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Old 05-24-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Pleated Day/Night Shades

Anyone have any opinions (oh boy, does that open the can or what), or experience with the below?

When we picked up our new Sabre 5th wheel last July the service tech told the DW that when going down the road we should have the shades lowered all the way down (into the night position), but when stored we should leave them fully up as the sun will eventually weaken the pleats and the shades will not look good or work well when raising. It is true we live in Arizona and store outdoors. It has been a real PIA covering all the windows (lots of them) with sheets each time we store, but do not want any fading. Any ideas?

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Old 05-24-2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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Anyone have any opinions (oh boy, does that open the can or what), or experience with the below?

When we picked up our new Sabre 5th wheel last July the service tech told the DW that when going down the road we should have the shades lowered all the way down (into the night position), but when stored we should leave them fully up as the sun will eventually weaken the pleats and the shades will not look good or work well when raising. It is true we live in Arizona and store outdoors. It has been a real PIA covering all the windows (lots of them) with sheets each time we store, but do not want any fading. Any ideas?

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That is what I had in my trailer as well as my present motorhome and I live in Arizona also. No fading here.
I leave them totally down in night position when stored to protect furniture fading and not worried about the shades fading.
Hope this helps.

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Old 05-24-2014, 05:14 PM   #3
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I use pre-cut pieces of aluminized Mylar insulation (1/4 inch thick) and slide it between the shade and the window. This keeps the camper cooler and direct sunlight off the shades and furniture.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:43 PM   #4
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I've always had tinted windows, so I don't know how much it would really hurt. But I wonder how much real life expectancy there is on the shades. But I bet that they will last longer than I will have it.

On the down when traveling, makes sense, since the bouncing and wiggling will probably work em down anyway.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:20 PM   #5
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Down for me, sun fading in Trailer vs shades...
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Our dealer told us the opposite. Travel with them up as the bounce effect on strings is more when in the lowered position, thus weakening/stretching the stings. We keep them lowered when stored to keep it cooler and lessen fading of the furniture.

I do have a follow up question. This weekend two of my shades have come loose and it appears the screw adjustments are stripped where inserted into the wall. How does one fix this? In the past I have taken a golf tee, gently tapped it into the "too big" screw hole after putting a little wood glue on the end. After curing I cut it off with a sharp pocket knife and run the screw back in. It has worked for cabinet repair but I have not tried it yet on the blinds. Any other suggestions such as wall anchors? The DW wants me to look into replacing with MCD blinds. Has anyone done this yet? I see the MCD's in the higher end units, like Cedar Creek.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:48 PM   #7
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DW doesn't care for them. They're a PITA to raise and lower (then again, our trailer is brand new, so maybe they're just stiff). What she doesn't care for about them is that she can't stick a finger in the blinds and peek out like she could with the old trailer's aluminum slat blinds.
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We have replaced most of our pleated day/night shades with venetian blinds. Prefer those much more as we twice repaired the broken strings in the original.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:36 AM   #9
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I like mine. I have heard that sliding a piece of bee's wax on the strings helps ease opening and closing the shades.
I also had a screw pull out of the wall. I just used one of those plastic anchors and put the screw back in. Seemed to work as the screw is still firmly in place.
I put the shades in the night position when storing.
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