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Old 01-01-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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Retro Fit Solar/Sun Shades in cockpit?

I tried to reply to an existing thread however it was too old so here I go...

I've read where some owners have retro-fitted solar/sun pull down shades (MCD, Carefree and also HomeDepot Bali blinds) on the driver and passenger windows.

I'm also interested in installing a pull down solar shade on both the driver and passenger windows on my '07 Southwind 32VS. The question I have is that the area in the valance that they install into has the folding curtain that goes around the whole cockpit.

The MCD, Carefree and HD Bali style seem to be the same width/depth of 2". Assuming that this valance area is pretty standard in coaches can anyone who has installed these blinds tell me if they can squeeze into this area and still allow the curtain to be pulled along it's rail?

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I've read where some owners have retro-fitted solar/sun pull down shades (MCD, Carefree and also HomeDepot Bali blinds) on the driver and passenger windows.
I'm also interested in installing a pull down solar shade on both the driver and passenger windows on my '07 Southwind 32VS. The question I have is that the area in the valance that they install into has the folding curtain that goes around the whole cockpit.
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I bought a used/take out 8' electric MCD room darkening shade at an RV dealer, (for $75), and mounted it rearward of the track for the pleated drapes, (the original pleated drapes can still be used, although we never use them anymore).

Because they happen to fit perfectly, I use these on my driver and passenger windows:
Motor Home RV Mac Truck Freight Liners Window Shade | eBay

BTW since the MCD shade can be lowered and/or raised to any point while driving, (with a push of a down/up switch), it makes an excellent adjustable sun visor.

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We recently had MCD shades installed on the entire MH. Can't believe I didn't do this a long time ago. To answer you question, when the shades were installed they removed the track. I don't think there would be room for both on the side window valences.
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Thanks Mike....that's really what I'm after, to determine if I could squeeze the MCD or other options the same width in the same area where the pleated curtains are when folded up. Unfortunately there aren't any retailers of any of the blind options I mentioned locally for me to physically try them here.
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Hi Ron. The MCD shades are approximately 2" x 4" with one roller stacked above the other. So you will need about 2" to 2 1/4" in space out from the wall to fit the shades in. If you have access to a RV dealer near you, you can go in and take a measurement. Most of the new RVs have MCD shades in them. Hope this helps.
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Thanks Peg.....those blinds are no where to found here so I'm having to resort to input here. I'll probably end up waiting until we head south later this year and then stop in at a RV shop that has them and/or a Home Depot to assess the Bali alternative for fit.
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