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Old 12-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Need headboard to protect shades.

We recently purchased a new to us 2011 Winnebago Itasca Sunstar 35F. This MH has a large window above the bed and has MCD day and night shades. I was wondering if anyone has made/acquired a headboard of some sort so that the shades could be pulled down and not get ruined by our pillows. The previous owner had a sheet of silver wrapped bubble foil (that can be purchase from a big box store) cut to size to cover the window and not use the shades. Looked tacky and pain to take down and up daily to allow light in bedroom.
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An exterior solar shade may help
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Just thinking that a headboard would probably make it difficult to pull the shades up/down, and might possibly block your emergency egress through that window. Please use caution with your solution.
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We recently purchased a new to us 2011 Winnebago Itasca Sunstar 35F. This MH has a large window above the bed and has MCD day and night shades. I was wondering if anyone has made/acquired a headboard of some sort so that the shades could be pulled down and not get ruined by our pillows. The previous owner had a sheet of silver wrapped bubble foil (that can be purchase from a big box store) cut to size to cover the window and not use the shades. Looked tacky and pain to take down and up daily to allow light in bedroom.
I've struggled with the same issue - waiting our 1st RV and have foreseen the problem of bent & mangled shades. So far I've decided to go with this product (www.blackoutez.com) which is a blackout material that goes on & off easily with Velcro. If you find a better solution please let me know.
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We also have the big window at the head of our bed. When we reupholstered our valances we talked about making a head board to protect our MCD's. This would block our only fire escape! Then I had a idea to attach a head board with velcro that could be removed. We decided not to block the window. Practiced going out the window as we should do! Maybe this does not pertain to you, but it is something to consider. We went from part time campers to fulltime recently and it changes our thoughts a little as far as safety.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yes it is the emergency exit so it will have to be easily removable. I was hoping someone had already done something like this and had pictures. It has a valance that comes down on the side of window with very little room between it and the shades from side-to-side so maybe a thin metal braket may work to keep plywood headboard off shades.

Bob the black out material may be a good option and leave the shades up.

Thanks again and keep the ideas comming.
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We have a 2007 Sightseer 35j with the same issue. I will be adding a velcro'd headboard over this winter as I am also replacing all the original day/night shades with MCD blinds. DW is also requesting new valences, so those will be done as well. Will post pictures when it is in progress.
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"New product idea"...

Build a hard mounted FOLD DOWN head board, this allows the pathway, not done yet...there is more...

Determine where the exit is, which side, then make a fold up ladder or attach rope ladder, also add a fold up pipe that will go from headboard to wall above window, this gives something to hold onto as you climb out, place it to protect the person from corners and edges.

It would take some creativity, but not a lot of difficulty.

You make the business part from dimensional lumber or steel depending on your ability.

The rope ladder tucks in at the top of the bed out of sight.

Once that part is finished then build the "good looking part" making sure it can still fold down.

Just one idea to think about on the cold days. ..
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In case of fire.........
1.make sure to help wife out the emergency window quickly.
2.follow wife as soon as possible.
3.wife should break fall!
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"New product idea"...

Build a hard mounted FOLD DOWN head board, this allows the pathway, not done yet...there is more...

Determine where the exit is, which side, then make a fold up ladder or attach rope ladder, also add a fold up pipe that will go from headboard to wall above window, this gives something to hold onto as you climb out, place it to protect the person from corners and edges.

It would take some creativity, but not a lot of difficulty.

You make the business part from dimensional lumber or steel depending on your ability.

The rope ladder tucks in at the top of the bed out of sight.

Once that part is finished then build the "good looking part" making sure it can still fold down.

Just one idea to think about on the cold days. ..
How about making the headboard a breakaway slide for quick exits?
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In case of fire.........
1.make sure to help wife out the emergency window quickly.
2.follow wife as soon as possible.
3.wife should break fall!
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Make a nice up side down valance. You can make it out of wood to match or cover with cloth. The top of the valance could be made level with the bottom edge of the window.
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What about this headboard idea. You would have to make it yourself but if you made it out of higher grade fabric it might work for you.
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I like it. See what DW thinks and if she will make it.
Keep these Ideas comming.
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