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Old 11-07-2016, 06:50 PM   #11
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If you don't want to continue replacing torn cords, examine the inside of the U-shaped channels when you have the blinds apart. Mine were aluminum and when the holes were drilled through the channel the drilling left big, sharp burs which Winnebago hadn't bothered sanding down. If you have burs and don't get rid of them you'll be replacing the cords again. Of course, then you'll already have some experience doing it! Have fun!
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Old 11-07-2016, 06:59 PM   #12
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Camping World carries the repair kits for your day/night blinds. We've restrung 2 four string ones with no issues whatsoever. 2people (one "catching" the string - the other is the feeder) makes the job go quicker. The schematic posted above is great - refer to it while stringing and also watch the YouTube video before you start.
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Old 11-07-2016, 07:31 PM   #13
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These are quite easy to repair. Cord is available on ebay. You should probably buy 25 yards. On Utube there are a number of videos how to restring it and diagrams as to how the cords have to cross to make them work. Just did ours but being a man thought I could Just do it, crying:: Had to go to Utube and on line to get the proper routing . Use a darning needle to thread the cord. Good luck. Put the coffee pot on!
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:15 PM   #14
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There are many videos on restringing day nite shades on he internet. We repaired one once using branded fishing line matching the previous color. Your not going to brake that line ever again.
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:53 PM   #15
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We had to do a prior trailer - bought the cord at a blind place in Arizona where we were at the time and they even gave us the little gadget to string with. Found the best was way to place a piece of cardboard on the picnic table & then were able to take blind apart and walk around it as well. No more problems.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:05 PM   #16
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Was easier for me to print the diagrams so I had it right in front of me. Having a severe case of CRS even after watching videos.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:19 PM   #17
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for Ian: you can take a wooden match or a broken toothpick (you only need a little bit of it) and put it in some wood glue like Tightbond or Elmers and stick it in the hole for the screw. When the glue is dry, put the screw back in. I prefer using the match sticks (the smaller safety matches in the box) to the toothpicks because they are softer, but, sometimes they don't fit the existing hole easily. Also, you don't need much length (maybe a 1/4-1/2 inch) since the paneling is pretty thin.
As for the shades, we have them as well in our Windjammer and have lost 3 of them so far. One was replaced under warranty and I replaced the second one with a "top down/bottom up" cordless shade from Menards this spring. It was on a tall window in the slide out and the 24" shade just fit. Didn't take very long to replace it and it works like a champ. As I recall, it was about $35 or so for the shade. They will trim the width to size, but it fit great out of the box. The third one, I will replace this coming year and I will use a cordless bottom up shade which is available from Home Depot since the window is wide, but, not that tall and Home Depot has a short shade that will fit. Plan to get rid of all the shades with those crazy strings attached to the wall as each one breaks. For mine it wasn't just the string, but the aluminum piece that the string goes through that pulled out. The cordless shades work great and you can't see through them like you can the ones that come with the trailer.
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:23 PM   #18
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fl564, if you call the blind manufacturer they will send you a repair kit for free. I had one break 2 days after I bought our 8288 after a 5 min call we had a new cord set on its way, free of charge. (Note that our 8288 is a 2011 and we are the 3rd owner so it is not a 1yr warranty or original owner type of thing) The contact number for our blinds was in the owners manual. If you don't have yours or have trouble finding it, let me know and I will pull my paperwork and get it for you.

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Old 11-08-2016, 06:55 AM   #19
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I had this problem with two RVs. The sun deteriorates the cords. Was able to repair the blinds with cords bought at a fabric store. Problem is that this will keep happening. Decided to change all these day/night shades with sheer shades. No chords. Here is the link https://www.blinds.com/p/blindscom-f...r-shade/520110 We replaced 9 windows of various sizes for less than $1K US. For Canadian RVers, the link site is https://www.blinds.ca/p/blindsca-zeb...hadings/500977
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:52 PM   #20
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I have done a few of these in my time as well. Word of caution, don't over tighten the thread on the button knob. Too much tension and they won't work easy. Good Luck!
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