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Old 09-10-2011, 06:41 AM   #1
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Removing folding privacy wall in '09 Bambi

Does anyone have experience/advice on how to remove that folding privacy wall from the track? I would like to leave the track in place and put a light drape there that I can hook back on the other side by the bed. We 99% never use that screen and it sticking out 4 inches between the bathroom sink and kitchen area really bothers me.
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:28 AM   #2
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We did the same. Took out the heavy, clumsy door. and put up a curtain on the track I also found some other uses for the track, like mounting an adjustable platform for a DVD, and/or satellite receiver.

For the past two weeks we've been camping in a friend's Airstream that still has the folding door. Their camper is a 25 footer, and the door (same size as the Bambi's door) was concealed out of the way when closed, but I still missed the convenience of being able to close the curtain from either side.

If I recall, the only tricky part is undoing one end of the track and moving it aside, so you can slide the accordion door out. It's been a while, but I don't recall using anything other than a screwdriver.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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The track is held to the ceiling by a number of Phillips head screws. When I replaced my accordion door, I just removed all the screws and took the whole assembly out. The track will just slide off the door. Don't forget that the door is screwed to the wall as well. Once you start working on it, it becomes pretty obvious what you need to do. Be careful moving the track around on the ceiling. It scratches really easily. Also be extra careful when screwing the track back in place. Sheet metal screws will easily strip out the hole in the aluminum ceiling panel.

On a 1-10 scale for difficulty, it is maybe a 2. Only because you might need a little coordinated effort to hold stuff in place while you remove or replace screws.
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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Ours isn't mounted to the ceiling. There is a horizontal bar that goes from between the walls of the closet and bath sink across and into a an opening just the size of the bar in a partial wall between the fridge and bed area. In both sides this bar goes way in, I can barely see in with a flashlight. I don't want to take those walls apart trying to get to the screws that must attach that bar to the sidewalls of the airstream. I was hoping someone who has the same configuration had removed that bar and would have some tips on how to do it without tearing those walls out.
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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Also- I want to keep that horizontal bar there, just replace that heaving folding screen with a lightweight curtain.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:36 PM   #6
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So did you end up removing the accordion screen and placing in curtains? Did you leave the cross bar or remove it? My cross bar/accordion screen was removed when I purchased my airstream, but the guy still had the parts to put it back together. So, I reassembled and attached the cross bar and the accordion door. The one thing I ran into though is that the cross bar slips into a slim void section of walls just above the refrigerator next to the tv. There is a hole in the cross bar where a screw should attach to the wall, but how do i get in there to attach it? Will I need to take apart the tv side wall? Thanks.
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