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 7/30/2009 4:29 PM
 Modified By slabman  on 7/30/2009 3:30:47 PM

For those of you who may not be familiar...most current coaches come with a popular option to replace those traditional pleated shades we all know of.  Motor Coach Designs of McKinney, TX makes these shades which consist of two roller shades on a bracket...one is a sun blocker shade for daytime use and the other is a solid vinyl shade which is brought down at night.  We have these in the bedroom and across the front windshield, which is also utilized when driving as a full width sun visor.  It's best use is as a solar and heat blocker...much better than those curtains typically installed across the front windshield. 

OK, so having said that...I've always wanted to equip 5 windows in the living room with these, yet the DW says "NO!"  She says I/we? could only install them if they are power operated.  Of course, trying to find a 12V sourse at these locations inside the slides is a near impossibility or very cost prohibitive at best.

So here's the deal....I need your reactions.  The wife just flew up to MN with the grand daughter for a couple weeks, so I ordered 5 sets of these shades to install while she's gone.  Let's have some fun.....(Might be my LAST FUN??)


1. When she returns to the MH, how long will it be before she notices something new?

2. What will be her reaction when she finally does see them?

3. How long will I get to sleep either on the couch or in one of the pull-out cargo trays below?

4. Male or female attorney?

5. Anything else might I need to be ready for?


Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 7/30/2009 10:54 PM


I hated the day/night shade behind our bed-DH kept throwing his arm back and tearing small areas. He, as always when I want to change something in the MH, put thumbs down.  He went fishing one day, I took down the shades and put up a curtain with light blocking material on a extension rod. Needless to say, he wasn't happy, UNTIL he lived with it for one night. We're still together, and I'm looking around our new MH wondering what I might want to do to personalize it. :) carold

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 7/31/2009 6:05 AM

Bob I never realised how brave (or foolish) you were. I can't guess how your DW will react but I certainly know how my DW would, "Take them down NOW or else, and dont ever dabble in household affairs again when I'm not here, stick to man things like checking oil or tire pressure and draining the black tank" Best of luck when DW returns and if it comes to the worst, buy a ticket to Ireland and we will provide political assylum to you



John and Jackie P
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 7/31/2009 8:11 AM

Where should address memorials? :-)

Frank FitzGerald Middleton MA RexAir 37' with Saturn L300 Toad Oh Yes I almost forgot, Pat-my copilot
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 7/31/2009 10:10 AM
 Modified By slabman  on 7/31/2009 9:12:29 AM

Hey, I appreciate that, ffitz.  I guess you could send them here at the "Hobo RV Park". This place is used by a lot of local workers with older RV's, so you know the look.

I have another RV friend here who's got grandkids in the area and one of them recently asked him..."Gramps, why do you live at that HOBO PARK?" Of course, that cracked him up, as most little kids' comments can do. 

So HOBO PARK is where I am....for now, anyway.

John's been here...he knows....

Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 7/31/2009 10:43 AM

Bob, give us your hospital room number, we can send candy or flowers, your choice!

I replaced my day/night shades several years ago.  I ordered some custom sized shades from Home Depot and installed them myself. They are two pieces of fabric in a diamond shape. They insulate much better than the old shades since that diamond pattern has an air space in the middle.  They block light at night and do a good job of helping to keep the heat down in the daytime when we close them.

If I ever buy another rig, I think I'd opt out of the day/night shades altogether.

Libby and John and RV the CAT Ford F 150 towing a 2017 Forest River Vibe 277 RLS Click here to see our current location
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 8/1/2009 8:13 PM

Well I am just jealous. I love the MCD shades. I am getting the windshield one done now.  Would love to do the whole coach but that has to wait. I think she will like them once she has them even without the power. Good luck though on surprising her with it. If you do have to sleep on the couch you will get to enjoy the shades while falling to sleep so I'd opt for that rather than the cargo tray. Hope your installations go smoothly.

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 8/2/2009 11:47 AM

Karen we already have the winshield shade and she does love it!  Also have done the bedroom windows.  Yesterday I put the other 5 in the living room and this AM it is was soooo dark!  Didn't wake up 'till 9...Ha!

Where are you getting the windshield shade installed?  You're not at the factory, are you?

Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 8/2/2009 4:58 PM

Bob, I'm in Iowa at Winnebago. I was going to go to the factory later this year but I've been here for the Winnie Grand National Rally so decided to have it done here. Really looking forward to it. The window installs must have gone pretty good for you, I read where it has taken some people many hours to do them. Note the some people. Glad for you they are in and dark for that couch sleeping ;).

BTW how is your health?


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 8/3/2009 1:32 AM

The shades were real easy to install.  Four screws to take off the valence and then remove the old day/nite shades.  All that's needed is to attach two or three brackets and snap the new ones in place.  Mount the valance again and all is done.  I do need to call the factory or go up there tomorrow to ask about adjusting the auto stop feature, but otherwise they work very well.  For anyone wanting to order them, it can be done online and they package them and ship to you.

I took some pics of them and am now thinking about sending a couple to the DW and see if she notices.  Then I could spill the beans (from a distance, so to speak) to her and her family up there can calm her down before she gets back to Texas.  Sounds like a plan....if it works well I may be able to avoid that "downstairs" bed. LOL!

Health?  Doing real well these days, so no complaints.  I had a biopsy last month and all is OK, but Doc now wants to do quarterly BCG treatments for the next year just to make sure. Got the first one tomorrow, in fact.  Thanks for asking....

Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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