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Old 07-20-2005, 10:01 PM   #1
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Greetings,
We just acquired a 68 Overlander and I'm considering sewing drapes/curtains (depending on what you call them in your neck of the woods). Any experience or advice?
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:35 PM   #2
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The drapes are the only things that I had made by someone else for the interior of the trailer.
I had James P Ambruso make them. They were not inexpensive. I paid $290 for my 6 Metre' Minuet.
They last nearly forever. My sister had a set made for my family's old 1973 31 footer. Those drapes cost right around $500 for that size trailer.
Here is a picture of my drapes. Not an extremely good photo I will post more when I find them.
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:25 PM   #3
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More pictures!

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Old 07-20-2005, 11:37 PM   #4
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The drapes look great Lou

Looks like a brand-new trailer. I'll be anxious to see it in person in Otisville at the forums rally next month.

Has anyone replaced their day/nighters? I like the day shade but the cardboard nighters swell up with humidity and bend out of shape when closing. I wonder if they make an overlay of some sort that I could just slip over and restring the shades, a color might be nice too.


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Old 07-21-2005, 06:04 AM   #5
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My drapes were professionall made too; however, with a little talent and the right attachments, I think they could be made at home. Lots of work. I also had the beds custom made, but I've seen those done beautifully by some more talented than I.
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Did make my own shower curtain. how about that?
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Old 07-21-2005, 10:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. Have any of you used the plastic "T" clips? If so do you have vendor info?


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My drapes were professionall made too; however, with a little talent and the right attachments, I think they could be made at home. Lots of work. I also had the beds custom made, but I've seen those done beautifully by some more talented than I.
Nice job! Very beautiful!
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Thanks for the info. Have any of you used the plastic "T" clips? If so do you have vendor info?


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They seem to have the best price for them. Considering the sheer number you have to buy, even a difference of 10 cents a clip can really add up.
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Looks like a brand-new trailer. I'll be anxious to see it in person in Otisville at the forums rally next month.

Has anyone replaced their day/nighters? I like the day shade but the cardboard nighters swell up with humidity and bend out of shape when closing. I wonder if they make an overlay of some sort that I could just slip over and restring the shades, a color might be nice too.
AWWW!!!
You are just saying that so you can have a seat of honor at "Lou-A-Palooza '05"!
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Much time and much material

I have made them several times for a few units.

Let me say, that it is not so hard to do but it takes lots of material to include the new tabs at about 30 cents apiece
and if you desire the UV backing material, you need a very good sewing machine and a LOT of time.

I paid some one to do the first set I needed. I was not completely satisfied with the job and it was a little pricey.

To do it yourself is worth the effort. But If I could afford to pay some one to do them just like OEM, I probably would.

I recently made a set for my new to me Classic MH. It took me about 20 hours to do a full wrap around rear window without pleats. Pro is less time, con is more material.

I have done them with pleats and it takes much more time.

Here is a photo of some I made with pleats

The blue ones were made by some one else. I did not care for them but they worked

The cornices (dark blue material over white curtains) was re-upholstered by me
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:03 AM   #12
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I just had a set of drapes made for my 31' sovereign by James Ambruso and I believe I paid $790.00. They are extreamly well made and worth the price.
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How long did it take to receive yours?

I placed my order with James Ambruso two weeks ago. His letter said they would start on them before or after 22 September!! They must really be backed up.
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A question on the "T" Clips....how far apart do you place them on the curtain? Any ideas....thanks.

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