How to keep unwanted eyes out of vehicle.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:40
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Has anyone got any suggestions of how to keep people from seeing into the back of our patrol? i.e what sort of window coverings to use. (Have read some info on
"tinting" on this site) We will be travelling for 12 months and want to keep our gear out of sight.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:41

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:41
Curtains...

Open them while driving, and then close when you are parked.
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:45

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 19:45
Cutouts of that heat reflective stuff you sometimes put inside your windscreen in summer. Not only keeps prying eyes out but also keeps direct sunlight off the fridge. The vision thing is not a problem for me as when loaded I can't see out the back anyway. When unloaded (ie not going on a trip or weekend away) simply remove the cutouts and put them away until the next trip.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: Magnus - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 20:26

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 20:26
Biggy,

Just use a doulbe bed size blanket to throw over the gear. Also doubles up as an extra blanket if you need one.

It is all I have ever used. What is not seen is generally not lusted after. Well most of the time that is.

Cheers

Magnus
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 20:48

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 20:48
The windows on our 4 Runner are tinted(not sure of shade no) and you have to walk right up to it and peer hard to see into it.Also helps with the heat factor.
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:50

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:50
You can buy the material that is used for the window sox. Cut it to the shape of your windows and velcroe it to the inside of the windows. Will help to keep the heat out as well
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:55

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:55
That sounds good Des,

I might just see if I can get some black shadecloth, cut out shapes to suit each of the windows behind the driver, get it hemmed on a sewing machine and then velcro it to the windows. Should even have some visibility out through it but I but anyone would be hard pressed seeing in!

Cheers
Muddy
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 16:29

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 16:29
Remember that black cloth will absorb heat, silver or white will reflect it!
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Follow Up By: whale - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 16:45

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 16:45
a question from my better half, "Where can you get the window sox material from" as she hasn't seen it anywhere.

"It might be our 4wd but don't let anything happen to her Landcruiser or someone will die. usually me."
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 22:49

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 22:49
Whale, I'm sorry I'm not into that girlie stuff like material shops but I've overheard the chitter chatter about getting it from one of the chain type material shops. Sorry I can't remember the name. Bad luck Willies out of touch as his missus bought some and made them up. I've also used shade cloth to cover my fridge frame work and that also helps with the prying eyes.
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Reply By: rolande- Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:58

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 22:58
If you want something easy and permanent, ask your local window tinter for a film that will do what you want, remember too that the darker films don't necessarily work better in keeping the heat out. Ask several opinions before deciding, some window tinters push what they are supplied which may not be what you want, get several quotes also, dearest film I was quoted was still only $385 fitted for GU Wagon, cheapest quote for different film $275
Rolande
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Reply By: Member - Allan - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 00:43

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 00:43
Biggy, I thought I was OK with my good quality window tint but last Friday while parked at the domestic aiport for one day someone decided to break in through the back window. Tinting held the glass together but they still managed to raid an old small tool box from the back. I was lucky they did not open any doors and take anything else. I think having eveything hidden under a false floor is the answer but it does not help if you are fully loaded on a trip. I feel it was an opportunistic break-in because you can not see in the back of my vehicle. I'll probably upgrade the alarm with a breakglass detector & put some extra warning stickers on the windows but I'm not sure if it will help much.
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Reply By: greyemu - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 20:22

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 20:22
Dear Biggy
How about poking the nosey mongrels in the eyes,and while your at it let off a round from a shotgun just for good measure,that should do the trick. regards greyemu
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