Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MCD Shades

In May 2012 we had problems with several of the Day-Night shades that came with the motorhome. We had heard about “MCD Duo Shades”, so we decided to give them a try. Duo shades are actually two shades attached to the same brackets and shade holder. One shade blocks all light and the second shade is a black mesh that blocks some light. Both shades make viewing into the motorhome impossible from outside.

On Sunday, May 8, 2012, we left the “Old Settlers Park” in Round Rock, Texas and drove to the MCD factory in McKinney, Texas. An “MCD” representative was on site and helped up get parked and hooked up to complimentary water and electricity for our stay there.

We had enough money set aside to replace the shades in the living room section of the motorhome and planned to save for bedroom shades at a later date. On Monday morning early, an installation technician came out to measure the windows for the shades we wanted replaced. During the day they took all the RVers waiting on shade installation on a factory tour. I enjoyed seeing how the shades were laid out, cut and put on reels for installation. On Tuesday our shades were installed and an inspector came out to assure the shades fit, were cleaned following installation and were functional. Some minor adjustments were made and we were back on the road before noon.

It was less than eighty miles to Thackerville, Oklahoma and the “WinStar World Casino”, so we headed that direction. We stayed in the WinStar RV Park for about two weeks because we were having fun and had some luck in the casino. After the two weeks we had enough money left over from our winnings to return to MCD to get our bedrooms shades.

When I closed our bedroom slide to move there was a grinding noise so we decided to make a diversion to “Best Value RV” in Denton, Texas to get someone to check out our slide problems, before returning to MCD. It took a couple of days to find out where they could get the gearbox we needed so the sent us over to their sister service center “North Texas RV” in Krum, Texas. They provided water and electricity while we waited for the gearbox to be delivered. We found out it would be a week before the new part arrived, so we opted to go back to Thackerville and enjoy life without using our living room slide. Since there was not much room in the living room, we felt obligated to stay in the casino until after bedtime. What a rough life.

On May 16th we went back to Denton to get the gearbox installed -- spending two more days at “North Texas RV”. When repairs were complete, we needed to dump our tanks before going back to “MCD”, so we spent one night at the “Lighthouse RV Park” in Melissa, Texas. The next morning we went back to McKinney for installation of the bedroom shades. They looked great.

We still need to replace the shades across the front and the driver and copilot windows, but that will wait for
another time -- maybe even another lucky day at the casino.

Shade by the couch

Shade behind our chairs

Black mesh shades by couch

All shades open

Bedroom shades

Shade on two small windows in bedroom'


  1. We had MCD shades in our last Winnebago Class C & just loved them. They sure spoiled us because in our Triple E now we have the old day night shades again & we just hate the darn things,

  2. Thanks for reading my blog, Al. Sorry about the shades in your Triple E. Glad you are enjoying the Triple E.