Best Shades & Blinds for RV Windows

Our friends love spending the weekends in their RV. They swear that it’s an amazing weekend getaway with minimal cost. Their one gripe seems to be that the sun heats up the interior since they don’t leave the AC running while in the campground. While I am far from an expert in RVs and motorhomes, I do own a site with about shades so I promised to do some research for them. The article below is a summary of what I discovered while helping some of our friends motorhome more enjoyable. If you want to jump to conclusion, our top pick is RabbitGoo Window Film. Below, I’ll explain why we picked this, but I know that sometimes people are just in a hurry and want to get the best product without carrying about all the work we put in so I want to accommodate that too.

Purpose of RV Shades

There are several main reasons that someone would want to add shades or blinds to their RV. Some of the more common options are:
  • Keep out Sun/Heat
  • Privacy from Neighbors
  • Lower AC Costs
  • Protect Interior from UV Rays/Fading
  • Strong Sunlight Blocked, Harmful UV Rejected: Made of premium material, the glass film effectively reduces annoying glares, blocks out 84% UVA rays and 99% UVB rays, and protects your skin and furniture from getting directly exposed to sunlight; By allowing softened natural light in, it also creates a cozy atmosphere in the room for you to stay in comfortably
  • No Glue Hassle & Removable: The window sticker is static cling without any sticky, harmful, and chemical glues, super easy to install on Flat, Clean, and Smooth Glass Surfaces, and can be easily removed and reused for multiple times, an optimal option for home applications
  • Add Decoration with Minimum Work: With regular mosaic pattern, this 3D window film creates colorful visual effect when sunlight shines through after installation and brings unique decoration on your windows, a cost-effective alternative to heavy expensive curtains or blinds
  • Important Fact to Know: The 3D window film itself does not actually have any color. However, with special 3D laser design it will show a colorful visual effect when sunlight hits the film after installation; Please spray a lot of water both on the window surface and window film back during installation for effective attachment
  • Protected Privacy, Secured Life: The semi-private window film serves a functional purpose in adding partial privacy for your personal space by preventing people outside from seeing directly into the room and obscuring outdoor views; Protection Level is 3 out of 5, not recommended for bathroom

Decorative Window Film by – RabbitGoo

I utterly love this product! It is super easy to install with no additional tools. It simply attaches to windows via static cling, and it can easily be taken down without leaving a resisdue. It is stylish and provides great energy savings by blocking 96% of UV light. The only drawback to this product is that it is only 3/5 for privacy so it may not be the best if privacy is your absolute primary goal. The video above shows how easy it is to install this window film. As I’ve written about in other pages, we’re huge fans of window film as we have it in many windows in our home. We’ve chosen a tinted product so that we can still easily see through the window to our yard opting for visibility over privacy.
  • These RV blinds in cappuccino are a great replacement or upgrade to your RV. They are light enough that they will not collect lots of dust and allergens and will easily raise and lower.
  • Closing the blinds to block out harmful UV rays or to just get some privacy is a much-needed application in an RV, which is why we wanted to give you an option that moved with ease. While being light in weight, they are opaque and are not able to be seen through. With this level of privacy, they are great for nighttime.
  • The cappuccino color is also perfect for RV interiors, with the calm and solid color helping add a relaxing vibe to your home away from home. Durable and long-lasting, they’ll keep you in comfort for a long time to come. Installation is quick and easy with the mounting hardware provided and once it’s up, it’s easy to move and use.
  • If returned Items are due to the customer ordering the wrong size, style, or color, they are automatically subject to a 10% restocking fee unless otherwise noted in product description.

RV Camper Pleated Shade by RecPro

In US homes, the standard window width is normally 36″ which is much wider than the 24″ which is normally used on RVs and motorhomes. If you are going to go with a traditional shade, please measure the width inside the frame before ordering. For people who want traditional shades in their motorhome, we greatly prefer either pleated or honeycomb shades. The reason is that this style has a better internal support system to handle the moving back and forth caused from driving. Both pleated and honeycomb shades are made of a solid cloth material that expands or contracts. The horizontal slat blinds that are hung with string can get damaged as they swing back and forth. Additionally, there are more working parts that can suffer stress while the RV is en route. Regardless of the type of shade that you choose, I strongly suggest always lifting it during driving. This will minimize any damage to the unit. Another major perk of pleated shades is that they offer 100% privacy, and they can be used as an interior design element. The only reason they didn’t make our number one pick is that they require tools to install. The installation process was a drawback for us as I know a lot of our readers prefer to opt for easy install solutions.
  • EXTRA LARGE SHADES FOR EXTRA LARGE WINDOWS: Enovoe is proud to introduce the only sun shade on Amazon that is designed specifically for your large MINIVAN and SUV windows. Measuring 30” x 16”, Enovoe offers the largest available shades on Amazon today! Please check and ensure the size will fit your windows before purchasing.
  • BYE-BYE SUCTION CUPS: Enovoe Sun Shades use STATIC-CLING TECHNOLOGY. This means that INSTALLATION IS A BREEZE. Simply remove from the packaging and hold up to your window. It’s that simple!
  • SAFETY: You spoke and we listened. Our shades have been carefully redesigned to offer as much shade and protection as possible without compromising safety and visibility. This is a difficult balance to achieve, and so we thank you for helping us create our best product yet!
  • PORTABILITY: Using static-cling technology means that your shades can be easily removed and reapplied as needed. They even come with a BONUS STORAGE POUCH, so that you can stow them away when needed or even carry them with you when you travel.
  • THE ENOVOE PROMISE: We stand behind our products and promise to ensure your absolute satisfaction with every purchase. Thus, we offer a LIFETIME, NO-QUESTIONS-ASKED, MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE when you order our Sun Shades today. If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied, we will not only issue you a refund, but also send you a second, complimentary unit, if need be. BEST OF ALL, we promise to DONATE 5% of our profits to help children in need. Help us make a difference!

Window Shade XXL by Enovoe

This product is perfect for the RV windows, minivans or rear windows of an SUV. It measures 30″ x 16″ and adheres to the window via static film. This means it is super easy to install without needing to use tools. If your window is larger than the 16″ wide then you merely need to overlap the shades to create 100% coverage if you’re seeking privacy. These offer great privacy and block a lot of the UV rays and heat. The static film can easily be taken down if you want to open the windows during evening hours to let in the cool air. This is a good alternative if you want to get the static window film, but want something that offers more production than our top pick of the RabbitGoo film. This also blocks 97% of UV Rays, and it is extremely versatile when it comes to repositioning it or taking it down before starting your weekend trek.
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  • SIZE 30 x 20" - 3/16 (5mm) inch thick, white color, hard. Smooth surface accepts screen printing, glue, paint or markers. Easy to cut. Ideal for crafts, school projects, framing, mounting pictures and exhibits, indoor signs and notices.
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Foam Board

  • Size: 20″ x 30″
  • Thickness: 3/16″
  • Weight: < 1 pound
  • Quantity: 12 Sheets
  • Surface: Matte
  • Fabric: Foam
  • Frame: n/a
  • Brand: Navy Penguin
  • Best For: DIY Sunblocker, Crafters, Budget Option
I can’t take credit for this idea as it came as a suggestion from a reader. Foam boards can make a terrific solution for portable and removable window covering. The 3/16″ foam board seem to be the perfect thickness to fit into a window frame. They offer 100% privacy and block a great deal of the UV rays while still producing some light to get through while minimizing the heat. Best of all the foam boards can be cut to precisely fit with scissors, and its stiffness allows it to be propped against the window to stay in place. The foams boards we recommend are also acid free which means they won’t turn yellow over time when exposed to the sun. This will allow them to keep their light and bright appearance for many year.

Last Updated:May 28, 2023