Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

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Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

Post by treynolds on Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:55 pm

Hi Folks,

the blinds on my Gatcombe have the mesh coming down from the top, with the reflective material coming up from the bottom.

Not a problem in itself I suppose, however with the blinds closed, come morning, as I awake from my slumbers it would be nice just to raise my blind an inch or two, just to see how the weather is doing, without having to get up and lower the blind from the top, if you see what I mean.

In the distant past, I owned a Clubman and I seem to remember that the mesh and reflective material were the other way round, though I could be wrong!

I guess it is feasible to swap things around(?)

Any advice gratefully received.

Tom
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Re: Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

Post by TeamRienza on Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:05 pm

Hi Tom,

My 2006 Rienza is exactly the same. 

The fly screen is at the top and must be pulled down until it connects with the silvered concertina screen, whereas the concertinad screen can be raised to what ever level you wish.

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Post by treynolds on Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:10 pm

Hi Davy,
thanks for that, regards Tom
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Post by bikeralw on Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:37 pm

Just the same on mine. No idea if it's possible to invert the frame. Know what you mean about having a peek out to look at the weather, but I just open the roof blind and look up at the clear blue sky, or not. Still means getting out of bed though...
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Re: Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

Post by treynolds on Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:27 pm

Hi Al,
thanks for that. I suppose I'm running out of wee jobs to do to the van!
cheers!
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Re: Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

Post by daisy mae on Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:54 pm

In all the caravans we have had the blinds were the other way, the mesh in my van is at the top, I find them awkward to get the blackout blind to stay up, although the mesh connects ok, to the bottom blind it is when I try to put the bottom blind up that is the problem, thinking of changing them but have spent m ore than enough this year on the van, it is on the to do list, the caravans ones worked much better, no problems with them.
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Post by Quilter on Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:44 pm

All the vans we have had prior to this one have had the blind part coming down and the mesh coming up. I always used to look at mesh down / blind up versions with envy. Surely they were better, I thought, as you can peer over the top to look at early weather without the whole site seeing you starkers.

Now that we have this design I'm not totally entranced. Its a lot harder work to pull up the blind than it was to pull it down. When all you want is a bit of shade while reading it was better when the blind could be pulled down as far as you needed it. The sun does not shine from below !
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:06 pm

Blinds up, mesh down, I find the sun blinds pulled up a few inches stops the sun from bleaching the tops of the bench seats.
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Post by frederic on Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:12 pm

In the sun you are warned in the Heki booklet NOT to close the blackout completely and to have ventilation using the fly screen as well. This will also apply to the side windows that would become very HOT and do the plastic no end of good!
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Post by redturner37 on Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:10 am

I had the use of a Symphony a couple of weeks ago and it was net at the top and blind at the bottom.....
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Post by shipbadger on Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:17 am

I think the arrangement may be some sort of 'industry standard' as when I put the blinds in my self-build that was the way the instructions told you to fit them.

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Gatccombe blinds

Post by jimandcilla on Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:42 pm

I wish A/S had used the arrangement that they fitted on the back window,in which both blinds came down from the top independantely or together, its much more useful. Had this arrangement on compass calypso and it worked fine to be able to have privacy and a bit of sun blocking. We stopped off at the factory on the way back from holiday to try and get a pair to fit the side windows but they only had large ones which I think would fit the Executive.Perhaps its just as well as its a swine of a job to get at properly without a lot of dismantling.
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Post by redturner37 on Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:35 pm

My Compass Drifter used that system and it worked well.....
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Re: Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

Post by daisy mae on Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:44 pm

That is the system I would like, the two blinds and two channels so both are independent of the other, both from the top. are these still available does anyone know?
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Re: Are the blinds on my van upside down? Hmm....

Post by George.. on Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:56 pm

Hi Tom, we have a 2000 Gatcombe and the blinds are the same way as yours. We don't close the roof blinds,only the mesh one if the roof vent is open a bit. Nice to see the morning sky.
Happy travels
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Many Thanks

Post by treynolds on Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:55 pm

Thanks everyone who've contributed to this wee discussion. As it happens, on closer inspection I've discovered that the frame on the passenger side is actually upside down compared with the driver's side! Which means in effect that this blind can only be fully open or closed with no in between position. It's only taken 5 years to work this out scratch head ...... cheers Tom
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