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Old 06-14-2020, 05:43 AM   #1
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27N Windshield Shade

I would like to install a windshield shade in my 2014 Vista 27N. Couple questions:

1. A Post trim does not have provision to guide shade. I would consider changing a post trim. I think the first year with windshield shade was 2017?

2. Not a fan of MCD Shades any recommendations?

Thanks, sure would like to eliminate curtains.
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Old 06-14-2020, 08:59 AM   #2
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Please let us know if you move forward, am vey interested. This has been a "wish list" project. I found cheaper low time/labor ways to insulate and shade the winshield using styrofoam panels - the downside of that is the storage space they take up when I'm not using them and that they are less convenient.

I only found the MCD option on the internet. MCD will sell the shade itself direct for $ 975 for day/night or $ 490 for night only - plus tax and freight from McKinney TX. Shades are custom made and non-refundable.

I found the trim part #s on the Winnebago 3D parts viewer, also the part #s for the Winnebago parts they use to hang the shade from the bottom of the storage above the winshield. I found them by drilling down the 2019 Adventurer 27N.

You likely would have to custom design hanging parts if you have cabinets above the winshield vs. the current design with storage unit above the winshield that allows for the bed in the front. Would also suspect that the curtain tracks in a unit without the shade will interfere with the shade and would have to be re-worked.
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Again thanks for your reply. I'm having trouble finding out the first year windshield shades were available on a model simular to my 27N. The purpose is to try and locate a post trim panel with guide for shade. I think it was 2017 or newer however not sure. If anyone has a model simular to mine, almost sure a post trim is same, I would like to hear from them so I can purchase the trim. Thanks again for your help.
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2019 is the earliest year I can find the new part # for the trim with guide for shade, specific to Vista LX, in the parts catalog for the Vista LX 27N.

Be aware they stopped making the front of RV design with the cabinets over the driver's and passenger seats before they introduced the shade, so the 2 trim pieces may or may not be a perfect fit to replace our current trim pieces. But, I think worst case they might just be a little long and have to be trimmed.

Perhaps to accomplish your goal you should start a new thread with a different question in the thread subject, it seems you want to know if there were any other Winnebago gas models that had a power shade ever made. I know there were no Vistas or Vista LX models with power shades before 2019 so far as I can tell from the parts catalog.
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Old 06-16-2020, 01:50 PM   #6
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One more thing for you to worry about - starting with the 2015 model year , Winnebago redesigned the Vista front cap - from looking at 2014 and 2015 listing photos it appears they don't use the same winshield, so the trim likely change starting in 2015 so that's another risk you'll have if you buy the current trim with guide hoping it will fit your 2014.

You should look at the MCD information on their web site. They say that most retrofits are done using custom wood or hard plastic trim moulding added to the existing moulding to make the required guides for the retrofit shade. So this might be a better path for you to consider.
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Thanks again for all your help. I think fabricating my on guide is the best alternative. Having a second thought about just installing with out guide. I guess MCD is my only choice however not all that pleased with current MCD shades but they have Motorhome business wrapped up. Again thanks for all your work and I will check out the 2019 trim to see if it could be modified. It will depend on cost before cutting up a plastic trim that may not work.
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We have a 2018 Vista LX 27N with the front power shade. It also has the powered front bed and what I would call cubbie holes along the front of he windshield.
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Try "eclipse sunshades" on line. I have installed them on all my vehicles over the last 20 years. They keep out 95% of the heat out and fold out of the way. Only $49.
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We have a 2018 Vista LX 27N with the front power shade. It also has the powered front bed and what I would call cubbie holes along the front of he windshield.
Thanks, if you have a picture of your shade and how it travels down the A post it would be helpful. Again, thanks for the reply
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Windshield shade

Thanks I will check it out
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The eclipse sunshade glues to you window. It had three pads that you press against the windshield and attach the shade to. I try to get them as close to the posts as possibleClick image for larger version

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Windshield shade

Thanks a million for the pictures. I have seen these shades and had forgot about them. I'm not sure they will work for my application but it's a great idea. Again, thanks for the info and the pictures.
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I had them in a car and they were very convenient since they were right there ready to use when you needed them, they do a good job keeping the heat out or heat in. They do cut your vision on each side but not very much. Not cheap but very well made in the USA.

Only thing the ones in my car had spring loaded retract cords so if you let go before you touched the two sides together where the were held together with magnets they would move back. I guess you would pull one out and move sideways pulling out more until you could reach the other one and finish pulling them together to connect them to each other.
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Old 06-30-2020, 03:26 AM   #15
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Thanks again, good information looks like they work well.
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The factory shade just glides along the A pillar piece. It is not attached in any way.
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Winnebago changed the side trim pieces when they introduced the OEM shade for the 27N Vista/Sunstar LX which is now the 27N Adventurer. They have the guides for the OEM shade built in to them.
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Thanks for the picture and feedback. This is exactly what I needed. I understand Winnebago has made design changes in this area, l wonder if the new A post trim could be modified to fit my 2014 model 27N?
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