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Old 07-14-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Replacing day/night shades

Another "string" broke and I don't think I want to go down the restringing path again. What's a good, reasonable alternative and source for replacement of the OEM installed day/night shades?
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Not cheap, but MCDs have a great reputation
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When faced with the same situation earlier this year we upgraded the front area of the coach to MCD. We did not convert the windshield because it did not seem cost effective. We will do the bedroom later.

We could not be happier with MCD.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:14 PM   #4
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We also have MCD shade an duos and love them ...but they were costly. HOWEVER, I suggest you check with them as I have read they have a new line of similar shades out that are much more moderately priced.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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We are currently replacing our D/N shades with room darkening tinted roller shades from a box store. So far it is working out well. Simple , inexpensive and pretty easy. Not near as nice as MCD but we are not able to spend big bucks right now on window treatments.
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:22 PM   #6
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Conmoto...can you tell us what company supplies your roll down shades..DW`is tired of restringing these faded shades also...Thx
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We did all the windows and windshield with MCD. I would not swap back for the money, absolutely love the shades! Saved a ton and self installed all eleven ourselves! Even recovered all the valances!
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We have a 40' 2007 Scepter. This week we replaced all the D/Ns with MCDs except the windshield. Easy project and we love the shades. Removing the Monaco installed D/Ns was harder than the installation of the MCDs.
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We also have MCD shade an duos and love them ...but they were costly. HOWEVER, I suggest you check with them as I have read they have a new line of similar shades out that are much more moderately priced.
They do have a new line, the Gold series. About 25% less than the American series. The difference is in the finished edge on the bottoms (no plastic bar) & in the limited selection for fabric on the night shades. The quality is the same.

In 2010, we did the coach cockpit in American Duos (manual sides & motorized windshield). Due to the cost, we decided to wait to do the rest. At last month's FW rally, we ordered the manual Gold Duos for the rest of the coach. For example, one of our windows fell in the highest priced category (based on size 56wx51l) for the Duos. The retail for the American for that size is $370. The retail for the Gold we got was $280. Quite a savings.

We're very happy with our MCD's. I'm glad they came out with a more economical offering.

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We are currently replacing our D/N shades with room darkening tinted roller shades from a box store. So far it is working out well. Simple , inexpensive and pretty easy. Not near as nice as MCD but we are not able to spend big bucks right now on window treatments.

We did ‘thrifty-man’s solar duo-shades’ for our HR Vacationer (under $100 did 2 windows). Purchased one Levolor solar shade from Lowes + three regular room-darkening shades, and had them cut to the correct width. Since our windows over sofa and dinette were wide, but only 30" long, we were able to get enough solar fabric for both windows from the one we purchased (72" long, if I remember correctly). Removed the room-darkening material from one shade and replaced it with ½ the solar fabric. Mounted one solar shade and one room-darkening for each window, and either or both can be lowered or raised (manually, of course). Not as fancy as the higher-priced ones, but they look fantastic and work great.
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We just finished putting up the last roll shades and for the money (about $100) they look much better than the old weathered and just gross D/N shades. We picked them up and had them cut at Menards and used the Levelor universal hanger (from Lowes) that will let them hang from above. We will see how they travel. Who knows they may all hit the deck at the first bump!
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We went a different way when our first string broke last winter. We wanted privacy and ventilation both, so we went with venetian blinds. They were ordered to fit and easy to install. We now cand still get air while keeping our privacy. They are not noisy going down the road, but if they were we could retract them.

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We went a different way when our first string broke last winter. We wanted privacy and ventilation both, so we went with venetian blinds. They were ordered to fit and easy to install. We now cand still get air while keeping our privacy. They are not noisy going down the road, but if they were we could retract them.

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we did the same thing,got seven aluminum micro mini blinds for $300.00 cut to fit,looks great.
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