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Old 03-26-2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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Installing Oceanair Roller Shades In 2013 Airstream

I am looking to convert the metal blinds in my 2013 Airstream Flying Cloud to Oceanair Roller shades. I'm having trouble finding a dealer who is qualified for the work. Can someone please give me some advice on installation?
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:01 PM   #2
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I bought four of the ocean air shades. I had trouble locating somewhere to order them. The custom ones cost me a fortune from some yacht place. Do you have them already? Airstream can sell them to you if it is sized correctly for your windows and they are cheaper than custom.

They are not hard to put in. They fit close and tight. If you are up for it DIY. Take some pictures of an AS with them (up close where they are attached) to get an idea of how to do it. If I remember, the screws are in the bag as is the little holder latch and knot-on catch at the bottom. Just remember to drill the hole (smaller than screw) through the inner shell and tighten the screws only until the start to tighten- not too tight. Use a level to get the left/right height. I do not know if Airstream uses the stop knobs in their application but I did and it works perfect for the Herr window. I can close the shade to the stop and open the windows at the bottom too.
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Here is a source for the shades, just in case you need it:

http://www.zarcor.com/rv_market/index.php
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I am looking to convert the metal blinds in my 2013 Airstream Flying Cloud to Oceanair Roller shades. I'm having trouble finding a dealer who is qualified for the work. Can someone please give me some advice on installation?
I know the dealership where I work will do it. And the parts department will order them. I've pretty much browbeaten them into it, the parts guys will come see me to order the correct shades for your trailer. I've spent considerable time figuring out which Airstream part numbers fit what older trailers, and how many of each.
The drawback for you is, it's a pretty long drive just to get shades.
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Rodsterinfl is correct; they are an easy DIY project if you want to tackle it. I installed them in our 2013 FC all around except for the bathroom, where I used one of the sliding closures carried by Zarcor.com. As SeaLevel stated, it is an excellent source for the shades-also much less expensive than any other place I tried. If you want part numbers or more info, feel free to PM me.
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Interesting thread. I would be interested in changing ours out also. We have a28' FC 2013. So if anyone can assist on what units to order that would be great

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Interesting!!!! We have the standard blinds on our Flying Cloud. We decided to "upgrade" to the Oceanaire roller shades. We ordered then through our Airstream Dealer, not cheap, but included all the parts, etc. very easy to install. Due to time constraints, I only was able to install them on two of the Windows before a trip. While they are nice, and looked great, we missed the ability we had with the blinds to vary the overall opening just by adjusting the tilt of the individuals slats on the blinds. And with the blinds we can have them fully up, closed, or anywhere in between. On the Oceanaire, they were either fully open, half open if you hooked them on the window handles, or closed. We really missy the adjustability of the blinds. So I re-installed the blinds, and returned the Oceanaire shades. That is probably just us, but thought I would share our experience����������
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Doug, I sent you a PM with the part numbers of the shades we installed in our 2013 FC 25-footer. The shades were much less expensive from Zarcor than from any dealer we checked.
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I.installed one on my door (27 ft international signature) same that was /is over three kitchen. Learned the hard way not to use the aluminum screws that came with it. Stainless steel worked and didn't break off. I got lucky and was able to get the broken aluminum one out.
Btw . I didn't have a rivet tool.
Probably would work just as well.
Posted it on forum what I had done and someone responded what would i do if it rained!
Didn't answer that! But thought to myself. Maybe i would just close the door! Duh!
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I just had them installed on our 2010-30' FC, bedroom only. They work great as they're intended for privacy during sleep and changing clothes. Otherwise, they're open. Kept the blinds that came with the AS in the kitchen and living room, as I can adjust them as needed. They were installed by Adventures Northwest, in Gladstone, Or. $750 installed. Not cheap, but worth it.
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Thanks! I appreciate all the great tips. I have my on order so should have them soon!
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@moxie t. moto- Thanks for your response. Quick follow up. Did you do anything special or just screw the blinds directly into the aluminum. Did you use an anchor any anything else special?
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Made small pilots holes. Used stainless steel metal screws. Aluminum ones tended to break off. Was able to extract broken off one (barely).
thought the panel on the inside of the door was a piece of fiberform. Turned out to be painted aluminum. .
glad I out that shade on the door! Was parked under really bright security light at recent rally in shawnee ok. Life saver.
hope your project goes well.
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while the OceanAire are a nice product like you mentioned either up or down.. open or closed of half way which block the window..

I like the mini blinds with ability to turn them open or half open or closed or up or down.. way more user adjustable it seems to me.

sometimes simple is better.

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Interesting!!!! We have the standard blinds on our Flying Cloud. We decided to "upgrade" to the Oceanaire roller shades. We ordered then through our Airstream Dealer, not cheap, but included all the parts, etc. very easy to install. Due to time constraints, I only was able to install them on two of the Windows before a trip. While they are nice, and looked great, we missed the ability we had with the blinds to vary the overall opening just by adjusting the tilt of the individuals slats on the blinds. And with the blinds we can have them fully up, closed, or anywhere in between. On the Oceanaire, they were either fully open, half open if you hooked them on the window handles, or closed. We really missy the adjustability of the blinds. So I re-installed the blinds, and returned the Oceanaire shades. That is probably just us, but thought I would share our experience����������
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