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Old 06-01-2012, 06:44 AM   #1
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day/night window shades

Has any body tried to restring a day/night shade in a 2008 Bounder ( the window in the living room slide behind drivers seat when slide is in ) The window valance is jamed in behind the cabinets.

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Old 06-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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Suggest you do a search on the forum re your question. There have been many discussions here on how to do this....should be some info there for your coach. I have restrung a couple of our shades, but it is a different coach. The overall technique should, I would think, be the same. A web search will also bring up info. Hope this helps....

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Old 06-01-2012, 08:31 AM   #3
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The previous replies will get you restringing guidance, but it sounds like part of the question may involve access.

Those blinds are likely screwed to the top of the valance. A long bit extension (8-12") for your drill would be the best approach. Lower the night shade completely and gently push the top pleat aside about 2-4" in from each end. You should find attachment screws. Do the same in the center.

It is possible that clips were used, but they will be in the same locations.

The shades are best strung while laying flat on the floor, and at best the job is a pain. I believe Camping World carries a restringing kit.

If your budget allows, consider changing to roller shades. We did and could not be happier. The restring kit is a whole lot cheaper, though.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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Yep..they can be a real pain to get to. I finally went to Lowes and bought an 18 inch long phillips head screw driver. That makes it a lot easier.

For the actual restinging part try http://www.dirtyblindman.com

He has kits and a CD with instructions. Or you can do a search on this forum and find the instructions and buy the materials at a craft shop to re do them. I'v had to re string 3 or 4 of them in our 05 Bounder. The main problem with them is that the little gromets are many times not installed properly and friction causes the strings to break or get hung up on the fabric. So if you do reinstall, be sure to replace the gromets. Another common thing i found on ours is that the plastic knob that holds the string to the bottom of the window valance is installed wrong or backwards.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Another day/night shade broke and we're thinking about switching to something else maybe blinds. What are the roller shades you mentioned?
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Richard & Mary Lou,
We got the MCD Innovations Duals. They are specifically made for RVs. They can be DIY or professionally installed. We installed our own, and once we got one done the rest went up easily. There are two shades per window: a dark screen mesh for day use that allows you to see out while blocking the suns heat, and an opaque privacy shade for at night. Various colors are available for the night shade, which does an excellent job of blocking out light if you need to sleep in.

These shades are not cheap, but then again by the time you had custom blinds made they wouldn't be either. Blinds will be noisy going done the road i think,

We feel that these shades were THE best thing we have done to improve the livability of our coach. if you are budgeting you can do like we did and do the main area first, then the bedroom when the kitty is refilled.

Check them out. If you decide to install them yourself contact me and I will share the few things that I picked up on that will make it a little easier.

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