Friday, July 24, 2015

Close the curtain

The Rolling Steel Tent came with a bulkhead dividing the driver from the cargo area. It didn't have a door between, so I removed most of it, leaving the part behind the driver seat and the crossbeam it anchors to.

I had originally rigged up a way to attach a curtain to the edge of the driver compartment headliner. It was okay, but it didn't slide. I had to roll or twist it up and stuff it into the gap between the crossbeam and the roof. Now I've improved it.

The first thing was to make a piece that filled the gap between the headliner and the crossbeam. The only tricky part was matching the curve of the roof. Then I attached a roller rod to it.

I had the rod temporarily in place while I was running errands. The rollers would go sh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-ink sh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-ink from side to side when I turned. Sometimes the sound would be a perfect match to the music.

The tedious part was sewing the rollers to the curtain. Mama had taught me how to use a needle and thread when I was little, but my stitching isn't anything to brag about.

Voila, curtains

A curtain—particularly one in a moving vehicle—needs something to hold it back. The metal and wood hold-backs they sell for home use are too bulky. And not very manly (because that's the most important thing). So I used a cabinet handle.

That should hold everything in place, even while driving with the windows open

I rarely stealth camp, so my curtain doesn't need to be light tight. It's just for privacy. No one wants to see me naked. Unfortunately.


  1. I think I'd rather see you naked than see me naked. Getting old is not pretty and I'm older than you. Not sure my husband would approve of me seeing you naked, though.

  2. Looks good! In my world, neatness counts.