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Old 10-27-2021, 01:02 PM   #1
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1999 Southwind window blind repair

Our 1999 Southwind 36T still has its original paper folding window blinds. The string parted in one of them and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to remove the blind or valence or surround without a crowbar.
Any ideas?
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Old 10-28-2021, 09:17 AM   #2
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If like my coach, there are hidden screws holding the valance to the walls. I used a sharp pointy thing (dental pick) to poke around till I found them.

As far as restringing them, I did it once and then decided to just replace the shades. I used a set from Home Depot Home Decorators that are cordless and buttonless. You just use a finger to push them up. No buttons to push first.

The biggest drawback to them is the cats learned how to push them up at night so they can see outside!

It cost me around $300+- to replace all the shades in our coach back 3 years ago.
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Bigd9: thanks but which surface has the screwheads? I can't find any and the surround is solid as heavy furniture!
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I don't remember! I would have to get to the coach and look I guess.

Another idea I used was taking a 1/2" x 3" piece of thin metal (I used a small section cut from a leftover flashing, and slide it between the wall and the valence and move it up and down till it hits a screw. Once you find one screw, the rest should be easier.

On mine, the valances were not all uniformly attached. Some had a small angle bracket up at the top holding the valance to wall.
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Here is a link to a Web site that iRV2 user "Waiter21" put together on his 1999 Southwind. It may not have an article on valances, but I think you'll find something there worth reading.

I have a rare earth-magnet-on-a-stick that helps find steel fastenings inside tight spots. You might give one a try.
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