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Old 12-28-2019, 09:54 AM   #1
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Best window blinds

I am building new valances in our motorhome and putting in new blinds. I want to use a roller blind. What is the best roller blind for a motorhome? Probably only going to put up blackout blinds since that is all we use now.

We currently have the pleated day/night blinds which I hate. Probably need something that can be secured if pulled down and driving down the road so they don't flop around. Any recommendations is appreciated.
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Expensive but I have MCD shades. They're roller shades and are a 2 part system. Closest to the window is a sun shade that works great during the day. Filters out the sun and allows light to enter the coach. The outer shade is solid and serves as a black out shade. They offer many colors and they're either electric (12 volts DC) or manual. I have a mix of both. The windshield covers are electric as are the windows next to our sofa and directly across from the sofa. The rest are manual.

Along the leading lower edge of each shade (on each corner where they would hit the window frame) is a piece of stick on velcro (the soft hook part) It cushions the shades and there's virtually no 'flapping' noise when driving. An alternative to the velcro would be a piece of self adhesive rubber weather stripping available at Home Depot or Lowes or just about any decent hardware store.
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Thanks for the help
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Old 12-28-2019, 01:39 PM   #4
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https://www.shadepro.net

http://automotionshade.com/English/P...44&productid=1
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We had MCD shades but took them out and went with Automotion. The MCDs broke and no replacement parts available. Buy the complete shade, both day and night side when one breaks
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:48 AM   #6
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May I ask what you don't like about the day/night pleated blinds? We like ours.
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May I ask what you don't like about the day/night pleated blinds? We like ours.
The strings will eventually break and are a pain to replace. They need adjustment. I replaced my strings with fishing line, they work better but still need adjustment which I haven't gotten around to. They don't come up evenly and if not adjusted properly one side will hang lower than the other.

Spring roller type will do away with that. I'm going to look at Lowes and see what they have.
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The problem with any shades (pleated or roller) is that they block the breeze when you want to have the windows open. We prefer mini-blinds since they can be angled to block the sun and still let the breeze blow through. Down the road, you either pull them all the way up or put a small pillow behind them to stop the rattle. If the sun is really hot, and we are using the AC, we put a reflextec sheet against the window, as we do with the windshield when parked.
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If you are looking for "best", then you are looking for motorized shades. Keep in mind the wiring needs as you build your valances et al.
Also the control system to easily operate the motorized shades.

So, Lutron or Somfy blind motors. Lutron only comes with their own shade material. Somfy you can choose and have the installer put on what you want.

You can use two motors and shades per window for blackout vs. privacy shades.

RS485 control via my favorite control system.

That's the "best".

I have a sneaky suspicion you are not looking for "best" however as few will make the investment.
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I personally would not install motorized shades as this just complicates the setup and will eventually need repair.

When possible I keep to the KISS principal, especially on such an easy thing to do manually.

But that's just me and my opinion.
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I personally would not install motorized shades as this just complicates the setup and will eventually need repair.

When possible I keep to the KISS principal, especially on such an easy thing to do manually.

But that's just me and my opinion.
sure, but we can also walk to our destinations pulling our little red wagon with our stuff.

Good motorized shades (ie: the Best) have very very good life. Cheap blind motors are just that.

I think the windshield and drivers / passenger windows are best suited for power to be operated by the driver when needed for glare control without having to reach for the blinds which is very distracting. One mistake paid for all of the blinds and then some.

The rest of rig motorized blinds is a deluxe feature found in the Best RVs.
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Down the road, you either pull them all the way up or put a small pillow behind them to stop the rattle.

I also opted for miniblinds when replacing the day night shades. To keep them from rattling I built boxes that surround the window, the bottom and sides are lined with carpet. The heavy bar on the bottom of the blind rests on the carpet which lessens movement, the side carpeting means there's nothing hard to bang against.
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We removed the pleated junk and replaced them with room darkening insulated shades ( from Lowe’s). We also have awnings outside these main windows which are deployed when necessary. No need for “sun shades” in our book.
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We removed the pleated junk and replaced them with room darkening insulated shades ( from Lowe’s). We also have awnings outside these main windows which are deployed when necessary. No need for “sun shades” in our book.

Could you take a picture and Post, thanks.
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