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Old 09-16-2020, 08:11 AM   #1
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Accordian shades to mini-blinds

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The strings that operate our accordion shades that came w/ our rig when new are fraying and thus unable to open and close them. We were thinking of ordering repair kits to replace the strings but others have said that they will do the same thing in about 6 months. Some have recommended converting to aluminum mini-blinds. If anybody has done this conversion can you please offer any advice/recommendations as to how difficult and costly such a conversion would be, or any gotchas to be aware of doing this?

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We toyed with it but have not had a great amount of problems with the Day/Nights. If you do decide to change them out, here are a few things to consider:
:Blinds come in many degrees of darkness. Make sure you are aware of that.

:Blinds will have to be anchored at the bottom to keep them from swinging around when moving.

:Blinds may need to be larger than the window for privacy. Clearance could be a problem if you have Lambrequins on the sides.

: Each blind will have to be modified to remove all the excess weight of the normal length they come in and maybe special ordered to get the width you want.

I have seen many that put wood grain 2 inch blinds in and were happy with them. We decided to keep what we have.
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We had issues with one original blind string in 8 years. Fixed it years ago and have not had any issues since.

We have a metal blind over our kitchen sink. I both like it and hate it. Big hates is the cord and the twist unit to open and close them in place. When you open the blind the cord is now really long, hangs down on the counter, so we loop it up over the top of the blind. The twist handle was so long and had issue two issues, one depending on the orientation, it would get in the way of our faucet and with it falling off during our travels. I cut the twist handle down, so it is only a few inches.

I would want to put the lower clips on them to keep them from moving around will in motion.
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I have also had to restring one of my blinds twice now due to fraying. I found that the second time I put less tension on the line and it has helped slow the fraying. I have a bunch of extra blind cord that I use when one breaks. Not too difficult to do.
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We toyed with it but have not had a great amount of problems with the Day/Nights. If you do decide to change them out, here are a few things to consider:
:Blinds come in many degrees of darkness. Make sure you are aware of that.

:Blinds will have to be anchored at the bottom to keep them from swinging around when moving.

:Blinds may need to be larger than the window for privacy. Clearance could be a problem if you have Lambrequins on the sides.

: Each blind will have to be modified to remove all the excess weight of the normal length they come in and maybe special ordered to get the width you want.

I have seen many that put wood grain 2 inch blinds in and were happy with them. We decided to keep what we have.
I am not ashamed to tell you that I had to Google "Lambrequins" just to see if my camper had them....
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I am not ashamed to tell you that I had to Google "Lambrequins" just to see if my camper had them....
LOL, that's the only french word I know!
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I am not ashamed to tell you that I had to Google "Lambrequins" just to see if my camper had them....
Me too!
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Thanks all. I think we'll try to restring one and see how that goes first.

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