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Hi All, I own a Renault Trafic which I use for taking my classic bikes to meetings in and for towing a caravan. It's a great van and we are well pleased with it, being a van it keeps the contents hidden, however, it can cause problems with campsites, apparently vans aren't always welcome. I thought one solution to the problem would be to place fake windows on the side and rear. I guess I could just use black vinyl , cut it to shape and stick in place, but I wondered if there might be something more realistic in the market place along similar lines? I've trawled the Net and this site today without success, so I'm hoping somebody on here might know if anything such exists?
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Re: trafic fake windows

An idea..but probably a stupid one .......seeing there's companies that print up vinyl graphics etc, could you take a couple of digital photos of say your family sitting in an estate car for example, so you have 'realistic lifelike quality' prints which the printers can then crop/edit to suit and print out a graphic to stick on the side of the van.
Or even just photos of vehicle windows if that'd work.

Another about a vinyl wrap of the whole van of say some bushes in a field so when you park up on a greenfield campsite your van should become 'invisible' like a camouflage.

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Re: trafic fake windows

My citroen ax van ,which I purchased that way solely to avoid tax,I had the rear window panels painted gloss black.It wasnt totally successfull,but did make it look more carlike.

paint the panels grey maybe and then get sheets of the semi transparent headlamp tint vinyl in a "smoke" colour and cover the light grey with that? or perhaps window tinting sheets,but I doubt theyed be durable enough for exterior application.
Its the shiny surface you need really.

You know the way some van owners cover the rear windows from the inside with reflective mirror film>?,
You can get sheets of chrome effect vinyl for exterior use,Ive used it myself(see under the headlamps in my sig pic).
That might be an option too.

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Re: Trafic fake windows

I sympathise, like you we tow a caravan with a Toyota Hi-Ace & the BMW K1100 or Commando in the back. We used to camp on the bike (not literally) but SWMBO's arthritis precludes getting her leg over with the panniers on. But fine without.
The assumption that everyone towing with a van is a diddycoy bugs me too. If you want to really pi55 someone off, drive into a Caravan Club Site. I've been shoved in a field behind the site. Been told I can pitch the caravan & park off site. Refused entry to Stratford on Avon Racecourse, even though horseboxes were there. Went a mile down the road to a site behind a mobile home village, where the site owner was surprised to hear of such discrimination.
FFS Don't get a German living or twin axle van. Lots of sites refuse them, even if you tow with a Chelsea Tractor.
My Toyota, is an unsignwritten company van, so I can't add windows.
So ****y, if you do have any joy / ideas, I for one will be happy to hear them.

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Thanks guys, all good suggestions for me to chew over. The link to the VW site was really good reading, so thanks Nottnoc for posting it. The photo of the van with windows stuck on the outside looked pretty well spot on, if perhaps a little more costly than I had in mind, but really worthy of considerable thought. I wonder what adhesive was used to hold them in place!
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