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Old 03-04-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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My wife and I are retired and donít necessarily want to get up with the sun every morning! We are planning on replacing the light weight curtains with something that does a better job keeping the sun out in the morning. I would much prefer not to drill additional holes in the Scampís cabin for a bottom attachment point (needed due to the curvature of the cabin wallsÖ there is quite a gap on the bottom of the present curtains which would prevent light coming under the bottom of the curtain).

1) Does window film/window tinting help? How easy is it to apply? Does it hold up?
2) Bottom attachments for the curtains; since the window frames are aluminum magnetic attachment to the frames isnít possible but how about to the screws (or a steel bracket attachment to the screws)? How about wire through the bottom of the curtain to attach to the screws?
3) What fabric(s) would be recommended? We would like to be able to do this without purchasing anything too expensive (Iíve seen custom Roman curtains on some trailers and they look great but the expense matches the look).
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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Ö there is quite a gap on the bottom of the present curtains which would prevent light coming under the bottom of the curtain)....
2) Bottom attachments for the curtains; since the window frames are aluminum magnetic attachment to the frames isnít possible but how about to the screws (or a steel bracket attachment to the screws)? How about wire through the bottom of the curtain to attach to the screws?
The MKP came with an idea similar to this. There are screw point at both ends of the bottom of the window frame. Attached is a plastic covered wire strap which stretches across. You simply tuck the curtain under the strap when you want to cut out the light from under the curtain.
I'll post a picture later today.
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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John,
you could try those padded window shades you put in the car in the windsheild, and attached with velcro. Or covered cardboard would work. Then you could take them down when you get up.

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Old 03-04-2007, 12:38 PM   #4
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when I got my trailer the previous owners had put these on the door and kitchen windows. Just attach with velcro. Sure keeps the light out...you could put more behind your curtains and remove them during the day.



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Old 03-04-2007, 02:01 PM   #5
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My wife and I are retired and donít necessarily want to get up with the sun every morning!

1) Does window film/window tinting help? How easy is it to apply? Does it hold up?
The tinting will reduce intense morning sun, but it will still be bright enough to wake you with standard single ply curtains. It is an absolute pain to install. That's why there are professional installers. Once it is in place, if installed correctly, it will last for years.

Something I have done to get the effect of window tinitng without the hassle of the difficult installation is to screw shade screen to the top of the window frame, and let it hang like an inner curtain.
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Old 03-04-2007, 06:59 PM   #6
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I made some DARK (black cord) liners for my curtains---actually sewed it to the top of the curtains and it really keeps our trailer dark--no way of seeing in with shadows in the light either..

You could also put a small square of velcro on the corner of the curtain and on the wall of the trailer to keep them somewhat in place---I have large snaps to actually snap the 2 large end curtains together, so no way of turning over and having the curtains open...
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:37 PM   #7
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I had heavy throw rugs as curtians in the 13. I used velcro and a plastic tab with the other side of the velcro on it on the curtains. Push against wall.. worked very well.

The throw rugs were sort of rag rugs, but were corduroy.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:00 PM   #8
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We made lined curtains for our boler which keep light out nicely. We also put film on the windows (purchased from home depot as a kit with spreader, squirt bottle and liquid and cutter)

If you follow the instructions carefully, its not too bad to install. Just make sure you use a lot of the spray liquid, or it may stick to itself and render itself useless. Been there, done that!

Practice on the smallest window -- save curved windows for when you get the hang of it.

The best part of the film, is that people can't see inside, as its reflective. At night though, if you have lights on inside, then folks can see through. This can be a little embarassing if you didn't know!
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:06 AM   #9
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My wife and I are retired and donít necessarily want to get up with the sun every morning!

Approaching the problem from a different angle -- we kept those silky black eye covers given out on an overnight flight, the kind used by Winston Churchill for cat-naps in his limo, between meetings.

They are surprisingly effective, comfortable, stay on well and don't interfer with our sleep. Morning comes when one takes it off.

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Old 03-05-2007, 09:44 AM   #10
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My wife installed the padded window shades with Velcro in our Scamp 5th wheel. It does several things. 1. It cuts out the light. 2. it insulates the window and keeps the cold out. She cut them to fit and used Velcro.This is about a 1hour Job and it works well. It also gives you privacy.
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Yes, I forgot the side advantage to the heavier curtains. They certainly DO keep the cold out better, and they also help reduce condensation drips from the window.
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[quote]when I got my trailer the previous owners had put these on the door and kitchen windows. Just attach with velcro. Sure keeps the light out...you could put more behind your curtains and remove them during the day.


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My wife added a lining to the curtains in the Scamp after we got it home with sun blocking material and we put sun screens over each window and hatch opening much like the ones Chriti V has in her attached photos.

They work great in New Mexico heat and sunny days and keep out the cold as well and if we have to stay near street lights or other lamps and lights it keeps the light out at night, and buffers sound somewhat as well. It keeps the light out in the mornigs as well. It gives more privacy at night as well.

We got sheets of the stuff at Camping World and cut them to fit.

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Old 03-05-2007, 03:10 PM   #13
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Personal experience:
- Tinted windows help.
- Our 14 footer has silk moire (okay, they're really polyester) curtains, single ply. They look beautiful! They're good enough for me light-wise (which means, they let in some light during the day, but at night when the trailer light is on you can't see what I'm doing) and have the added benefit of having the mosquitos SLIDE right off when you mash them against the fabric. They're long enough that I can tuck them behind the pillow - no peep show!
- Our 19 foot sticky has dark curtains (stretch polyester) with this insulated liner fabric (available at fabric stores). It's somewhat "foamy" in appearance but is phenomenal at keeping the heat out in summer and heat in on cool nights. The reflective white lining bounces the hot sun away from the trailer on hot days which sure is a bonus. Problem is...they're UGLY!!!! But they work so good...*sigh*
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:12 AM   #14
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I vote for the window covers in Christi V's trailer. I did the same thing to my Scamp while living in Alaska. We went on some trips where the daylight was 24 hours. I velcroed that material over all the windows and the vent opening to keep out the midnight sun. It also reduces the heat inside the trailer. You can buy it at Lowes or Home Depot and cut it with scissors.
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