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Huggins - shade 4

Installing MCD shades

When we had a new credenza installed in our motorhome, we realized that the pleated day/night shade would have to be adjusted and to trim the side pieces that drop down the sides from the valence as well.

I took the valences down at the dinette and the window next to it behind our chairs. At that point we decided to leave the sides off to let in more light. That was also the end of the day/night shades as they needed to attach to those sides.

We never liked the pleated shades much as they were a pain to adjust, an awful dust catcher and quite difficult to clean.

Long story short, we measured several times and ordered MCD American Solo night shades. The ordering process was easy and straight forward. The next day we got a phone call from an MCD representative to verify the order and take our credit card information over the phone.

The shades arrived about two weeks later. We ordered them in Indiana and received them at an RV park here in Florida.

Each shade was marked as to which window it was designed to fit as the drop lengths were different for each shade. The first thing to do was remove the valences from the window and measure for the location of the clips that hold the shade in place.

Huggins - shade 1
Here is the center clip centered on the marks we made.

 

Below the clip is the aluminum extrusion holding the shade in place. It flips over and fits into the clips with a little pressure.
Below the clip is the aluminum extrusion holding the shade in place. It flips over and fits into the clips with a little pressure.

 

Here the clips are screwed down to the underside of the valence and the shade is waiting to be clipped in.
Here the clips are screwed down to the underside of the valence and the shade is waiting to be clipped in.

The very top picture shows the completed installation. What I didn’t show was a picture of me laying on my back on top of the credenza screwing the valence in under the cabinets.

The really hard part was then clipping the shade into the clips while doing contortions on my back. Also lacking is a photo of the large bump on my head topped with a gouge from sitting up and hitting the corner of that fluorescent lamp fixture. It still hurts.

I did a little better installing the other one. With the chairs removed, it was easy to take down the valence. I placed the shade a little closer to the front and predrilled the mounting screws. With the shade firmly clipped in, we put the valence in place and screwed it in quite easily.

Overall, we love our new shades. We put them down each night and they are quite opaque from the outside at night. You can barely tell the lights are on from the outside. Next year we will get our bedroom windows repaired and defogged. Then we will put these great shades on them as well.

For more information about MCD shades, visit www.mcdinnovations.com.

About John Huggins

John Huggins is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded that job for the RV adventure in early 2005. He and his wife, Kathy, have traveled the nation chronicling their adventures at Living the RV Dream. They have authored several books and also produce a weekly podcast about the RV lifestyle.

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