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Old 01-06-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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Removing window valances

I am thinking of removing the window valences in my rig. I have a 1997,28',Allegro and the valences are big, grey, things that look dingy to me. I want to remove them and Put up regular household valences instead. What problems could I run into? Has anyone done this before and what suggestions would you have so I don't make a mess.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:01 AM   #2
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We recovered the valences on our Allegro Bay. See our blog post HERE.

The screws that hold our valences up are way up behind the blinds. If yours are in the same place, you will need a screwdriver with an extra-long blade to reach them.

Good luck with your project.
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Call or visit your dealer or manufacturer and inquire as to how to remove them. Mine are upholstered and attached to the wall with screws hidden under snap-on upholstry buttons. I just pop the buttons off with a flathead screwdriver. Then remove the bottom part of snap by rermoving the screws and valances.
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When I removed ours (in a 1997 Holiday Rambler) the screws were under the blinds an ran upward into cabinettes. In addition, the sides were held to the walls with "L" brackets. I made oak valances to match our cabinetry. No more dust collectors!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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Caution!!! if you install valances without the lambrequins your window covering will sway and bang back and forth as you travel down the road creating a lot of noise and eventually destroying the shade.

Unless you do what I did... add a small velcro tab to the bottom of the shade and a short velcro strap to the top of the window frame. When traveling slide the shade up and attach the velcro strap so the shade can't come down and sway back and forth.
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We removed all the valances and blinds and replaced them with curtain rods and curtains.
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Re-upholstering valances is a fairly simple job using fabric cement and a staple gun. The biggest problem might be determining how the Tiffin attached the valances at the factory. If you can't determine how, I suggest you just place a call to Tiffin and ask.
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I am going to remove the valences and blinds. We are going to replace them with shutters that open like little doors with blinds in them. It will be just like many houses down south or in the Caribbean.
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When I removed ours (in a 1997 Holiday Rambler) the screws were under the blinds an ran upward into cabinettes. In addition, the sides were held to the walls with "L" brackets. I made oak valances to match our cabinetry. No more dust collectors!
Nice job! Very neat and clean! Thanks for the photo.
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I am going to remove the valences and blinds. We are going to replace them with shutters that open like little doors with blinds in them. It will be just like many houses down south or in the Caribbean.
I know what you mean I've seen them too and they look very nice. I think they would be much easier to clean and give privacy too!
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We removed all the valances and blinds and replaced them with curtain rods and curtains.
That is what I want to do. Do you have any photos you care to share?
So do you have any problems with them while driving are they moveable like drapes or just stay put and what do you do for shades?
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This is not a very flattering picture, but it's all I have right now. The curtains are not even hung well in this picture, but at least you can get the idea.

Two curtain tracks, inner and outer. The inner curtains are white sheer. Great for during the day. The outer curtains are dark, solid material. When the outer curtains are closed, we are assured to have 100% privacy. I have gone outside and there was no way I could tell that the lights were on inside the coach.

They don't move on the tracks at all when we're driving. We think they are great.

We bought the tracks at Walmart. Made the curtains ourselves.
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Bruceisla,
Nice job. I'm going to make my own also. Any chance you might share some more photo's?
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Here's mine, original valence and then new blinds.

Personal preference I guess, but I just prefer the clean & simple look to the clunky original valence.

I pull the blinds up all the way when I'm driving, to eliminate the banging around.
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