Elkhart, Indiana-based United Shade, a Dicor Corp. affiliate recently introduced the patent-pending Impulse Shade System that is being billed as a “breakthrough in roller shade technology.”
The Impulse roller shade is an all-new roller shade platform designed for quick and easy installation and adjustment. It provides a fully assembled, one-piece, fabric wrapped valance and shade combination that can be installed right out of the box in two minutes with only four screws.
“The Impulse Shade System is a major step forward in the development of new roller shade products,” said Bob Keller, general manager of United Shade, in a Dicor corporate news release. “We’ve been working on this and other innovations and improvements in roller shades for some time. But there is nothing like this in the RV industry, and the time is right for it. This benefits manufacturers, dealers and consumers.”
Using an aluminum valance instead of a separate head rail, the Impulse features simple and compact “frameless” unibody construction. The patent-pending design is both lightweight and robust, with a small enough profile that makes it perfect for spaces like RV bunks and bedrooms as well as any other RV window.
Even with its trim profile, the Impulse can still house single or double shades and comes in Day, Night, or Day-Night configurations. The Impulse offers both manual slow-up or motorized versions.
The Impulse also makes it easy for RVers to redecorate. The fabric on the valance is attached with user-friendly spline, allowing the RV dealer or owner to simply swap out one fabric for another as fashion tastes change.
The end caps come in a variety of colors, including bronze, black, alabaster, white, and gray. Wooden end caps are also available in maple, walnut, oak, cherry, and in natural wood that can be stained to color match existing cabinetry.
The motorized version of the Impulse system offers three helpful innovations with its all-new SignalMotor. First, the SignalMotor includes an LED light that confirms power is being supplied, which can help troubleshoot wiring issues within the coach.
Second, the SignalMotor offers more built-in tolerance for RV voltage variances that can damage shade motors.
Third, the new motor features easily accessible motor adjustment screws that are positioned up and forward for easy adjustments. Simply remove the end caps, adjust and replace. No screws, clips, or other fasteners.
Further adding to the ambiance of the Impulse platform design is its optional SoftGlow internal lighting, making the Impulse perfect as a built-in nightlight, or for when RVers just want to set the right mood after a long day of activity or driving.
“This is a flagship product for our new roller shade platforms and we’re certain that it will produce more innovation for tomorrow’s RVs, while giving the industry something dynamically new it can use today,” said Keller.
“We’re excited about this and other options we’re developing. People can look forward to more new choices like the Impulse from United Shade.”
United Shade specializes in window shades for the RV, manufactured housing, and marine industries. With more than 30 years of manufacturing and industry experience, United Shade has window covering products specially engineered for the demanding environments of RVs from motorhomes to travel trailers.
Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.
They are also well established in the RV aftermarket.
In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.
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