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Old 12-29-2017, 02:34 PM   #1
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Cord replacement on shades

Three of the five shades on my 2001 Bounder don't open without a lot of struggle. I'm assuming this means they need to have new cords. Anything special I need to know about purchasing cord? I found some repair kits specifically for RVs. The price seems excessive but if that's the best thing, I'll get it. Also found 100 yards of a .9mm but not at all sure it is the right size. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMTFKYG...ing=UTF8&psc=1

What has your experience taught you about this matter?

I'm fine with the shades (style/color). They are only slightly damaged from being pulled and a complete replacement seems wasteful.

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I had some trouble with the day/night shades in our 5ver. Sent them back to the mfgr, for a very small fee, they restrung the shades. Works for me, I don't have to try to figure out all those videos on restringing DIY. Can't remember the mfg, but might be worth a call if you know who made yours.
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I bought the kit and found it was an easy repair. When I first re-hung them, I made the strings to the tie down to tight, and found them hard to operate. I loosened the tension some, and they worked great. Could your strings be too tight?
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I used silicon di-electric grease to lube the strings. (The same stuff you use on spark plug rubbers) BIG difference..

Put the shades all the way up.

Put a small dab of silicon paste on your fingers and wipe the strings with it.

Slide the shades up and down a couple times, and re-apply grease.
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Hmmm. Maybe so. One has a broken string. But maybe the previous owner messed with the other two and they just need to be loosed. Thanks for the idea. Want to have anything I might need before I start.

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Interesting! Does the product function more like a wax than as a grease that will soak into and stain the fabric shade? I'll look it up.

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I used silicon di-electric grease to lube the strings. (The same stuff you use on spark plug rubbers) BIG difference..

Put the shades all the way up.

Put a small dab of silicon paste on your fingers and wipe the strings with it.

Slide the shades up and down a couple times, and re-apply grease.
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Does the product function more like a wax than as a grease that will soak into and stain the fabric shade?
More like a wax.. wipe a tiny bit on the string, it shouldn't get on the shade fabric..
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Three of the five shades on my 2001 Bounder don't open without a lot of struggle. I'm assuming this means they need to have new cords. Anything special I need to know about purchasing cord? I found some repair kits specifically for RVs. The price seems excessive but if that's the best thing, I'll get it. Also found 100 yards of a .9mm but not at all sure it is the right size. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMTFKYG...ing=UTF8&psc=1

What has your experience taught you about this matter?

I'm fine with the shades (style/color). They are only slightly damaged from being pulled and a complete replacement seems wasteful.

Thanks!
I believe you have day/night shades?

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I solved a similar situation by replacing all of my old shades with roller shades. Gave the inside of the coach a fresh new look and work so much easier! Something to consider.
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Wife and I taught ourselves to replace the strings while in Collier Seminole state park in Florida years ago. I figured what the heck I've got nothing else to do. Purchased the kits in Camping World. The first one laying on the picnic table had us wondering if we made a mistake. Turns out to be EASY though you might be nervous at first. Do it yourself.
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