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Old 09-07-2003, 02:13 PM   #1
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Removing Curtains for cleaning?

I have 1987 Sovereign with original curtains..I think. Need to remove, top slides will come out end OK but, bottom looks as though I will need to drill out rivet and remove end.

Is there another way?????

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Old 09-07-2003, 06:29 PM   #2
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71 Tradewind Curtains

I believe we have original curtains on our 71 Tradewind. We just slid the bottom curtain carriers off the end of the track. A PO made it easy on some by drilling out the width of the carrier at the end. On some we had to remove the decorative trim piece that was attached with two screws.

For what its worth. We had our curtains dry cleaned and it cost us a whopping $71. We didn't know if they would hold up or not. Some are frayed at the bottom but patchable. The dry cleaner wanted $1.60 per pleat to iron them. With over 100 pleats and not knowing how the dry cleaning would come out, we opted not to iron them. They look pretty good. I don't see a need to iron.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:47 PM   #3
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We washed our curtains on the twin bed windows, and they came out fine. Not sure if they are original or not. We did not iron them and they look great. Front end of coach we replaced with new drapes.
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Old 03-01-2004, 01:31 PM   #4
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Lower Curtain Tracks & Rivets?

We too are getting ready to remove curtains, and upper tracks have screws, but lower tracks at edge of aluminum trays have riveted plastic end pieces. Is there an alternative to drilling out pop rivets? Do folks recommend replacing rivets with small screws/nuts in case they need to be removed for cleaning??

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George, Drill the buggers. We have washed the curtains on both our 74 and our 94. The tracks have screws in lieu of rivets, some have plastic endcaps held in place with sheet metal screws. The elastic seems to be once of the weakest links. We have replaced the elastic put the old sides back on washed and hung on the line to dry and put them back up. The 74 was 25 years old and the original curtains. They did need some repair after washing but did not fall apart as we had feared they might.
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I just purchased Aluminum tracks for my 31 ft. Soverign International, but do not know the correct vertical distance between the upper track and lower track for both front salon and rear bedroom. No drapes to go by either.
Could anyone supply the correct vertical distance from center of slots?
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Post Aluminum Curtain rail spacing

We're getting ready to order an entire replacement set for our trailer from Ambrose Co. in Florida.. Assume from all his testimonials he knows what he's doing, and anything is better than pale pink we now have to match muave couch with pink flowers...

Anyway, he insists on measuring rail vertical distances at right, center and left edges (looking at window) for front and rear wraparounds.. Dimensions are actually from outer edge of slot (rather than center of slot) but may be close enough.. The fronts on ours ran from 26 7/8" at outer edges to 26 3/8" in center at front, and rear was 26 3/8" at sides and 26 1/4" at center...

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