Our new/old Apache camper made her maiden voyage last weekend. We considered smashing a bottle of champagne on her stern, but were afraid it would shatter. (The camper, not the champagne bottle!) She did great and proved to be very comfortable.
Prior to the trip, we replaced tires, packed ball bearings, and replaced the window curtains. I’ll leave the mechanical stuff to someone else, but I do want to show how I replaced the curtains, in case anyone out there is considering a similar project.
When I removed the old, shrunken, moth-nibbled orange curtains, I found they were attached by means of little plastic tabs on a ribbon that had been sewn into the header of the curtain. You can find old Apache parts here, but with 120 of those little tabs throughout the camper, I didn’t want to replace them all, if I could help it. The plastic ribbon holding the tabs to the curtains was so aged that it disintegrated with a gentle tug, so I left the tabs broken off in the aluminum grooves on the wall, and elected to attach the new curtains to the old tabs with velcro. This way, the curtains can slide on the tabs, if you just want to open and close them, or they can easily be pulled off to wash, or stow the camper.
1. Cover your workspace well, with something disposable. Use only disposable tools.
2. Epoxy comes in 5 minute, 30 minute, and more, bond times. They’re not kidding. If you have 120 things to glue, you do NOT want to try to do it in 5 minutes.
3. Work in small batches, since the epoxy loses its grip as it sits longer before bonding.
Finally, the curtains were ready to hang, and I think they look beautiful.
Or at least they will once everything else is finished. (Stay tuned for future installments.) We packed the camper to the gills, as well as the truck, then headed to the New Mexico mountains. As much as I love a good redecorating project, I spent the weekend being reminded of the real reason we bought the camper…
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