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Old 07-24-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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Waxing cords on blinds

I am wondering if anyone has tried making the blinds/shades easier to use by waxing the cords? I believe I have some wax in my sewing box, I am guessing it maybe bees wax.

Discoloration and collecting more dirt are some issues I can think of.
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Not sure what "easier to use" means. Friction is what keeps them in position.
I sure wouldn't use bees wax. That stuff is sticky.
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My trailer is in storage, but I recall being told at orientation that one can loosen or tighten the knob/screw at the bottom where the cord is "fastened" to adjust the tension.
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All I know they are a PIA to replace if you break one. I had a plastic end cap break and replaced it, never could get it back to level.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:46 PM   #5
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The tension of the blinds is easy to adjust by changing the tension on the cords. Loosen the cords and they become easier, loosen them too much and the blinds will not stay up. Too tight and they become very stiff the move. There is a spring in the upper header rail the maintains tension on the strings. I had to replace the cord on my kitchen window because one of the grommets the cord passed through had a sharp edge. You can buy the repair kits for the blinds with come with everything needed to repair 5 blinds including replacement grommets. I didn't find replacing the cord difficult at all, the instructions were very complete, easiest to work on a clear table where you can spread everything out and keep the orientation of the rails
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I now know where to go if mine break again.....
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I bought a whole blind assembly from ETI to figure out:

A: How the thing works
B: Design something to get rid of the "backstabber" spools.

Someday I'll actually work on this project.......................
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B: Design something to get rid of the "backstabber" spools.

Someday I'll actually work on this project.......................
I solved that problem Charlie, just copy my mod. http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tion-8074.html
Got to use it this weekend, worked great
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I solved that problem Charlie, just copy my mod. http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...tion-8074.html
Got to use it this weekend, worked great
Hi, Ian, if you could come up with a remote control for the rear window blind in the 19, you would become my hero. That rear window blind is a PIA.
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On one of my windows my blind won't stay up - so should tighten something ? A screw ?
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On one of my windows my blind won't stay up - so should tighten something ? A screw ?
Yes the cords running down the sides just need to be a little bit tighter. first try just turning the screw in the plastic post (lower anchor) about 1/4 turn on each side.
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Three of my blinds will not open; the cords either have broken outright or slipped somehow so they can't operate as designed. Very frustrating on our recently completed 5-week trip. Any solutions would be appreciated.
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Replacement cords

Could you please tell me where I can get the replacement cords for the blinds?
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Could you please tell me where I can get the replacement cords for the blinds?
Hi: HoneyDew... Camping World usually carries the "First Aid" kit for RV Shades. Alf
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Could you please tell me where I can get the replacement cords for the blinds?
This is the "First Aid Kit" made for the United Shades in our Escape's. Best price is at Camping World Pleated Shade First Aid Kit - United Shade 65000 - Drapery & Curtains - Camping World
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Three of my blinds will not open; the cords either have broken outright or slipped somehow so they can't operate as designed. Very frustrating on our recently completed 5-week trip. Any solutions would be appreciated.
If the cords have broken the blinds just need to be restrung. The kit (listed in the above post) includes everything needed and the instructions are great. There are also a number of YouTube videos that are worth watching
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There are also a number of YouTube videos that are worth watching
Here's a few to get you started.

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