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Old 06-27-2009, 09:58 AM   #15
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aluminum mini blinds

I went to home depot and lowes..neither one stocks the aluminum mini blinds..does anyone know of a retailer in the dallas area that has the aluminum colored mini blinds..thanks
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:39 PM   #16
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That's weird that HD in Dallas doesn't stock when, HD in Phoenix does. I don't know Dallas but maybe HD can get a quick ship since they stock in other cities. Houston? Austin?
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:58 PM   #17
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Here was a question i was asked about the mini blinds i fitted in renovating my 1962 0verlander.

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Wow, your trailer looks awesome! You folks did an amazing job on your renovation. Here's a random question. I see that you have mini blinds in your trailer. My trailer is similar in that it has the window handles on the side that protrude. I'm guessing the answer to using mini blinds is to always lift the blinds prior to adjusting the handles, correct? How is that working for you? Are the blinds getting accidentally bent? I know it seems like an odd question, but one that I'm hoping to get an answer to before investing in the blinds. Thanks so much for your taking time to respond and again congrats on all your hard work. John

Hi John,
Thanks for the kind comments about the trailer, I understand exactly what your problem is with the blinds, I had the same issues when we started to fit her out, the window openers get stuck behind the blinds and you also have the issue of the cures of the trailer walls,. So here is my very simple way around the said problem. The blinds are mini blinds from costco, they are measured in inches and the widths are taken 1/4" past the internal frame on each side, ( so if the window is 24" wide i ordered 24 1/2") The drop is again the exact length plus 1/2". The issue with the window openers, i found as you have they cause the blinds to bend, so i went to a local hardware store and purchased some 1" x 1" timber baton and cut them into 1" pieces and screwed the blinds holding brackets to them and then attached them to the wall of the trailer,,this worked perfectly for the window openeners to miss the blinds. My other thoughts were, when we are travelling what stops the blinds from swaying and getting all messed up. answer was blind door fittings, these came with blinds but were not sure what they did, on inspection they have two small dowels that fit in the bottom rail and two plastic clips that screw to the wall and allow the dowels clip into, I found out the clips are supplied if the blinds are installed on doors for exactly the same reason as i wanted to stop the blinds swaying and getting messed up. Well the wooden baton didn't give the look i wanted, it looked a bit naff, so i found a plastic supplier local to me and bought a piece of 1" x 1" piece of white nylon type plastic i cut to length the same and fitted them in place of the timber... Well they look the bomb because they just disappear into the wall making them virtually unnoticable, Sorry i have gone on abit but i know you will want the look like i did when you spend a few hundred dollars on blinds and them not look the best.......... hope i've been a help, phil,
p.s if you need some pictures let me know and i'll post a close up.



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Old 08-31-2009, 02:59 PM   #18
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Has anyone found a good bamboo blind for these, Mine is a 1983 310 I need two pretty large blinds for the front.
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Old 10-02-2009, 04:38 PM   #19
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Love the way your interior looks!!

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I have the plastic mini blinds in my 1976 Sovereign. They are cream colored and match the interior walls. They hang behind the "James Ambruso" curtains just inside the track that the curtains slide on at the top. I use the plastic hold downs at the bottom after shorting them to the proper length. I cut a couple of inches off of the ends of the 2 or 3 slats that hang over the window lifting hardware so that I can still open the windows without a problem. Now I can open the curtains and adjust the amount of light that I want to come in the windows based on the Sun. They look very good. The picture below shows the curtains and mini blinds in the front of the Airstream. Click on the picture to get a better view.

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Can you tell me how you did your headliner over the front window? Mine has a big crack in it and I would love to replace or ???? Also the divider between your stove and doorway looks interesting. Can I see a bit more of it? I'm trying to figure out a shelf (shelves) for behind the stove for bottles etc.

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:19 AM   #20
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Judy, Thanks for the informative thread on mini blinds. We will check out the Home depot blinds this weekend. I like the look of mini's or micro minis, behind custom curtains, but cleaning them is a pain. The photo of Don's front lounge is very nice, and I really like the clean look. We have used JPA draperys in 2 Airstreams, which are awesome, and give Audrey the credit for her attention to finish details. The mini blinds are a great idea behind the curtains, and yes, after unlocking the windows, we also open from the outside.
Thanks again Judy
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:24 AM   #21
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Updated interior picturers

I have not followed up on this thread in a long time but to catch up on some previous post, the mini blinds are still working great. As I said in my orginial post once the blinds are hung just behind the track that the curtain slide on and are anchored at the bottom cut a couple of inches off of the 3 or 4 slats where the window opening hardware is and then you can easily access the handle and open the windows without a problem. On another note the JA curtain's still look great after being installed 11 years ago. Someone asked about the headliner over the front drapes. I did not have any cracks, but the the plastic was very yellow from age and looked terrible as did the 2 plastic roll up cabinet doors. So I took a a piece of hardware or something that that matched the color of the interior walls as a sample to Sherwin Williams paint and had them mix a small can of latex flat and latex semi gloss and I painted them. Everything now matches the interior colors and no yellowing. That was done about 10 years ago, no cracking or peeling during this time and still looks great.

The divider between the stove and doorway are 3 shutters attached side by side and are attached to the counter top and upper cabinets. Although they are stationary the slats in each shutter can be opened or closed. This provides a break between the kitchen counter area and the living room area. These are the white plastic type that are available from home depot or lowes that I painted black with spray plastic pant. I have attached some additional pictures of the interior that may be of interest.


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Old 12-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #22
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Beautiful work you have done on the interior. I really like your storage drawers for the sink base cabinet.

What material is the counter top made from, where did you get it and where did you get the undermount ss sink?

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Old 12-09-2010, 11:26 AM   #23
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mini blinds.

Caution should be used if mini blands are going to be installed.

Since the blinds are straight and the wall is curved, a gap midway on the side of the blind takes place.

End drape panels should be installed, so that when the blinds are closed, no one can see in.

So far, so good. But when the trailer is in motion, the ends of the blinds have a tendancy to cut into the end panels.

However, if wood end panels are installed, then the issue is gone.

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Old 12-09-2010, 11:42 AM   #24
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Beautiful work you have done on the interior. I really like your storage drawers for the sink base cabinet.

What material is the counter top made from, where did you get it and where did you get the undermount ss sink?

Dan
Thanks, the storage drawers are great. The counter top is a Corian type solid surface product called Dovae that I ordered from SolidSurface.com: Sheet Material, Bulk Wholesale, DIY Countertops and Supplies. I was able to find a partial sheet that fit my counter area and cut it to size the hole for the sink with a router. I found the SS sink on Ebay. Also not shown in the pictures are covers for the 2 sink sides made out of the same material. I know some think that solid surface counter tops are to heavy and will probably not stand up well in a trailer. In all the solid surface counter top is not all all that much more weight than the old counter top. I had also removed the old range oven and that freed up a lot of weigh as well. I installed this in late 2008 and I have put a lot of miles on since then and the counter top has not budged at all. The back splash is a tile product that I found at Lowe's. They came in the 2/1/2"X 5" sheets on a mesh backing. I then mounted these on a piece of thin hardie board attached to the trailer walls and then grouted the spaces and put a piece of oak trim on top. I did not grout the bottom line that meets the counter but put a small bead of clear silicone there to handle in slight movement between the wall and counter top.It also has held up with out any problems. While I had the counter top off I reworked the suport on the cabinet itself to make sure that it was solid and attahed well to the walls and floor. That is when I also built the cabinet drawers at the bottom and installed the sliding storage shelves under the sink

If you are interested attached are some pictures of the actual installation.


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Old 12-09-2010, 02:39 PM   #25
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Caution should be used if mini blands are going to be installed.

Since the blinds are straight and the wall is curved, a gap midway on the side of the blind takes place.

End drape panels should be installed, so that when the blinds are closed, no one can see in.

So far, so good. But when the trailer is in motion, the ends of the blinds have a tendancy to cut into the end panels.

However, if wood end panels are installed, then the issue is gone.

Andy
This is correct if you do not have the mini blinds secured/attached at the bottom using the hardware that come with the blinds. But when they are secured/attached at the bottom as mine are they will hang in the space just behind the track that the top and bottom of the curtains slide on. With the bottom attached you can open an close the slats as you see fit, or unattach the bottom and raise/lower the blinds. Since the JPA curtains wrap around the ends and attach to the wall and encloses the blinds then you have complete privacy. My binds installed in this manner have not cut in to the curtain end panels.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:24 PM   #26
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Well I started this string and my LY is now owned by another family in Utah. However, here are 2 interior pics of the blinds. Andy is right about there being a slight gap between blind & interior curved wall. However, one would have to have a really creepy peeper, standing right against your exterior window to see through the 1-2" or so of space into the inside of your trailer. And you would have to be in a compromising position, also right against your interior wall, for the creep to get an eyefull. Frankly, I wouldn't worry about it. I loved the look and convenience of the blinds so much that I plan on doing it again in my "new" '62 GT.
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