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Post by paul long on Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:54 am

Hi, just wondered how other people travel, blinds open or closed.  I just have my rear open for mirror viewing only.
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Post by bikeralw on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:05 am

All blinds open with me, I think being able to glance over my shoulder through the side windows is a great help when negotiating today's congested roads..
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Post by Bad Penny on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:09 am

All blinds open.
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Post by Bobskate on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:33 am

There is a helpful sticker on my front widescreen blind warning me not to drive with them closed (obviously for H&H reasons I have to be told that) the rest I also leave open.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:43 am

Blinds open, flyscreens closed. Seems to minimise rattles.

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Post by rogerblack on Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:49 am

All blinds open.

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Post by paul long on Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:25 am

Thanks for your replies,  think you might have converted me.
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Post by Tinwheeler on Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:15 pm

All open. It never occurred to me after near 50 years of vanning to close them!
 
I also keep the Heki blind open and, even when parked up at home, only close it 75% of the way to prevent overheating of the roof light.
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Post by Dbvwt on Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:33 pm

Slightly off topic but made me think of the blind guy that did 200mph solo on a 1/4 mile drag strip.
Brave guy, I moved my van 5 foot forward with the front blinds closed once and that was scary enough!
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Post by rventhusiast on Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:46 pm

I only drive with the cab blind closed when the sun is low and blinding.

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Post by Bobskate on Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:29 pm

rventhusiast wrote:I only drive with the cab blind closed when the sun is low and blinding.

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Well that's a given...surely everybody does that. 
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Post by Baggiecamper on Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:48 pm

I've always been a bit unusual.
White van person has a bulk head behind him and therefore his\her view is cab windows and mirrors.
I have roof blinds shut and driver's side blinds shut because I can't see out of them anyway.
I prefer cab as dark as possible to optimize my view of behind using rear view mirror. Not that I can see much out of one square foot obscured by a bike and rack anyway!

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Post by Dave 418 on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:32 pm

I never really thought about blinds on the move.  The one occasion I left the blind closed on the rear skylight it opened with quite a bang on the autobahn in Belgium. It took me a few miles to figure out what went bang. There autobahns are not the best surface and usually find anything not well packed. shrugg .
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Post by rventhusiast on Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:04 am

you do tend to see many caravans on the move with blinds closed. However, I have been advised previously not to keep them in the closed position as it can affect the tensioning springs over time.

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Post by Lorfal on Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:16 am

Always open. Would never occur to me at all that they should be closed when travelling
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Post by oldfred on Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:47 am

This topic is getting very divisive
But if I have to join sides I'm with team OPEN.  smile!
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Post by StewPotch on Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:06 am

As a motorcyclist also, I’d say OPEN to give us bikers a better chance of being seen.
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Post by Baggiecamper on Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:03 pm

Has anyone figured out how to get the sat nav screen to display the rear view camera whilst driving by giving it the reverse gear selected signal whilst driving forward?  Presumably an override switch attached to the screen would be required.
Would this be legal and affect insurance ?
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Post by groundhog on Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:00 pm

PLOUGHLIN wrote:Blinds open, flyscreens closed. Seems to minimise rattles.
With you Peter!
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Post by cazman on Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:10 am

open for me handy for looking left when turning from an angled junction

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