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Old 03-22-2016, 07:45 AM   #1
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Why the mismatch in windows vs. window coverings?

We're starting into our second season with our giant project Endeavor. One of the nonsensical (to me, anyhow) design features is windows and blinds that open in different directions. The windows slide horizontally, and the blinds move vertically. Fifteen feet away, my neighbor's travel trailer has vertically-opening windows with horizontally-opening curtains. This makes no sense to me.

In our non-air conditioned home, we rely on the combination of windows and blinds that move in the same direction to control airflow and light through the windows without having the wind destroy the blinds. On all windows and doors, the blinds can be protected from wind damage by the glass, no matter how far the window or door is open.

We like that the MH day/night blinds don't flop around, but we're just about ready to throw them straight into the trash and replace them with curtains that have both top and bottom rods. By doing so, we would be able to open both the windows and the curtains anywhere from a tiny crack to fully open, without the curtains being destroyed by the sun and wind.

Am I missing a useful purpose to the way they are?

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Old 03-22-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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No, you aren't missing anything. It's just lack of design, or rather, low cost design. RV makers tend to throw features together to get the most visible Wow! for a modest price without any real concern as to effectiveness. That leads to things like the window shades, switches in awkward places, lack of electrical outlets in convenient places, cheap upholstery/flooring in high traffic areas, etc. etc.etc. Your Endeavor is probably better than many others, but still short of ideal.

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Old 03-22-2016, 11:24 AM   #3
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We have MCD window shades and while they are still vertical I still use them to control both light and air flow.
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Your thoughts make sense but all the RV's we've ever owned have had verticals, even though some had horizontal opening windows. We live in Florida and its seldom cool enough or dry enough to keep the windows open.
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