It is not usually part of this blog to rant and rave about problems along the road. However, today we had to again restring a day/night shade. As I am sure most of you have experienced, this is not due to wear and tear but lousy design enhanced by incredibly bad workmanship. They throw these things together without any thought to making smooth holes free of burrs. In fact it almost looks like they go out of their way to ensure they will fail with any level of use.
Winnebago sent out a notice that basically said, knowing that the blinds we have used for years are junk, we are now using a better product and would be glad to install them in your motorhome. When we called for a quote for our coach, they first said they really did not want to install them (too difficult??), but on pressing the point they allowed that they could install all new shades in our coach for a mere $3000 plus.
So that is why we just completed a frustrating three hours plus to restring and improve a blind by doing the quality work that the manufacturer did not do. Hopefully, they will last longer this time. Halley looked a bit concerned as we whined and moaned our way through the work.
This was our fourth blind repair in four years. I just happened to talk with a new neighbor who has been full timing for eight years. He said that he has maybe redone 20 blinds in that period. Yikes- that means that I am doing a lot better than his experience. Notwithstanding that, I still am not happy with this product.
Since so many RV manufactures used these blinds, I cannot but wonder if that is because that was all that was available or maybe because the RV manufacturer chose the cheapest product and decided to let the buyer beware?