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Old 05-12-2015, 01:48 PM   #1
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OceanAir Blind Issue

On my new 2015 Classic, I've already had a problem on two of the OceanAir blinds. The up and down blinds require a bottom strip to be held in place with four clips. The strip is under tension by cords that run underneath the strip.

The clips are held in place with small screws. The screws mount into the window box, which I think is a felt covered particle board. But whatever it is it appears to be insufficient to hold the strip given the tension required by the OceanAir blinds.

Perhaps retracting the screws and filling the hold with wood glue and reinserting the screws will be sufficient. Another idea I'm planning to try is to double up on each end of the strip with additional clips to spread the load. the strips bend quite easily so the end clips are the ones holding the majority of the tension. Another couple of ideas came up while I was talking with the OceanAir rep and that was to rivet the clips in place or use a captive nut from the bottom side of the window box. These window boxes are covered in leather and I'd hate to pierce through them.

So am I the only one having this issue? How have you solved it?

I attached two figures, Fig 1 shows the end of the strip pulled away from the box and Fig 2 shows the strip holding correctly.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:45 AM   #2
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Haven't had this issue (yet). I appreciate you sharing this so I can be ready for it. I have found one other minor gripe. It is virtually impossible to completely close the curved blinds on either the front or rear window. They stall out about an inch from fully closed. This is on my "warranty fix-it" list.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:22 PM   #3
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Wow, I'm surprised that I might be the only one! Perhaps the tension in the cords is adjusted too high? I'm planning to take it out this weekend so I'll see how I do with a few rattles and shakes.

As for the curved blinds I have the same issue. One of them is especially difficult to close and I can see the cords popping out of their track as it binds. I can still manage to close it and like you I'm planning to show it to the dealer when I return in a few weeks for service. I contacted OceanAir regarding the clips and they were super responsive and agreed to send me out reinforcement clips for free so don't hesitate to contact them. Their customer service was excellent.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:32 PM   #4
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I also have not had this problem, but then again my bathroom wall mirror fell off of the wall. Glad to say AS has been helpful and are working on a trim piece to help secure it.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:42 AM   #5
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I am having the same problem with the curb side blind in the bedroom. I reinstalled the clips in a different location but I cant get the bottom piece to snap in.

any ideas

this is poor workmanship on AS part in my opinion, I called the factory and they were 000help.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:39 PM   #6
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Earl,

I've attached a photo of the clip. First check the orientation. The clip should be facing as shown in the photo. Although my clips were correctly orientated, when I first brought the problem to the attention of the service guy, he rotated the clips, trying to make them fit anyway and wound up bending them. I eventually had to replace his handiwork myself!

Also, if you take a look at the bar (the piece attached to the strings) you'll see a channel that accepts the tabs shown in the picture marked, "Engage First". You should hold the bar and insert the bar into the tabs. Once the bar is inserted, you should now apply pressure down and slightly towards yourself such that the upper tabs of the clip, labelled, "Engage Second", fall into a channel on the side of the bar facing the window.

Hope this helps! By the way, I found the support from OceanAir to be wonderful. I asked for some replacement clips and they were very prompt in getting those to me.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:43 PM   #7
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Also, I addressed the problem by installing two clips at each end. I figured the tension on the end clips is too high for my installation so doubling up the clips at each end would share the load. I didn't bother with the clip in the middle of the bar since the bar is quite flexible and I'm pretty sure having a clip there does absolutely nothing.

So far the blinds are holding fine but the real test will be after a few years and a few thousand miles
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I had one pop loose on the front center window. Longer screw fixed it.

Elsewhere someone asked how to adjust the tension. And the answer is.....
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:45 AM   #9
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my window in question have all the four clips turned the opposite was as you picture???

thoughts

I guess this evening I will loosen the screws and turn them 180 degrees

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Old 06-02-2015, 09:14 AM   #10
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Are all your windows like this? When correctly fitted you should see nothing from the edge closest to you and you should see the clip on the edge closest to the window. In Fig 2 above, if you zoom in you will see the edge of the clip when it is properly fitting. Hope this helps.
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Alano

thank you for your help

I turned the clips to match the photo you sent and all works fine

I still think this is a mickey mouse method and I am sure future problems will ensue due to the weak surface the screws go into

thanks again
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:32 PM   #12
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3 years later and the problem not resolved

I'm bumping this old thread because I've come across a similar issue with our 2018 Classic Twin. The bottom strip which secures the tension on the Oceanair blinds has come completely off the clips on one window and I'm unable to reattach it. The strip seems to have a curve to it which make it very difficult to line up the clips properly. Is that curve normal?

This issue has caused me to examine the other shades and I found one with a loose clip and another where a clip has pulled the screws right out of the sill, as apparently has happened to some other folks in this thread.

This problem may have first shown up in the 2015 Classic but 3+ years later it seems to still be with us.
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Recurring issue

I’ve found that over time, the simple opening and closing of the room darkening and blackout blinds pull loose from the lower clips. All of them have now had to be repaired. The hardest part is getting the repaired blind to reclip on the mounting strip.

The issue is simple. Airstream used screws that are about 1/4 inch long. Those small screws have to go through the gray cushioned backing before they reach the wood framing.

I’ve replaced mine with 1/2 inch screws.

I wonder how the new motorized shades will work. I’ll check this out when the next Classic (“all electronic/motorized”) hits my dealer.
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Old 09-03-2018, 06:14 PM   #14
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We had a problem with one of the blinds in our 27. Although not the same type Oceanair, it had a problem with tension. It finally broke (the cord). I took the blind apart and found a self-tapping screw was against the cord inside. It caused the tension and the break.

By the way, if you take one of these blinds apart, you will not get it back together. Never.

AS (JC) replaced the blind and the one next to it. I ask why he did both and he said the dye lot is always different and they would not match. Wow! Now that's going beyond what I would have expected.
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I'm bumping this old thread because I've come across a similar issue with our 2018 Classic Twin. The bottom strip which secures the tension on the Oceanair blinds has come completely off the clips on one window and I'm unable to reattach it. The strip seems to have a curve to it which make it very difficult to line up the clips properly. Is that curve normal?

This issue has caused me to examine the other shades and I found one with a loose clip and another where a clip has pulled the screws right out of the sill, as apparently has happened to some other folks in this thread.

This problem may have first shown up in the 2015 Classic but 3+ years later it seems to still be with us.
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You can also reach Airstream Customer Service and Technical Support at customer_support@airstream.com

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Hi mikeinca,

Please send us a direct message with your contact information and the last 6 digits of your VIN so we can share it with our Customer Service and Technical Support team.

You can also reach Airstream Customer Service and Technical Support at customer_support@airstream.com

Thank you.
I've made an appointment with my dealer to address this and another issue. If things are not resolved to my satisfaction I'll make contact with customer service. Thanks.
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I am going to add to this site for maybe an answer. Since out of warranty and am now on to the 5th corner blind string breakage. Does anyone have any ideas on what gauge the string is???
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Hi Bob,

If you look carefully you’ll see that the string is highly specialized. It appears to be braided (obviously for added strength). I doubt this will be easy to source. Do you suppose OceanAir would sell it? Probably not. As I recall from an issue I had with a broken spring when my trailer was new (Terry Halstead fixed it), they sell the corner unit for around $1,500. They do not sell the corner tracks and a replacement shade separately.

I keep thinking of an alternative to the curved shade. Of the 4 in my trailer only 2 of them actually close fully. I’ve moved the tracks several times, but the shades aren’t long enough to fully cover the curved window.

Hope you and P are doing well!

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They make special string for the blinds but in 3 different thickness. The string is cheap so I guess I will get the thickest one and restring it. Will let you know how it goes BABS. Going to Utah in a month to summer in garden springs. The Utah dealership in Salt Lake is supposed to be good so I am going to stop in there for all the other stuff that’s broken. Later
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