Having one of your RV’s bedroom window shades suddenly disabled by a broken string, just as you are getting ready to undress for bed is an excellent way to teach appreciation for a newer modern type of shade. After breaking one too many of our old accordian type shades we removed them and replaced them with MCD Shades from American Duo/Solo Shades (MCD) from Mckinney, Tx 800 804 1757 www.mcdinnovations.com
These folks will be happy to assist you in measuring, explaining the best methods of installation, advise you on the best tools neeeded, or help you find installers if you just don’t want to do it yourself.
We did ours in a weekend, but let me be clear…. there will be some frustration in most applications, since the work space is often tight and the screws difficult to see to get a tool in place. The best tip we can give is to get a long shank (12″ to 18″) screwdriver bit to use in the tight locations. Make sure it is magnetic and if necessary replace the screws with ones that will hold to the magnetized bit. Also, take time to read the instructions that come with the shades, and be sure you understand how the shades work before you hurry through and install a shade that will have to be removed and reinstalled because it doesn’t roll up right or can’t be adjusted properly after it is installed. We managed to get all of ours replaced without removing any of the window valances, however this may not be possible in some applications. In a couple of our windows we had to open the window, slide the screen over and stick our head out of the window to get to the screws. Be creative and patient and you will get through the project, hopefully without injuring or alienating your spouse.
The final result is window shades that go up and down easily, and are attractive,versatile, and low maintenance.