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Old 02-26-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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Help w replacing blinds/curtains

We just purchased our first AS, a 1988 Excella. We are beyond excited. Hoping to get some good advice from all you veterans. I would love to take all the old blinds and curtains down and put up new shades. Is this possible? Would I need to get them from Airstream or is there a 3rd party? I also have a gaucho question but I think that is another thread. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:04 PM   #2
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The factory option would be the most expensive and bland. There are many folks making replacements. I will post more when home and can use the computer. The iPad mini is too tiny to do more than one thing at a time.

We are having a friend make custom Linen colored denim curtains for our 2015 23D International Serenity and the entire set is $450 plus postage. There are two small bedroom two piece curtains plus a set for the complete front end wrap around windows .
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. And I appreciate the coming info!
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:20 PM   #4
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One family owned vendor I have heard good reports about is:

http://jpadrapes.com
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:33 PM   #5
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We put these in our vintage FC and love them:
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:10 PM   #6
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We have a 32' 88 Excella. We just put in new drapes from Fowler Interiors near Paducah, Kentucky. They advertise in the WBCCI Blue Beret and have been in business since 1981. They will also do blinds, flooring, carpet, bedspreads, etc. We highly recommend them. They specialize in Airstream.We emailed and talked to Arlene on the phone. She sent measuring instructions; they made the drapes; we installed them. www.fowlerRVinteriors.com. 270-851-3257.
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:26 PM   #7
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Aluminum blinds

We have had a 1971 Tradewind and now have a 2005 Safari. I wanted more bright metal in the interiors and had Home Depot order custom sized mini venetian blinds. I prefer these to the new A/S blinds because I can dial in the amount of light we want and have nearly complete black out. The aluminum blinds also reflect a degree of heat back out as well if they are closed during the day. At night you can have them partially closed and still get a breeze through the screens.
The only downside might be dusting them. Home Depot let me decide which side the pulls were on and which side the rotator was on. The blinds came in and fit perfectly. I did not like the cheap curtains that came on the 2005 and hated the overly pleated look in the 70's and 80's trailers that wrap around the whole front end. I have photos that I could post if you were interested.
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:47 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I'll post pics of where I end up. Appreciate the info.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:29 PM   #9
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I chose http://jpadrapes.com for my 95 excella. Family owned, good quality and fast service. When my 04 classic needs drapes I will buy their again.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:00 PM   #10
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Hi Patwright,

We can understand your excitement over your new acquisition. My husband and I bought our trailer about 1 1/2 yrs. ago. We're a little past the half-way point and will be knocking out the interior after we refurbish the gray and black tanks for re-installation.

How fond are you of DIY? We have a blog called the "Stellar Land Yacht". There is also a Pinterest board of the same name. One of the posts was about how I changed the original curtain color from ivory to dark blue. The post is called "Dye is not a Girl's Best Friend." I'm very pleased with the results, but it may not be a project for everyone. The old metal tracks in our trailer are going to be replaced with flexible curtain track I found on Amazon (Curtains2Bedding). It's a set that comes with about 16' of track, mounting hardware, and a large packet of hooks that go thru the pleats to attach the curtain panels to the track. Some of the original “g” and “t” glides have broken on our curtains. I didn't want to mess with sewing new ones on because we have 7 panels. The curtain track will be mounted above and below the windows like the originals.

I’ve been making blinds for the remaining windows, with 3 completed so far. That will be a post coming very soon, but if you’re interested, I can make a brief video explaining how they’re constructed the next time we go to the trailer. They require fairly basic sewing skills and were designed to go beyond the window frames. We have the levers that have to be pushed up and down to open windows, and I wanted to cover them. So the blinds were cut with convex sides. The sides were folded toward the back and top-stitched along the straight edge to create a side panel. When the blinds are closed, the curved edges follow the curve of the trailer wall and the levers are covered. Snaps in the bottom corners keep them where we want them. When we want to open them, they are rolled up and tied with cords at the top.

Initially, I had ordered Day/Night Cellular blinds from JCPenny, but decided they were too bulky for our needs. They were returned.

Our blog address is www.thestellarlandyacht.blogspot.com

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Old 02-29-2016, 05:37 PM   #11
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We ordered these aluminum blinds from Budget Blinds and we installed them ourselves. We've been very happy with them. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-01-2016, 11:45 AM   #12
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We put Levolors in ours and I think they look great. Best part is that the two inch blinds fit snugly inside the original curtain tracks and give a nice completed look
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Old 03-01-2016, 01:42 PM   #13
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I picked up a good quality blackout roller shades from Home Depot and had them cut to size. In the bedroom I used a spray on glue and covered the roller shades with a cute fabric to match the décor.
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We just took delivery of our 26U Twin last weekend. Current blinds are bland. We inquired about purchasing an additional set of curtains - so that we could cover them with a different material (as the slides and hooks look complicated). If we made a mess of them we'd still have the originals. Airstream, through our dealer, quoted around $1150 for front and $1150 for the back. We decided the current ones look just fine.
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