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Old 09-24-2005, 09:47 PM   #15
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We just ordered our drapes from Jim Ambrose and I hope they'll be in within 2 months. I contacted all of the other folks mentioned in the forums, but Jim seems to have his stuff in order.

I also contaced Melina Copass about her fabric and she has some really cool stuff. I guess my reason for not having her build the drapes is that she's not as familiar with the styles. Here's her link if you like retro looking fabrics.

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Old 09-25-2005, 07:54 AM   #16
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Barkingspider's Drapes

These were made by my Mom. She didn't tell me how many hours she spent on them but I know she worked on them on and off over a couple months. She quilts full time, has a dedicated room and multiple sewing machines for different purposes, and even she said they were a pain in the ass with all of those damn 2" pleats. They have the roclon thermal suede lining which really helps block out light and insulate the trailer - but as someone said in an earlier post, adding the roclon really increases the work involved in making the drapes.

Also, I too got a quote from James Ambruso prior to my Mom volunteering to make these and he quoted over $1,200 for my trailer.

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Old 09-25-2005, 08:07 AM   #17
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James Ambruso is making the drapes for our will be a little over $700. If they last as long as advertised, I'm willing to pay the price, as my 7th grade Home Ec sewing skills are but a distant memory.

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About a month ago I installed Ambruso drapes into my Argosy -- ordered them 'bout a year before, so something like $400 fits in my head -- for the front Panoramic window and the long sides over the two twin beds. Ambruso does not do roller blinds (if that's what you have over your sink and in the bath). The UV fabric layer on the glass side gives these curtains a substantial feel and nice body.They are done very well and with snaps for attaching to the interior wall so the termination ends look right. The new drapes on my Safari don't compare at all to Ambruso's! There's no UV guard that I can see either.

Anybody considering making their own should probably look at just how they're done -- go to a rally, PM a forum member near you, or what-evah... From the experience of placing the Ambruso order, I can tell you to measure at the front, middle and side of every window. The rails are not necessarily mounted the same distance apart at each end. And some trailers/windows have different plastic slides top & bottom, or between side & front windows. This would be easier if you have any remnants of the former curtains.

For the grizzled DIY-er and some pretty interesting responses, I'm just waiting for the "I want to reupholster it myself" question.


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