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Posted: 05/17/21 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I normally tow with my shades up but I just had a fail on one when I arrived at a site last week. The cord was apparently sheathed and it bunched up causing the shade not to work. To prevent additional problems, should I be towing with them in the down position? Seems like the roads are bumpy no matter which direction we go.

Second question; where do people take these to have them restrung?

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Posted: 05/17/21 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always put them up. The constant bouncing and rattling when they were open drove us nuts. Never had a problem in either the fiver or the Endura.


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We have a TT so we don's know what it sounds like back there. However, the TT does have pleated blinds that attach to hooks so that they stay in place in the down position while driving. I don't like leaving the blinds open when we are at stores or rest areas because people can look and and see if there is anything inviting to steal.


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We have a TT so we don's know what it sounds like back there. However, the TT does have pleated blinds that attach to hooks so that they stay in place in the down position while driving. I don't like leaving the blinds open when we are at stores or rest areas because people can look and and see if there is anything inviting to steal.

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Posted: 05/17/21 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my TT i leave them down, keeps the heat put in the summer.


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Posted: 05/17/21 06:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have done both.. leave up on shady side, down on sunny side.

Google how to restring shades. The two strings are the easiest, the 3 or 4 strings can get confusing. But it is doable. I kid and say I have a degree in restringing those blinds. Had a friend who did that as a side job while traveling... (think travel expenses..) but it worked for him.

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I doubt it makes much difference if any in the longevity of the strings. Things wear out and break down with use and time, and that of course includes twine used for shades.

I have a motorhome and generally drive with them up because I like to be able to see out the windows when driving; it's occasionally helpful for maneuvering in tight corners and such. I do have one that tends to work its way down with vibration and bounces, so even though it starts in the up position it's usually at least partly down when I arrive. Such is life.





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We kept the 5er and the TT down when traveling. It keeps the sun out and when we stop it is not so obvious we are not in it.

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When we had our MH I put velcro on the sides of the window frames and the opposing piece on the bottom of the shade. Whatever position I put the shades in, that's where they stayed. Otherwise they would rattle and move. In the FW I put them up while travelling. Figure less banging and scratching that way.


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