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Old 10-04-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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Window Treatments

Are DW and I the only ones who absolutely hate our Day/Night shades? The tension string rots and break, they get out of adjustment, are darn near impossible to clean, take two hands to raise and lower (which is a challenge when leaning over the kitchen table or sofa), once one of the pleats gets creased they never lay flat again, they provide zero insulation, the list of things to hate goes on and on.

We're looking at installing either blinds or curtains. A simple twist of a rod or a light pull on a string and BAM! You've got sunshine. There are clips that can be installed to secure the bottom of the blind so it doesn't rattle going down the road and curtains, well... curtains don't make noise anyhow.

Let's see how you have tricked out your windows. Feel free to brag. Pictures, stories, other types of window treatments, whatever. We're looking for fresh ideas here. Anything other than the dreaded Day/Night shade syndrome

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Old 10-04-2014, 09:59 AM   #2
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We had the same issues you did so we replaced them with the MCD day/night shades, should have done it long ago. Also had that drape replaced at the windshield with a power MCD day/night shade. It is so nice, just hit the button and you have the sun screen or the night shade. Also when driving the sun shade will come down part way to block the sun.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:06 AM   #3
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We like our Day Night shades.

Have had to repair a few strings but they are 20 yrs old.
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:43 PM   #4
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Such passion! Such emotion! Absolute hate over a window shade? Imagine how you'll feel when you encounter something important! ;-)

We like our Day/Nights. Yes, I have one that needs restringing, but I suspect MCDs or blinds might not last forever, and likely aren't any less of a PITA to clean, either. Just different.

I am confused by a couple of your points:
1) Takes two hands. ?? True, it requires two separate operations to lower everything down from the full up, or to raise everything up from the full down, but I've never needed two hands for anything.
2) No insulation. There must be different models available. Ours insulate like crazy! When we lower our night shades on a chilly evening there is a prompt and noticeable change effected.

In any event, I hope you find some window "tricks" that please you.
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1) Takes two hands. ?? True, it requires two separate operations to lower everything down from the full up, or to raise everything up from the full down, but I've never needed two hands for anything.
I have a shade in the living room area that has two knobs on it, one on each side, because it is so wide. It in fact requires two hands to raise/lower each day/night shade, which can be a pain when a chair or the table is in front of it.
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Hey, ardbard was just looking for ideas not criticism. Let's give these folks new ideas and we all can enjoy them. Unfortunately I also have the shades with strings but would be interested in other ideas.
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Yes, all of mine have two separate pull strings as well-- the one on the left controls the day shade, the one on the right controls the night shade. The day shade must be the first down and/or the last up, or the control lines might tangle. A couple of ours are 4 ft+ wide, but fortunately nothing requires two hands to raise or lower.
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When I went to the Hershey show last month, I didn't tour a lot of coaches but mainly ones I can't afford Why? I wanted to see any future USED coach I might afford years down the road. I did have interest in what they do to the interiors to demand the bigger prices and I noticed one thing about window treatments.

The higher end coaches all seem to go with a wooden type surround on the window, nicely finished with likely just MCD's behind the surrounds. The appearance was higher-end, more like window treatments in a S&B. Not sure if OP would consider this as a retrofit to theirs and in doing so, could swap over to more standard curtains one finds in S&B's as well.

Anyone good at woodwork could retrofit their coach similar to the higher end models and since everything is apart at that point, come up with better attachments for standard shades, curtains, etc.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:42 PM   #9
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I have a shade in the living room area that has two knobs on it, one on each side, because it is so wide. It in fact requires two hands to raise/lower each day/night shade, which can be a pain when a chair or the table is in front of it.
2X on the 2 hands. With the exception of the very smallest ones, ours are so tight that it takes both hands to move them. And even if DW could move them with one hand, unless you are perfectly centered, one side or the other will get out of whack.

In fact I was just out to the coach trying to fix yet another one. The little groove on the knob the string is suppose to go into broke. While there I looked at how they attached the valances to gauge how hard a retrofit would be. One would think there would be little brackets or something, but nooooo, they toenailed them to the bloody wall with ringshanks - THEN somehow upholstered them to hide the nails How do I know? One of the nails had pulled loose from the wall and the bottom of the valance was flopping around exposing their evil plan to frustrate.

Keep the ideas coming. With all due respect to those of you think these spawns of the devil are the cat's meow, there has to be others who think like DW and I do
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Our first coach had the Day and Night shades. Honestly I really hated those things. I babied them trying to keep from breaking the strings and cleaning was awful. Our current coach has MCD shades on a chain except the DS and PS front are pull and release and the windshield is motorized. Wow what a difference! No issues at all. Easy to clean. Blocks out all sunlight on the night shade. I love these shades!
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Yes, all of mine have two separate pull strings as well-- the one on the left controls the day shade, the one on the right controls the night shade.
Then you have a completely different shade than ours. We have no "pull strings" you have to grab the bloody *&$%^ by the plastic bottom piece with both hands and drag her up - twice. And the bloody *&%$^ plastic bottom piece is flimsy so you can't just grab it anywhere, its two hands placed geometrically equidistant from the middle for the larger ones or one hand centered for the really small ones
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Well, I guess I'd want to dump those, too!
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Such passion! Such emotion! Absolute hate over a window shade? Imagine how you'll feel when you encounter something important! ;-)
When DW wants to get undressed and she can't get the bloody *&^% shade to go down, believe me - it gets very important - very fast
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We miss our metal mini blinds in the adirondack but I went to Walmart and bought curtains they have some nice cream damask ones for under $ 10. This way we can leave shades up and pull curtains over. Plus made the whole rig look classy!!!!
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