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Old 02-01-2013, 09:34 PM   #323
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The side curtains I made hold the bottom of the shades in place. The shades came with clips that could be installed at the bottom, but we've found we didn't need them. The curtains are installed in the valance at the top, and with pieces of curtain rod attached to the wall at the bottom. The curtains are simple 6 inch wide fabric that's hemmed and with curtain sliders sewn on to "pleat" them. I'll try to find a good pic for you.

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:50 PM   #324
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These are bathroom window pics of the curtains, shade and valance installed. I backed the fabric with curtain lining. The shades came from Window Images through Menards. You can order exact lengths and widths. They are not cheap, though. They are night shades and double celled. They seem to be sensitive to extreme cold and don't stay up well under those conditions. I would think twice before ordering these particular ones again, but I like having shades and not having cords to deal with.

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Old 02-01-2013, 10:30 PM   #325
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thanks for the info above. after seeing sheridans beautiful artistic work I'm wishing I could go with curtains. but blinds still make the most sense with my tight tolerances. I've been camping with the widows wide open the past year so I'm used to the nice natural light coming through. so I'm guessing I'd only have the blinds covered on the sunny side when hot for certain privacy moments. I just got a pic from the united shade company who makes rv specific blind stuff. I like that the pleated shades have a keeper mechanism built in (a never ending string). the only downside is you still have to look at the string when the shade's up. these are just their stock photos.

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I'm thinking that at least with short and wide windows the strings wouldn't be as noticeable. I want to see what all the options are first. send me a message if you guys have some brilliant suppliers or products that would go great with my bubble. my biggest wants are are low profile without covering up much window when not in use. I have a small space and love the light. cheers. Ted

I want to next see how rv specific bamboo shades finish. anyone know?
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:50 AM   #326
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Yes, Sheridan's are beautiful! We could not hang our shades inside the window, thus the valances. I did do a funky style curtain thingy on the bedroom windows so we can use the blinds or pull curtains across if we want the windows open. As I said, funky. I'm still deciding if they are going to work yet. We've only been out 2 weekends so far, so not enough time to make an informed decision. There are many options, and multiple threads on people making curtains and doing combination curtains/blinds or just blinds or shades. If you do a search, you can find them. I used those as a springboard for my ideas. Good luck!

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #327
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here is another pic of my front window above my dinette. due to my wrap around corner cushions I'm pretty sure I can't do curtains here without covering half of the window. so im still looking for a solution. Ted

the other windows do not have such tight tolerances.

I have the battery out ( tending for the winter) so I don't have much light in storage for better pics)


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Old 02-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #328
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Ted, I think your interior is one of the most beautiful jobs I've seen in a Airstream. I love all of the warm wood and high end craftsmanship.

As far as window treatments go, I chose curtains on the two-window wall so that I could add some color and texture and kind of soften all the hard surfaces. The curtain panels are very light , don't rattle, easily slide open in various configurations, Roc-Lon sun block material is sewn on the back, and they stay tight to the wall with elastic clips in an upper and lower channel.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #329
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Ted, I'm wondering if you've had a chance to determine your gas milage while towing the Bubble? I was disappointed with the 15 MPG from my 2004 Tacoma while towing a 65 Caravel. Recently bought a 1953 Cevy that I plan to rebuild with a short block V8, disc brakes, etc. and I'm thinking it might get the same of even better milage than the Toyota, defiantly more power.
yes Dan. after several trips towing the bubble loaded with the tacoma it's always been right at 18 mpg with mixed driving including the passes in central Oregon. not bad considering I get 18-19 mpg during city driving without a trailer. I'll call that a win. cheers. Ted.

ps. the Chevy would look cool towing your trailer for sure. after driving the modern trucks though I really don't miss my old 1954 dodge pickup I used to have. but you have to have one toy vehicle right! mines the Volvo summer date night ride. so you really need to get that Chevy rebuilt. my bubble ended up 800 lbs too heavy to tow with the 544. although in sweden they seem to tow all sorts of trailers with 544s and duets.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:41 PM   #330
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Hi Ted.

Thinking of your window treatment needs, if you do drapery panels, there isn't much room for stack-back, especially along the bottom where your back cushions go pretty much directly to the window. If that didn't bother you to have them stacked back on them, that's one thought.

Another is... have you considered Roman shades using a clutch system? I own a custom home furnishings business and do window treats in my sleep (it seems), so when I see windows, I have a whole range of options which go through my mind for possibilities. The clutch system eliminates the need to have cording hanging down and a cleat used to wrap it around to keep the shade in "up" position. With the clutch system you have a continuous bead chain which as you turn it either goes up or down.

Since I am in no way close to choosing window treats for our Bubble (just about ready for the shell to go back down onto the new frame), I haven't made a decision as to how her windows will be covered.

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PS -- Would you mind sharing how you hung your upper cabinets? My DH says that from looking at the ribs in our girl, he isn't certain that we should allow the weight of upper cabinets to hang on them. Did you build yours up from the floor so that the weight is on the floor? (Hoping this makes sense.) Thank you.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #331
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thanks deb

I agree with you on the curtains. I had some other issues of tolerances and decided I did not want to change my window wood framing to install a lower track for curtains. so I have pleated Rv shades on order from united shades via blinds chalet. they should be in next week. I thought of roman shades too but couldn't find any suppliers that offered a low profile one that wouldn't take up 4-6 inches in clumping space on top. these pleated shades also have a continuous string and the bottoms can be held down with hardware. I'll hopefully install them next week and will let everyone know whether I like them or not. i decided to keep things darker and neutral as its easier to add color and design with Pendleton blankets and other accents.

and regarding the upper cabinets --they are in the original spots and reinstalled by the former owner so I don't have any suggestions for you on that. sorry. there are several ribs which I assume they are attached to. I store cookware on the sink side and chips and food in the other with no issues of weight.

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Thanks, Ted, for the information.

I can't wait to see your blinds installed. In case you might have a need in the future, Romans can be reverse mounted (the lift cords on the back side, but ran through tiny grommets at the top (behind the small valance) in order to go through the lift mechanism. I believe the smallest mount board which could be used is approx. 2". Then you mount a short valance (3" to 4" LP, to scale) off the top to conceal the clutch, rod, etc.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:21 PM   #333
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and thanks Dan for your kind comments. you know...all of you guys who have been watching and posting on my thread should make a trip out to Oregon sometime. oregon is very diverse. we're in the central part of the valley with the coast just 45 minutes away, Portland 1 hour, central oregon (bend/sisters/smith rocks) a couple hours, the now world famous Black Rock Mountain biking downhill trail system just 20 minutes away in Falls city, and the willamette valley wine country is in our front yard. there's lots of choices around here for relaxing and recreation. here's a pic from the valley of the giants. cheers. Ted
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #334
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hey guys. I got a package in the post today and installed the shades this evening. they mount on two or three braces and come with special hardware that keeps the string tension right and tight

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to the wall. they are low profile and seem to operate nice and smooth. I wrapped the extra string around the tie down hardware in case I need to readjust the tension after breaking them in. the color is a dark brown and I think the texture and sharp pleats stay true to the bungalow lines. what do you think?



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Nice. Very clean and simple. Less is more.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:44 PM   #336
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Very nice!

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