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Old 10-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #15
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Good job! Yes, the walls don't seem to be a problem to paint. PO had painted the walls with regular latex paint, and who knows how much prep they did, but that paint is holding up beautifully even here in our Florida climate--and it's been 3 years. It's the dreaded vinyl contact "paper" that's driving me nuts. I'm going to try Kryon's brush on Fusion paint for plastic--I have a customer service request in to find out if this paint can be tinted. What wood did you use to replace the original? I've found a birch 3/8" plywood at HomeDepot that will fit, and the cost isn't outrageous ($28 a 4x8 sheet). What material did you install on the floor? Tile or sheet? Once again, you've done a fab job.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:27 PM   #16
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Just spoke with the Krylon representative who cautioned AGAINST using the Fusion brushon plastic paint on the old vinyl, and, yes, you can mix cans of that paint together to alter color but, no, you cannot tint. She recommended using a sealing primer and "all service enamel" (in the teal labeled cans) from Sherman Williams in any color of choice over the primer. Thoroughly clean first, then use a 220 grit sandpaper or finer to lightly de-gloss the surface of the latex contact paper first. Good news!
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:18 PM   #17
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Good news for you from Krylon! It is always difficult to paint over vinyl, so hopefully, their advice will work well.

We made the cabinetry and walls from beefier 3/4" birch plywood. It added weight, but we removed the oven (went to 2 burner cooktop), and replaced the original fridge with a much lighter dorm style. I think that probably offsets the weight issue. For the floor we used VCT tiles. We got a great deal on them at a local charity do-it-yourself warehouse. I think all the tiles cost $10!! They were a snap to put in and are wearing very well.

This post from our blog shows more of the build out on our Globe Trotter:
We are still here!!!! | projectmidge

Good luck with your project! Would love to see some pictures!
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:33 AM   #18
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Looks great!!!
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:47 AM   #19
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Do I see two standard dachsies on the bed?!

We have one too. You have very good taste

Do yours hit the road with you?
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:27 PM   #20
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I was planning on using our Globe Trotter's original curtain tracks and bought plastic curtain carriers from VTS. The plastic curtain tabs from VTS fit the original track fine, but they are so sticky. I tried silicone spray in the track but it did not help very much.

Then I found these curtain tracks at Ikea! The curtain rail is about 5' long and is $5.99, the mounts are $2.50 each. We just screwed the mounts on to the existing curtain track and it works great! The curtain carriers and clip rings are $1.99 each for a package of 25. Such a bargain!

They look great in the Airstream, too! I mounted a curtain rail on the bottom to keep the curtains pulled tight at the bottom on the curved windows.
I picked up a couple of the mounts at IKEA this weekend. I see the mounts are secured to a wall via a single screw. I guess you'd use an anchor to hold them firmly into the wall/drywall in a home. But how does it hold into the thin aluminum interior of the Airstream? I'd think they'd pull loose easily.
How did you affix the mounts to the wall and are they holding tight?

Also, you mention using them on the curved window. Do you mean the front window? I only saw corners for the rails at 90 deg angles - an my window is not that tight. How'd you make that work?

Thanks for any reply! I looked at these a couple years ago and could never figure out how to use them....
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:39 AM   #21
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Hey, Bonginator - we have THREE doxies! One is a mini and the other 2 are tweenies. And, yes, they travel with us and LOVE the Airstream! They "helped" with the renovation and feel very comfy in the trailer.

funkill - we screwed the small oval shaped mounts into the existing aluminum curtain track. They hold really well. For the bottom of the windows, we used the same mounts and screwed them into the wall on the bottom to hold the curtains snug against the window. Does that make sense? They hold firmly in the wall. The curved windows I am talking about are the side windows, they have a slight curve top to bottom. I will see if I can find pictures of them. They are awesome!

We just got back from our last trip of the season. We took Midge to Nebraska for Thanksgiving at my brothers house. It was so nice having a place for the dogs and my husband to retreat to when the crowd got to be too much for them
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:04 PM   #22
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Hi, I just stumbled on your posts while I was looking for ideas for window treatments. Your interior reno is almost identical to mine! We also redid the wood (original was warped, water damaged) and we redid with 3/8 inch plywood, stained ebony! I LOVE the look, but I mixed mine with all cream upholstery and silver accents. Question: we are finishing up and down to the window treatments. I'm ready to put this project to bed and we have put up the original curtain tracks. I was thinking some kind of blind for minimal privacy, and black out curtains for the sun, or vice versa. I can't figure out where to start. I'd like to leave the original tracks there, since they're in, but can't figure out the rest. How did you solve this? I don't mean to hijack your thread, hoping you or the other posters could guide me. Are the original tracks that bad?
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:14 PM   #23
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Sorry, we can't be more helpful, we just aren't that far along yet. We have been looking at some silver mini blinds Home Depot, but we aren't sure exactly what we will use yet. Will be interested to hear any others' advice...
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Beautiful interiors!! Very cool.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:56 PM   #25
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I just got the ikea tracks for my overlander, I think they are going to work well... Don't like the original " sticky" slides!
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:34 AM   #26
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Sarasafari, we did not put blinds up. The curtains are lined with black out lining. I have seen several pictures of mini blinds and they look great! I think silver ones can be ordered from Home Depot. As for the original curtain track....I tried to use it, and bought new curtain clips from VTS. I sprayed the curtain track with lubricant, but it did not help. The clips stick really bad and it was almost impossible to open and close the curtains without a LOT of effort. The Ikea tracks work great. We attached them to the original tracks and they match really well.

Would love to see pictures of your Safari! I love the ebony stain, too
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:34 AM   #27
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Sorry, we can't be more helpful, we just aren't that far along yet. We have been looking at some silver mini blinds Home Depot, but we aren't sure exactly what we will use yet. Will be interested to hear any others' advice...
I installed cellular blinds and we are happy with them. See Dan's '66 Tradewind Improvements, post #55.

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Old 01-25-2014, 09:28 PM   #28
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To each his own, however I've had the silver mini-blinds and found that they were a bit of a pain in the neck to keep clean. Silver does hide dust better than white, but I still had to get a special little "finger brush" that fit between the slats and clean five or six blinds - five slats at a time. Plus I ended up washing the darned things two or three times a year - which in a house can be done over the bathtub, but in a fulltimer's trailer - ack!

I have the Eddie Bauer now, and I really like the rollup blinds. they aren't cheap though. They DO hug the wall a bit closer than the blinds, but there is still a small gap on the sides which worries some people. If I'm in a tight campground, I simply lay a dowel rod over the top of the window operators, which snugs up the blind quite nicely.

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