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Old 11-04-2005, 10:27 PM   #29
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Greetings,
We bought a 68 Overlander this summer that had only blinds and really wanted curtains. After consulting the forum and few photos I decided I could tackle the job myself. It took me quite a while, largely because I had to develop a pattern/style to make them. I found great fabric from MelinaMade, the carriers from a camping supplier and we've been real pleased with the results. They weren't as difficult as I first feared, but there is definantly a time committment because I pleated the top and bottom and had to sew the carriers on the bottom by hand.
Happy to share the photos, if I can figure out how.

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Old 11-04-2005, 10:33 PM   #30
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JPA Drapes for Us!!

We ordered our drapes from James Ambruso in late September and will receive them in early December. We're nearly finished with our AS (except for the exterior polishing) and this includes the new drapes. Can't wait for them to arrive.

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Old 11-05-2005, 11:36 AM   #31
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:49 AM   #32
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I hesitate to ask....

just how much do these custom made drapes by Ambruso cost?
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:41 PM   #33
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just how much do these custom made drapes by Ambruso cost?
Depends on several factors...which trailer and what material and lining you choose; but for a 75 31' Sovereign the average price is in the $800 range. I have seen several sets of the Ambruso drapes and they are NICE! You can still order drapes from the factory via your AS dealer but they only come in one color...off white. Ambruso gives you several choices in color as well as quality of the material and type of lining.

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Old 11-05-2005, 03:07 PM   #34
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The solar lining is well worth it. Ambruso drapes have some body and should hold up very well. I've seen many good pics from folks satisfied to have done their own too, so won't say one is absolutely better. Our time is over-committed as it is and the choice was easy.

A front pano window and two pairs of 6' long side drapes over each twin bed came to about $450 for us.
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Old 11-05-2005, 04:10 PM   #35
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I'm laughing all the way down the street to the storage lot

Don't have nightmares. Theres a load of airstreams in storage in my park. Why get rid of them when they can serve a purpose. Why get rid of the old one when it's still serviceable. I'm on my 4th airstream and if I didn't care for them I wouldn't keep buying them. My 81 went through a tornado and didn't even budge while other makes were totaled. I'd rather keep my overstock in my old airstream than some sheds. Every time I look at ebay I see the 70's are selling well they're built like the great wall of china. It's the previous owners who leave them unattended for years that are the bad ones. I found out if I go in my airstream at least once a year and turn on eack of the appliances , open the windows to air out the coach, run the shop vac to clean dust and turn on the gas to chase out the spiders so the lines don't clog, put a couple filters on for crappy water that my efforts paid off in good resale value.

No airstream I own will go to waste or be waisted.
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Old 11-05-2005, 07:02 PM   #36
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My head is spinning right now, Manchester! Storage....ugghh! Anyway, keeping with the original theme of the thread, my Ambruso drapes were $740.

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Old 11-05-2005, 07:53 PM   #37
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I'll be on the low end ... I'm ordering a set for the '59, with 4 smallish windows in toto, and will post the cost when the order is finalized. remind me if i forget & you want the info.

being a part-time seamstress, you'd think i could do this, but i don't want to. same with the polishing: i have 2 arms but i don't want to. thus dies my dream of rehabbing airstreams because each step becomes something i can logically hire out more efficiently.
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:31 PM   #38
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Smile I wonder if tie dye will take to the old drapes...

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Old 11-06-2005, 07:15 AM   #39
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I'm curious as to how professionals charge. Number of windows, pleats, lined / unlined or just tell them what trailer you have. I estimated my cost by the price of all goods required to make a set of drapes which would include LR, Galley, BR and BA will be <$100.00 and about two weeks of labor. Sewing to me is a hobby and I realize that's not the case in everybody elses world . I got good milage out of my drapes in my 25 y o airstream . If it wasn't in use the shades were always drawn, in use the shades were drawn on the sunny side. I was in NV and it was so hot my shades were hot to the touch. I went to the store and bought reg alum foil on the roll and lined each window because I was afraid the a/c would break if it ran 24/7 let alone heat like that will dry rot the drapes. Swear the temp in the trailer dropped 10 degrees and the shades cooled down.
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Old 11-09-2005, 11:11 AM   #40
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Unhappy They did NOT Melt...

$900 bucks... for lovely new Ambruso drapes... but the fabric selection just didn't thrill me one little bit.
So I took down all the original, dingy, yucky beige bedroom curtains and washed them in the sink with Woolite.
When they hit the water I prayed they would dissolve like the Wicked Witch of the West, but NNOOOOOO....
They came out PERFECT. They even smell good. I can't believe how sturdy those old stitches turned out to be !
Moral of the story. Don't be afraid to wash the curtains.
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Old 11-09-2005, 05:05 PM   #41
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That is, of course, assuming you still have the original drapes...some of us weren't that lucky.

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Old 11-09-2005, 08:20 PM   #42
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Don't be afraid to wash the curtains.[/quote]

We get great results from a $3.00 bottle of oxyclean...mix 1/2 C. in a bucket of H20 and soak overnight...brightens everything up from curtains to antique wedding gowns. my .02
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