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Old 08-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Open Windows?

We just purchased a 2013 Sabre 34TBOK and we love it. We camp alot in the mountains and don't want to run the a/c all the time. With the day/night shades, how can we get to the windows to open them? Seems simple enough until you try it - the shades are held down and in some cases the valances are along the sides of the windows as well so you can't go behind the shades to open the window. Any suggestions?

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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May I ask what you mean by "the shades are held down"?
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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We just purchased a 2013 Sabre 34TBOK and we love it. We camp alot in the mountains and don't want to run the a/c all the time. With the day/night shades, how can we get to the windows to open them? Seems simple enough until you try it - the shades are held down and in some cases the valances are along the sides of the windows as well so you can't go behind the shades to open the window. Any suggestions?

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We raise the blinds, open the window and close the blinds. Not much air comes in thru' the windows with the blinds pulled tho'.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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This is probably another "give me your money, have fun" walk thru by the dealer. Not knowing the kind of blinds you have, I would venture a guess they are the accourdian style that slide up and down a string. They are sometimes hard to move. Use both hands, one at each end, lift straight up. Hope I am on the right track here and that it helps.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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If they're anything like ours, they have a day shade and a night shade on the same set of strings/ropes. Almost impossible when new to move both of them at once when they're new. Try sliding the night shade up first and then the day shade. They'll eventually get easier to open. I agree though, not much air moves through the blinds when closed.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:20 PM   #6
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Not sure why the OP is not answering, so we will just have to continue to speculate.
If the blinds are so tight that they think they cannot raise them, the strings will definitely have to be loosened. It seems the factory installs them over-tight so they don't have to adjust them.
The other issue is that if the strings are left tight, they will wear out and break, as they run through eyelets inside the blind pulls. That is what holds them up, and makes them hard to move.
It is an easy procedure. Just remove the plastic holders located at the end of the strings, near the bottom of the windows. Unknot the string, lengthen the string a half inch at a time until the desirable tension is achieved. I adjusted ours so that they take only the slightest pressure to raise/lower.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions. The blinds seem to be held down by little plastic circles and the string goes through there. We tried turning the holders but we were worried we would break them until we knew what/how to loosen the string to allow the blinds to move. The string is very tight but we figured there had to be a way to open the windows.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:55 PM   #8
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You have to remove those little plastic circles, as they are screwed to the wall. Then you can untie the knot that holds the string to that little plastic circle, and lengthen the string, then retie the knot. On some of ours we had to lengthen them over an inch each.
One other note, make sure you lenghten each side about the same. There is a mechanism inside the blind pull bars that must be kept centered.
It is a simple job, just takes a bit of time and patience. But it is well worth the effort. Your blinds will be a pleasure to use, instead of a pain in the butt!
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We too wanted to keep the windows open during the day and when we were out and about… Not a good idea. We had a tribe of squirrels break into our camper and ransacked the place. Yeap, they broke thru the screens and had a ball with a bag of peanuts we had on the table... What a mess. Darn varmints.
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Thanks for the suggestions. The blinds seem to be held down by little plastic circles and the string goes through there. We tried turning the holders but we were worried we would break them until we knew what/how to loosen the string to allow the blinds to move. The string is very tight but we figured there had to be a way to open the windows.
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If you loosen those strings your blinds will not stay up. Try sliding them up with both hands. You might also be hitting the crank out knob on the window.
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