Originally posted by KIMILI
Hi Jody -
planning to change the roller shades on our 25' CCD with Aluminium venetian blinds - as I believe your safari comes with standard.
Actually, on my Safari - I only have ONE aluminum blind, which is the kitchen window. I too am planning on replacing all of mine with 1" Alumiminum blinds, and get rid of the curtains that are in place (replacing them with custom ones typically used in a house).
The ones from Airstream do have a rail that is locked down but it can be pushed out and pulled up. Works just like a house blind where you have the two tabs at the bottom the lower rail of the blind can latch into. You will be hard pressed to find anyone locally who carries them in stock. My intentions are to go to "Blinds R US" superstore and have them custom made.
There are Two approaches I recommend you consider.
1. Standard Fit: Measure the actual curtain rail dimensions, for height and width and add 1" to the length. The addition of 1" will give you some leeway when hanging them if you decide to either put the bottom lock in guides above or below the curtain rail. Each window will need to be measured seperately as well as the actual window lengths and widths will vary from 1-4" from each window (considerations are desks, cabinets, etc that will force you to change the dimensions to make it work).
2. Custom curve fit: THey do have the ability at a real blind shop to custom do curves for the blinds so that top and bottom will curves in the blinds so you could fit them INSIDE the window. I personally like this approach better as it allows you to keep the curtains. You will find that Aluminum blinds will not cut down on drafts at all - so if winter camping you might like the idea of having curtains. One both approaches it still is possible to have curtains but, it is tricker, and may make the use of the stock curtains difficult at best to use with the blinds without adding spacer bars to the curtain rails to push them out beyond the blinds in config #1.
I plan on this week getting to a real store and seeing what kind of prices - I am figuring anywhere between 80-150$ per window.
You COULD however, do a DIY makeover. Home Depot and other major home improement places do carry aluminum blinds coated in some color. If you are looking for the brushed aluminum look, you could take the time and effort and dissable the blinds and spray paint each with a aluminum style paint... it would take work - but you could get them cut to fit. If you do this approach, they are only capabable of cutting straight widths so option #1 for hanging will be the way to go... I recommend buying just one and seeing if you like the results and whether the effort is worth the savings from pro shop. Of course you could just go with colored blinds - cut to fit and hang - will run aroun $9 - 15$ per window, add another 5$ for shorter screws as you will not want to use the ones included...
Jody -- Could you please expand on line-ups and ordering when you get the chance? I think many would appreciate that.
Biggest changes are coming along in how the dealer will know what options and floorplans are available. Currently, it is all paper. AS is revamping the website for a B2B scenario that will allow the dealer - ONLINE - with the customer place an order, select options, and any other custom build requirements.
So all the non-standard, standard, and optional specs will be present to both dealer and buyer prior to signing on the dotted line.
With the current system they have it is all paper as previously stated. This change will also reflect to the production plant as well. As you may or may not know, everything is done by hand from the laying of the floor, cabinets, etc. 19 different floorplans plus custom specs, those folks on the prod floor are responsible for. Each unit coming down the line can be totally different from the next etc.. so this should help expediate ordering and customer satisfaction, as well as improve upon the production.
There are something lke 5 new floorplans / models coming out next year... which of course just adds to the confusions between dealers etc... now with a one-stop resource, hopefully us AS customers now will have accurate information to purchase the RIGHT trailer based upon our needs knowing ALL options / floorplans / models available.