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Old 01-20-2007, 03:52 PM   #1
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Aluminum Blinds

Anyone use brushed Aluminum mini blinds in your Airstream? I would like to see how they look in a classic trailer.
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Old 01-20-2007, 05:43 PM   #2
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I have them in the kitchen in my 34' classic. They look good, but because of the curve of the trailer, there is not much privacy at night. Maybe you can see in the photo.
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:09 PM   #3
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New Special Edition style Airstreams use blinds. ? CCD or Classic -- how about reports?

Anyway ... they do work okay although I stow them in retracted position while underway.
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:43 PM   #4
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We have a 30' Classic which, like Pete ,find a lack of privacy as you can see around the ends even when closed.. Had a 2005 25' with one in the kitchen also. Two were replaced under warnanty with the gear portion stripped. Wife just returned today with material to make a set of curtains. Said she can't stand them any longer.----pieman
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:42 PM   #5
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I went to an RV Supershow this afternoon and Middle Tennessee Airstream in Cookeville, TN. had 3 Airstreams there. They had a Bambi, a 25' Classic and a Safari Special Edition with the panoramic windows on each end. Really sharp. One of the trailers had the aluminum blinds, in the galley I think, and they were really sharp looking. I have curtains over the galley window and they are covered in clear vinyl to keep them from staining. I've contemplated changing them to the brushed aluminum.
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:09 PM   #6
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I have them in the 25' Safari FB SE - and the comments of others that there are small gaps on the sides are true, however there are things you can do to minimize the gap. First there are little clear plastic stops that can be adjusted on the retracting cords so that the blinds don't sag below the window - these can and should be adjusted from time to time, because the cords will stretch over time. There will be a small gap, but for someone to see in they will have to leave nose prints on the window.

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Old 01-21-2007, 06:47 AM   #7
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Our Safari came with two sets, both in the galley area. They have bottom clips to hold them down so they don't bounce around when on the road and they also keep the blinds close to the wall. They look really sharp and we don't seem to have a privacy problem, but that may because of where they are.
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:59 AM   #8
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In thinking of redo ideas for my '72 one of first ones was to replace the disenegrated kitchen window shade shroud with an aluminum blind. It would be the fiberglass repair miracle of the decade to salvage it.

Last week I made a parts run to a couple dealers and of course toured the '07s. Aluminum blinds were in many of them and they looked great. It made me even more sure of how much I like them in mine.

On the new ones, I especially liked the way they were mounted to the inner skin. No surround or shourd to install, break, or replace. Nice, clean look.

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Old 01-21-2007, 07:03 AM   #9
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I have them in the galley in my 2007 25' Classic and they look good. My 94 25' Classic had curtains with pull down shades and both were stained so they're more pratical over the sink. As for privacy, we never do the dishes naked so it's never really been an issue.
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Anyone use brushed Aluminum mini blinds in your Airstream? I would like to see how they look in a classic trailer.
Thanks,
Heather
Very easy install.............
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:56 AM   #11
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We have an aluminum blind on our kitchen window. The "original"window covering over the stove was drapes...which apparently had a little mishap with the stove (ya think!?), they were scorched when we got the trailer! Anyway, here' our micro-mini blind in place now.




I like it, but it is a PITA to keep clean with cooking right there (under the black cover)...oh well, anything would be tough.

If you want to see how we attached them w/o any additional wholes being put into the skins, check out our website: Draperies

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Old 01-21-2007, 12:12 PM   #12
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I had them in my SOB.
Nice, but they do heat up, alot!

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Old 01-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #13
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Just my 2 cents worth I bought aluminum blinds for my 64 Tradewind at Home Depo. They cut to fit the width at the store. You follow the directions to shorten them. I used pop rivets to attach small tabs to the bottom of the window and have velcro on these to hold the blind close to the sides. Easy to pull up and they stay in place when travelling. Fred
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Old 01-21-2007, 03:06 PM   #14
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There is another thread somewhere that talks about making "end-caps" for lack of a better word that blocks the view at the ends of your shades. My trailer came original with a fiberglass one in the kitchen. That is the only window that has it, possibly to keep that shade out of the stove burner.
I only have two photos, it's not very good and may not show up. These are from the PO during the restore, here goes...

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Old 01-21-2007, 03:16 PM   #15
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Anyone use brushed Aluminum mini blinds in your Airstream? I would like to see how they look in a classic trailer.
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Heather
Aluminum blinds are great, except...................

Since the trailer walls are curved and the blinds are straight, you must add end panels, so that you cannot see into the trailer.

End panels are usually fabric.

So far, so good.

When you travel, the blinds will shake. When they shake, they cut holes in the end panels.

Plastic blinds are better, but they will still cut into the end panels, in time.

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