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Old 02-26-2002, 09:49 AM   #1
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Blinds

We had a problem with our vertically tracking blinds on the side of our Motorhome. The ends of the blinds have a few broken guides that were to insert into the aluminum track.This keeps them going up the curved wall, and not swinging out as you drive.
The guides are no longer sold.
We did find the nylon curtain/drape hanger inserts, and were able to hot glue the elastic hanger to the blinds, and insert these guides into the tracks easily. Now the blind goes up and down smoothly and looks as it is supposed to.
Drape hangers are available at Camping World, and many other places inexpensively. they are durable and fit all the aluminum tracks inside the AS motorhome.
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Old 02-26-2002, 05:23 PM   #2
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Good move on the guide replacement Alan.
And I was afraid, I would have to give some of the spare ones I have, since I redid my blinds (NOT FOR SALE).
When summer comes around and it gets 115 degrees inside your coach, the hot melt glue might let go.
Use 3M's clear Plastic and Emblem adhesive to fix it.
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Old 02-26-2002, 05:27 PM   #3
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GLUE

Good point, we wondered about the hot glue. I have some trim adhesive that I used on the dash wood grain that holds well also.
I looked into new blinds, homedepot has some that track over a skylight and can be custom fitted, but its the curve that puzzled them. I am so far happy with our results. The original woven woods in mine are in pretty good shape considering how rough the rest of the interior fabric was.
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Old 02-27-2002, 08:38 PM   #4
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Alan, you may remember me posting this on the other BB before all the data got lost.
I looked at many alternatives for the window coverings, including the track mounted skylight ones. But the curve and angle is the problem.
Unfortunately there is not a very large selection of high quality woven woods. I really wanted some that would block the light.
Home Depot was no help by telling me the Levolor I wanted were discontinued.
So I went to the place below and they got them for me for less than Home Depot would have charged (and less sales tax)

http://www.blindsgalore.com/blindsgalore/default.asp


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Old 02-28-2002, 09:12 AM   #5
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Blinds again

Thanks for the link, we will check it. My old blinds are really in good shape, although we would like to change the color. The new hangers are really helping so far. I saw them listed in Camping World for 4 dollars a bag (airtsream drape hangers).
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Old 03-25-2002, 08:44 PM   #6
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Would you be kind enough to give us the Camperworld part nmumbers or pages nmumbewrs in their catalog - We desperately need these plastic clips and pulleys.
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The part number on the back of the box is #A111. Marked "Airstream Carrier" These clips are T shaped with the elastic.
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Old 03-26-2002, 11:42 AM   #8
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Greatly appreciate your response with the part number for the slides. Hope they also have the little pulleys.
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Dr Joe,
I regret to tell you that I threw my old blinds away. I had no idea the pulleys were that hard to find.
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Old 03-26-2002, 07:00 PM   #10
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Yes, I didn't think I would have any problem at all replacing the pulleys, but lo and behold - they are more scarce than the clips.
I did find a guy in the shutter business in greenville who said he had some pulleys and I should bring one up there to compare with what he has got. I finally was able to get the clips from Camping World after repeatedfly phones calls with their management. Whew - what a struggle.
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Blinds

I hope you all will enjoy seeing the blinds I chose for Bear when I put the photos online. They are anything BUT 'stock'...
This remodeling is really a labour of love isn't it? And very very challenging.
I got the blinds I wanted (curve or not) at Decoratetoday.com (which is American Blind & Wallpaper). Very high quality.
LIVING ROOM:
I hung "BASSWOOD" (like old Venetian blinds)..in solid wood for warmth. Even tho' they were heavier than vinyl...I wanted the warmth. YES>>>the curve was a problem...first of all because the blind 'housing' would be pulled the wrong way if attached 'straight' onto the chassis. So, I designed a piece of aluminum in an 'upside-down' V-shape; which we riveted one fold onto the Chassis, and the other fold the blind housing was attached to---with the opening of the 'V' upside down (like this ^ ) so the blind would hang STRAIGHT down.
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Ok...now the blind hung straight;;;BUT, because of the curve...the blind was --- of couse --- out from the chassis a good 7 inches at the bottom when the blinds were down.
I put an extra set of 'tie-downs' on these blinds (1 pair-at the bottom of the big window...and 1 pair at the bottom of the little window under the big one.) so I can choose where I want the blind to be set. I have cafe-curtains hanging over the little bottom windows...and sometimes, I don't want the Basswoods to be all the way to the bottom of both windows.

KITCHEN:
I hung a brushed Aluminum micro-mini (1/2") blind in the galley .. AWESOME! (I almost wish I'd used these throughout)...but they went especially well in the galley where I have used a lot of brushed aluminum and stainless steel.

BATHROOM:
a 'pull-down' vinyl "brocade-appearing" blind...which I haven't installed yet...because it came with brand NEW plastic ends...which dont fit the old brackets.
Solution: I DON"T KNOW YET. The old brackets are (one end) BEHIND the fiberglass 'housing' above the sink, and would be HORRIBLE to remove just to put in the new bracket. ANY IDEAS?
These pulldown blinds don't present the hanging problem so didn't need to use the 'V' bracket to install the heading... This blind isn't even hung yet..b/c I haven't figured out how to modify the blind to fit the OLD brackets.

BEDROOM:
I got pull-down blinds here too in a vinyl 'very thick-looking' screen-like material...They are a little 'see-thru', so they will need more curtains hanging over them. I didn't care because I wanted to have them down and still be able to see a little view through them during the day. (I'm a 'NAP QUEEN"!! )
Hanging them was easy...BUT, when it came to the 'tie-down' brackets (they gave me this so-called 'commercial-grade' velcro---and it pulled right off---but STUCK to the wall --- yuk!)...it didn't work.
Solution: I hung an additional plain curtain rod BELOW the window (to match the decorative curtain rod above the window) ---a few inches wider than the blind. When the blind is down, I lift the blind by the bottom edge, and 'tuck it' BEHIND the rod, and VOILA! it holds the blind down for perfect privacy (with the side curtains of course blocking out 'peeking Toms'... )

The bath and bedroom 'pull-down blinds' all have decorative CHAINS which were custom cut to fit the areas..and are riveted to the chassis to keep them taut and out of the way.

I just wanted to post that if the stock (or usual) RV blinds are not desired...regular blinds CAN be modified to work beautifully.

Photos coming .... I SWEAR!
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Cat,
that all sounds very innovative, but the vertical tracks do serve their purpose. You can open the blinds to any heights desired, the blinds staying tucked closed to the wall. Also in Motorhomes, noise is a big consideration, so any type mini blind, especially aluminum, is out of the question.
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I was deeply impressed with what "Cat" has done with the blinds in his motorhome, but from the standpoint of maintaining originality, cost and keeping what I've got (the blinds are in really good shape, I think I will stick with trying to locate a pulley and I already have the clips on the way from Camping World. Cat, I really appreciated y our post,
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Well Guys, I was really lucky - kept calling around and found a small home factory for blinds here in the county that had an exact replacement for the pulley. In fact the holes in the mounting plate are located exactly to fit the screw holes. This was an act of pure luck. Hopefully I will have them fixed in time for the Classic Motorhome Rally in Pensacola .
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