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Old 05-30-2016, 09:26 AM   #1
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Day night shades stuck

I have a 2009 Monaco A Class, it sat a long time with no use. Now, all of the Day Night shades are very hard to open or close. Is there any way to loosen them up or lube or?

Any one else had this issue? I have had several coaches with what appear to be the same shades and they were easy to open or close. These are so hard to slide up or down, I am thinking about replacing?

Any cures would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:30 AM   #2
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Is there any way to loosen them up or lube or?
Hi Sky Pilot, if yours are at all like mine, yes. I restrung a couple of mine and found that the amount of tension that you put on the string (and the spring that is inside the shade at the top - tied to the strings) controls the tension. So, if you have excess string at the bottom (secured to the wall), try loosening it a bit.
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:35 AM   #3
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Right! Untie the string screwed into the wall and the shade will fall down, then just tighten the string up so the shade stays up on it's own, then retie it to the plastic gizmo.
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Boy, that was fast. Thanks guys! Since I have to drive to the coach. Just to be clear. The screws are at the bottom of the shade and I do not have to remove the valances? Is there string and screws on both sides, and I loosen both screws and to loosen the strings to allow LESS tension on these strings.

Since every shade is the same, I assume over time, heat shrinks the string causing this issue. It is almost impossible to move the shades.
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The spring is centered at the top but free floating. I think adjusting one side string would help but probably best to adjust both sides equally (if possible).

Right, no need to remove the valance/whole shade. Yes, less tension equal easiest movement of the shade.
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There's absolutely no need to un-tie the strings, unless there's a severe problem, WITH ALL YOU DAY NIGHT SHADES AT THE SAME TIME! All that's needed most likely, is a slight tension adjustment. It's easily done. On many types of them, the tension is set by loosening the barrel adjustment screw at the bottom of the strings. DO NOT REMOVE THE SCREW, just loosen it enough to back out the center barrel.

On ours, that center barrel has four microsized dowels that are lodged in four holes which, keeps every thing from unwinding on its own. So, you back out the center barrel, enough to dislodge the dowels, then back off the turn of it, anywhere from 1/4 to a full turn and, re-insert the dowels. Then retighten the screws, DONE!

Now, for all of yours to have the same EXACT problems at the SAME EXACT TIME, is, to say the least, a bit odd. But, try loosening the tension adjustment(s) and, see if that works for you.
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Boy, That was a quick fix, already drove to the coach and loosened each of the barrels. I had double strings in each side and just loosened and pulled maybe a third of an inch of string back up to release the tension on both sides and they now all work great. My valance was in the way as it came down to the bottom of the window and covered the adjustment screw, a Stubby Phillips was too long but a L shaped driver worked.

I had never had to adjust any before and had no idea they could be adjusted. I bought this coach used with only 6k miles on it, a 2009 and it obviously sat a long time causing all to be tight, probably from not being used and heat. Thanks so much for all of the help.
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Tension should be just enough to hold the shade in-place, more will prematurely wear out the string. BTW, replacement string is readily available from a local blind store, just buy the correct size.
Instructions for measuring length, determining size, and plastic string guides here: Blinds & Shades Replacement Parts | Repair Instructions | FixMyBlinds.com
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The string broke on one of my day-night shades. How hard is it to repair that? Shade need to be removed?
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The string broke on one of my day-night shades. How hard is it to repair that? Shade need to be removed?
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