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Old 09-19-2020, 12:38 AM   #1
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Roller shade gap lacks privacy

Hello. I have a 2019 28rbq flying cloud with the roller shades over the windows. My bedroom has the two windows on each side but only one window in the set actually opens. There is a gap between the roller shades and the window frames (more so on the window that doesnít open). This gap takes away all privacy. I cannot change in my bedroom area at all because of the gap. Does anyone else have this same issue? What have you done to create privacy? How can I close that gap? It almost seems like the shades are too narrow?
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:07 AM   #2
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First I would make sure you can actually see in from the outside at the time you are changing. We routinely check as we move around depending on the orientation of our 27 FBQ.

Iíve found that if it is dark outside and light inside (lights on, skylights open) you can see in thru the windows with the shades up.

If itís bright outside and light or dark inside and you canít see in unless you cup your face to the window with your hands.

If your still not comfortable, use the accordion doors on both sides of the bathroom/shower and change in that space.

Final suggestion is to strategically place a command hook and hang something on it to cover the gap.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:46 AM   #3
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I second the concept that during the day, no one can see in even if the shades are rolled completely up. At night, when it is dark outside and light inside, that changes.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:29 AM   #4
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First I would make sure you can actually see in from the outside at the time you are changing. We routinely check as we move around depending on the orientation of our 27 FBQ.

Iíve found that if it is dark outside and light inside (lights on, skylights open) you can see in thru the windows with the shades up.

If itís bright outside and light or dark inside and you canít see in unless you cup your face to the window with your hands.

If your still not comfortable, use the accordion doors on both sides of the bathroom/shower and change in that space.

Final suggestion is to strategically place a command hook and hang something on it to cover the gap.


At night you can definitely see in. Changing in the bathroom space as suggested is a good option.
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:34 AM   #5
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I second the concept that during the day, no one can see in even if the shades are rolled completely up. At night, when it is dark outside and light inside, that changes.


I didnít realize the windows had so much privacy during the day. Thatís really good to know. Thank you.

I am thinking about putting a command hook at each end of the wall of windows and hanging a small dowel off of them. This would make the shades hug the curve of the windows more. It seems like it may really help.

Last night I hung a large hat from a command hook between the two windows. It helped with the privacy but was a bit annoying to maneuver around. Good short term fix but would not work in the long term.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:13 AM   #6
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I had the same problem with my 2015 FC. I had a sheet of reflectix to fill in the two windows. Not only does it provide privacy at night but it also helps to reflect the heat during the day. Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:36 AM   #7
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I really like the dowel idea. My wife takes issue with the occasional street light shining in said shade gap and hangs her robe on the window opening lever.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:45 AM   #8
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Get some magnets. Place the magnets on the shade where the screw heads that hold the window frame are located. This will hold the roll up blind next to the frame. Some people make a little cloth bag for the magnets and hang the magnet baggie from the screw. When you pull down the shade just flip the magnet in the baggie over the shade and touch the screw head through the shade. A strong enough magnet will hold the shade next to the frame. If your screws are aluminum ad a mild steel washer under them.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:56 AM   #9
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Clothespins. Clip one horizontally on each of the levers you use to raise and lower the windows. The part you squeeze will be on top of the shade. And will close the gap substantially.
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:17 AM   #10
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As jonnie3 suggested. We cut reflectix to fit the frame between the glass and the screen mesh. It's like a dark cave in the middle of the day.
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:51 AM   #11
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the gap for me is caused by the curvituer of the side of the camper. it was more a light issue in the morning then a privacy issue. to get the roller shade to stay closer to the sides of the window, I got some small thin velcro dots and when I pull shade down, I push those against the corresponding ones and this closes the gap by keeping the shade pressed up against the window
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Old 09-19-2020, 11:06 AM   #12
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Window shade privacy "enhancement"

We made curtains that split in the center and slide open. The curtains hang from an 3/8 hollow aluminum bar, purchased from any hardware store. I customized a bracket (retired Engineer) to hold the curtains just in front of the roller shade.
Used some small cut pieces of Velcro to hold each bottom corner of curtain to the inside wall. Drawing the curtains each night easier than pulling the shade down.
My wife ordered the material and made curtains to fit each window.
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Old 09-19-2020, 11:18 AM   #13
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This has been a problem so long as shades or curtains of blinds do not curve to the body of the trailer. I never saw anyone peering in the windows and I figured if they want to look at an old man, fine, it was a complement. In the bedroom we put Reflectix on all the windows to keep out light and keep the temps more moderate, so privacy wasn't a problem in there.

In the main cabin, I never thought anyone cared outside and if I were less clothed, I moved through there too fast to matter anyway. With curtains, Velcro would work. Shades that ran in a track would work, but that's a custom job and probably expensive. Venetian blinds are the worst.

And whether at home or in a trailer, more light outside than inside means it is hard to see inside. All glass works that way.

In our Nash straight walls and cellular shades work fine for privacy.
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Old 09-19-2020, 11:45 AM   #14
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The sun shines in between the gaps and is annoying when trying to sleep. My 1971 Safari had curtains only, so I had a big gap under the window curtains along the length of the twin beds. I finally spent the money and got Ocean Air shades, like the ones used in yachts. I did leave the curtains as well. The shades are fabulous. No more gaps. My thanks to A & P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, Texas who ordered and installed the shades for me. Well worth the money.
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Old 09-19-2020, 12:39 PM   #15
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Both my bedroom windows open so this paracord-with-cord locks works for me.

The magnets sound like a good idea but the screws are beyond the edge of the shade on mine.
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It is obviously a concern to you and you received a lot of good answers. However, if you are not at point where you act on them, I suggest you go outside at night with all the lights on in your rig. Look in your windows, all of them at 1 foot, 5 foot, 10 foot and notice what can be seen. I believe you will be surprised at how hard it is to see in a crack.

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Old 09-19-2020, 02:25 PM   #17
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Our Airstream doesn't have this issue, but an older trailer with canvas bunk ends did. At night we'd just get everthing ready to go and turn off the light for a few seconds to change, then flip the light back on!
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Hello. I have a 2019 28rbq flying cloud with the roller shades over the windows. My bedroom has the two windows on each side but only one window in the set actually opens. There is a gap between the roller shades and the window frames (more so on the window that doesnít open). This gap takes away all privacy. I cannot change in my bedroom area at all because of the gap. Does anyone else have this same issue? What have you done to create privacy? How can I close that gap? It almost seems like the shades are too narrow?
We had a similar issue with 2018 27 Flying Cloud FB. When we were at JC I brought it to their attention and they fixed the problem under warranty.
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Agree with others in that someone would have to be up close and really making an effort to look in, even at night with bedroom lights on.
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Its curtains for us

My Wife made these curtains that cover the gaps, I hung them using standard curtain rods, top and bottom. They add some color to the interior and cover the gaps but allow us to open the blinds when we want light.
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