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Old 08-29-2002, 08:34 PM   #1
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Overhead Shelf

One of the few "ugly" spots in my trailer is the front overhead shelf. It has missing tambour doors, broken tambour tracks, and is just plain unsightly.
So i removed it to have a look at what's up there. Looks like a perfectly fine rectangular opening in which one could install a bookshelf, or some entertainment electronics, or perhaps both. Does anyone have dimensional building plans or other information for this project?
I am wondering if anyone has worked this area over, and how it came out.
My thoughts are:
1 - use the existing box and make a swing up door for it
2- make a new box with swing up door, or sliding doors
3- restore the tambour and tracks etc. to original condition
4- ask the forum, evaluate the answers and pick the one best for my A/S.

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Old 09-01-2002, 12:13 AM   #2
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If it were me...I'd pick #3 restore the tambour and tracks etc. to original condition. IMHO I think it would look out of place to introduce a new style of cabinets in the trailer. I'd stick with the original design whenever possible...

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Old 09-01-2002, 07:40 AM   #3
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Try something new!

It's just my opinion, but I think the tambours are a pain in the neck. I kept most of mine because they were in tact, but the kitchen area in my 72 Overlander had them all busted up, so I tore them out. I will be replacing them with a more conventional door made of 1/4" lightweight luan ply covered with vertical grade white laminate. Much easier to keep clean. Tambour is a dust collector.

I know most people are trying to restore their trailers to the original look, but I have decided to modernize mine. Instead of all the dark woods and funky fabrics, I have painted the entire interior white, and am accenting all of the cabinetry with an aluminum look. Kind of high-tech. I will be adding color to the couch, carpets and window treatments and using a nice berber carpeting and maple wood flooring. I've redesigned the entire front layout of my trailer. New couch area, countertop with entertainment center, and pullout added storage space. I'll be posting updated pictures soon.

I say try something new for that shelf, unless of course you are trying to maintain the original look. There are many places to purchase the tambour if you so desire. Tambour is also easy to make. It is just a series of thin strips glued to a fabric. Pretty simple, but time consuming to make. Easier to buy of course!

http://web.tampabay.rr.com/bfrankli/airstream.htm

Good luck with whatever choice you come up with.

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