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Old 10-16-2015, 05:50 PM   #11
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For me, up always. When they are down, there's a lot of stress on the strings from the misalignment of the shade bottoms and the attachment points to the wall. If the attachment points were in the same vertical plane as the shade bottoms, tension would be equal, top to bottom.

One of my projects is to make some new, extended length wall attachments, so the attachment point is the same distance from the wall as the shade bottoms. I think that would prevent a lot of string breaks.
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:57 PM   #12
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Ours are down when traveling and in storage between trips. One shade had to have its cord replace, under warranty the first year. We're n I w finishing our 4th season with no other issues.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:02 PM   #13
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Day/Night shades down, keeps TT cooler while in tow......, 10 years no problems.

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Old 10-17-2015, 06:53 AM   #14
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I've always traveled with them down, to block out prying eyes and the sun (keeps the trailer cooler and prevents fading of the upholstery). That being said, I've just had two of them restrung (under warranty), and have had the little adjustment wheel come out of the valance on a third. As a result, this question has been on my mind as well. I'll be anxious to see what the JOF consensus is.

As for the mini-blinds in my kitchen, I picked up some blind anchors at a local Home Depot, so I can leave them down while traveling. FYI: no one seems to carry the anchors by themselves, but if you ask someone in the home décor dept., they probably have some in their "parts box".
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:21 AM   #15
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Owes carries the blind bottom supports.
The day night over my dining table rubs on the table so I keep it up just enough to clear It.
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Owes carries the blind bottom supports...
"Owes" is a very appropriate nickname to use for Lowes!
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We keep them down. Not saying that's right or wrong, it's just what we do lol.
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Dang little keyboard, dang poor eyesight! LOL
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