Lights Out!

I have a van that used to be a fleet lease.  It came with back windows which are very unstealthy…  Last night some covers were made out of white foam board from Hobby Lobby.  They looked great!  They also let light leak through.

I re-did them today using black foam board from Hobby Lobby and some velcro.  It’s a hokey arrangement but works for now.  Be careful about velcro.  It’s easy to get carried away and use too much.. Foam board will tear easily.  Go sparing on the velcro….  I might redo them one more time using magnets. 

Here are some pictures with and without the covers.

I put the 300 Lumen light about 18 inches from the door.  Due to that light level, a little light leaked around the covers but it was insignificant.  It would not be a problem at Walmart, but even a tiny light leak is too much.  The next stealth step will be a blackout curtain in front of the back windows to add some extra protection against light leaking in and out.

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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4 Responses to Lights Out!

  1. ~~Mike~~ says:

    That came out great! Nice job 🙂 I am enjoying your blog so far! Your co-pilot looks like a fine companion too!

    -Mike
    97 Roadtrek 170P “Taj Ma Trek”
    http://WWW.VanTramps.Com

  2. Bradford says:

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m also going to use a privacy curtain in the back for double stealth…

    The little tiger striped cat is Jesse James, my three year old buddy. He has rich tastes including sauteed shrimp, baked salmon, rotisserie chicken, etc. When I travel, he is going to come with and the challenge will be to make something that both find tasty.

  3. texascom says:

    I only wish I had your window dilemma. My minivan has 7 windows not counting the windshield and they are odd shaped, making sealing against light leaks a real challenge. Using a rigid black plastic material (plexiglass etc) custom cut for each window would be ideal but difficult. Corrugated plastic like what’s used for yard signs works well if you can find it large enough to be able to cut an entire window in one piece and if you could find it in black. Painting it black works but you can still see the outlines of the letters on the sign. It crams into the window channels well with no other means of attachment necessary, at least with minivan windows. Full size van windows like yours are probably different.

  4. Bradford says:

    The foamboard turned out to be a bust. It kept falling down and was a pain in the butt. Most recently I bought a blackout curtain (color black) at Walmart and have it velcro-attached in place. It works a lot better for the need. There is also a full-width blackout curtain in the back. Getting things blacked out was a pain but once it’s done, it’s done for the most part.

    I like the idea of the plastic. It’s durable.