venetian blinds for caravan

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 16:06

bolwarrabob

can someone provide info on supply/fitting venetian blinds to a Jayco full van?

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AnswerID: 393148   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 16:24

Ups and Downs replied:

I have installed quite a few without any drama, so just go to any Blind supplier, they will do it for you.

You probably should get the 16mm slat, fits back against the wall better. A little dearer but another reason is that as the windows are smaller than in a house, the proportions look right.

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FollowupID: 661199   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 17:04

Tenpounder (SA) posted:

Couldn't agree more. We ripped out the old holland blinds and curtains a few years ago, and fitted made-to-measure 16mm blinds. Much better than dust-laden curtains and roller blinds that don't want to stay up, won't stay down etc. No regrets at all. We dealt through a commercial blind supplier, and fitted them for ourselves.
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AnswerID: 393149   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 16:45

Notso replied:

Venetians are dirty flamin things in a van, hard to keep clean.

Why not go for standard curtains, they are washable and a decent block out material is also a great insulator as well as keeping out the light if you want to sleep in.
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FollowupID: 661197   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 16:53

Member - barry F (NSW) posted:

We have never had ventians in a van, but we used to have them in our home & when I was still working as a commercial cleaner, some of our customers had them in their offices.

In my opinion, they are a dust collector made worse by them being difficult to clean even when you have easy access to them, & I would imagine in the confined space of a van that the job would be made more difficult.

I reckon I would go with what Notso said, easy to fit, easy to clean & helps to keep out heat & light. Good luck & cheers.
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FollowupID: 661234   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 21:54

Member - Rick P (NT) posted:

Agree with you Notso and they are also easy to damage, have a look at some of the caravans on display with venetians especially in the bedroom where you have to slide along the window to get into bed. The new van we ordered came standard with venetians and we had them replaced with curtains.
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FollowupID: 661236   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 22:07

Faulic_McVitte posted:

would never have blinds in a van again. was a mistake getting blinds in the van. Sold that van and bought one with lined curtains.
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FollowupID: 661238   Submitted: Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 at 22:12

Faulic_McVitte posted:

clicked by accident

the clips to hold the blinds at the bottom break
the slats mark the walls when a slight breeze if you use the van a lot
the blinds rattle with a breeze
difficult to clean and a constant job
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AnswerID: 393194   Submitted: Monday, Nov 30, 2009 at 08:23

Member - Carl and Pamela replied:

Good morning Sir

Someof your replies have not liked these blinds and I respect you desire to do what you like.

Perhaps you might like to try Spotlight. We fitted them to our last caravan and got them there. They have a kit showing how to measure etc. Just fill in their form a and in a couple of week return and collect them. They are easy to fit and look fantastic the day you fit them. We had the thin slats in black.

I would say however they are dust magnets, flutter in the wind when you have the windows open and are easy to damage. Actually it is a gust of wind that usually damages them. We ripped them out after a while and went back to curtains in the new van.

Spotlights prices are the best we found and if you are a "Spotlight club member" they are even cheaper. Look for their catalogue as sometimes they also have specials on blinds.
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AnswerID: 393350   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 01, 2009 at 10:18

Wizard1 replied:

We replaced some the curtains in our Jayco Freedom with venetians from Spotlight and fitted them myself.

Looked great but they were by no means a perfect solution. The one I fiited to the screen door fapped around like a kite in a stiff breeze so had to be kept up most of the time.

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