This easy, homemade windshield cover will protect your tow vehicle from rock chips.
Time scale: 2 out of 5
Make a pattern first.
Use masking tape to hook together enough newspaper to cover the windshield of your tow vehicle.
Trace around the outer edge of the windshield with a pen.
Cut out on the pen line.
This will be your pattern to
make the windshield cover.
Lay the pattern on the vinyl.
Add an extra 2 inches onto the top and bottom edges.
Add an extra 12 inches to each end. Cut out with scissors. *You may want to adjust this to have less overlap. It will then sit closer to where the door closes. This wraps around the edge and goes inside the vehicle. It is just an extra way to keep the windshield cover from pulling out.
Mark with the pen.
Cut out the vinyl.
Fold over and sew each end of the vinyl to make a pocket, wide enough to slip the foam pipe insulation into, plus a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Slide the piece of pipe insulation into this pocket. Cut the length to the same size as the vinyl material. You may want to cut it a bit shorter and sew up the top and
bottom of the pocket. (This way the insulation won't slide out.)
There should be enough material left to cut a strip 2 inches wide by about 6 feet long. (This measurement may vary depending on your vehicle.)
Fold the strip in half.
Use a zigzag stitch to hold it. Zigzag the entire strip at least twice.
Cut the length in half to make two pieces.
Sew one piece on the center of each side.
Place the windshield cover on the vehicle. Open the doors. Fold the cover around and to the inside. Pull the straps to tighten, Making sure the straps overlap by at least 6 inches. Trim if necessary.
Remove cover from vehicle.
Sew a 6 inch piece of Velcro on one strap and the other half on the other
When the strap on the windshield cover is hooked together with the Velcro, it
should pull the cover tight.
The strap in this photo is actually made from seams off a pair of old blue jeans. I didn't have a big enough piece of vinyl material leftover, to make durable straps.
Originally, I had thin straps made from vinyl and they broke.
This is why you will need at least a two inch wide strip, folded over and sewn.
you also may notice seams on the windshield cover. This is because I was too
cheap to buy a long enough piece of material.
So, this can actually be made with 1 yard of material, with the width cut in half. ( If you choose to be a cheapskate too.) The vinyl is partially overlapped and the pieces seamed together with a zigzag stitch.
This windshield cover has been used for three years and is still holding together, just fine.
Here's the drill for installing the homemade windshield cover:
Lift the wipers on the vehicle.
Place the cover on the windshield with the colored (right side) facing out.
Open the doors.
Fold both ends of the cover around to the inside of the vehicle. They should
be between the frame on the windshield and the frame of the door. (That's why
you need the doors open when you put it on.)
Hook the Velcro together on the straps.
Fold down the sun visors.
Close the doors.
Put the windshield wipers back down, overtop of the vinyl.
I guess, I probably don't need to say, but.... Remember to attach your tow vehicle to your R.V. BEFORE you put the windshield cover on. Ha, Ha.
Now, you're ready to go!
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