Boost your safety and the view with Zarcor CloZures Door Window Shade
Knock-knock. Who’s there? For many trailer owners, seeing out the entry-door window is impossible because the frosted glass lets light in but doesn’t allow occupants to see out. This can be a security issue if you don’t know who’s knocking on the door, not to mention that light streaming through the window can be annoying for those who sleep late. Adding a roller shade above the door is an option, but it doesn’t always do a great job providing privacy, and it has to be retracted before entering or exiting the trailer.
Zarcor Solutions has been making its patented CloZures shutters for the marine industry since 2004 and has redesigned its flagship product, calling it the RV Door Window Shade. These shades, which are made for Lippert Components entry doors, are available in two colors and two main kits. The complete kit (part number DWK101; $129 MSRP) includes a replacement window. The other kit (DWK102; $99.99 MSRP) comes without a window for those who are happy with the original frosted glass.
A remarkably simple idea, the Zarcor shutter is one of those things you wish you had invented and patented yourself. It is two sheets of Lexan polycarbonate, silkscreened with light beige or chocolate stripes. The sheets are attached to each other with plastic rivets and elongated holes that allow them to be slid back and forth with a handle that extends down at an oblique angle into the screen-door opening. In one position, the shade is open and the window can be seen through; in the other, the window is fully obscured. The chocolate version is a room-darkening shade, and the beige version allows some light through, creating a soft glow.
Both kits fit standard RV-door windows with a 12-by-21-inch inner opening, and Zarcor has been adding other sizes and designs to its product line (check the website for options). If your door doesn’t have a window, you may be able to cut one in with the right tools and a steady hand.
The complete kit comes with a tempered-glass window, and Zarcor President John Halter says a tinted version is forthcoming. In the meantime, Camping World carries a tinted safety-glass window kit from Ross RV Interiors ($159.95 MSRP; www.campingworld.com/clear-view-entry-door-window-kit), which we installed for this evaluation.
Replacing the window is straightforward, and butyl sealant is included.
We recommend using a clear window and door silicone or polyurethane sealer, or a product like Lexel clear sealant (www.sashco.com/products/lexel) around the installed window frame and glass for an extra layer of protection against the elements.
Attaching the shade is quite simple. The kit comes with small self-adhesive 3M Dual Lock tabs on the corners to attach the shade to the window glass and the handle to the shade. Simply remove the backing on the tabs, line up the shade on the glass and attach it by pressing on the tabs to activate the adhesive. This makes removal for cleaning as easy as it gets. And since the shade sits against the recessed glass, light coming in from around the unit is almost eliminated.
The handle has two screws and spacers, which replace two of the window-frame screws. Store the original screws in the owner’s packet, so if you ever want to remove the shade and transfer it to a new RV, you’ll have them.
The CloZures RV Door Window Shade is a simple, compact and effective way of covering the entry-door window while still allowing visibility. We love having the ability to see through the window for security and to check out the view.
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Chris Dougherty is technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome. Chris is an RVDA/RVIA certified technician and lifelong RVer, including 10 years as a full-timer. He and his wife make their home in Massachusetts and hit the road with their travel trailer every chance they get.