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Old 04-13-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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Question minimalist privacy curtains

has any one used blackout curtains from the dollar store and metal paperclips over the aluminum window frame lip; to effect privacy with minimal cash outlay? wont believe i am the first.
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We're planning on getting fabric, then cut it, and sew it together to size.
Will make rods from 1/2 electrical tubing.
Didn't know the $ store had blackout curtains...
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7'6'l x 38"w with the rod pockets ripped out. fuse the ends with a lighter for no ravel ends.
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I'm still at a loss for good window coverings. Nothing is cheap with this many windows.

I've wanted to try some type of light weight panel that could slide up from inside the wall under the windows, covering one window or even a pair, for insulation and light blocking qualities. Make some kind of a simple hanger system. Probably another bad idea.
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I went even cheaper than dollar store curtains before I got into completely stripping my bus down. Small 3/4" binder clips with one leg held to the wall with the window frame screw, and the clips holding sections of brown kraft aka "builder's" paper cut to size. In a few places where there wasn't an existing screw handy for holding the binder clip, we used packing or duct tape to hold the paper up.

Around the windshield I used black polyethylene sheeting held up with small (about 1/4" diameter) rare earth magnets to the body sheet metal.

We'll do something that's much nicer to look at and nicer to use after the interior build-out is done, but the paper and plastic did a fair job of being cheap, ugly, and functional.

(products linked are merely examples illustrating the idea, not the exact items I used, blah blah blah. )
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I went even cheaper than dollar store curtains before I got into completely stripping my bus down. Small 3/4" binder clips with one leg held to the wall with the window frame screw, and the clips holding sections of brown kraft aka "builder's" paper cut to size. In a few places where there wasn't an existing screw handy for holding the binder clip, we used packing or duct tape to hold the paper up.

Around the windshield I used black polyethylene sheeting held up with small (about 1/4" diameter) rare earth magnets to the body sheet metal.

We'll do something that's much nicer to look at and nicer to use after the interior build-out is done, but the paper and plastic did a fair job of being cheap, ugly, and functional.

(products linked are merely examples illustrating the idea, not the exact items I used, blah blah blah.)
That's not going cheap, that's going past scraping the bottom, digging and into the ground! Just awesome!

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the clips are surprisingly flexible to move a panel 2" front or rear. press and pull sliding 2" at a time just use a c clip off the bus seat, to drive between the back and frame flange and pull to make clearance for the metal paperclip then push down on clip; and remove the "C"clip. you could even leave the "C" clip in place and one screw a piece of 3/4" emt conduit to the "C" clip it to have sliding curtains with the pocket. only the clip on the end will be visible. sure do like a buses flexibility. matches my imagination.
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anyone tried this insulation?Astro-Shield Reflective Insulation 2 x125

5/16 inch light weight , cuts with scissors installs with tape r-15 down fits nicely in window frames. works! have it in the attic of the house. only 3 % gets through.
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anyone tried this insulation?
Looks like the same as Reflectix?

I am using on the rear windows, and tried it on the front, but I like LOOKING out my windows, and moving it around sux, so I have blackout fabric that moves and folds in easily - but none of it was cheap
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That's not going cheap, that's going past scraping the bottom, digging and into the ground! Just awesome!
Yeah, I'm a bit embarrassed about it... it looked every bit as awful, ugly, and tacky as one would imagine. Thankfully my bus had tinted windows which significantly muted the appearance of the brown paper from the outside. We really only ran it that way on one 10-day trip and maybe two or three single nights. It got the job done, and now I'm up to my eye balls at least in my roof raise and re-skin project. We'll come up with something more attractive for covering windows after the new exterior skin and paint are in place!
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