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Old 03-17-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Day/Night shades

There has got to be a better way!

A string broke on one of our four string Day/Night shades. Fortunately we are becoming seasoned shade repair people. The last MH had one break so we bought a repair kit from RV Shade and Blind Repair It includes everything you need and a CD with pictures and instructions. Had enough parts to do the second one and had it on board.

It is time consuming but if you go slow and follow the instructions you can do it. Problem is the string needs to be tightened and it took all of one day to need to be re-tightened. A rainy day today so we don't mind except why do they had the tension adjustment behind the sofa so it is such a pain to get at? Secondly isn't there a better design than strings in a pleated shade? They don't rattle like Venetian type blinds do when down and in motion. That part is good.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:12 AM   #2
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I found my better way. I replaced all my broken day/night shades with old fashion roller pull down shades.

We have tinted windows and outside awnings which contributed to our decision. This configuration results in less need for a 'day' shade.

The roller shades are much more durable than the fabric in the day/night shade, fold (roll) completely out of the way, and block all light when needed.

Just our preference.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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We replaced the 'sting' with fishing line on several shades in our previous RV. Use a fairly heavy weight line and it should last forever.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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Do you have a pic of the roller shade and maybe a pointer for them?
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:08 PM   #5
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I can post pictures next week. Every Lowes and Home Depot has them.

They're the old fashioned shade. Vinyl on a cardboard roller. Pull down, they stop. Pull down a little bit more and let go and the roll up.

Here's a link to the ones at Home Depot:
designview Cut-to-size 37.25 In. x 78 In. White 6 Mil Room Darkening Vinyl Roller Shades - 37-3010-01 at The Home Depot
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:22 PM   #6
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The better mousetrap, IMO, are the MCD shades. They come in either solo (room darkening) or duo (day/night). Many of the coach manufacturers, including Winnebago, are now putting them in their new coaches.

We tired of fooling with the pleated day/night shades and got the MCD's. They are very nice and no strings to break.
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Use 130# test dacron fishing line. It is available at Cabella's. It comes in a 500 yd. roll. This should be enough to change all your strings, and do what I did, redo a friends also. This string should last a long, long, loooooooong time.
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The MCD shades look really nice. I priced them on their web site and WOW are they pricey Worth it I'm sure but way more than my first car to replace all of our shades.

The fishing line sounds like a good idea. next time one busts we will try that.
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I hate the pleated day/night shades!
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The better mousetrap, IMO, are the MCD shades. They come in either solo (room darkening) or duo (day/night). Many of the coach manufacturers, including Winnebago, are now putting them in their new coaches.

We tired of fooling with the pleated day/night shades and got the MCD's. They are very nice and no strings to break.
We just bought them and as soon as DW gets the valences recovered will install them. Pricey but appear to be a very high quality.

We plan to drive down to TX this summer to have the factory install the motorized remote controlled ones in front of the windshield and on the cabin side windows. That requires cutting into the center and middle vertical trim pieces and is going to be a bigger job than I want to tackle.
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Due to the dark tint of our windows, it might be arguable whether or not we need the day shades other than in the cockpit, but we too tossed all of our pleated day/night shades a couple of years ago for MCD shades. The day shades do keep significant heat out if you don't want to put awnings out, and you can see through them. We put manual day shades in the cockpit with power night shades connected to the switches for the OEM power sunshades (they were so small to be nearly useless).
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:36 AM   #12
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I have to make this decision when I get home. My largest day/night shade broke a string the first week into the winter season. I am not the kind of person that can fix this sort of thing. So if I can't find a source to do it for me. I am going with the roller blinds or some similar fix. These day/night shades are really flimsy. I don't want to put a big investment into something I use twice a day when the coach is in use.
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Homer -- we had a mid-sized one re-strung by a local "blinds & shades" place for $35.
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Homer -- we had a mid-sized one re-strung by a local "blinds & shades" place for $35.
Thanks for the info AFChap. I would pay that in a heart beat. I will check around home and see if I can find a place that will do it. I know there is a place about 45 miles from home that makes blinds. Never gave this a thought before.
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