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Old 05-14-2013, 04:37 AM   #11
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Thank you! It looks like your back window has two fabric panels that open in the middle; are the side window panels single or also two? Are you using two corner pieces and four track pieces (two on the back, possibly cut down, and one on each side)? Sorry for all the questions, but my nearest Ikea is an hour away so I don't want to have to go more than once!


We have a 2011 17B - Maybe the dimensions are the same?

For the large dinette, I used 3 tracks and 2 corners. The tracks are 55" long so the back was a full piece plus the corners added on and the side pieces I cut down to about 37". For the small dinette, I was able to use the 2 leftover pieces for the sides and needed one full track plus corners for the wide front window. Total: I used 4 full size rails @ 55" long, 10 ceiling mounts (5 for each dinette) and 4 corners (2 for each dinette) plus the screws.

It's easier if two "patient" people do it. You want to put the track together for a test run and don't want to twist the tracks. Someone needs to hold it up with the mounts on the track and spaced where you want them. Mark where center is on the cabinet underside and on the track so you have a reference point. We put light masking tape in those areas so we could holdup the track and pencil around the mounts to mark the locations. After determining this, you can attach the mounts. We used an awl to start the hole then simply screwed them in. The mounts are attached to the crack and tightened with a small allen key (included).

The track sections also come with joiner plates and end caps. We started with the center mount to ensure we had equal spacing on the sides from the blinds. If you slide your drapery panel on before attaching the next mount, you may find it easier. We attached the rods first then loosened the mounts from the tracks so we could slide the panels on.

I used 2 panels for each wide window and a single panel for the sides. This will vary depending on your panel width. I bought mine at Jysk (Olivia blackout panels) but if you're a sewing person, you could probably do it a lot better and cheaper. The track system, with all the parts was around $130+. Not a cheap solution but it looks good.

By the way, I used elastic with velcro on the ends for the tiebacks. I got them at the dollar store, 2 in a pack. The vinyl corners in the trailer are overlayed so I was able to just slip the tiebacks behind and bring them through - no attaching to the vinyl needed. It also keeps the drapes tucked in the corner. You could also sew a tieback directly on the drapes themselves.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #12
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I notice you didn't have the valences to contend with. Is your Escape pre valence or did you remove them?
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:07 PM   #13
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I notice you didn't have the valences to contend with. Is your Escape pre valence or did you remove them?

Yes it was Pre Valance but I had planned for curtains before we got our Escape. I originally thought of using a cable system for the drapes but determined the tension required couldn't work with the cabinets light construction. The valances do look nice on those with just the blinds as they cover up the otherwise plain head rail.

I'm also attaching velcro to the sink window's head rail so a matching fabric panel can be hung there if needed. I don't want a permanent curtain there as it would be in the way. I also am making a removable panel for the door's window and a small night cover for the radio. My husband finds the blue light from it to be excessively bright at night - according to the manufacturer, there's no way to dim it. Luckily I have lots of fabric left over from when I shortened the panels.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #14
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I think they look wonderful! I wonder if you had as many laughs making them as I did cutting strips and sewing them together to make the case for the body pillow on my bed. What a hoot that was...and I'm a serious sewer.


Well, luckily it wasn't too sophisticated a job. When they turned out reasonably well, my husband's first comment was "Good, now I don't have to pay to get my zipper fixed!" Hah! Little did he know, I never did figure out how to use that automatic threader - I had to do it the old fashioned way! I'm comfortable using my woodworking tools but (pardon the pun) most domestic type duties escape me!
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Because I don't sew, I looked for another solution a few months ago. I remembered using
a company called Easy Curtain to make a privacy curtain for the front window of a van I once had, so I gave them a call. I forwarded all window measurements provided by Escape for the 17B and they agreed to make individual black out panels, for what I thought was a very reasonable fee, for every window in my trailer. With this solution I can cover some or all of the windows whenever I want. The panels attach by velcro to the interior window frames. I can't provide pictures for a while as the panels are in storage awaiting my trip to Chilliwack. The web address is easycurtain.net or just Google easy curtain.
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Awesome, I think our measurements are close if not the same, but I will definitely measure mine. I just needed a little help visualizing to make sure I wasn't seeing it wrong in my head before buying pieces! $130 doesn't seem crazy to me, though if anyone has any ideas on how to do it cheaper but also look as nice and be as functional, I'm all ears. My old sewing machine is biting the dust, but for this (and a couple other projects currently on hold) it might be worth picking a new one up!
When I was trying to conceptualize the easiest way to attach window blackout covers/curtains, I thought about magnets for the top to attach to the miniblind header, with buttons on the bottom to clip through the little elastic loops already there to hold the miniblind bottoms. I still can't tell if that would work, but if it did I don't think it would look this nice!
I hate miniblinds!
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My husband finds the blue light from it to be excessively bright at night - according to the manufacturer, there's no way to dim it.
On my unit I can turn the display (touch screen) off even if it's still playing music or whatever. I'm wondering if you might not be able to do that on yours?
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:37 AM   #18
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[QUOTE=Carol R;25927]Because I don't sew, I looked for another solution a few months ago. I remembered using
a company called Easy Curtain to make a privacy curtain for the front window of a van I once had, so I gave them a call.


Yes, I looked at them too. A co-worker recommended them - he'd ordered blackout panels from them for his sleeping bay when he owned a semi truck and trailer. He was quite pleased with the product and considered them an absolute necessity when he was a long haul driver.
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On my unit I can turn the display (touch screen) off even if it's still playing music or whatever. I'm wondering if you might not be able to do that on yours? __________________
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Unfortunately this unit doesn't have that option - even when off, the time display is quite bright. Makes a good night light for middle of the night bathroom trips! And if it's too bright, I just face the wall!

However, Ted is the primary user of the trailer. He only sets up the single bed when he travels. He like to keep the large dinette available for fly tying and stuff. He also likes to sleep with his head on the door side so of course, he's facing the radio! For some reason he doesn't like facing the other way (?) so that's why I'm making a night privacy flap for the radio.
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Wow, sounds like a lot of figuring and work. How much do you charge?
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We have a 2011 17B - Maybe the dimensions are the same?

For the large dinette, I used 3 tracks and 2 corners. The tracks are 55" long so the back was a full piece plus the corners added on and the side pieces I cut down to about 37". For the small dinette, I was able to use the 2 leftover pieces for the sides and needed one full track plus corners for the wide front window. Total: I used 4 full size rails @ 55" long, 10 ceiling mounts (5 for each dinette) and 4 corners (2 for each dinette) plus the screws.

It's easier if two "patient" people do it. You want to put the track together for a test run and don't want to twist the tracks. Someone needs to hold it up with the mounts on the track and spaced where you want them. Mark where center is on the cabinet underside and on the track so you have a reference point. We put light masking tape in those areas so we could holdup the track and pencil around the mounts to mark the locations. After determining this, you can attach the mounts. We used an awl to start the hole then simply screwed them in. The mounts are attached to the crack and tightened with a small allen key (included).

The track sections also come with joiner plates and end caps. We started with the center mount to ensure we had equal spacing on the sides from the blinds. If you slide your drapery panel on before attaching the next mount, you may find it easier. We attached the rods first then loosened the mounts from the tracks so we could slide the panels on.

I used 2 panels for each wide window and a single panel for the sides. This will vary depending on your panel width. I bought mine at Jysk (Olivia blackout panels) but if you're a sewing person, you could probably do it a lot better and cheaper. The track system, with all the parts was around $130+. Not a cheap solution but it looks good.

By the way, I used elastic with velcro on the ends for the tiebacks. I got them at the dollar store, 2 in a pack. The vinyl corners in the trailer are overlayed so I was able to just slip the tiebacks behind and bring them through - no attaching to the vinyl needed. It also keeps the drapes tucked in the corner. You could also sew a tieback directly on the drapes themselves.
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