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Old 07-01-2010, 12:26 PM   #15
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I bought this at a Walmart in Canada to replace the old curtain wires (rusted and breaking) in my U-Haul. About 7$.
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I bought the same thing at Fanny's Fabric. I just got it put up a couple of days ago and it looks good.
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:27 PM   #16
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Bridget,

If only we could get curtain wires in the U.S.! But noooOOOooo.

I saw some in Ontario (at Wal-Mart) when I was up there looking at campers, before finding mine. I thought about buying them, but talk about putting the cart before the.... well... cart.

Little did I know that they were (seemingly) not available in the U.S.

We have the same big displays of curtain rods and accessories that you do, with tension rods, clips, swags, valances, double rods, etc. etc. But without the curtain wires!

Next time I am in Canada I think maybe I should buy 50 sets of curtain wires and then make them available to eggers in the U.S.

Not that we can't come up with alternatives, but I would love to know what makes curtain wires Canadian and not U.S.-ian (at least in the eyes of large retailers).

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Old 07-01-2010, 08:51 PM   #17
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If only we could get curtain wires in the U.S.! But noooOOOooo.
Someone on the UHaul site sent me to ebay for Canada... Here' the link for what I bought.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Net-curtain-wire-HOOK-E...3#ht_2469wt_707

I ordered and they have arrived. The eyes don't fit the UHaul wall anchors, but I'm working on a solution...
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:38 AM   #18
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...I ordered and they have arrived. The eyes don't fit the UHaul wall anchors, but I'm working on a solution...
Can you open up the eyes with a pair of needle nose pliers?

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Old 07-02-2010, 03:18 PM   #19
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Raya,

The Ikea catalog has curtain wires on page 34-35: http://onlinecatalog.ikea-usa.com/2010/ikea_catalog/US/ I don't know whether they are the correct size, but maybe they would work.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:42 PM   #20
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KarenW,

Say thanks, these look pretty sweet and like the "good old" curtain wires. I was expecting shipping to be outrageous, but unless I'm reading it wrong it is not too bad. The catch might be that once you have ordered multiple feet of wire (and multiple curtain wires), you would either have to go to package shipping or have quite a few small envelopes (at about $5 per crack). Still, nice to know they are available

Vivian,

Thanks for the link to the IKEA curtain wires. I just took a look at them, and while they are very slick looking, I'm not sure they would work as well (or as easily anyway) in the camper. The thing is the "good old" curtain wires are a kind of spring, so they more or less keep themselves tight.

The Ikea wires look like an actual wire, so I think there might need to be much more tension on them to keep them tight, and so the mountings would have to be more substantial. Now, I'm not sure about that - I guess I would have to have them in hand to really get a feel for how they work. If I'm going by an Ikea sometime perhaps I will check them out (I see they are not available for purchase online).



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Here is a more direct link to the product (for IKEA US):

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60075295

As it stands, I may be making an Ontario trip this summer, and if I do I may just drop into a Wal-Mart and get the (seemingly contraband) curtain wires

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I bought the Ikea wire and all the hardware but it didn't work in my trailer. The part that holds the wire sticks out about 3 inches from the wall at the top of my window but my wall curves, so there was alot of space at the bottom of the window when the curtains hung straight. I went with the spring wire from my fabric store and the curtains are quite close to the windows now. I did hang the curtains with the hooks from Ikea. They just clip onto the material and slide along the wire.
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Raya -

you are right. they DO take more tension. My daughter had me install some like that in her home in Germany, and they ARE designed for being anchored into the wall. I am thinking they would sag without enough tension.
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Thanks for that confirmation, Alan. I suspected as much, based on my understanding of wire rope rigging, but I didn't want to assume. Now we know based on experience (and also about how they project from the wall; thanks Marina).

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Well, I guess I'll jump in...

I have used the Ikea wire hangers in both my Scamp and recent Perris Pacer resto. As advertised, these are tension wires, made taut by slick turnbuckle hardware. They do stick out further than I would prefer, but I like the look a lot.

The end "pins" that hold the curtain wire screw into a metal mounting plates. The plates fasten easily and firmly (with screws or bolts) to the upper cabinets (as you can see below), but are tricky to mount to the fiberglass shell without the use of mechanical fasteners. I modified the mounting plates and used heavy duty resin epoxy to stick 'em directly to the FG walls.


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If only we could get curtain wires in the U.S.! But noooOOOooo.

I saw some in Ontario (at Wal-Mart) when I was up there looking at campers, before finding mine. I thought about buying them, but talk about putting the cart before the.... well... cart.
Raya,
I think it is actually you I have to thank for my knowing where to look for them.
I set them up today and I couldn't believe how easy it worked, you just need a really good pair of wire cutters. These are perfect for other u-haulers out there. One set worked for just the top of each curtain, if you want to secure the bottom too then you will need two sets.
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I got mine off ebay - just searched under 'curtain wire'. Here's the link, same person that I got mine from. You order it by the foot. I installed it quick-fast with a set of wire nippers and needle nose pliers. They're great
http://cgi.ebay.com/Net-curtain-wire-HOOK-...=item53d937d063
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