 
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Don wrote:
When you see someone driving a black car, you pretty much know they're from out of town . . . . very far out of town!
Don


Indeed Don, but now that this Mississippi native is very far out of town, I'm guesstimating that the winter heat gain of a black car will outweigh the short summer penalty, and given how nicely our batteries wake up when warm, A/C may exact a smaller penalty than the heater.

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