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Old 02-03-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Accordion folding doors

In my 1976 Sovereign I have two accordion folding doors between the kitchen and the center bath/closet and rear bedroom. I would like to replace these with new ones. They are only a couple of feet wide. Anyone have a source for something like this.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:01 AM   #2
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Have you tried Out Of Doors Mart, Vintage Trailer Supply, Or Inland RV???

They might have the parts you are looking for.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:15 AM   #3
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I have a used one for sale. Got to:

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It depends...

If you want to go vintage and authentic then I'd try Airstream part suppliers or classified ads like on this site. If you want to go cheap and easy, Home Depot and Lowe's sell these in different colors. That's what I did and it looks great.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:49 AM   #5
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Lynn and I made such a door for our '65 Caravel as the old one was hard and cracking. We just got the material to make a second one for the '83 Excella we just purchased.

You need four yards of fabric. We chose some to go with the interior colors.
The opening is about 30-32 inches, make the door 40-42m inches wide and 72" tall.

Fold the material double. The fold becomes the bottom of the door. Buy replacement slats for vertical blinds at Home Depot. They are 3 1/3 inches wide. Sew 3 3/4' pockets lengthwise in the material. Cut the slats to length. Slide one slat in each pocket. Be sure to cut the slats at the bottom end, leaving the hole at the top. We used 1" split key rings in every other section, put through the material on one dice, then througn the slat, and through the material on the other side. Then attached the split rings to the original hanging hardware.

We sewed pockets in each end of the door for the originad hardware from the old door.

You will also want hems folded inward at the top for finish.

This door folds flatter, will last longer, and looks much nicer than the original vinyl door. If it becomes soiled, simply take it down, remove the slats and hardware from the pockets, and throw it in the washer.
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In my 1976 Sovereign I have two accordion folding doors between the kitchen and the center bath/closet and rear bedroom. I would like to replace these with new ones. They are only a couple of feet wide. Anyone have a source for something like this.

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Home Depot has that type door.

However, they are typically taller, so you would have to cut it down.

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Now.....If you want to get really fancy, get two different materials. One to match the room on one side and the other to match the room on the other side.

Let your imagination run...........
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Jim- I will be honest, that gets my vote for the cool and super creative detail of the month! Very awesome idea that I am going to borrow!

Now I am just hoping that I kept the hardware that goes in that top track on my '67 Caravel.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:27 PM   #10
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Jim- I will be honest, that gets my vote for the cool and super creative detail of the month! Very awesome idea that I am going to borrow!

Now I am just hoping that I kept the hardware that goes in that top track on my '67 Caravel.
If you didn't keep the plastic sliders that go in the track, they can be purchased at any number of RV parts stores. Or...........you can make them from small eye-bolts, with the nut close to the eye and the balance of the bolt cut off using a cutter which will mess up the threads so that the nut doesn't back off. One of my sliders was broken, so that is just what I did. I used it as the first one in line at the handle end. It will never break. That was five years ago.
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Lynn and I made such a door for our '65 Caravel as the old one was hard and cracking. We just got the material to make a second one for the '83 Excella we just purchased.

You need four yards of fabric. We chose some to go with the interior colors.
The opening is about 30-32 inches, make the door 40-42m inches wide and 72" tall.

Fold the material double. The fold becomes the bottom of the door. Buy replacement slats for vertical blinds at Home Depot. They are 3 1/3 inches wide. Sew 3 3/4' pockets lengthwise in the material. Cut the slats to length. Slide one slat in each pocket. Be sure to cut the slats at the bottom end, leaving the hole at the top. We used 1" split key rings in every other section, put through the material on one dice, then througn the slat, and through the material on the other side. Then attached the split rings to the original hanging hardware.

We sewed pockets in each end of the door for the originad hardware from the old door.

You will also want hems folded inward at the top for finish.

This door folds flatter, will last longer, and looks much nicer than the original vinyl door. If it becomes soiled, simply take it down, remove the slats and hardware from the pockets, and throw it in the washer.

Very well done!!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:54 PM   #12
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I also replaced the old vinyl also with unbrella fabric. There are several different weights and weaves available. Advantages of fabrics are ventilation and material folds closer to wall.
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I replaced mine with a "pleated folding door" made by United Shade Inc.. Very close to the original door and they are custom sized so you can fit any doorway. Very easy to install. Best price I found was at Camping World but a lot of dealers can order them.
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We totaly gutted our 63 safari and using the original layout we used birch for all of the wood work. We originaly left the curtain but I replace the curtain with a three section sliding door. With the door partialy opened it acts as a head board for the gaucho. Click image for larger version

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