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Old 03-31-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Angry Privacy for mini blinds

My wife and I noticed on our just bought new 2008 20` Safari SE that from the outside of the unit and the blinds completely closed at night with the lights on inside we can see inside the unit from the sides of the mini blinds. Anyone have a solution to this design problem?

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Old 03-31-2009, 09:11 PM   #2

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Old 04-01-2009, 01:02 AM   #3
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We also own a 2008 20 Safari SE. We have traveled about 8000 miles and camped 35 days since purchasing it last July. In fact I'm sending this note from the Premier RV Resort in Eugene, Oregon. Maybe at our age we just don't care, but we feel that the mini-blinds do an adequate job of protecting our modesty. Enjoy your Safari SE 20. We think it is a great floor plan and very comfortable.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:08 AM   #4
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In my Safari I put frosted clear plastic from Walmart in the bathroom windows. I used velcro to attach it to the window after cutting out the shape it seemed to be enough to diffuse your actual image with the lights on. I found it in the craft section where the kitchen drawer liner papers were. It had a lined pattern on it and worked very well.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:22 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Gravelcrunch View Post
My wife and I noticed on our just bought new 2008 20` Safari SE that from the outside of the unit and the blinds completely closed at night with the lights on inside we can see inside the unit from the sides of the mini blinds. Anyone have a solution to this design problem?
Simple. Don't turn the lights on.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:09 AM   #6
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I had side curtains made for my rv when I started out. Unfortunately, heat eventually loosened the velcro from the fabric. Also, there are enough steps as it is to setting up when you get to a new spot. I have come to the same mind as smeltersmoke...I don't care.

It would be nice to replace the cheap blinds with nicer ones that are easier to clean.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:29 PM   #7
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Used a bed skirt

When I bought a comforter for the bed it came with a skirt. I used the extra fabric to create a valence or whatever you call that. It's held on by industrial velro and still allows access to the window levers.

My unit has the small corner bathroom so a little privacy is a must. The valences allow you to close the blinds so people can't see you changing through the gaping hole between the wall and the blinds. So far so good.

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Old 04-01-2009, 03:58 PM   #8
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Other ideas:

1. Camp at nudist resorts and adopt the lifestyle.

2. Drink a lot and you won't care.

3. Keep the lights off.

4. Have strobe lights on the roof blinding anyone who looks at your Safari.

5. Run the shower all the time, keep all vents closed and condensation on the windows will solve the problem.

5. Wear a green skin tight suit and they will think you're space aliens and drive away.

You may not find this helpful.

The sides of the trailer are curved and any window covering is going to leave spaces at the sides. In our bedroom, it makes little difference because of the placement of the windows. In the main cabin, it is a problem. Also, the oval windows above the large side windows have to have the shades closed when a giant MH or a 5th wheel is next to us because their windows tower over us. If the blinds are turned down (looking from the inside), a trailer next to us may be able to look down into the area right in front of the window, but hardly very far inside, but sometimes I turn them the opposite way.

I don't think people bother to look. If they do, they have to get at a certain angle to see anything and wait and wait and wait. They have to be pretty tall to see into the trailer; otherwise all they can see is the ceiling. Only a teenager would probably have that kind of desperate patience. If it's daytime, it's impossible to see much of anything inside, even with the blinds or curtains open. Once people are inside their trailers, they seem to have little interest in what's going on outside. If they want to work that hard to see an old guy, I'm complimented. Wear a robe in the main cabin, or move fast.

Everyone has different standards of modesty. Our first floor bathroom window is about 6' off the ground and the next house is a quarter mile away through a forest. Even when no one is around outside and it's light out, some people have to put the blinds down. The basement bathroom has a small, low window. To look inside, you'd have to lie on the ground. But some people draw the curtains. No logic in either case, but some people feel uncomfortable.

Here's a possible solution: I suppose there's some coating that can be applied to the edges of the windows since that's the only place anyone could see through—perhaps some opaque plastic stuff that has a sticky backing. Cutting it a inch or two wide would probably block anybody seeing inside and leave most of the window clear.

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Old 04-01-2009, 05:30 PM   #9
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i see i need to invent blind extensions!

i'm shocked that, on this forum, not one person, has yet asked for pictures
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String a tight piece of narrow elastic from one side to the other and tie it to the window operators (the gray thingies that you use to open the windows). It will slip naturally between two slats of the mini-blind pushing it backwards toward the window, making it nearly impossible for peepers to see anything.


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