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Old 05-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Blinds or Curtains?

Hi,

I bought me just recently a Havasu camp trailer, year 1974. I started working on my new project and I am not sure what would the best window covers would be.
Curtains or blinds? I am not a curtain person but I am a little bit worried about blinds bumping around when I am pulling the trailer.

Any recommendations or experiences?

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Old 05-22-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Ahhh Another Ford or Chevy question, I think. It'll be interesting to see the responses you get. I seen people change from blinds to curtains and curtains to blinds. Personally I don't like blinds. But that's me.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:54 PM   #3
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The blinds used on my trailer are held in place by cords. When under way, I have them all pulled down and they stay flush with the windows. They don't flop around. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.
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Great. Looking forward to your pictures. Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:06 AM   #5
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We have gone through the same question ,whether to go blinds or curtains. After looking at trailer's who had one or the other and sometimes both. We thought the look of curtains just give it a more cabin feel, so that's what we went with.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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Depends on if looking out is important... curtains need to be open to see out a window. Blinds can be rotated to provide viewing and a little privacy at the same time.

You can always pull blinds up to the top when traveling. They don't bang around that way and don't need clips to hold them in place.

Good luck in your decision!
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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I have mini blinds and they work great. their held at the bottom with clips so don,t flop around while driving.To close for privaicy you just rotate the fins,or reverse for viewing. I found curtains sit out too far at bottom unless you have a rods top and bottom. I guess it is a personal preferance.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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These are the blinds on my 2008 Escape 17B. I don't have a source, other than to call Escape and ask them where they get them. You can see that the cords are screwed to blocks in the wall. If nothing else, you will get the idea.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:40 PM   #10
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Any recommendations or experiences?
When I first rebuilt my Compact Jr. I used blinds, and the slats were metal. Seemed to work OK until I camped in the desert during a wind storm. It was hot and no A/C so had the windows open. The clatter of the wind through those blinds kept us awake all night.

I use roller shades and curtains in the Fiber Stream.
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I just redid all of my window dressing. I've kept the same curtains that Robert made when we first bought the trailer, but got rid of the cafe rods. I installed "Black Out" roller shades and drapery rods.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
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Right now we're using what came with the trailer. (mini-blinds)

Left window over bed

We've found also that we can put those fold-up car window blinds behind
the mini-blinds for complete privacy and nearly black-out of street lights.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:00 AM   #12
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I had curtains in the Burro. They were ok, but I wanted them to stay open on front and rear during travel (so I could see through to what's behind the trailer), and they wouldn't stay put for anything. I even tried tying them with twine, no success.

My current trailer has mini blinds. I don't secure the bottoms because I want to be able to pull them up readily at any time. So they rattle when I walk around in the trailer, and when the wind blows through them. It can bother my sleep at night sometimes.

Before the Burro, we had a Rockwood that came with day/night shades. No rattle, and they stay put however you set them. I liked them. Wish I could remember if they let the breeze through ok, but I don't.

I guess any of the 3 do the job, but blinds are probably my least favorite of the 3.
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When I did my curtains I used a thermal liner and a few magnets at the hem and they work well at keeping out the light and they can be left open in a breeze without any rattling,
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:26 PM   #14
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Thank you guys for all your input and picture. Even though I like blinds better it seems like it is much easier to just have curtains.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #15
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Both of course!

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:37 PM   #16
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Blinds don't have to be metal. Wood, plastic, faux wood.. some of those materials make a lot less noise than metal. I've seen some in really bright colors too. And then there are roman shades....

Choices, choices... so many choices.
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We have pleated shades similar to Glenn Baglo's. They run up and down on strings. I was concerned with wear on the strings but so far they are holding up well. Our last rig had curtains which were certainly simpler but I like these better. Raz
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My vote is for curtains with homemade "shades" of Ron Loc (blackout fabric) that you hand roll up or down. The Ron-Loc fabric is mounted on a dowel or a second curtain rod that simply sits on top of the curtain rod supports. I sew Velcro (hook and loop fabric) on the bottom so it adheres to the "Rat fur" wall. I have the light-colored stock curtains in the middle and add 9-10" side curtain panels according to my decorative whim (purely optional but fun for the "glamper" in me).

When traveling, at night or during a sunny, hot day I keep the shades in the down position to keep the sun from damaging the interior fabrics and to keep the interior cool. When I want to have light and air I roll up the shades, open the curtains and hold them back with my tie-backs which also adhere with Velcro. See photos. One photo shows the curtains in the open position, held back with the tie-backs and the shade in the down position. (It was easier to take a photo this way rather than with the bare window letting in too much light.)

Happy Camping!
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:27 PM   #19
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Cari and i have nice day-night shades in our Mobile Suite (link to photo album). In day-mode they will let some air flow in. We are toying with the idea of swapping out our Parkliner's stock curtains with the day-night shades available at Camping World...but jury is still out.

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