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Old 07-20-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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Curious if anyone has used more conventional shades in lieu of the RV day/night shades. We're doing some interior upgrades and some of our shades need replacing. However, we never use the 'day' shade since our windows are so heavily tinted and we have window awnings...only pull the shades at night.

Bottom line, are there better alternatives (RV-specific or otherwise)?
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:43 PM   #2
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Curious if anyone has used more conventional shades in lieu of the RV day/night shades. We're doing some interior upgrades and some of our shades need replacing. However, we never use the 'day' shade since our windows are so heavily tinted and we have window awnings...only pull the shades at night.

Bottom line, are there better alternatives (RV-specific or otherwise)?
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I recently installed new mini-blinds from Home Depot in our coach. Home Depot cuts the width for you and you shorten them to fit the window height when you install them. With a little patients they install pretty easily too. They come with plastic brackets that allow you to anchor them at the bottom which prevents them from banging around. I considered the day/night shades but liked the mini-blinds better and they are a lot cheaper.
While at the Depot I also picked up a roll of aluminum faced bubble wrap to make insulating panels for the windows. This helps stabilize the inside temperature and keeps all the sunlight out when not in use. Good luck!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by smlranger:
Curious if anyone has used more conventional shades in lieu of the RV day/night shades. We're doing some interior upgrades and some of our shades need replacing. However, we never use the 'day' shade since our windows are so heavily tinted and we have window awnings...only pull the shades at night.
We would have torn the day/night shades out long ago,but their insulation value is hard to ignore.On more than one occasion,the camp ground has been treated to an unintended show when I omitted the night function.A strip of coloured tape on the night shade helps as a reminder.
Bottom line, are there better alternatives (RV-specific or otherwise)? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Smlranger,
We just replaced 8 day/night shades in our motorhome with metal 1" mini blinds from Lowe's Home Improvement store.
We measured each window for width and length and special ordered them and it took about a week to deliver them.
They were very easy to install as I just screwed the top frame into the window box header.
As I remember it was about $225.00.
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Warren, if you have dual pane windows you will want to be very careful with the foil backed insulation on the inside of the windows. This will reflect the heat and it builds up inside the air space of the window thereby cooking the the seals and causing a vapor leak in between the panes.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">replaced 8 day/night shades in our motorhome with metal 1" mini blinds </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hope the rattle doesn't drive you crazy driving down the road! Let us know how it works out.
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Check out MCD RV Innovations. They have a new style shade that appears to be really well built. Some of the manufacturers are starting to install them in their new coach models. I saw them at the FMCA convention in St. Paul last week.

They can be purchased in manual or electric versions and supposedly have a new R-factor built into their design that slows down heat/cold transfer.

Don't know if they have a web site, but their email is: info@mcd-rv.com, and their phone is: 800-804-1757
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RV Wizard thanks for the tip. I wasn't aware of the problem that can arise when using insulated panels in conjunction with dual pane windows, but it makes sense. I will add that to my mental database. Our coach has single pane windows so there shouldn't be a problem. I guess I need to be more careful about the information I share.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Check out MCD RV Innovations </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Just went to a session with MCD here at Winnebago GNR. Their website is www.mcd-rv.com. After I looked their new shades over in their booth, I called the DW and asked her to come join me in their seminar. She is a hard sell, and we have not had as many complaints about the standard day/night shades as many people seem to have, but she soon agreed with me this would be a super upgrade to our day/night shades. We plan to get some for the windows, and are seriously considering having the windshield area done too.
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Ditto for my endorsement of the MCD shades. They started using them on the Allegro Bus in the 2008 model year and are excellent quality and the company stands behind their product.
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Thanks for the many suggestions. We have the micro-mini blinds at the kitchen and toilet room window but don't want those at other windows...hard to keep clean and just waiting for Lucy to stick her paws in there and bend the slats.

I will check with the MCD folks tomorrow. Their website doesn't provide much detail. We also are considering good shades from either Lowe's or Home Depot.
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In a former trailer we did some remodeling on, we got the stock cellular shades at Home Depot cut to width. They worked well with the trailer's side valences to hold them in place. I liked the double thickness for additional insulation and opacity, yet the fabric was light enough to give good light inside.
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Instead of metal mini blinds you may want to consider what we did; custom wood mini blinds from justblinds.com. The mechanical parts are all metal and the wood matches our coach wood. I put a piece of velcro on the inside of the valance and edge of the blind where it doesn't show and there is no rattle or other noise. I like the fact that we can crack the blinds and have ventilation without a loss of privacy, and that they add to the residential feel. Not cheap, about $80 per window depending on size, but worth it for the quality.
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