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Old 07-01-2016, 09:05 AM   #1
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Long Curtain Rod Sag in Scamp

Hello Friends,

I've got the rear slider window with long curtain rod in my scamp 13 which is sagging quite a bit in the middle of the rod.

I was thinking of taking the rod to a few stores with me to see if there's one available with a heavier gauge metal that will hold up better with travel. But I wondered if extra weight might be undue strain on curtain rod holders which are anchored with 1/8" rivets?

The side window rods are fine, so I expect it's just the long length here causing sag.

I appreciate your thoughts.

Wendy

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Old 07-01-2016, 09:13 AM   #2
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Use a wooden dowel of the same diameter as the curtain rod.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:27 AM   #3
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Ah! Good idea Donna. Its on my list.

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Old 07-01-2016, 10:21 AM   #4
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CT...here's a VERY simple fix to that "drooping" rod...another Scamp flub from the factory. This has worked well for me for the past 6 yrs with NO sign of drooping. AND it lets you keep the original rod which will look better and match the other rods.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/503516...57626163238627

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Ah! Good idea Donna. Its on my list.

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Old 07-01-2016, 10:23 AM   #5
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One of the previous owners of my scamp fashioned a wire center support that is attached to the center screw of the window frame. Seems to work quite well, no sag, does not get in the way of the curtains.

Edit: Correction to the above. The wire support is attached to the center acorn nut attaching the upper cabinet (across full back of trailer). The window screw is below the curtain rod.

Darral's solution is more elegant, but probably a little more involved to install.
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I bought new rods for all windows. For the larger back window I purchased a longer rod that didn't need to be extended to fit. This left the rod doubled up and no sag. Working good so far.
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Sagging curtain rod

Very clever, Darral!!!
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All great ideas. Darrall I went to your Flickr link but can't blow up the pic. I'm sorry but I can't really tell what you did there with that curtain hook.

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Here you go CT and THANKS "Postman"

CT, it's basically one of the ole shower curtain hooks bent as shown in the center of the curtain rod. I did reshape the "diamond"-looking hook into a more rounded hook to fit the curtain rod. The "eyelet" ends simply serve as the holders to fit the window's existing screws.

Hopefully the attached pic will let you see it better. EDIT: I just added another pic I found that's not on my Flickr site that lets you see the area behind the rod hook. Hope this helps!

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All great ideas. Darrall I went to your Flickr link but can't blow up the pic. I'm sorry but I can't really tell what you did there with that curtain hook.

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Here you go CT and THANKS "Postman"

CT, it's basically one of the ole shower curtain hooks bent as shown in the center of the curtain rod. I did reshape the "diamond"-looking hook into a more rounded hook to fit the curtain rod. The "eyelet" ends simply serve as the holders to fit the window's existing screws.

Hopefully the attached pic will let you see it better. EDIT: I just added another pic I found that's not on my Flickr site that lets you see the area behind the rod hook. Hope this helps!
That is a very, very elegant solution! I love how you took existing hardware and *engineered* it to serve another purpose.
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I've put a wood dowel inside the curtain rod to strengthen it.
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I tried wood dowel inside rod and did not help. Thank you very much though. I will try wire or curtain rod bracket idea Darral suggested.

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I bought new rods for all windows. For the larger back window I purchased a longer rod that didn't need to be extended to fit. This left the rod doubled up and no sag. Working good so far.
I recently did the same as "Kamper Dan" suggested. The back window in the 13' Scamp is 48". The cafe rod I purchased at Walmart extends from 48"-84". Since I don't need to expand it the rod is essentially doubled in strength.
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Before I started experimenting with copper pipe for rods, I considered wooden dowels. My complaint about this is that the wood is not slippery (without some kind of treatment) and would make the curtains difficult to move back and forth. After some mulling at the hardware store (one of my favorite places), I discovered aluminum tubing of different sizes that would actually slide over the dowel.

My hesitation about this was that the rod would be straight, while the back and front of the trailer is curved. I wanted the rod to follow the curve of the trailer.

Eventually I went another way (with copper tubing which I could manipulate), but the aluminum tubin might be a solution for someone who decided to try the dowels. Plastic aquarium tubing would do the same thing, and would also bend around corners....
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