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Old 06-06-2010, 10:00 AM   #1
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Interior window shades

Thinking about changing the "pull shades" on my windshield and side cockpit windows. Would like to have power shades installed instead of the nightly issue of pulling the shades closed. I'm sure they are available but don't know the particulars; can anyone give me any ideas?

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Old 06-06-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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For starters, check out MCD Duo Shades.

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Hi JBroadaway,
This is another vote for MCD products. I have them through out my coach. They are a bit expensive, but the outstanding quality is worth it. 4 years now and not a single problem. They look just like the day they were installed.
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We're thinking of doing this, too. We have looked at Carefree, AutoMotion and MCD, there may be other manufacturers also. Carefree are widely distributed, but they are not custom made and only drop 34 to 36", so they won't work as privacy shades, at least in our coach. AutoMotion (at least in their pictures) is not solid, the upper portion looks like mesh, so they won't work at night.

The best bet, at least in our case, seems to be MCD. They are custom fit and Cruzer has a great writeup on his website on his installation. AFChap mentioned in this post that his windshield was curved enough to require 3 overlapping shades!

There are several threads outlining problems with other brands of visors/shades, but none with MCD. As a matter of fact, they all were replaced with MCD's.

I think I'll make a pole like the one shown in cruzer's web page and to try to fit ours, as MCD is not going to be at rally near us on the East Coast and we aren't going to make it to Texas anytime soon.

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If you go to the MCD website, and click on the dealer page, you will see that MCD has dealers across the country. Measuring for the house shades shouldn't be a problem for you but you may want to visit a dealer for the windshield installation.
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Peggy, thanks for the info. Unfortunately there is no dealer in NC for cockpit shades, only house shades. I'll give MCD a call and see what they suggest.
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We had all of our shades replaced with MCD Duo shades a few weeks ago. We had the windshield done, too. We didn't do powered shades, except for the windshield, because of the cost. It sure would have been nice, though.
We had the work done at MCD in McKinney, Texas. If you decide to do the cockpit, I suggest using Brannon Hutchinson of Custom RV in Red Bay, Alabama. He uses MCD shades and does great work. He will be a little cheaper than MCD in McKinney.

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