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Old 04-13-2019, 07:58 AM   #1
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Towing with Airstream blinds open?

Yesterday, I towed a short distance with the blinds open in the front/back of the airstream. This allowed me to get a glimpse of what was going on behind the airstream for the first time.

Not sure if I liked it or not.

What do you guys prefer?

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Old 04-13-2019, 08:10 AM   #2
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Blinds closed to keep the trailer cooler. I have a camera on the back of the trailer to see what’s following me.

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Open, can see thru trailer and see if the fridge door has swung open or not only happened one time but now very aware of the possibility.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:51 AM   #4
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I always had the blinds open until I added a camera. I am one of those drivers that needs to know what is going on ALL around him at all times.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:08 AM   #5
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Can't really see thru the AS - have camera anyway - like "DoubleR" aids in keeping thing cool - use a 'shock cord' to keep the beer in the frig
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:21 AM   #6
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With our old SOB, the wooden slat blinds rattled around and hit things -the windows, the cabinets so we learned to lower all the blinds and secure them before we took off. The Airstream? The blinds are all secured top and bottom so there is no need to do it if you don't want to...and the back up camera on the trailer is really a neat addition.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:21 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by gomotomoto View Post
Yesterday, I towed a short distance with the blinds open in the front/back of the airstream. This allowed me to get a glimpse of what was going on behind the airstream for the first time.
IIRC, this was the intent of Wally's design
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:30 AM   #8
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Tried both opened and closed on a recent 10-day trip. Settled on closed, mostly for convenience. If we need to park or want to set up camp then take off, the curtains are already closed and I donít have to go do that.

To be fair, opening and closing the curtains is the time consuming part on the Globetrotter. They have loosened up over time (which is good) but itís still a finicky operation.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:42 AM   #9
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The stone guards on my AS are pretty dark. I don't think I'd see anything.
Although one could add a second camera in the interior.
I don't see the need, yet.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:47 AM   #10
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Closed, mostly to keep it cool.

I don't worry about what's going on behind me. I can't do anything about it anyway. I drive about 60 in the right lane. Anyone who doesn't like my driving can go around.
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Closed...the weight of the open shade can shake enough to stretch/loosen the string and/or break the plastic doodad...AMHIK 🥴
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I've done it both ways. I liked seeing through on my older trailers.
However, the trailers I have now the curtains make no difference because the rock guards on the front windows are too dark. I cannot see anything looking from the rear view mirror through the trailer window, except a headlight at night.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:29 PM   #13
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I haven't installed my rear camera yet, so I like to leave front and rear blinds open so I can see what's behind me, especially at night. If you have a dark rockguard though, you likely can't see through during daylight hours.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:55 PM   #14
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I keep the blinds closed when I travel, mostly to preserve the interior/fabrics/upholstery from sun's rays, which out west are pretty intense. I believe closed blinds also kept the trailer cooler; and discourages people from peering inside when it's parked i.e. at Walmart or elsewhere.

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