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 on: October 20, 2014, 08:27:07 am 
Started by gl1500 - Last post by David J. Rotelle
Hello Nancy,

We had similar fabric curtains in our previous Motorhome and I agree they were easier to open and close than the pleated. Could you post some pictures of the curtains you made?

Thank you,
Dave

 52 
 on: October 20, 2014, 07:22:33 am 
Started by gl1500 - Last post by Carol
Wow, Nancy, what an awesome job (both the doing and the describing).  You could probably do a little custom-order business with that kind of skill.  Sewing is becoming a lost art.  Cheer

 53 
 on: October 20, 2014, 12:46:35 am 
Started by gl1500 - Last post by gl1500
It was fast and relatively easy.  Remove the screws from the side wall that holds the curtain in place.  Remove the little lock on the track on each side and slide the curtain out.  Remove the hangars (they are just pinched shut and easily opened.)  Measure from the lock on the track to the center of the track (ours had a black mark at center) on each side. Ours was 57" on each side.  You will need to make the width to this measurement and perhaps a few inches more for fulness.  Make the length the same as the original curtain or whatever length you like.  I used quilt bias tape for all the edges so did not need to add extra for seam allowances. The quilt bias is wider than the usual " bias binding.  Using this will speed up the job but you can make seams all around. We bought a  leather punch from the hardware store to make the holes for the " grommets at the top and on the sides where the screws go.  Grommet kits are available with a little tool to install at Hancock Fabric and probably JoAnn's.   Camping World sells extra hangars (12 to a box) but be sure to take one hangar with you to  match up for the  same kind as in the PC.  Sew the Velcro to the middle edges of the panels; I put one strip on the side facing the RV and one on the other panel facing the windshield.  This position makes it easier to close them because they will lap over . The original curtain has one grommet every 10" but this is too far apart for material so a few more are needed to make it hang nicely. Do not make the width to the full extended size of the original curtain or you will have way too much fabric.  Once the grommets are in,  put in the hangars, pinch them closed, and reinstall in the track.  Put in the track lock and  the screws and you are done.  You won't need the long plastic rod because the material opens and closes easily by hand. I divided the total width into two uneven sizes so that the wider was on the driver side and the smaller one on the passenger side.  This meant that we could close the curtains near the steering wheel instead of dead center; that left less bulk on the passenger side to get in the way of the little "table" that is on the 2551 by the door.  If your material is real thin, you might need to add some interfacing at the top and sides for the grommets.  I used a white silky blackout material with sage green binding and it looks like it "belongs" . it is so much easier to open and close than the original.   If you have any questions, I would be happy to help.  Nancy

 54 
 on: October 19, 2014, 08:35:24 pm 
Started by gl1500 - Last post by AMW
I'm interested in doing this as well, although I don't need blackout, I just want a real curtain for night privacy that's easier to use than the stock pleated unit that came with the PC.  So if I understand this right, you removed the pleated unit and used the original hangers and track for your new curtain.  I also assume you made the new curtain the same length.  I was thinking I would have to use traditional drapery pleating tape and drapery hooks, but from your description it sounds like I won't have to go to all that trouble.

 55 
 on: October 19, 2014, 06:37:42 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
Hi John and Holly,

We love the Oregon coast and think you will enjoy traveling there on Hwy 101.  We make our Oregon RV trips during the summer and early fall months, so we cant comment on the weather except to say it will be cool and wet.

You might consider starting your West Coast trip in warmer/dryer climate just south of San Diego.  The Chula Vista RV Resort would be great place to begin (http://www.chulavistarv.com).  We camped there in January with the Phoenix Cruiser RV West group and found it very nice and convenient for visiting all of the San Diego attractions.  You can get your PC washed in the park, too!

Were central California kids, so we cant give many suggestions on what path to follow when coming north from there.  You might get advice from others on stops to make along that path.  We would bypass the Los Angeles area and pick up Hwy 101 just north of LA as Hwy 1 is too slow and crowded for us.

Hwy 101 will take you through interesting areas like Ventura and Santa Barbara. 

We would spend a day or two in Buellton at the Flying Flags RV Resort.  Its close to the famous Pea Soup Andersens restaurant and the Danish Village of Solvang.  The RV West group is planning an outing there in early May.

Pismo Coast Village in Pismo Beach is one of our favorite RV Parks.  A long sandy beach is located just outside of the park and there are many good restaurants within walking distance.

Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 join together just a little north of Pismo Beach, so if you havent been on Hwy 1 already this is a good place to start.  This will take you past Hearst Castle at San Simeona worthwhile stop.  Continuing north on Hwy 1 will take you along the famous Big Sur coastline up to the Monterey Peninsula area where we live (except for the winter months when we take the PC south to the Palm Springs area).  During heavy rains, Hwy 1 is sometimes blocked by mudslides, so check first, even though we are in drought conditions and could use the rain.

A nice RV park close to Monterey is the Marina Dunes RV Park.  From there its easy to visit Carmel, Pebble Beach, Monterey, our home town of Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz and Salinas (the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the location of the John Steinbeck Museum).  The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must do thing. 

After that, there are so many options that well sign off for now.  Let us know if you think we might be able to help.

Happy traveling,
Bruce and Sharon

 56 
 on: October 19, 2014, 05:19:37 pm 
Started by AMW - Last post by skipper
We stayed here too.  A very nice place.

 57 
 on: October 19, 2014, 03:54:43 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Given the pump drips, I will likely just order a new one, and rebuild the old one later if I am motivated.

 58 
 on: October 19, 2014, 02:36:37 pm 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by Pax
Wow, Bill....I might be talked into taking my rig (and toad) north on Hwy 1 from Jenner to Manchester.....might.  I would never take that route south though.  I'm sure vertigo would set in and I'd take us crashing over the edge of the cliff!  We've done it in our SUV a number of times and it wasn't the most pleasant driving experience, but the scenery cannot be beat.  I would advise anyone that takes that route to stop by Fort Ross and also the Timber Cove Inn (gotta see the quirky totem, and the trails along the cliffs are amazing....they also have a great bar and food). One thing to mention, though...we've had to stop on the road and wait about 15 mins until a herd of cows decided to cross the road and graze along the cliff.

Very envious of the vertigo-free drivers out there!

   - Mike

 59 
 on: October 19, 2014, 11:00:03 am 
Started by Carol - Last post by Carol
Thanks for the helpful replies Holly, Sue, and Tom.  I'll give Phoenix a call this coming week, as well, to get their input.  I am less worried now about getting into trouble with Father Winter!

 60 
 on: October 19, 2014, 10:48:54 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by BandD
Hi Holly,

We've driven highway one from Jenner to Manchester Beach towing our
FIT with no problems.   e do it twice a year, roughly.

Also, near the Moss Landing KOA is the Monterrey Bay Aquarium.  A not-to-be-missed place.  It's on Steinbeck's storied Cannery Row.

We like the Spud Point Crab Company in Bodega Bay a lot.  Sea food just across the street from the boats!  Buy a whole crab and they'll clean it for you.  And the chowder is wonderful.  We're planning to try Doran Beach son, have scouted it, and it looks great.  Some of the sites look out to the very harbor entrance of the bay.

Bill

Bill

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