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Old 10-23-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Cool Pleated Blinds Strings

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A real DUMMY here but can any one explain what purpose the strings on the Pleated Window Blinds actually do?In a MH
Can't one just buy a DAY/NIGHT normal pleated blind like I have in my house & operate the blind by pulling on the control string ? No string going to a knob on the sill,I,m sure everyone is familiar with a standard home blind
Why the strings on a MH blind????
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:27 PM   #2
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MCD company in Texas has the best solution for dealing with these strings. IMHO, these blinds with their strings are the dumbest invention ever. And, they don't even keep out the light. We replaced all of ours before our trip to Alaska and they paid for themselves just on that one trip.
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I have changed 4 sets of these strings on different blinds in my 5th wheel. Simply put, they act as the levers to raise and lower the blind. The strings criss-cross above and below the blind. There is a small coil spring holding them together at the top. I bought replacement kits at an RV store in El Cahon CA. 5 sets for around $15.
We are looking to replace all of these blinds with something more durable.
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I have changed 4 sets of these strings on different blinds in my 5th wheel. Simply put, they act as the levers to raise and lower the blind. The strings criss-cross above and below the blind. There is a small coil spring holding them together at the top. I bought replacement kits at an RV store in El Cahon CA. 5 sets for around $15.
We are looking to replace all of these blinds with something more durable.
If you don't mind spending some money, take a look at these. They are not cheap, but they are well made and the company provides excellent support.
There are of course others but I can vouch for these Hands Down.

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You can definitely buy a 'house-type' pleated shade. We did for our bedroom - a blackout one. However, it didn't have the two option - day and night like the rest of the motorhome ones had. I'm not sure if all the "house-type" shades were like ours
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For about 5 dollars tou can buy enough string at a fabric store to do all your blinds twice over with string to spare. Once youve done a couple it becomes pretty simple. Soak the string in warm water with about 6 tea bags for an hour or so and you have a perfect color match.
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One of the reasons for the strings is to hold the shade in place and keep it from banging while driving. They actually work well if you take care of them, adjust them correctly and operate them gently. I replaced all of them in Monaco with MCDs after 9 years of use. I never broke a string. In 11 years, my sister's coach only broke one.
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