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Old 11-04-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Repairing Interior Folding Panels

Not sure what to call these things, but I have a 63 Safari with 2 "curtains" that separate the front and bathroom. I can't seem to figure out how to the get the plastic sliders off or on. There is a wire that runs through the top of the curtain that holds the slider in place, but I just can't figure out how to manipulate it to get the sliders on.

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Old 11-05-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
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Hi Keith.

If afraid I don't have a solution for you but I do have an alternative.

I changed my folding doors for some spring loaded roller blinds. They work brilliantly as they disappear completely when not in use but still offer lots of privacy when needed. It was also much easier to change the fabric if you wanted.

I hope this is of some help,
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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Hi Lucy,

Sounds like a good idea. How about some photos, please?
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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I will post some photos tomorrow.

I've currently got one up in my bathroom door and have got one for my bedroom door that I've still got to put up (I've managed to misplace the bracket at the moment).

I'm pleased you think it's a good idea,
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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our 63 safari is missing all the sliders, and the folding door, I'd love to see pictures of yours before you pull it apart since I'll be creating that from scratch this winter.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:01 AM   #6
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We built a new door for our 72 by purchasing plastic vertical blind slats from Loews and then sewing them in fabric panels. The slats cost about $14 for a package but needed 1.5 packs. Then drilled holes in the top and bought 1" keyrings again from Loews. The rings go through the slats and the sliders on the track. There's a post on the forum some where with more details. Measure top of hang point to bottom subtracting an inch off the floor and then up to the top. The bottom fold keeps the slats in, the top is open. Then sew vertically down the fabric so each slat sits in it's own compartment.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:43 PM   #7
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Below are some photos of my bathroom spring loaded roller blind.

It's no where near perfect but works pretty well. It offers a fair bit of privacy but no sound proofing! In retrospect I would have made it about 1cm wider on both sides.

It works brilliantly as when it's not in use it disappears completely.

I need to weight the bottom of the blind so that it hangs totally straight and will hopefully be less creased; I also need to replace the bottom plastic bit with the proper plastic bit that is currently lost.

I went with the fabric as the walls/units are all white or cream and I wanted a bit of colour in there, I leered at it for ages before getting it but I think it works perfectly in my van.

If you need any more pictures please let me know,
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We built a new door for our 72 by purchasing plastic vertical blind slats from Loews and then sewing them in fabric panels. The slats cost about $14 for a package but needed 1.5 packs. Then drilled holes in the top and bought 1" keyrings again from Loews. The rings go through the slats and the sliders on the track. There's a post on the forum some where with more details. Measure top of hang point to bottom subtracting an inch off the floor and then up to the top. The bottom fold keeps the slats in, the top is open. Then sew vertically down the fabric so each slat sits in it's own compartment.
I'm considering this same type of accordian door. How well does the door fold up when not in use? Did you add a tie-back cord that snaps to the wall to keep it open? Thanks!
Well, with a little more searching, I found the earlier thread with more info. & picts. Thanks, Janet
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:55 PM   #9
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The folding door works great, the plastic blind panels are the right size on the folds. We bought a plastic tie back, think from ODM (Out of Doors Mart) that replaced the original so it snaps over the panels when folded back. Make sure when you sew vertically between the slats that you give extra room for the slats to slide into each pocket. My wife had to sew them 3 times as she didn't allow room to slide them all in place. Good thing about it is it's easy to remove the panels and hooks and wash the fabric if needed. Enclosing a photo of it closed. The good thing is you can slide it to either side. We could slide it to the left and the TV would fold back into the bedroom and then slide the panel behind it to close off the room.
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Thank you, RichHog. I'll need to order a tie back & will search ODM. I've finished all the window drapes, and this door is my next project (yours looks great; my compliments to your wife!). I think the plastic blind panels are a perfect solution.

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Hey Scott,

Did you want to see pictures of my folding panels? I'll won't be out to the trailer until after TG, but let me know level of detail and I'll shoot them for you.

Keith

Thanks for the input to everyone else. I want to keep the panels, just need to figure out how they come apart....
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Keith, would really appreciate it. Hoping to see how it attaches at the ceiling, how it attaches on the fixed side, and the latch side. I'm going to have to build from scratch I think, so any photos would help!

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We made new fabric folding doors for both of our trailers using vertical blind slats. Used most of the original hardware with the addition of small "S" hooks on one and small split rings on the other.

Both came out very well.
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Here's another thread on this topic:

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