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Old 08-20-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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When towing do you put the day/night shades up or leave them down? Does one direction put less stress on them than another?
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When towing do you put the day/night shades up or leave them down? Does one direction put less stress on them than another?
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:45 AM   #3
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I think the pull on the string system is the same up or down so it shouldn't make any differance one way or the other. But down probably would give a little less horizontal slap, not that it would hurt anything.
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Not my decision -- Marilyn says they stay down when traveling and she's in charge of the inside of the Excel. Probably doesn't matter either way -- more of a personal preference.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:40 AM   #5
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DW says that when the shades are down, they are not going to move around and damage the stings. She does not want to restring them. Also by having the night shades down, the interior is not exposed to sun damage. They also help keep the unit cooler while traveling.

Me, I just say, "Yes dear" and go take of the external hook-ups.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">...the interior is not exposed to sun damage. They also help keep the unit cooler while traveling. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Marilyn uses the same rationale and I also salute smartly and go about my outside duties.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:22 PM   #7
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I don't think it makes a rat's hinney bit of difference....Chief and Tim...you guys have the right idea...no wonder you guys have been married so long! Virg, you and I could learn a vaulable lesson from these guys!
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:26 PM   #8
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It depends on the weather. If it's hot outside, I pull the blinds down so that the hot sun doesn't shine inside. If it's cool or cold, I put the shades up.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rockintom:
I don't think it makes a rat's hinney bit of difference....Chief and Tim...you guys have the right idea...no wonder you guys have been married so long! Virg, you and I could learn a vaulable lesson from these guys!
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At lest I didn't get in trouble yet. Real close. Of course I was not old enough to get married until I was 42. I really wasn't then either. Just ask Billie.

As for the shades. I was told to leave them up when traveling. Less likely to damage the strings. I haven't had to do anything to my shades yet.
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Once again still, I have to "one up" you! I was 44 when I did it (just 12.6 years ago)! I was too worried about making enough money to retire early to be bothered with married!

Splain something to me. Why would having the shades down put additional strain on the strings? Remember IQ 14 (it ain't gone up any lately!)
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OK Guys, the engineering side of me had to do a quick experiment.

Shades up - No side movement, lots of fore & aft movement

Shades Mid-line - Movement in all directions

Shade down - No Movement.

IMHO - no movement, no wear on the unit. Movement means that something somewhere is going to see wear and tear of some sort.

Lastly DW wants them down, their down until someone gives clear evidence supporting their choice.

As for getting married early, when you start young you don't try to out guess anything. Your still learning about life together. It's an adventure. Now we're still young enough to enjoy our grandchildren.
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Down on the curbside so that people standing on the sidewalks as we pass can't see in. Up on the roadside because the 130 mph combined speed of two vehicles passing at 65 mph each does not give their eyes time to focus on the inside. It's calculations like that that have kept me on the good side for 46 years.
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I have the curb side up --- if I glance that way when driving I can see out. All of the others are down. Just my preference and the DW does not mind one way or the other
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