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Old 06-02-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Tambour Doors

Anyone out there found good replacements for these problematic doors? Thinking of buying a 1981 International and all upper and lower storage areas have these. I have a 1980 Caravelle and have problems opening the few I have. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 06-02-2007, 06:50 PM   #2
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The ones that open up and down have not been much of a problem; however, the ones that slide back and forth are a real pain. We replaced them in our 78 Argosy. Replaced the bathroom door with just a solid painted door. These are pictures of the kitchen doors made using the old tambour.
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juel,
Did you use the old tambour doors to build the new doors or just found a coplementary door? THey look good without changing the look. I've entertained the thought of converting my tambours to standard doors. As you said, no issue with the up down tambours, but the side rollers...grrr
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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you should find a plethora of information if you do a forums search under "tambour"

The slickest and easiest idea I have seen is to make sliders out of flat aluminum sheets. With practically no work they will slide in the old tracks
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We have taken out the beds and gaucho out of our Argosy... I hate to throw away the tambour doors that were under the beds and gaucho.. we are not going to use them.. going , going ....
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:55 PM   #6
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We have taken out the beds and gaucho out of our Argosy... I hate to throw away the tambour doors that were under the beds and gaucho.. we are not going to use them.. going , going ....
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Marshall... Do you need all 6?? Sent you a pm...
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:13 PM   #8
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gaucho stuff

Hey,

Scavenger that I am I can also use the aluminum framing from the gaucho if available. Especially the aluminum sliders with the plastic end pieces.

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You can never have too much tambour

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I will take all I can get. Just to be clear currently I don't "need" any in the sense I have put all my tambours back together on both of my coaches for a total of 15, but I can always use spares for replacements.

If someone else is in more "need" than I, it's OK to send some or all to another Airstreamer.
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Hello Marshall....The sliders are already spoken for... if anyone is in need of the tambours please let us know or it goes to Marshall for extras...
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If they are hard to move,spray a little WD-40 in the tracks (Walts).I've been told from one of Walts rv guys the doors are no longer made .Have to hit the rv junk yards to find replacements,if you can find good ones...Brian
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Thanks for all of your advice

I'm not sure if I'm going to buy the International, but now know where to go to find the answers. And thanks for the offer of the tambours, but not sure I'll need them. So let someone that does have them.

Happy trails,
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There are several manufacturers of Tambour material. Do a forums search and you will find them
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We took the old tambour off completely and made new doors and put the old tambour on the door and framed it with molding. I love the look and now I have the storage space and I CAN ACTUALLY GET TO IT. By the way, be careful what you spray on those tambour doors. It can make them mushy and they fall apart. Don't ask how I know.
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