Blinds Up or Blinds Down

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by RS_rob, May 2, 2014.

  1. RS_rob

    RS_rob Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2013
    Messages:
    880
    Likes Received:
    604
    Location:
    Turnford
    This is something that has bugged me since we bought our MH & as its Parked On the Road we've/I've decided to park it Blinds Up thus preventing nosey parkers looking in & taking note of how vulnerable it is.

    There is only one other van on the estate & it is a campervan & not a fully blown MH like ours.

    A recent thread on this forum outlined similar issues I have had that being blinds that do not roll down when required &/or suddenly snap down after not performing as they should.

    So the BIG Question here is.............
    If you park your MH on the Road overnight (not sleeping inside) do you Blackout the interior by closing the blinds or leave it open for all too look inside.

    ???????????????????????????????????????

    pros & cons considered...............

    Thanks.
     
  2. grasscutter

    grasscutter Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,359
    Likes Received:
    2,244
    Location:
    East Wittering. West Sussex.
    Ours has had the blinds closed whenever parked up for the last five years.
    We keep them closed for two reasons,
    1, Stop prying eyes
    2, Stop the interior fading from sun bleach

    Graham
     
    • Like Like x 5
  3. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,261
    Likes Received:
    7,882
    Location:
    West Norfolk
    Do closed blinds mean you are trying to hide something worth nicking though?:Smile:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  4. Skeggysue

    Skeggysue Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2007
    Messages:
    171
    Likes Received:
    193
    Location:
    Skegness, Lincolnshire
    My only worry with closing all the blinds when your vehicle is parked up on the street etc., is that if anyone were to break in (especially at night) they could put all the lights on and have a good search around your vehicle for valuables etc and of course with the blackout blinds all shut, they wouldn't feel the urgency to scarper asap due to being conveniently hidden from view to any passers by or nearby residents! Whereas, if the blinds were all open, the villain may be reluctant to switch on any lights or hang around too long, for fear of being seen in action!

    When our vehicle is parked on our own property, it is secured behind locked gates, and so we always shut the blinds then. I think keeping them closed helps to prevent the sunlight from fading the upholstery and furnishings etc.

    Sue
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2014
  5. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    Messages:
    4,025
    Likes Received:
    6,401
    Location:
    Market Harborough
    Our van was parked on our frontage but with passers by able to look in if the blinds were up. Mindful of the damage sun can do to the upholstery and over stretching the blind springs if shut for long periods, I made some window covers out of thermal sleeping mats. Cut to the shape of the windows, they were easy to put into place just by putting them behind the window catches. They never fell out and did a great job of keeping the sun out.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  6. Sidney

    Sidney Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1,084
    Likes Received:
    690
    Location:
    Stamford
    The window blinds are closed. The roof Light blinds are half closed/ half fly screen.

    This keeps the heat down and the UV rays from the sun out.

    Some may say that it damages the springs but our MH has concertina blinds so doesn't have any springs.

    I can't say Ii am bothered whether or not people look in or not.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Daifuse

    Daifuse

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2013
    Messages:
    184
    Likes Received:
    310
    Location:
    Milford Haven
    I used to have a narrowboat, on a towpath mooring on the Oxford canal, opposite a pub (the WISE ALDERMAN) and by the side of two fully occupied cottages. It was a cruiser style boat with a large after-deck and a large cover over it. Thieves were able to work unseen under the cover and remove not only both my leisure and starting batteries but tools and other items. No-one saw or heard anything! :cry: So, my residential street parked MH has all the blinds up.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. JJ

    JJ Funster

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    14,564
    Likes Received:
    25,747
    Location:
    Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
    I don't keep my blinds up because if I do their return springs are constantly under tension and I feel that this weakens them over time.

    But then I have cutains, both net and material on my windows as well as the blinds.


    JJ :Cool:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Another Lesley

    Another Lesley Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    117
    Location:
    North East
    Ours is kept on our drive, behind 6ft gates and a 6ft fence. The blinds are left open, we have loose throws on the seats so no issues with the sun. The only exception to this is the blind in the loo....which is kept permanently closed....other wise himself forgets to close it before using the facilities.......Not likely to be a pretty sight. :Eeek:

    If it was parked on the road, probably the blinds would be down or other means of blanking out the nosey neighbours.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    To prevent the springs being weakened, I would leave open.. , and to prevent UV damage cover the soft furnishings with old sheets or blankets..

    and for the same reason leave curtains open.. don't care who looks in ..
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2014
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Barclaybasher

    Barclaybasher Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Messages:
    2,449
    Likes Received:
    7,110
    Location:
    Derby
    Close blinds on the 'sunny' side and bedroom area only, doesn't look like it's locked with nobody at home and you can't see in too well from the side with blinds down
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Gooney

    Gooney Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Messages:
    4,759
    Likes Received:
    7,774
    Location:
    Flintshire
    I had little stickers on the windows of my van showing windows with the blinds half closed, on enquiring what this was about I was told that leaving the blinds fully closed in full sunlight resulted in heat building up between the blind and the window and in extreme cases causing the window double glazing to delaminate.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. RS_rob

    RS_rob Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2013
    Messages:
    880
    Likes Received:
    604
    Location:
    Turnford
    Thanks guys a mixed response with different views, I will keep with the closed blinds for now but always open them when travelling.

    I might consider closing the curtains instead :Smile:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. daisy mae

    daisy mae Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2013
    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    596
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    When it is bright sunshine I have the side blinds closed as well as the heiki2 when travelling as it can affect my view on the rear view camera monitor.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. schojac

    schojac Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    234
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Have never closed concertina type blinds for an extended time as they then became problematic when reopening. Decided to use the silver thermal stuff designed to fit behind radiators, cut to shape and use them to block UV. They are quite robust and have been used for several years when the van is on storage.

    When parked on the drive, for short periods only, I leave the blinds down - look at those pretty flashing LED's linked to the alarm and look, no steering wheel. :Wink:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  16. yorkieman

    yorkieman Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2011
    Messages:
    361
    Likes Received:
    254
    Location:
    Yorkshire (nr. Leeds)
    We have net curtains as well as blackout blinds in the bedroom, so I just have the net curtains down most of the time, but not the blackout blinds.

    We often have the living area blinds down, but not always. I figure a bit of sunlight, particularly during the winter, will provide a little wanted heat, although I do wonder whether that would cause additional moisture.

    As for the cab, I rarely close the windscreen blinds as I just can't be bothered messing around with them. I often don't even pull them on when we're in the bedroom sleeping as we have a curtain between the bedroom and the living space which hides my wife's modesty.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. acdcdave

    acdcdave Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    75
    WE have a mix of both. Our van is in storage and we keep the blinds closed but the front curtains open. People can see into the van and realise there are no valuables and no steering wheel ( we take it home as it is a pop- off one). Just one of several deterrents.

    On site we draw the net curtains.
    When travelling all the blinds inc the loo are open.
    Lucille Staging lady
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. mikebeaches

    mikebeaches Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    Messages:
    960
    Likes Received:
    629
    Location:
    Bristol
    In winter I'm particularly keen to keep the blinds on our van open so that any limited sunlight warms the interior to 'air' it and minimise the build up of moisture.

    However, we usually leave the blinds open in the summer too...:Smile:

    Mike
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. chopper602

    chopper602 Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2013
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    84
    Location:
    Teesside
    Blinds down when we put it back in storage.
    Blinds tend to be open when in use, the bed drops down and covers the one in the dining area and the ones is the roof remind me to get up soon . . .
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Mastercamper

    Mastercamper Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    579
    Likes Received:
    1,957
    Location:
    Northumberland Flag Flier
    All my Habitation windows are fitted with privacy glass. No blinds needed.
    At night they tend to work in reverse, that is, anyone inside with lights on, would be perfectly visible to any one looking in, not even knowing that,that was the case. Therefore, any ransacking or stealing would be visible, if outside persons happened to look in.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page