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Old 11-23-2018, 10:24 PM   #1
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I hate pleated blinds.

So I have had my trailer for a year and a half now. Have gotten just about all the kinks worked out.

Next up on the list are the blinds. It has thicker pleated blinds that you push up. Think they are considered day/night.

The issue is that I cannot open them with out them bunching up in spots. They are supposed to fold back and forth as the bottom slides up but they wonít.

Am I doing something wrong or do I need to let my wife rip them off and make new ones?

Writing this as I sit in my recliner in a mo state park. They gave us a voucher for a free night as a Black Friday gift today.
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:14 AM   #2
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They might need to be adjusted, loosen the round piece at the bottom then you release or add tension to the cord, hold the cord then retighten the round piece. Just wait until you have to restring one
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:45 AM   #3
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I replaced mine with Venetian blinds. Much better! A twist of the wrist to open partially or fully. I hated those pleated blinds. Couldn't see out unless fully opened.
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:02 PM   #4
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We have those pleated blinds and were having the same problem until we started leaving them completely up when not camping. They don't bunch or wrinkle when we let them up or down when camping now.

I have plans on replacing them at some point.
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:14 PM   #5
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I love my day night shades. Had to restring one , watched the video and only took the guy 15 minutes. Took me twice as long to untangle the strings. But after an hour they were done and everyone was happy again.
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:40 PM   #6
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Wait until you break any of those e n d pieces trying to get them out. The one I did had the center section ends super glued in. Boy that was some fun!
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:07 PM   #7
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I'd never own them again. Roller blinds have been the best thing ever in our last 3 units. Darken the interior and there are no shadows seen from the outside at light. Also heavy enough to hold heat or AC in. Stops most heat coming through from the sun. No strings either! Although those OP has are not cheap they are a lot less than roller blinds which is why they come on many units.
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:15 PM   #8
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Leave them up when not in use. We were specifically told this by our dealer during delivery.

Have not had a problem so far and these are far superior to regular blinds.
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Old 11-24-2018, 04:02 PM   #9
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Had them in our last Coachmen T/T and were pretty pleased with them. New Coachmen has black soft up roller shades. We didn't like them at first but they raise and lower so easily and really darken the interior. We've come to like them a lot. Just my preference but I wish they were a light color inside. As is pretty standard the kitchen area has venetian blinds witch we always keep up when under way.
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Old 11-24-2018, 04:05 PM   #10
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I love my day night shades. Had to restring one , watched the video and only took the guy 15 minutes. Took me twice as long to untangle the strings. But after an hour they were done and everyone was happy again.
Same here. Unlike Venetian type (with slats) the pleated blinds provide some insulation over the window for hot/cold weather. I have the Venetian type on one side at kitchen. Rest are pleated. If the sun is beating on kitchen side you can feel the heat from the hot metal slats. If beating on dinette side, noticeably less heat coming through the pleated. During cold weather the same only they help keep heat in.

Perhaps wood slat Venetian blinds will yield similar benefits but they're heavier and more expensive.
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