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Old 10-16-2015, 07:43 AM   #1
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Shades (again): Up or Down

In this thread (clicky) I answered that we keep our pleated shades down in transit and storage, and mini blinds by the sink up in transit. But, I'm having second thoughts about the shades.

Lately, I've fixed broken strings in three pleated shades. Each had a broken string at the bottom of the string - near where it attaches to the small adjustment wheel. I'm thinking that when these shades are down, there is a lot of movement when traveling and that the movement of the string in the small grommet in the bottom plastic bar of the shade results in the string being damaged. I'm thinking that traveling with the shades up would result in less movement of the shades and less damage to the strings.

A problem with this idea is an observation by some that traveling with the shades up really won't work, as the movement makes the shades slide down anyway.

Any thoughts about this?
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:52 AM   #2
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Funny, just as I was reading this post my wife said the small one the bedroom broke.

We have tried it both ways and I still think down is better. When you travel with them up the strings are at their slackest and still wobble a good bit. The main complaint I have is not broken strings on these newer ones but keeping them adjusted properly. Still a constant thing keeping them adjusted.

I'm daring one to break a string so I can replace it.
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:31 AM   #3
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I travel with them up, the logic is that in the up position they will be more secure and not bounce around. No broken strings yet, and only had to adjust 1 since new.
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I travel with them up, the logic is that in the up position they will be more secure and not bounce around. No broken strings yet, and only had to adjust 1 since new.
nylyon, do the shades tend to drop down when traveling?
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We travel with them down. So far they haven't broke. The reason we leave them down is to keep curious eyes from peering inside when at various stops.
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:27 AM   #6
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Dealer rep told us during PDI to keep the pleats either all the way or or all the way down when traveling. Not much of a sample database to share in terms of time since we only took delivery in August, but we elected for all the way up and haven't seen any of them drop yet while traveling.
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nylyon, do the shades tend to drop down when traveling?
Our last long trip from New York to Florida, the shades did not drop during traveling.

Maybe I got in this habit with older trailers and the conventional blinds keeping them up, I have just always gone with them up, and can't compare / contrast with them down. I suspect what ever works for you?
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:37 AM   #8
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I leave them up and they have never worked their way down.
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We leave our shades down to keep the direct sunlight out she stored or traveling.... Only time they are up is if we forget one....

No issues as of yet since this July with the new 32 (or older trailers other than due to age of the blinds) but keeping them straight/level is another story when used!!!
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We're with the shades down, anti-prying-eyes crowd.
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