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Old 04-07-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Stainless blinds/ lower brackets

We have 2006 Safari with stainless blinds. They will not stay in the plastic bottom brackets and fly wildly all over the place when moving and when parked they hang down and don't stay in the tabs no near to the curved wall. They hang in the way on the bedroom window as we climb around to get into bed. One of the brackets actually broke off. Anyone else have this trouble?
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Do they have the little "stops" on the two draw strings, so you can put them in the brackets, then snug the draw strings tight?

This has held all of ours on two different Airstreams. Some people raise them all when traveling but that's kind of a nuisance.

I did take all the plastic adjustment rods off, take the plug out of one end, shorten them to 6-8 inches, and put the plug back in. Plenty long and they don't flop around on the road and tangle in the blinds.

Some people have replaced them with shades but I like the light and vision control, and the snazzy look of the blinds.

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #3
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Try magnets

I have just one Venetian blind over my sink. I replaced the plastic latches with rare earth magnets. The magnets grab the steel bottom rail of the blind and hold it firmly. No more fumbling to get the pin in the hole. The magnets also hold the blinds closer to the wall.

I bought the magnets and the cups to mount them in from Rockler on the net. I believe my magnets are about 3/8" in diameter.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:44 AM   #4
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I have just one Venetian blind over my sink. I replaced the plastic latches with rare earth magnets. The magnets grab the steel bottom rail of the blind and hold it firmly. No more fumbling to get the pin in the hole. The magnets also hold the blinds closer to the wall.

I bought the magnets and the cups to mount them in from Rockler on the net. I believe my magnets are about 3/8" in diameter.
This is an amazingly GREAT idea! Geesh, I love this site. Good one John.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:02 AM   #5
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Our bathroom blinds in the FC always came loose on bumpy roads and magnets wouldn't hold them...Velcro was unhandy. So, in the bathroom, we simply cut foam to fit the lower "porthole" and then covered the upper port with window tint film (two layers ; side benefit - no more clanging your head when using the head!). For the other blinds, we retracted fully and then tied the wand horizontally to the draw cords ...

What helps tremendously is to pretension the blinds (make them hang just a little bit shorter) before attaching the lower rail to the plastic clips ... no more rock and roll; then, shorten / cut back or remove the wands.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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I guarantee that 1/2" rare earth magnets will hold them. I really have to yank to get mine to let go. I think I posted above that my magnets were 3/8". On looking at them again, they are 1/2"
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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I borrowed the rare earth magnet idea from Pahaska - they are expensive but really do a nice job on the blinds. I tried the idea after the plastic clips kept breaking.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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I have a 2014 FC 20' on order and one of the things I noticed in the '13 sample I inspected was the flimsy blind holders. The magnet idea may be one of the first improvements when I get it. Thanks.

One more thing Airstream could learn from the Forum of users here.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #9
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magnet blind catches.

I assume you epoxied the magnets to the bottom rod?
How exactly did you do it?
Great idea however. I use rare earth magnets on projects often.
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There is a "cup" included with the rare earth magnets. This "cup" is mounted to the wall with a screw (used the screw hole from the old clip). The magnet is then placed in the "cup" and the metal rod from the blind sticks to the magnet.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:23 PM   #11
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I have a 2014 FC 20' on order and one of the things I noticed in the '13 sample I inspected was the flimsy blind holders. The magnet idea may be one of the first improvements when I get it. Thanks.

One more thing Airstream could learn from the Forum of users here.
I showed the factory folks my magnets last year at Alumapalooza. They were very interested and came by my trailer to take some photos.
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I guarantee that 1/2" rare earth magnets will hold them. I really have to yank to get mine to let go. I think I posted above that my magnets were 3/8". On looking at them again, they are 1/2"
Can you post a picture of them installed? I'm very interested.
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Can you post a picture of them installed? I'm very interested.
Not the best photo, but here's what they look like.

By the way, I didn't use the hole where the original plastic was screwed in; I drilled a new hole slightly higher so that the steel bar on the bottom of the blind would hit the magnet dead center. That is important to get the most holding power.
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That's perfect! Thanks so much.
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