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Old 09-01-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Question Husband bought the Argosy, now I need help!

Trying to make this 1977 Rear Door Argosy livable for our upcoming 10 day trip. I need to replace the pull down shades because the current ones are tattered and have these fasteners that stick two-inches out from the wall - a definite hazard for my 3 year old twins!

Any advice on where to order the shades? It's just a temporary measure until I can save money for custom made drapes and new rails to hold the glides. (I'm referring to the side windows and bathroom window).

Or would you recommend blinds? I just can't figure out how the blinds could work around the side mechanisms for keeping the windows open. Plus, I like the light blocking element of shades. Tried to order through JCPenney had them for $15 each but they're backordered and we're leaving this month!

Need help ASAP! Please email me at if you have any suggestions. Thanks so much!!!

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Old 09-01-2010, 10:32 PM   #2
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I made quick, easy, and cheap curtains for our A/S using $19.99 sheets. Two full sets did all our windows but the kitchen/bath. Those two already have pull down shades and require removal of screws or rivets so I just haven't done them...yet. We made one small trip before I made the curtains, I used a clothes pin to hang some heavy fabric over all the uncovered windows. (Which is why I've spent the last week sewing curtains!)

Of course a lot depends on exactly what the shape of your A/S is. You said you needed to replace rails.. is that because they are missing, broken, or don't work?



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Old 09-02-2010, 09:12 AM   #3
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If the top rails are intact you can use towels and clothespins as curtains. Actual pull down shades are available at stores, maybe Wally World Home Depot, etc., and you can cut them to the width you need. The shade hold downs are usually high enough that your children can't get at them until you teach them to leave them alone.
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