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Old 07-19-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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Any suggestions how to adjust our MCD day/night blinds. The white night shades will only go half way up. Had several windows adjusted at Forest City while under warranty. We our out of warranty now.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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Call MCD M - F they are the nicest folks. Someone hear may provide advice on manually using the "roller wheel" at the top of mechanism - and there may even be advice on their website - but I would call them if it's not an emergency....
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:28 AM   #3
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The MCD site has the manuals which give instructions on how to adjust the tension. Not sure if you have power or manual blinds, but there is a speed dial on the end of the blinds to adjust tension on some models.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:32 AM   #4
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Any suggestions how to adjust our MCD day/night blinds. The white night shades will only go half way up. Had several windows adjusted at Forest City while under warranty. We our out of warranty now.
Calling is good, they are very nice folks with good phone support. Here is their website MCD Innovations You can download the manual for your particular shade from their.
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Gang,
This is not to "hijack" the OPs thread but, I figure it's related to the subject. To those of you using the manual type MCDs, how do you like them so far? Any issues or complaints other than say, the OPs having a retraction issue for part of the shade mechanism? We've presently got the corded infamous "day-night" shades and, while I've tolerated the occasional breaking of a string, I might be leaning towards the MCDs.

I'm interested in the answer or, remedy to the OPs thread here as, if we migrate over to MCDs, I'd like to know in advance on how to handle certain possible issues that may crop up. We're presently at the GNR in Forrest City and, they did have a vendor site during the rally but, at the time we were cruising the vendors area, I was not all that interested in looking farther into them. I've restrung many of the day-night shades in our coach and, while a bit of a pain, it's not all that bad.

It's a lot more of a pain to get them down and back up, from the valance area than to re-string it, to me. But, the thought of never re-stringing again and, maybe having a better product gets more and more enticing. I've even purchased a 3000' roll of the .4 mm cord that is the exact replacement cord for our shades for a mere $9.00 on ebay. So, I've got enough string for a zillion day night shades.

Anyway, your comments on how you all like them so far would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #6
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Gang,
This is not to "hijack" the OPs thread but, I figure it's related to the subject. To those of you using the manual type MCDs, how do you like them so far? Any issues or complaints other than say, the OPs having a retraction issue for part of the shade mechanism? We've presently got the corded infamous "day-night" shades and, while I've tolerated the occasional breaking of a string, I might be leaning towards the MCDs.

I'm interested in the answer or, remedy to the OPs thread here as, if we migrate over to MCDs, I'd like to know in advance on how to handle certain possible issues that may crop up. We're presently at the GNR in Forrest City and, they did have a vendor site during the rally but, at the time we were cruising the vendors area, I was not all that interested in looking farther into them. I've restrung many of the day-night shades in our coach and, while a bit of a pain, it's not all that bad.

It's a lot more of a pain to get them down and back up, from the valance area than to re-string it, to me. But, the thought of never re-stringing again and, maybe having a better product gets more and more enticing. I've even purchased a 3000' roll of the .4 mm cord that is the exact replacement cord for our shades for a mere $9.00 on ebay. So, I've got enough string for a zillion day night shades.

Anyway, your comments on how you all like them so far would be appreciated. Thanks
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Rest assured - don't go to MCD and you will use that string. Go to MCD and you will not - and have a great company standing behind your shades that BTW - look about 150% nicer than accordions. And ours are manual. Going to have the cockpit done in the next few weeks. Got the house done when they had 35% of sale a couple years ago.

Our storage space is 10 miles from their shop in McKinney. They are great folks and the product has so far been awesome.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:50 AM   #7
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I replaced the pleated blinds on our three larger windows with manual MCD Duals a couple years back. DW and I both feel it was one of the best upgrades we did. Daytime privacy, nighttime solid, easy to clean, not a single issue so far. No-hassle ordering from MCD (even sent us material samples to choose from.) Not sure I'll bother with the small slideout side windows, but am considering how to do the windshield area next.
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I had the same problem with the bedroom blinds. Rather than take everything apart, I just flip the shade over the top of the roller. That Thales up about 2-3" of blind. Now mine will tuck up under the valance, be fore they wouldn't
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:11 AM   #9
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Very satisfied with the day/night shades! Allows better visibility in the day and blocks night time light. Provides noticeable insulation form heat and cold. We have used them for two years. MCD is customer oriented. I ordered an incorrect shade and they worked me for an equitable solution. Joy is a very pleasant person to work with when ordering.

I replace the string shades as they brake. Two left to replace!

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Their web site does have manuals you can download with detailed instructions on how to set travel and retraction speed.
As to how we like them - a lot! They provide privacy and insulation from both heat and cold.

There are some cons however. We have had two of the motors on the windshield shades fail and they had to be replaced. I had 3Ts in Lake Havasu replace the first and I had them order the other motor for me and I installed it.

Several of my shades will not hold adjustment - usually retraction speed - and have be adjusted every month or so. The factory has tried to be helpful but so far has no solution for this problem - other than sell me new shades which isn't going to happen.

They were installed at the MCD factory in Oct of 2010.

For what the product costs this should not be happening.
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There is a thumb knob on one end of the shade. Pull the shade about halfway down and turn the knob until it's all the way up. You may have to do it a couple of times to get the desired tension. I have to adjust mine once in a while but it's no big deal.
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Gang,
This is not to "hijack" the OPs thread but, I figure it's related to the subject. To those of you using the manual type MCDs, how do you like them so far?
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We got the MCD shades in October and other than our solar panels my wife and I agree they were the best upgrade we could have made. We love them. A couple of the shades bind a bit but that's the fault of the amount of space our valences allow. It's not that bad though. We had one stop working we thought but adjusting them according to the manual (or the web site) made it work fine again. We love how dark we can make the bedroom now (especially in Northern Yukon this summer) and best of all how great they look.

Here is a post on our blog about it:
Walkabout With Wheels: New Inductee to the Customer Service Hall of Fame: MCD Innovations Day/Night Shades

The the original poster, check the manual or online and it will tell you how to adjust them. We have the manual shades (except the windshield which is run off the sun visor switches) One side of the manual shades have a gray wheel and the other has a black wheel. One adjusts where it stops when it goes up and the other adjusts how fast it goes up.

We would never be without these shades and if we get another coach we will get them if not already installed.

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X2 on how dark the bedroom cam be. We close the doors between the house and the bathroom and close the blinds in the bedroom and it is pitch dark any time of day! That is priceless!!!
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FIRE UP (Scott),
Hey guy how are things?? TeJay here. The TOAD wiring is doing just fine. Again thanks for all the help.

We love the MCD shades. Our coach came with them all around except for the windshield and cab windows. We had CW here install the windshield shades. You can do it yourself. If you call them you can get the instructions for install by customer on-line. I can help by answering any questions you might have. Just send me a PM and Ill give you the skinny on them.

As far as the OP and his problem. We need to know if they are electric or manual. If electric yes the manual is on-line and it is not to hard to figure out.

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