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Old 02-25-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Would any of you be kind enough to share your thoughts about curtains in little trailers? We have a Trillium and it HAS to get treated to new curtains because the old ones are apparently SO old that they are disintegrating every time they get touched!

We have thin metal rods holding up the current curtains that are in pairs that can be pulled across to cover the entire window or tied to each side to let in the light.

What other options are there? I've been wondering about flat panels that can be held up by strips of material (a bit like a blind). Any other thoughts before I go to buy some material?
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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If you buy material, keep in mind if it can be seen through from outside at night when interior lights are on. We had a lined curtain for a sliding patio door that had only been used for a short time. Cut it up and made new curtains for our trailer.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:19 PM   #3
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I prefer the kind shown in Robert Johans Boler rebuild thread " Oops I did it again" The rods come from Ikea and are very reasonable.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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I use these flexible tracks from Beacon Fabric. They are low profile and I stick them to the wall with that 3M heavy duty double sided tape.

I got the snap slides, along with the snap tape that I sewed onto my curtains. For curtain fabric I got a couple of fabric shower curtains at Target and cut and hemmed to size.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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'So glad you asked about curtains! Interior decor of my 13' Scamp is my favorite topic. Feel free to contact me on or offline if you'd like further discussion. While I have attached photos of my first decor theme I have many more in mind and in progress. These photos show my lined curtain panels made with a cotton blend print of fall foliage. I chose to keep the original light colored curtains in the middle so light could enter the trailer while retaining privacy. When you cover all the windows in a print the curtains will seem to overwhelm the tiny interior.

If you look closely you can see that I made "tie-backs" that fasten to the "rat fur" with the hook side of Velcro. You will also note that I made black out "shades" with Ron-Loc, a fabric for lining curtains. I simply made a pocket at the top end through which I slid a dowel (or metal rod) and placed it on top of the curtain rod supports. I sewed another pocket at the bottom edge and sewed hook side of Velcro in 3" tabs to stick the shade to the bottom of the window to the "rat fur" keeping the edges from flapping or from letting in too much cool air. (The windows leak slightly even when closed. This is a good thing because you want to minimize condensation and to have fresh air.) To raise the "shades" I simply roll the whole unit to the top while the Scamp is parked and unroll it at night and when under way. The black out shades also serve to protect the interior fabrics from fading.

In addition to curtains I make "themed" pillows and a pennant swag for decoration (not shown). I also drape my seats with throws that tie into the theme. For instance I have a Hawaiian theme consisting of a curtain print of grass shacks and ukuleles along with large beach towels with a sea turtle as throws, all in brown and tan. I have a patriotic theme of muted red, white and blue for curtains, pennant swag, throw and door hanging. Upcoming themes will be 1950's (I have an Elvis pillow to start), South of the Border and Alaska. Often I carry the theme outside to our picnic table. I have even sewn a spare tire cover in theme by using a plastic outdoor tablecloth! (sorry, no photo)

As you can see, one can go crazy with interior/exterior decor or simply choose one color theme and stick to it. Fortunately I have an indulgent husband but he does draw the line at a pink and frilly interior (to tell you the truth, I draw the line there too).

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:31 PM   #6
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I also have some pieces of room darkening fabric cut to cover the windows. I just use a close pin on the rod at night and fold them up during the day. I had almost free fabric and did not even finish the edges. At the bottom I stuck on some Velcro to stick it to my rat fur in the corners so it doesn't stick out. I still use some of my original see through curtains. If not using the room darkening fabric we just don't undress with lights on.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:27 PM   #7
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Hang on, don't be discouraged, surely it isn't curtains for you yet........ oh wait, wrong kind of curtains. Uh, never mind....

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Old 02-26-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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LOL Mike!

Thanks for all the suggestions - I'm still thinking of just how to deal with this wee challenge, but at least I know now that some things are 'do able'.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:42 PM   #9
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Interesting...I need to black out my windows and the overhead vent... way too bringht in there for me lol...I like it dark like a tomb when I sleep lol. I need to do someting like your blackout curtains. My window frame sticks inside a bit probably could velcro it in behind my curtains...need to look at it this weekend.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:34 PM   #10
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I used metal grommets at the top of the curtains to use on the metal rods. I also lined them with thermal curtain liners. Helped to stiffen up the curtains and keep their shape over time and helps a lot to block out light. The liner has a bit of a plastic coating on them so they also don't absorb the condensation off the windows.
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I wonder how something like this would work removeable and breathable behind the curtains and over vent?


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I wonder how something like this would work removeable and breathable behind the curtains and over vent?


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Like this? Should work well we cant even see it!
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lol Black Out Fabrics



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Old 02-27-2013, 01:24 AM   #14
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and found this in the casita forum Blackout Shades - The Casita Club Forum - The Casita Club Forums


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