My Valentine v1.8 user manual states that certain windshields such as those on the Chevrolet Venture minivan greatly reduce detection range, due to a metallic film or solar barrier. Since I might be in the market for a new vehicle, (such as a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler van), I called the Valentine toll free number to get an updated list of vehicles on the "windshield problem" list, but they said they don't have an updated list. Does anyone keep such a list?
On the Ohio roads, I get an X-band warning only when I already see the patrol car. To have a sporting chance, it would help to get warnings when the patrol is blasting other cars ahead of mine with the instant-on X-band.
For those who are stuck with a "problem windshield". is there anything that can be done about it? I presume it wouldn't make any difference to get another detector to replace the Valentine v1.8. Replacing the windshield would not be an attractive alternative. What about problems with remotely mounted detectors, aside from the added expense?