Re: Curtains or shades
I am making the curtains for my Ford passenger van this week. I decided against using the standard RV curtain track like Saabman used: the only sources I could find came in 45 or 72" lengths so I would have lots of wasted and pricey track.
Instead, I purchased 12' lengths of 3/8" aluminum rod and cut curtain rods slightly longer than the width of the large side windows. I then drilled 3/8" holes in the trim near the top of the window, and slid the rod into the holes, so that the trim holds the aluminum curtain rod in place. A dab of silicon finishes the rod installation.
The curtains are fabric lined with blackout cloth; they hang on the rod using backtabs, so about 1" of curtain is above the rod, and thus completely covers the window. The sides of the curtains are secured to the trim with snaps, so that the curtains are fairly snug when they are drawn to cover the window. otherwise, they are pulled to one side, and held by a tie-back strap and snap.
The biggest hassle was figuring out what to make the curtain rod from, and how to secure them to the van.
I do have reflectix pieces cut to fit the windows, and in very cold weather, they can fit in the window behind the curtains.
Hope this helps.
2017 T-250 MR 148" 3.7L cargo van. Slowly becoming a campervan...