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Old 09-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Installing Day Night Shades

I recently received replacement Day/Night shades for my Fleetwood Southwind. My question is that after examination of the shades currently installed, it looks like there is a screw on either side up into the shades frame securing it to the valise frame. I couldn't feel or see the screw to determine if it was Phillips or Box. It's a very tight fit and a long screwdriver seems to be needed. Can anyone provide a few suggestions?
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:55 AM   #2
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phillips I think

i have a 1998 fleetwood and mine are phillips head. May I ask where did you get your window shades from. I need to get new ones myself.
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I recently received replacement Day/Night shades for my Fleetwood Southwind. My question is that after examination of the shades currently installed, it looks like there is a screw on either side up into the shades frame securing it to the valise frame. I couldn't feel or see the screw to determine if it was Phillips or Box. It's a very tight fit and a long screwdriver seems to be needed. Can anyone provide a few suggestions?
For some applications it has been reported that removing the valance - shade and all is the best approach. Maybe look at that?
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I just ordered new shades from Camping World...they are custom made with day and night combos.
Best way to take out existing shade is by twisting metal frame and entire shade comes out; mine had original measurements written on metal...othersie, measure for exact replacement.
New shades had new clips to replace old ones. After carefully checking all clearances on both sides, and installing new clips, I snapped the new shades in and then screwed in the retaining screws for the strings. I had to move one of the screws to get the right tension.
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In general, Fleetwood Motorhomes have the shades screwed into the top of the valance. I have an '05 Bounder. The valance with the shade attached can be removed by unscrewing the 2 (narrow shades) or 4 (wide shades) phillips screws located on the OUTSIDE of the shade - between the window and the shade. Kind of hard to see and you do need a very long screwdriver. Remove the top valence screws and the small screws from the "L" shaped brackets at the bottom on each side and the entire valence with the shade will drop out. The shade is screwed into the top of the valence with a couple of phillips screws. Pull back the top pleat and you will see them. I used replacement kits from the Dirtyoldblindman.com. Very complete kits, reasonably priced and include a computer CD of instructions. When replacing, screw the top screws into the wood valance far enough that they protrude 1/8" or so. Hopefully you will then be able to find the original screw holes in the frame above.
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In general, Fleetwood Motorhomes have the shades screwed into the top of the valance. I have an '05 Bounder. The valance with the shade attached can be removed by unscrewing the 2 (narrow shades) or 4 (wide shades) phillips screws located on the OUTSIDE of the shade - between the window and the shade. Kind of hard to see and you do need a very long screwdriver. Remove the top valence screws and the small screws from the "L" shaped brackets at the bottom on each side and the entire valence with the shade will drop out. The shade is screwed into the top of the valence with a couple of phillips screws. Pull back the top pleat and you will see them. I used replacement kits from the Dirtyoldblindman.com. Very complete kits, reasonably priced and include a computer CD of instructions. When replacing, screw the top screws into the wood valance far enough that they protrude 1/8" or so. Hopefully you will then be able to find the original screw holes in the frame above.
could you post pics please
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I bought the shades through Fleetwood who had the proper part numbers, measurements and colors. The shades themselves came drop shipped from a company called Ascot in Napannee IN. They were a little cheaper than what you would order from camping world. I'm a little hesitant about taking the valice apart for it looked initially to be difficult. I guess I'll go out and buy a foot long Phillips screwdriver though. Thanks for everyone's help.
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Per your request here are a couple of photos. One photo shows the top of the valance from below. The light gray stripe is the valance fabric. The white stripe is the bottom of the window shade - retracted. The brown stripe with a thin lighter edge is the top wood of the valance. Note that one of the screws is visible - small black dot right of center. The black stripe is the window frame. The other photo shows the L-shaped bracket - one on each side.

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