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Old 02-16-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Why day/night shades?


I have a question. What is the reason for day and night shades? Are both necessary? Just wondering what people usually get. Thanks

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Old 02-16-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Day shades to block the sun coming in and warming the insides, then night shades so outsiders can not see in when you have the lights on during dark hours as well as to block the outside light from coming in during daylight hours so you can sleep late if you desire to do so.

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Old 02-16-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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All the pull downs in our coach are day/night, with the one in the bedroom being especially darker than the others.
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The daylight part of the shade allows you to see out but stops others from seeing in and also keeps some of the heat from the sun out. At night these shades would allow others to see in if you have interior lights on hence the night shade is denser. However, these do not block all the light out so in the bedroom we have installed a blackout shade material that replaced the normal night shade material. This can be special ordered via Camping World.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:00 PM   #5
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After having two MH's with the day/night shade we took them out. Went to home Depot and purchased plain old Venetian Blinds. Wife loves the look. We also removed the valances that surrounded the shades. Because the material is lighter in appearance the MH seems larger inside. Out side looking in you really can't see much. It all depends on how you turn the blinds. The do a good job of reflection heat while allowing more light into the MH. At night they block exterior light just about as well. everyone who has been in our Mh since we changed out the old style shades remarks about how fresh and light the interior is. Interesting if you look at many of the High dollar Mh's you'll see blinds installed. Yes, they can be noisy and distracting while when driving. there is a very simple cure for that. 1. Fasten the bottoms so they don't move or 2. just pull them up to top while moving and you never know they are there. safe travels.... ed
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Our day/night shades don't let us see out when they're drawn. In the day position they allow enough light to illuminate the room. In the night position they darken the room for sleeping. Day/night shades are good to have IMHO.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #7
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MCD day shades allow you to clearly see out during the daytime, at least when you look straight out of them, but not from too far off center. The day/night shades that came with the coach did not allow clear viewing out through the day portion. You had to raise them completely to see out, allowing glare and heat to come in. One reason we replaced them.
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Another vote for venetian blinds. They allow the air to circulate while still providing privacy thru open windows. I don't notice any noise traveling, but clamping them at the bottom or pulling them up would take care of that.

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The previous owners of our first MH replaced the day/nights with store bought blinds of which moved while driving. When purchasing our second MH day/night shades were on our must have list. There are only a couple of shades that I change from night to day. To each his own however I am one of those who like to keep things original.
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Faux wood blinds

We grew tired of the day/night blinds, so when Lowe's had a sale on wood blinds we elected to try them in the bedroom. Went with the faux wood. I forgot why, wasn't price, but some other advantage. Anyway, we are very happy with them after a year. Wanted to wait to be sure we liked them before doing others, but will do so soon. (Waiting for another sale). Best benefits - air flow yet still keeps sun out, can angle to see out without being able to see in, and rich look of matching cherry color. No noise problem for us.
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Originally Posted by tonka96 View Post

I have a question. What is the reason for day and night shades? Are both necessary? Just wondering what people usually get. Thanks
Day-night-rv-shades are not 2 different shades...(they are a combination of both in a single shade).
They can be troublesome and if/when closed over an open window they don't allow much, if any, ventilation.

My coach came with micro-mini aluminum blinds, (like these: 1/2" Micro Aluminum Mini Blinds, on all 6 windows.
They have been trouble free for 18 years, (132k miles).

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