My Blinds Are Broken?
Why Have They Broken?
If the van is stored for the winter season the blinds shouldnt be left in the down position.
The reason for this is that the spirng has a “memory”, if the blind is left in the down position for too long the spring will slowly forget where it should be, therefore over the years it will become less affective.
Another reason is that the spring can become unattached to its fixing, if this is the case the blind will normall not work at all.
How Do I Fix It?
To correct both problems the same process can be used.
Take the blind off the wall, then take the blind out of its housing. at one end there will be a wheel with four spokes on it that sits on a rod with a flat end.
Pull the plastic end that sits into the aluminium tube out and make sure the spring is full wound onto it, push it back into the tube.
Wind the blind back onto the tube( so it is in the up position) locate the round end into its hole, hold onto the spring end.
There are two ways of winding the spring,
- Locate the "wheel" back into the housing and use a flat screwdriver in the end of it to turn the wheel against the ratchet.
- Pull the rod out slightly hold onto the wheel and turn the rod with your fingers until you can't hold it any more, about 10 turns or so then locate it in its position.