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Old 01-11-2020, 10:17 AM   #1
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I'm afraid to admit that sometimes we all have had moments. Went out to the Escape to open up and air out as someone is coming over t view this afternoon. I placed a new throw on the bed and raised the blinds. BTW, some seem to come partially down, is there a way to tighten the tension to keep them up? Anyway, all blinds up and I went to turn on the o/h to take the picture, no light power?? So I turn on the captain lights and then proceeded to find my fuses. Crawled down underneath the table and the fuses seemed fine, I threw the master switch on/off while down there, nothing. the captain lights were on as were the kitchen under cabinet, but no ceiling lights. Went out and found some 15 amp fuses and recrawled underneath, oops, too dark. Got up and found my flash light and went down for the third time and replaced one fuse, still nada. Got up and inspected the fuse, it looked good, went down for the fourth time and replaced the other light fuse. Nothing, WTH, so I went out to come into the house to find my tester. Went back into the trailer and upon entering threw on the switch, viola, lights are on. The problem was I did not turn on the master switch by the door upon entering, lights are all functional when you turn on the door switch...DUH!!
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:17 AM   #2
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So can anyone point me to adjusting to keeping the blinds up all the way??
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:54 AM   #3
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So can anyone point me to adjusting to keeping the blinds up all the way??
Hi Jim,

In one of the videos Reace did, I recall him saying that the blind string assembly is one long piece of string. To tighten he said you can use a screwdriver and loosen the screw and pull down on one end of the string to tighten the tension on the string. Then tighten the screw with the screw driver to hold it in place. I have also slightly increased the tension by twisting the screw just a tad (I think to the right) and that also increased the tension and helps to temporarily keep up a falling blind, but if it's really sagging, I think it may be best to loosen the screw first to find the proper tension then retighten the screw.

BTW, love your new bed throw. Enjoyed your story. I think we can all relate...I know I can! -Bea
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Thanks Bea a, will try that that...
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Hey Jim:


Have you seen the orientation videos on utube?


Here is the one on adjusting the blinds.





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Old 01-11-2020, 01:09 PM   #6
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Old 01-11-2020, 03:08 PM   #7
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There is a great video and directions on the blind manufacturer website. They also sell kits to restring your blind if the string breaks....very nice and helpful people. Don't have the website right now and camper is in the snow and I ain't goin out again. I will try to get it for you tomorrow.
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:23 PM   #8
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Is it cold in Vermont?


If so, how cold?
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The string on the front window drivers side is fraying and looks like it could break anytime. Is it easy to replace or should I take it to ETI? We'll be going by there in about a month and a half.
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The string on the front window drivers side is fraying and looks like it could break anytime. Is it easy to replace or should I take it to ETI? We'll be going by there in about a month and a half.
ETI would probably just replace the blind assembly. Much less labor than removing, restringing, and replacing for them.
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The string on the front window drivers side is fraying and looks like it could break anytime. Is it easy to replace or should I take it to ETI? We'll be going by there in about a month and a half.
ETI would probably replace the entire blind. Since your trailer is out of warranty and this condition is likely to happen again, why not learn to do it now? The string, etc. are cheap. Call it an inexpensive learning experience. Then document it with pictures so I'll know what to do when it's time for me.
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:37 AM   #13
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Here is a link also https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pleated-S...10080302008005
may have to search elsewhere for darker thread... https://www.ganderoutdoors.com/pleat...%20inside%20rv
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ETI would probably replace the entire blind. Since your trailer is out of warranty and this condition is likely to happen again, why not learn to do it now? The string, etc. are cheap. Call it an inexpensive learning experience. Then document it with pictures so I'll know what to do when it's time for me.
Thanks Donna you've inspired me to attempt a repair and yes I'll try and document it for you.
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Here is a link also https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pleated-S...10080302008005
may have to search elsewhere for darker thread... https://www.ganderoutdoors.com/pleat...%20inside%20rv
Thanks Jim now I know where to start looking for it. The hunt is on
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Is it cold in Vermont?


If so, how cold?
50 degrees today, -4 a couple of days ago...all over the map here in the mountains!
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Thanking you in advance....
Here is the link.https://unitedshade.com/for-rv-owners/ Look under first aid for parts and under videos how to set up and restring...it was pretty easy to restring mine. the hardest part was getting it out of the retainer clips. I took the valence off for better access.
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ETI would probably replace the entire blind. Since your trailer is out of warranty and this condition is likely to happen again, why not learn to do it now? The string, etc. are cheap. Call it an inexpensive learning experience. Then document it with pictures so I'll know what to do when it's time for me.
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Thanks Donna you've inspired me to attempt a repair and yes I'll try and document it for you.
It is a relatively easy repair, but in my experience, and this is relatively obvious, do it on a large flat surface such as a dining room table. The smaller ones can probably be done on the trailer’s dinette but the larger or longer ones I would personally want a larger surface. When traveling and if in a campground with an “activity building,” one could probably find an adequate flat surface, I wouldn’t suggest a campsite picnic table, however.
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