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Old 07-16-2014, 03:05 PM   #1
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Day/Night Shade repairs...

I recently re-strung two of our day/night shades by following the instructions found on this forum and on various YouTube videos regarding the restringing process. The restringing itself was tedious but not difficult, as has been stated on here many times. However, I ran into a problem which I have not found others to mention here; namely, that I broke every end cap from the top, middle and bottom rails of the blinds in the process of "removing them carefully". Am I the only one who has broken these caps into pieces? Despite my effort to gently remove them, literally all six caps on both blinds were broken, most badly, and were not fit for re-use when I was finished.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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I'm not about to give any advice on this. I can't even hook a battery up correctly! If my day/night shades ever fail, I am not even going to attempt restringing. I'll probably go with those type of blinds that roll down. Kind of like the old roll shade but with a modern twist.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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You can purchase end cap at fixmyblinds.com
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:32 PM   #4
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You can purchase end cap at fixmyblinds.com
The end caps were so tightly installed at the blind factory (in Taiwan) that I literally could not remove them without breaking them (11 of 12). Once broken, they were virtually useless and need replaced. I will have to get a stock of these, as it is clear we will be needing them, since the strings in these shades are very prone to breaking under normal use. My real concern is that the design of the blind ends seems to leave little (and very irregular) room to re-insert the caps, even if I had a supply. Total replacement of the window coverings should not be necessary on a 2 year old unit which has been used with great care. Seems these ought not be a "disposable" item, but maybe they are.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:21 AM   #6
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I'm not about to give any advice on this. I can't even hook a battery up correctly! If my day/night shades ever fail, I am not even going to attempt restringing. I'll probably go with those type of blinds that roll down. Kind of like the old roll shade but with a modern twist.
OK, Timex, you may be right, the money may be better spent replacing with something else. Thanks. However, I hate being the guinea pig. Have you seen these in person or operated them? I see there is a day/night version of roller shades are sold on Camping World. Have you identified a source for these with which anyone has reportedly had any success? Hey, I have an idea...maybe you could go ahead and replace yours and let me know how that goes?
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It's a shame you had to re-string them so soon!
When we got our trailer all the shades had the strings so tight it was
very difficult to move them.
Someone here on FRF said they repaired shades and the #1 reason for
failure was strings too tight.
I loosened all the strings- some a little and some a lot- and we've not
had any trouble in over 6 years. My wife raises and lowers them all every
day when we're camping.
I hope we can get this good use out of our next rig (if we have a next one!).
It is stored in a shelter with sides so they are more or less in the dark when
not in use. Maybe the UV is killing your strings and not mine?
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OK, Timex, you may be right, the money may be better spent replacing with something else. Thanks. However, I hate being the guinea pig. Have you seen these in person or operated them? I see there is a day/night version of roller shades are sold on Camping World. Have you identified a source for these with which anyone has reportedly had any success? Hey, I have an idea...maybe you could go ahead and replace yours and let me know how that goes?


Whoa now Vern, I was trying to be a blessing to you!

I've seen these roller shades(for lack of a better term) in stores(Lowes, etc) but I don't have any experience or know if they would be appropriate for use in a RV. I hold my breath every time we raise or lower the day/night shades hoping I don't heard that sound of a string breaking or end up holding the whole shade in my hands. Wish I could be of more assistance to Ya. Sounds like you're in a quandary of should I/shouldn't I.
Let us hear what you decide.
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OK, KyDan, that makes sense to me. I would rather try loosening the strings and hope for similar results to yours than to jump into buying replacements, especially now that I have had these apart and know how to fix them. Now to order a supply of end caps to cover my tracks to date. Thanks, guys.
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