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A visit to our motorhome the other day reminded me, we have two day/night shades that need to be re-strung before we hit the road. In seven years, we have had to re-string at least two shades each year. I've gotten pretty good at re-stringing but the installation is a pain. We are ready for some other design. Would love to replace our current shades with new-style MCD's American Duo Day/Night shade System but not in the budget. Does anyone have experience with those good old-fashion roller blinds? Would they be a good alternative? Thanks for your insight.

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Have them in the Winnebago, love them. They have a 'viscous' rewind that goes up slowly. Very Nice.


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Have had the MCD's for a couple of years now. Sure gets dark in the coach when you pull them down. No way would we go back to day/night shades.





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Switched out our day/night shades, which broke often with dual roller blinds from United Shade in Elkhart Indiana, last summer. Great product @ a much lower price than MCD. 9 blinds and the oak valances I built, ran over $1300. Much better than the over $4000 we would have had in MCD's and new locally fabricated valances. I case you are wondering about the valances, most RV day/night shade valances aren't deep enough for the dual roller shades without some modification.


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Teacher's Pet wrote:

Switched out our day/night shades, which broke often with dual roller blinds from United Shade in Elkhart Indiana, last summer. Great product @ a much lower price than MCD. 9 blinds and the oak valances I built, ran over $1300. Much better than the over $4000 we would have had in MCD's and new locally fabricated valances. I case you are wondering about the valances, most RV day/night shade valances aren't deep enough for the dual roller shades without some modification.


Depends on IF you have the electric MCD quote or the manual MCD quote. There are 2 versions of the Electric MCD---Wired and RF remote wired. Then they have the Manual MCD which are a LOT cheaper. Some MCD can be installed upright (one on top of the other) so the valance clearance is not an issue. Doug

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We replaced all our old worn out day-nights with aluminum mini-blinds. They give a wider range of control over light, visibility out, visibility in, and ventilation than the others.


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We like to have the blinds down/closed when driving, unless the driver needs to see through them. With a mini-blind when they are down and you are driving, they rattle, which is very annoying.
Often the reason that day-night shades cords wear out is because the bushing/eyelet needs fixing or replacing.

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Dusty R wrote:

We like to have the blinds down/closed when driving, unless the driver needs to see through them. With a mini-blind when they are down and you are driving, they rattle, which is very annoying.
Often the reason that day-night shades cords wear out is because the bushing/eyelet needs fixing or replacing.

Dusty


The Day/Night shades wear out due to the constant vibration in transit and causes a saw action that the strings are not heavy enough to keep from sawing. They then saw the plastic holes in the bottom eyelet and inside the blind itself. Doug

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Does anyone use the old fashioned so-called roller blinds?

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forestcamper wrote:

Does anyone use the old fashioned so-called roller blinds?


Yes, MCD makes such a set. Doug

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