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Old 10-21-2009, 08:33 PM   #21
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OK, here's my input. I kept hoping I would be able to get some pictures, and I still plan to do it, but it's snowing here in Aurora, Colorado, and I just got home from Arizona last night and I'm feelng really stupid for coming home when it was very nice and hot down there and it's really crappy and cold up here. But, we had to come home so I'll tough it out for this winter, I guess. I'll post pictures as soon as it warms up a bit and I can get them done.

Anyway, Shirley made some curtains for the Casita LD and I used standard, cheapy, single curtain rods from Target and those little flimsy brackets that come with them. The rods we used had the standard 2 1/2 inch (I think) stand-off from the wall and each end curves around to the bracket.

I bought a 3 foot piece of 1/8 inch by 3/4 inch aluminum bar stock from ACE hardware. I cut short pieces (about 3 inches long)..you can develop what works for you... and pop-riveted the flimsy brackets to them, near the end. Then using a pilot drill, then 1/2 inch self-tapping pan head sheet metal screws, I attached the straps to the "Lip" of the upper cabinets on each side of the windows. It only took one screw and they were very tightly mounted in a downward hangin position with the "flimsy" bracket in perfect position for the curtain rod to tip in and lock on the ears of the bracket. When you pull the curtain around the curved end of the curtain rod, it hides the whole bracket and strap. We just got back from a 2,000 mile trip and they are still as solid as a rock. It also allowed me to remove and throw away, those pesky 2 slats from the miny blinds that kept sliding out of position as we traveled.

One other unplanned benefit was that we could pull the miny blinds up and leave the curtains closed while traveling and they didn't flop all over the place as they usually did. The curtains do hang out away from the wall of the Casita a bit on the sides, due to the slope of the wall, and I'm thinking of putting a bungy or even another rod at the bottom to hold them back against the wall when we sleep in the twin bunks on the sides. They are just a bit of a nuisance in that regard, but liveable.

I'm sorry I don't have pictures now but I did want to at least try to paint a "mental picture" for you.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:44 PM   #22
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I took the cafe curtain brackets that came with the rods and bent the lower piece upwards. This made the bracket mounting holes closer together. Drilled some small pilot holes into the ends of the mini-blind and attached the brackets. Tightened up the space that holds the rod and hasn't moved since.



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Old 10-22-2009, 08:11 AM   #23
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I took the cafe curtain brackets that came with the rods and bent the lower piece upwards. This made the bracket mounting holes closer together. Drilled some small pilot holes into the ends of the mini-blind and attached the brackets. Tightened up the space that holds the rod and hasn't moved since.
If I understand what you did, that would have been a lot simpler. Good idea.

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:05 PM   #24
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There were a couple of things we didn't like about the stock curtain rods and brackets that came with our Scamp. One was the rod across the back of our trailer kept coming down, and the second was it got bent. So when I re-did the cabinetry over our dinette I made new rods that both fit into our decor and wouldn't shake loose.


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The curtain rod itself is a 3/8" hardwood dowel from Home Depot that's been cut to length, had holes drilled in it at either end, and had the ends rounded off with sandpaper. (The long rod over the back window has an extra hole and support in the middle.) The hardware that attaches it to the underside of my cabinets are hardwood trim pieces that I drilled so they'd have a nice, round depression for the dowel and a hole drilled through the middle for a #6 screw to pass through. A little spray paint and . . . viola!



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Drilling the holes for the rods and supports can be done with a hand-drill, but is much easier with a drill press.

The new curtain rods don't fall down when we're towing our trailer and look good, so we're happy. Their only downside is one has to get out a screwdriver to pull the curtains down for cleaning, but that doesn't happen very often. We're pretty happy with them.
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I'm reviving this old thread since it brings up interesting aspects of what I want to discuss.

I'm planing on using the cafť brackets since that's what was there. I removed them before painting. In my front and back (curved) windows, I'll use the short brackets at the end and a longer one in the middle so the rod can stay pretty much straight. That's plan A.

But I've been wondering if anyone has used curved rods: a copper tube, some flexible pvc (to make a curved rod, not a straight one), some tubing to tap maple trees... It seems to me that a curved rod would seal the window better and would not use up the already limited bed space.

What do you think?
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