day/nite shades

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  1. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    I am in need of instructions on retying day/nite shades in our motorhome. They are in very good shape and can not afford to buy new ones. Hope someone out there can help me. Also need instructions on putting up the center arm on our A&E awning. Model # 930039-500B

    Thank You. Sincerely,
    Eleanor
    edelwoj@localnet.com
     
  2. ARCHER

    ARCHER Senior Member

    day/nite shades

    Welcom to the forum, Eleanor.
    First, send A&E an email and ask them to send you a owner's manual (I sent request (gave my model numer) and the sent it to me immediately. Make sure you tell them you have the center support on it.
    Regarding the day/nite shades do you mean the type the kind of fold up like a blind with about three strings (each end and middle) that operate into a single hole, normally on the right side??? If so, all you may need to do to re-tie or replace the string is to remove the holder of the shade/blind by removing 2-3 screws that hold it in place and you will be able to see where the string goes. Make sure you use good string (nylon type) and that you leave it plenty long until you get it the correct length. If that is not what your talking about, not sure I can help you...but good luck anyway...... ;) :) :laugh: :cool:
     
  3. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    day/nite shades

    Archer,
    Thank you for the imput. I will try contacting A&E. :cool: About the day/nite shades. Not sure that is how they are but will take a good look at them to see. They do have little (looks like pullys at the bottom of the window that the strings go around. We need to get them down first and that is going to be a job in its self. :( They are not easy to get at. Do appreciate your info anyway and will try it.
    Last but not least! This is a wonderful site. Never been here before and just happen to run across it yesterday. So glad I did. It's very interesting and informational. Great job whom ever started it. :laugh: :cool:
     
  4. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    day/nite shades

    If they are like mine, the little pulley at the bottom is only an anchor. The eye in a couple broke while we were gone and it was a simple fix. Did have to take the shade down and pull the string back through. Wraped the string around the back side of the pulley and it,s better than using the hole in the spool. Be sure and get the string tigh enough to hold the shade up.
     
  5. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    day/nite shades

    Thank You C.Nash,
    Most likely they are like your and will try to see if that will work for me. I did contact Georgie Boy and they called me but was out of town for a few days so called them back today so they hopefully will contact me again tomorrow. Thank you for responding. Appreciate it.
    :)
     
  6. rlmurraysr59

    rlmurraysr59 New Member

    day/nite shades

    You don't say in your request what type of motorhome you have. I own a Fleetwood and it is equipped with day night shades made by a company in Indiana called Irvine Shade & Door Inc. 1000 Verdant Dr., Elkhart, IN 46516. Phone 574-522-1446. I have had three of my shades break. One of them was because they oversized one of the guide holes and the nylon bushing cocked causing the string to wear against it.

    From my experience these shades are a pain to re-string. The string goes up through the day section and then crosses over and goes up through the night section. If the string broke in the middle of the shade it is hard to feed it back through the holes. Also, the spools that fasten the string to the wall below the shade were made out of plastic "cheap" and the holes break out easily. When I sent the shades to Irvine Shade I asked them to send me some new spools and they included a heavier type than Fleetwood used. Amazing.

    I had to pay the shipping and handling, and I think it cost me $14.00 for the restringing. Got them back with in a couple weeks. You can call them and find out. The name of the manufacturer should be on the shade but in my case it was a little hard to locate. They were nice people to deal with.

    Good luck.
     
  7. sepisllib

    sepisllib New Member

    day/nite shades

    On our Tourmaster - it has the day/night shades and while they may have a use - we have determined that we really would rather have the option of opening and closing the shades. Our coach has nothing but these shades and we would like the ability to open up and see out once in a while.

    We are looking for replacement shades that allow us to do that.

    Bill & Judy
     
  8. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    day/nite shades

    Our motorhome is a 1995 Cruisemaster. I did get in contact with the Co. and they sent me the stuff to restring the shades. Just have not had the time to get it done. Our next problem is to figure out how to get them off. They have the valance over the top and down the sides of them and the screws are hard to get at. I think it is just a matter of finding the right tool to do it. It must have been very expensive to send the shades back to the company to have them restrung though. Thank you for your information. It was appreciated.
     
  9. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    day/nite shades

    I have the ability of opening and closing my shades so I can see out when I want to but not its keeping them up because of the strings breaking. So until we get them fixed my shades won't stay up. I really like the day/nite shades. My husband on the other hand would rather put up just the blinds and I don't like them. To hard to clean.
    Had them in the other motorhome and was very unhappy with them. Appreciate hearing from you.
     
  10. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    day/nite shades

    Eleanor, Mine had phillip head screws behind that were a little hard to get at especially with these old bi-focals and looking up but, did not present a big problem. Once you have done one the next will be easy. We love our day/night shades. Worked great in Alaska where it never got dark.
     
  11. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    day/nite shades

    Appreciate your help with my shades. We will have the same problem with the bi-focals as well. I did send for the strings and got them so can get at them and see what we can do with them. Thank You. Happy Holidays to everyone!
     
  12. spiderman

    spiderman New Member

    day/nite shades

    Edelwoj -

    When we bought our (used) Dolphin LX one of the day/night shades was broken. These are the accordion, pleated style with a semi transparent lower half and a nearly opaque upper half. You pull it down half way for daytime privacy and all the way down for full, nighttime privacy.

    I tried the local Dolphin dealer and got a 3 week stall and it was going to cost me $75 to have them fix it. I started calling around to all the various residential window blind and shade companies including the ones who clean them (as opposed to selling me a new one). Check out your Yellow Pages under "Blinds" and "Blinds, Cleaning and Repairing." Most would repair them for a very reasonable price.

    Without too much trouble I found a small place that cleaned blinds and the fellow there said he'd fix the blind for $10 a string. Bring it in in the morning and he'd have it ready by closing the next day.

    The repair cost me $10. Works like a charm!

    Bottom line #1: Don't get caught up in trying to have long distance, expensive repair companies or the manufacturer do a simple job like that. Find a local who'll do it cheap and be thankful for the business to boot.

    Bottom line #2: There's always somebody who'll do it for less. You needn't go for the most expensive solution unless you have buckets of money to waste and you enjoy keeping him in his Cadillac!

    Bottom line #3: It's okay to learn how to do it yourself, but if you'll only have to do the job once or twice in your lifetime, and it only costs $10, is it really worth the effort? Especially when you can have a guy who does it for a living do the job once and get it done right?

    Life's too short to waste on a broken blind.
     
  13. edelwoj

    edelwoj New Member

    day/nite shades

    Mr.Schultz,
    What good advice and thank you for it. Nice letter and sure did enjoy reading it. Good points too! I will check out the yellow pages right away. No we certainly don't have money to waste or I would have just gotten new ones.Better yet would have bought a new motorhome rather than a used one. I love the one we have and want to keep it for another few years. But also would pay $10 to have someone else do the job that knows what they are doing. Thank you so much for the telling me about the yellow pages and what to look for. Have a great day!
     
  14. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    day/nite shades

    Eleanor, If you could find someone that will fix for ten bucks that would be great but, it really is not a bad job once you figure it out. I just like to do my own work so if it's done wrong i can't complain :laugh: . That ten will buy me 5 more gallons of gas or another nite of camping :approve:
     
  15. spiderman

    spiderman New Member

    day/nite shades

    Chelse -

    Sad but true, those are all good points. To each his/her own, I guess. My intention was merely to get people to think out of the box, to re-evaluate their priorities, not necessarily insist they did it my way. Too often, people (like me sometimes) get all caught up in the heat of the moment and forget that there may be other, better alternatives.

    Best and all...
     
  16. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    day/nite shades

    Hi Stan,
    Your information was great and I would second your idea of searching for someone to do the work at a reasonable price if time does not allow you do it yourself. Sometimes forget that all may not like the do-it-yourself route. Probably cost me more sometmes :eek: Nearly had a disaster returning from Alaska in Calgary. Toad came loose but no damage done thanks to the brake system on the toad. Tried to go to your web site but it would not go. Maybe its because I have been working on the computer :eek:
     
  17. robsouth

    robsouth New Member

    day/nite shades

    Stan, your url is not working for me either. thanks, rob
     
  18. spiderman

    spiderman New Member

    day/nite shades

    Aaaarrggghhhhh!!!!!!!

    There was a period after the "html!"

    D**n !#@$#$^%! computers!

    Sorry for the problem. I'm going to test drive this one to make sure it works. If it doesn't, try http://www.uclgary.ca/~schultz (no period!)

    Then click the "retirement home" link.

    Sorry, again.
     
  19. pathfinderxlt

    pathfinderxlt New Member

    day/nite shades

    quote:Originally posted by edelwoj

    I am in need of instructions on retying day/nite shades in our motorhome. They are in very good shape and can not afford to buy new ones. Hope someone out there can help me. Also need instructions on putting up the center arm on our A&E awning. Model # 930039-500B

    Thank You. Sincerely,
    Eleanor
    edelwoj@localnet.com


    Try here http://www.rversonline.org/DayNight.html hope it helps Rich B.
     
  20. nuts4fords

    nuts4fords New Member

    RE: day/nite shades

    :) I just talked to the Irvine company today. They were very helpfull to me. If you need to call them for instructions, their phone number is 574-522-1446. They can probably email you instructions. Hope this helps!
     

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