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Old 07-08-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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Blinds and solar panels

I need to restring a couple of my day/night shades but I'm not sure how they dismantle with or from the window treatments. I've got a handle on the restring but getting to that stage is a little mysterious. It's a Vectra 40AD and the windows in question are the main window over the diner and the window over the sofa on the drivers side. The Winnebago manual hasn't proved to be at all helpful.

On another note the roof mounted factory fitted solar panel seems to have expired but again the Winnebago manual makes no mention of this part, or it's wiring or none that I can find. I would like to replace the panel as my batteries are suffering when I am not hooked to shore power. I would like to use another 10 watt panel to avoid messing with the controller etc that is already in place. I'm looking for help and guidance on this as this part of my unit is out of my realm and I don't want to screw up!
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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Are you going to GNR? I'll hand you the 10w solar panel that I took off my coach if you are. \ken
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Blinds and solar panels

How do you know the panel has "expired" ? Did you get on the roof and measure the output from the panel with a volt meter? If not, could be other wiring issues. A panel usually has a lifespan of 15-20 years unless it physically abused.

If you replace it, I would go with a 20 or 25 watt panel instead of 10. Don't even need a charge controller until solar panels get larger than 25 watts....just direct connect to battery.
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http://www.winnebagoind.com/resource...t%20Blinds.pdf
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:56 PM   #5
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The pleated shades are mounted to the window treatment through the shade header. With the shades down you may have to push a pleat toward the window glass to be able to see the screw. The shorter windows (like 3') have usually two screws (Phillips head) and longer shades may have 3 or 4 screws. Use a power screwdriver as the screws are long. Hope this info helps
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Thanks folks invaluable info as always
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I have restrung all the shades in my MH. Real easy after the first one. I ordered my string from The Dirty Blind Man. The cord is a lot stronger than the original.
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I am restringing the cafe booth set right now. I found this site very helpful.
Blind & Shade Repair Instructions | Instructional Videos | Printable Instructions | FixMyBlinds.com
The instructions from Winneabago were very confusing to me.
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