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Old 08-09-2014, 11:09 AM   #1
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Day/Night Shades: Do you like them?

We just picked up a new Forest River (Puma) TT and it has the day/night shades on every window. They're always cock-eyed, and difficult to use. They're also uneven on the bottom.

Anyone else have, and/or like them?
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I only have one left in the bedroom that is original to my MH. I love it, wish all the rest were still here. So far what I've found are just too expensive to replace them again. Maybe one day.

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The D/N shades are a hassle , particularly when the string tension is out of adjustment .
DW, hates the bedroom ones because , in order to have privacy, night position , they cut off air flow if you open the window. Looking to remove and install regular venetian blinds.
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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A lot of people seem to have problems with Day/Night Shades. I must have some of the best quality ones ever made because I absolutely love mine and never a problem in 13 years of service. There are different manufacturer's so possibly you got some from the "cheap seats" shops.

Occasionally, I have had to re-tighten the strings as they need to be "piano string tight" otherwise they won't work and will be cockeyed all the time.

I have never had to replace any strings so they must be a high quality string too.

I removed the two windows that had Venetian blinds as they were hard to keep clean plus they were noisy. I installed a day/night shade in the toilet room and a Solar Shade in the small window over the kitchen counter behind the sink.

With the larger long D/N shades use two hands to raise them up but you can use one hand to lower. Also you can only move one of the two shades at a time either up or down. If you try to move both it will break.

If you have some extra money you can remove them and replace with MCD Day/Night Shades.

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I had them in every window of my 02 Sunnybrook for 12 years with no issues. Had to re-string one and tighten the strings on one. The instructions on how to adjust, re-string, re-tighten are all on line. I think there are some cheaper than others but they are better than the old style IMO. When I get to camp they go up, down for travel.
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We very happily put our day/night blinds into the dumpster! When we bought the new RV we told them we would not buy anything with day/night shades.
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Highway: how do I adjust them? One in my girls bunkhouse just falls down all the way to nightshade. Thank you.
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If the strings get loose at all they will not stay up. Do a google search on them. You should be able to tighten the strings without removing them.
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HATE THEM. Love the idea, but they are too tight, almost impossible on one wind to put up, blah....
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We absolutely love ours. We try to use both hands to take them up and down but they have not been any trouble at all.
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Hated ours and went to Lowes and bought Bali double hung, double thick, pleated blinds in a color we liked and love them. They can be raised from the bottom or lowered from the top in any position. We drop them 6 in, in the morning, while we are sitting around in our jammies and no one can see in. Measured all the windows and ordered blinds 1in narrower. Seven days later Lowes called and we installed them ourselves after removing the factory shades and valances. The factory valances were a neutral color and pattern and contrast well. All 5 windows were just over $500. Now I can sit in my easy chair with my binoculars and watch the eagles out on the lake. Cant do that with day n nite shades. When they are closed they provide total privacy, with no shadows from outside even with the lights on.
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We had all of our old fashioned day night shades replaced with MCD shades today, including a powered windshield shade. Absolutely fantastic. Looks great, easy to use, one hand. Several of our old shades never hung right, the larger ones took two hands to raise and lower, and two had broken strings after minimal use in two years.

It wasn't inexpensive, but so glad we did it

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I wish the night shades were a little more opaque, so they let no light in.... Other than that they're OK... but not great.
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I wish the night shades were a little more opaque, so they let no light in.... Other than that they're OK... but not great.

There are different types of Day/Night Shades. Those that make the room completely dark even when it's midday outside are called "Blackout" Shades.

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