Blinds open or closed when parked up on your drive (1 Viewer)

KPM

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I would just like to know what people think when you park up on your own drive for a few weeks/ days do you leave the blinds open or closed I have always in the past left them closed but realise that tends to block off the flashing led from the alarm. I would like to capitalise on this method of prevention from pricing eyes. But there is the counter argument that folles can look in when we leave our cars we don’t prevent people from looking in. I was just wondering if this is becoming a popular option.
 
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I tend to close most of the blinds in the hab area, but leave the cab area blinds open.

I have two external blue LED's
and one internal blue LED (the wifi also has a blue flashing LED, so looks like a security light)

When parked in the road or at a camp site I tend to set the LED's to bright.
When in secure storage I set the LED's to dim
 
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I tend to close most of the blinds in the hab area, but leave the cab area blinds open.

I have two external blue LED's
and one internal blue LED (the wifi also has a blue flashing LED, so looks like a security light)

When parked in the road or at a camp site I tend to set the LED's to bright.
When in secure storage I set the LED's to dim
That’s very encouraging thank you it fits in with my current thinking too thanks
 
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KPM

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I tend to close most of the blinds in the hab area, but leave the cab area blinds open.

I have two external blue LED's
and one internal blue LED (the wifi also has a blue flashing LED, so looks like a security light)

When parked in the road or at a camp site I tend to set the LED's to bright.
When in secure storage I set the LED's to dim
Sounds like a Grwler installed. Yes ?
 
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Jan 27, 2018
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We close habitation blinds for sun protection (also now uv filters on roof vents).
The cab area is left open (better for blind folding and springs and led visibility).
The front seats are protected by large throws the rear have been reupholstered with removable covers, so have the front but swmbo likes them as they are (a lot of work getting it right)
 
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Nanniemate

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Still dropping clangers and making it up as I go along
I close the front curtains as Van faces sun (too old for blinds) and keep the blinds closed, most of the time if I remember
 
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Front thermal blind and side windows closed fully - the rest of the vehicle blinds up to 3/4 and bug blinds down for the other 1/4 to stop the heat building up and damaging the windows.
 
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Many thanks everyone. It’s really helpful to see what others do and why.
 
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Coolcats

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I would just like to know what people think when you park up on your own drive for a few weeks/ days do you leave the blinds open or closed I have always in the past left them closed but realise that tends to block off the flashing led from the alarm. I would like to capitalise on this method of prevention from pricing eyes. But there is the counter argument that folles can look in when we leave our cars we don’t prevent people from looking in. I was just wondering if this is becoming a popular option.
Closed it helps protect the furniture etc from prolonged uv exposure and if it’s a van bitz alarm you can have the external LED’s we have one in the grill and one in a tail light.

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Coolcats

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Close ours but leave about inch gap at the top as you are not supposed to close blinds fully in bright sunlight as heat build up can damage acrylic windows.
I agree it’s Exactly what we do so I did post I closed them but a gap helps the heat escape otherwise the blinds and acrylic can be damaged
 
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Steve N Tracy

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Closed with a slight gap, blinds are cheaper then replacing faded upholstery and trim, having said that 6 caravans and 3 motorhomes never had a blind fail through leaving them shut.

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We leave ours open. I was once told that closing them can damage the windows when the sun reflects off the silver finish on the back of the blinds.
Silver reflective blinds will be less of problem than plain ones. Sun provides radiant heat, on reaching the silver surface a good part of the radiant heat should be reflected back through the window, it goes out the same way as it came in. However if the blind is plain it can absorb the radiant heat, becomes warm and heats up the space between blind and window. Front screen blinds may have the silver surface sandwiched within.
 
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TheBig1

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many many years! since I was a kid
I leave some open so the passing scrotes can see the van is being worked on and or not fit to travel
 
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