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Old 12-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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My original blinds are in bad shape and must be replaced and brushed aluminum is okay although nothing like the originals. My problem is the curvature of the coach and the special plastic guides they used to keep the blinds snugged up against the coach. I don't believe they used that method for long and remember seeing some newer coaches with a molded plastic encasement used as a guide.

Okay, so the question I have is: What have others done to solve this issue? I can think of several ways myself but do not want to mount the bottom portion of the blind to the vehicle as I prefer cordless blinds. There were also decorative curtains which did not close which were attached both top and bottom and may be enough to hold the blinds in even if not in a curved fashion.

Seems like a simple solution but it never hurts to ask others for information. I will be happy to hear what others have done and perhaps of any regrets.

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My original blinds are in bad shape and must be replaced and brushed aluminum is okay although nothing like the originals. My problem is the curvature of the coach and the special plastic guides they used to keep the blinds snugged up against the coach. I don't believe they used that method for long and remember seeing some newer coaches with a molded plastic encasement used as a guide.

Okay, so the question I have is: What have others done to solve this issue? I can think of several ways myself but do not want to mount the bottom portion of the blind to the vehicle as I prefer cordless blinds. There were also decorative curtains which did not close which were attached both top and bottom and may be enough to hold the blinds in even if not in a curved fashion.

Seems like a simple solution but it never hurts to ask others for information. I will be happy to hear what others have done and perhaps of any regrets.

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The drape end caps, both plastic and fabric, that were used with the blinds, suffered aplenty.

During travel, the blinds moved, causing tears or gouges into the end caps, that shortly, look horrible.

Unfortuantely, because of the curved side, blinds, drapes or shades must be fastened in a way to stay against the wall as best possible.

Then when they are wide enough, they block the ability to see into the trailer.

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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Andy,

I appreciate the prompt response. One thing is certain, creativity is not in short supply among people who take on these projects. I saw one wooden enclosure or framework for lack of a better term but lean toward custom decorative drapes with snaps securing the drapes to the coach along the outside and bottom edges. The blinds would be held in place by the drapes but allow for some movement in case of a bump or jolt.
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