Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Step-by-step DIY instructions on how to restring RV window shades

Restringing RV window shades is a common DIY task that you may need to perform if the cords or strings on your blinds become damaged or break. Here’s a general guide on how to restring RV window shades.

Repairing day/night shades are very tricky for Hap and Scott.

Materials and tools

  • Replacement cord or string (make sure it’s the appropriate thickness and material color)
  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Small clamps or clothespins
  • Cord lock or tension device (if applicable)
  • Optional: Cord condenser or tassel (if needed for your specific shades)

Repair kits

White Repair Kit

Beige repair kit

Restring DIY steps

Remove the shades

Take down the window shades from the RV. This usually involves removing any mounting brackets or clips holding the shades in place.

Remove the old cord

Locate the end of the old cord on the shade and carefully remove it. You may need to use a screwdriver to disassemble any components holding the cord in place.

Measure and cut the new cord

Measure the length of the old cord to determine how much replacement cord you need.
Cut the new cord to the appropriate length using scissors or a utility knife.

Thread the new cord

Begin threading the new cord through the holes or eyelets on the shade, following the same path as the old cord. Use needle-nose pliers to help guide the cord through tight spots.

Attach the cord lock or tension device

If your shades have a cord lock or tension device, make sure to thread the cord through it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Secure the cord ends

Tie a secure knot at each end of the cord to prevent it from slipping back through the holes.

Test the operation

Gently pull on the cord to test the functionality of the shades. Ensure that the shades raise and lower smoothly.

Attach the shades back in place

Mount the shades back in their original position using the mounting brackets or clips.

Optional: Add cord condenser or tassel

If your shades originally had a cord condenser or tassel, attach them to the cord according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These components help with cord management and aesthetics.

Adjust tension (if needed)

If your shades have a tension adjustment, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to set the proper tension for smooth operation.

Always refer to the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of your window shades, as the process may vary based on the type and brand of shades you have in your RV. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable with the process, consider seeking assistance from a professional or contacting the manufacturer for guidance.

More from Dustin

Make sure you check out my website, California RV Specialists, and our YouTube channel for more helpful information, and see our published articles on RVtravel.com and other social media pages.


Dustin Simpson
Dustin Simpsonhttps://calrvspecialists.com/
I have worn many hats in the RV industry through the years. From an RV Technician, Warranty Administrator, Parts Administrator, Parts Manager, Service Manager and now Business Owner. I have even been deemed an RV Expert by the California court system, working on behalf of the customers, dealers, and manufacturers. My repair facility has been servicing customers at the same location since 2003. What sets us apart from the dealerships is we are here to fix and maintain what you have, and not sell you a new one. Whether you own a million-dollar unit or an entry level, my message to you will be the same, it needs to be maintained.



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Jim Johnson (@guest_261883)
8 days ago

In my experience, one cord goes before the other. If so, measure the good cord while still in place, adding 3-4 inches. You will trim the excess after knotting. Replace both cords at the same time. If one side is gone, the other is likely not far behind.

If at all possible, tape the new cord to the old cord with the ends butted against each other to keep the diameter the same. Just fold over a piece of cellophane tape and trim off the excess. Gather up all the folds so it is a short, straight shot through the accordion.

If using the old cord to pull through isn’t possible, use the same tape technique on just the new cord end so it works like a shoe lace.

Bill (@guest_261858)
8 days ago

Tried to restring with repair kit. Couldn’t get the string as tight as the factory installed it, but it did work within reason. After that, I replaced any broken string blinds with mini blinds. this worked much better and the new blinds just lift up and pull down, without strings. Wound up replacing 7 windows this way, including the one I repaired with the string.

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