Introduction: Easy Drapes for Truck Camper Shell
Camper shells like these let in a good amount of light, and sometimes all they need is some privacy to transform them into more than just extra storage space. Curtains can provide shade and the humble touch they need to make them more comfortable in which to sleep and camp!
Step 1: Supplies!
Curtain Rod (+mounting hardware and rings), Curtains, Clamps, Twine, O-Ring, Weight
Step 2: Rod
Install curtain rod mounts by using the screws that hold up your windows. 1 on each end and another for the middle of the rod. (Option 2: wire clamps big enough to hold wooden or aluminum dowels of your choosing can save you a few dollars!:)
Step 3: Curtains!
Using 28 'cafe style' curtain clips/rings, I hung 2 valances (already the correct size for my application) to cover each end of my "wingdoor" from inside my camper-shell. Notice how the curtains hang straight down; this makes the inside of the camper shell feel 'closed-in'! (Option 2: choose any fabric you want, cut it to size and save $$$.)
Step 4: Ties and Such...
2 small bungee cords hold the curtains in place when they're not being used. Simply crimp one end/hook wherever it may fit; I used the rod from the shocks as a base.
Step 5: Keeping It Neat!
Using 3 small wire holders (screwed into the bottom edge of the wingdoor via factory screws) placed at either end and another in the center of the window, I managed a method to hold the curtains closer to the window, thus yielding more space in the camper: tie a piece of twine (slightly longer than the window Length) to the wire holders at each end, and clamp a metal O-ring to the center wire holder. Pull a loop in the center of the twine into the O-ring and tie the weight (I used a combo-lock in case I ever need it) onto said loop. Now, simply tuck your curtains under the twine whenever you want privacy in your camper!
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