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Old 08-24-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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OceanAir Shades?

I am done with the aluminum mini blinds and am intending to install Ocean Air shades into my 2012 28ft FC. Question I have to the forum...what is the recommend fabric and the hold down for which they offer three different types. I am pretty sure AS is installing these shades in their new Internationals but have not seen them in person so...looking for someone that has?
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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The Ocean Air company has apparently come out with more choices than they used to have. My 2012 uses the "toggle" to hold down the shade. The pegs look simpler, but might pop loose in transit. For anyone with arthritic fingers either the pegs or the mini-grip would probably be easier than the toggle.

As for color - plain white was what Airstream uses - unless something has changed recently.

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Old 09-06-2014, 12:21 PM   #3
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Gotta tell you the oceanair blinds fray on the sides if you don't put them up and down just right. They also stain easily if you get stink bugs!!
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:38 PM   #4
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Too funny! My trailer came with the Oceanair shades, and I recently replaced ALL of them with 1/2" aluminum mini blinds. I didn't like anything about the shades. Either they are open or closed. When they are closed they tend to reduce any airflow from open windows. Oh, and about the fraying. I was VERY careful with them after the first shade didn't roll straight and needed replacing. Well, the backing had also separated from the shade, and it looked like crap. The blinds (OTOH), allow me to attenuate the light. I recently saw a post where someone used magnets as hold-downs for them (which I have copied). When you check out the price of new Oceanair's you may want to reconsider.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
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We put day/night shades in our '07 and moved them (and a few new ones) to our '14.


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Old 09-06-2014, 08:30 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=Wayne&Sam;1507078]We put day/night shades in our '07 and moved them (and a few new ones) to our '14.


How do they look? Any pictures? Where did you purchase and how did you install them?
We have a 20 ft FC and I'd like to replace the two blinds over the dinette.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #7
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We have had the mini-blinds in our two Airstreams over the last five years and our only complaint was the flimsy plastic clips they attach to at the bottom.

So I replaced them with magnets and have nothing to complain about. I think they look terrific and really like the ability to control the light and view.

Too bad about Airstream using shades on the new ones; maybe because they cost them less and easier to install on the assembly line.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:08 AM   #8
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Got the day/ night shades from oemshades.com


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I see so many posts about problematic window coverings. We have the aluminum blinds in our our 2014 and while I don't mind the living area ones, the bedroom ones get knocked around a bit as we sleep (we have twin beds and the windows are very close to us as we sleep.)

Soooo... I cants help but wonder why any window covering wouldn't work. As in, any option that is available for home use. I understand the issue with the curvature of the walls but that same issue is present with the blinds.

What does everyone here know that I can't seem to figure out? Why can one not put a regular roller blind, cellular blind or roman shade on their windows? Especially with the magnet solution that I am hearing about?
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:47 AM   #10
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Carrie, use the magnet solution on your blinds and you will like them better. But yes, I like the mini blinds in the living space very much but they are less than ideal in the bedroom where we also have a wrap-around pano window.

I have thought of using a very dark window tint over those bedroom side windows, enough for privacy at night if there is anything that dark?
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What kind of magnets did you use? Sorry if I missed an earlier post.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:45 AM   #12
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Thanks Doug, I too have considered a window tint. In the meantime I will try the magnet solution. Anyone have a good source/how-to? Drew05 and inquiring minds want to know.

For future reference, still curious why I can't use a 'for the home' roller blind. Anyone?
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:31 PM   #13
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Window Coverings

I really do like the OceanAir shades. You do have to be a bit careful To let them go up straight. The fraying on the edges hasn't been a problem but I imagine that children who just let'em fly - could be a problem. I had one or two threads that I simply singed off with a hot soldering iron. As for having them half way open - well hook them under the window operators!
The web page also indicates that they now offer "peg" hold downs that hold the ends of the small tube at the bottom of the shade... I don't see a reason why you couldn't use a set of these for an additional half way open point.

My old safari had venetian blinds which didn't darken the bedroom as well and were constantly in need of cleaning. That's 5 to 15 minutes a blind with one of those finger blind cleaners.

The 2005 CCD's did use home window blinds which are far less expensive. The only problem was that the rollers are hollow WOOD and when they are hooked down the roller starts to bow or warp in the middle. The solution is to unstaple the blind from the roller, rotate it 180 degrees and restaple. It'll then start to bow in the opposite direction.

You can absolutely put roman shades, etc. in your Airstream. You do have to consider the gap that can happen because of the curve of the wall. Try a forum google search on "valences" or "custom curtains".

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Old 09-07-2014, 01:34 PM   #14
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the kids will ruin any sort of window covering

Actually, our problem with the blinds was due to our boston terrier. I did not see it coming for some reason.

If/when she is in the camper and we are outside sitting or something for any length of time, she would be up looking out those dinette windows and if the blinds were down, she would paw at them to see us...she pretty much destroyed those two blinds in a short period of time on our last trip and the kids have bent them a tad a couple times, but it was not really damaging them.

We will have these fixed and just put up blinds...luckily she did not scratch at the screens on those windows. She is a very good dog and has not damaged anything, scratched or bit or chewed anything...except this little slip up....
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