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I leave the blinds up but have a set of old curtains that I fit into the windows to keep the sun off.

Bill

 

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I leave blinds and curtains open - in accordance with crime prevention advice - easier for low life to see in and realise there's nothing to steal - we've never had a problem with upholstery or furniture fading, nor did we on our previous caravan that was trated the same for 18 years.

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I was strongly advised by the dealer to leave blinds up to save damaging/straining the springs. I keep my blinds up when storing the caravan and close the curtains.

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I leave blinds and curtains open - in accordance with crime prevention advice - easier for low life to see in and realise there's nothing to steal - we've never had a problem with upholstery or furniture fading, nor did we on our previous caravan that was trated the same for 18 years.

 

I'm in total agreement with this we also had a caravan for 15 yrs from new and did not have problem with upholstery or furniture fading.

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Blinds down, we have the concertina type blinds with no springs

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I was strongly advised by the dealer to leave blinds up to save damaging/straining the springs. I keep my blinds up when storing the caravan and close the curtains.

Correct as any wear cant be treated as a warranty claim

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I was strongly advised by the dealer to leave blinds up to save damaging/straining the springs.

 

Then the springs are not fit for purpose, or the dealer is just repeating something his granny told him :rolleyes:

Springs used within their elastic limit don't lose their power. My car's road springs don't suffer through bearing the car's weight. And I don't have to leave my garage door open because its coil spring might get soggy with it closed.

FWIW our Ranger was stored with blinds closed and after 9 years they work just as well as ever :D

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I leave the blinds up,

 

I use cardboard up at the windows, I've painted the cardboard silver so it looks the part.

 

The rear window is on the shaded side so I leave this clear so burglars can have a look before they break in :unsure:

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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I leave blinds and curtains open - in accordance with crime prevention advice - easier for low life to see in and realise there's nothing to steal - we've never had a problem with upholstery or furniture fading, nor did we on our previous caravan that was trated the same for 18 years.

 

ditto same reason.

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I have found that if you leave the blinds down during winter storage then the interior of the van has more moisture than if you leave them up. .presume the sun must get in and warm things up ?

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It wasn't me. .The big lads did it and ran away

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What about on the Ferry crossings

 

Do you close the curtains / blinds then?

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Then the springs are not fit for purpose, or the dealer is just repeating something his granny told him :rolleyes:

Springs used within their elastic limit don't lose their power. My car's road springs don't suffer through bearing the car's weight. And I don't have to leave my garage door open because its coil spring might get soggy with it closed.

FWIW our Ranger was stored with blinds closed and after 9 years they work just as well as ever :D

 

 

Have Coachman 2001 and always leave blinds down, until what happened few weeks ago, kitchen blind refused to go up to the top. Had to take out the whole assy' to rectify, am leaving blinds up if not using caravan.

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There is an other problem with the blinds down that has not been mentioned here but has been highlighted on the forum and that is the seperation of the sealed window panels, from a posting in that thread Hobby advise against leaving the blinds down for this very reason in their Manual.

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Quoted from ‘Sprite Owner’s, Service & Warranty Handbook’

 

“Keep curtains or blinds closed, to minimise fading of furniture.

If the blinds and /or flyscreens remain down for a prolonged period of time, re-tensioning of the springs will be necessary before re-use”

 

I leave my blinds down when the ‘van is unoccupied – but I don’t switch the lights on at home because it burns out the filaments! :lol::lol::lol:

 

Steve

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I don't think the spring strength is the issue here. I had a problem with the big front window blind on my Ranger 2005 first year out. Had a suspicion my early teens daughter had yanked it down too vigorously.

It wouldn't stay up & consulting the manual I tried adjusting the tension with no success. When the van went to the dealer for service before the 2006 season I asked them to sort it out. On collecting the caravan the blind had come closed again within a couple of miles.

I took it off myself eventually & discovered the ratchet mechanism just wouldn't hold when the spring tension was set strong enough to cope with the weight of the very large blind. I got a new blind from the dealer (admittedly FOC) & tried again to reset that & it still wouldn't really work satisfactoraly.

In the end I set the tension up off the caravan & glued the ratchet in with an epoxy. End of problem.

I'd say the mechanism used is the same on all the blinds & it's just not strong enough to cope with the size of the front window.

For my money I'd say they should have either used 2 blinds or re-designed the mechanism for the bigger ones. Or indeed just make it a fixed tension mechanism as I have.

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My van was back with the dealer last week, he commented that i had left the blinds down and this would damage the tensions eventually and then they would need re tensioning. But that the side windows were fine to have the blinds down as they were concertina type.

 

Why cant we have concertina blinds on all the windows?. Then there are no ratchets no tensions, no delaers saying you can and you cant, and life would be easy! :D

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