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Old 01-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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accordion door alternative

Need to find some alternatives to the accordian sliding doors for our 34 limited.Want to be alittle out of the box and different. Need two doors,any suggestions?
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:00 PM   #2
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We considered a curtain on a curved rod (like a shower curtain rod) with a snap or velcro tie back. I thought curtain could add color and be easier to use.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:30 PM   #4
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sliding pocket door. you could go all out with pneumatic actuators and make them open and close like star trek. or quiet rollers will do just fine.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:05 PM   #5
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The new Bambi's (and likely others...) have a kind of roll up door that remind me of a soji screen. I really like them...but they aren't inexpensive! You might peruse the airstream website.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:28 PM   #6
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How far out of the box do you want to go? I've been thinking about using a long but narrow window shade for a door. It would run in tracks located on the walls for privacy. Just a light tug & it rolls up to the ceiling. Been thinking of some kind of painting or design put onto the white shade. The color could be complimentary or bold to the existing decor.

Custom venetion blinds perhaps? They could match existing blinds that you may already have / want.

How about a roll up soji (?) screen. not sure if it's spelled right. It's a japanese screen. It could roll up/down or be attached to a wall & use a magnetic strip or Velcro on the other. It could be harder than the typical paper, maybe a plastic one.

All options are light weight for your consideration.

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Old 01-25-2010, 09:04 PM   #7
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Found some Shoji screens that are in frames and thought if they measured right I could use that approach. Here is the website. Will have to measure the distance next weekend, trailer parked at Grams.Opps-here it is:http://www.iroomdividers.com/interio...oomdivider.cfm
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We had posted these pix on the other thread, but I will add a few detail pix. We gutted the 22' safari and went with red birch. These doors replaced the curtain. The panels could be any type of thin material.
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We followed the instructions on the linked thread above and made ours from the vertical blinds purchased at Home Depot. Then bought keychain rings to hang them from. We had a interior Designer friend help us pick out the fabric and my wife did the sewing. The slats just slide into the pockets. It took 2 packages of slats as I think we needed about 16 and the packs held 10. Bought the holdback strap from Vintage Trailer Supply.
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We followed the instructions on the linked thread above and made ours from the vertical blinds purchased at Home Depot. Then bought keychain rings to hang them from. We had a interior Designer friend help us pick out the fabric and my wife did the sewing. The slats just slide into the pockets. It took 2 packages of slats as I think we needed about 16 and the packs held 10. Bought the holdback strap from Vintage Trailer Supply.
Looks very nice. How long did it take?
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Well if she would have sewn it right the first time it would have been done in an evening. The slats slide into the pockets from the top. The fabric is folded so the bottom is the fold. She didn't allow enough room for each slat to slide in to its own pocket. So she had to take the threads out twice and resew. I clipped the corners off the bottom of the slats with a nail clipper, which kept them from binding up as the slats slide into the pocket. The length is something like 72" so I cut the tops off of them and then used a drill to drill the hole 1/3" from the top for the key rings.

So with that in mind next time it is an evening project, but it's cool cause the fabric goes with the custom curtains, formica and gaucho naughahide.
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Our Argosy didn't have it's accordion door when it joined our family. It was also missing cushions, upholstery and window coverings, just for starters.

We were on a budget (a very SMALL one!), so to replace the door we just sewed two fabric shower curtains together and hung them from the existing bar using shower curtain rings. We use velcro to tie it back. Unfortunately these pictures don't show the top with the rings, but you get the general idea.

We used the same material to make our window coverings by sewing curtain backing on them, as seen in the last image.

We just wanted to get the trailer into a usable state so we could go camping. If/when our disposable income increases, we may decide to go with a different plan for the door. I really like the pocket doors that were posted earlier! But for now, our shower curtains work quite well.

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Some great ideas. Our doors need to be replaced so we have been using the linen closet door as a shield. Not real effective
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After reading these posts and seeing what some very creative Airstreamers have been up to, I'm itching to figure out how to wow up my new (to me) A/S.

I love the idea of replacement accordion doors and would ultimately love the Star Trek pneumatic door, but shoot, we spent all our renovation money on a Transporter System.

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