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Old 06-11-2015, 12:01 PM   #29
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I have a tension rod screen like what you describe, for patio doors, and it work great on my cargo opening.

Paid about $25 for it online.

It is not Bug Off brand, but screen has magnetic closure with Velcro for sides, but it is a good quality screen and I am very happy with it.


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Old 06-11-2015, 12:20 PM   #30
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I bought the Sprinter store model and never could get it installed. I gave up and have a $200 screen if anyone wants it.



Let us know how this one works, please, if you end up buying one.

See my post #13 in this thread for my comments and photo of the Sprinter Store sliding door screen.


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Old 06-11-2015, 12:46 PM   #31
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Thanks. I may give it another try-using spring clamps to hold it up. The last time I gave up after a frustrating hour of trying.

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See my post #13 in this thread for my comments and photo of the Sprinter Store sliding door screen.


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Old 06-11-2015, 08:13 PM   #32
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Thanks. I may give it another try-using spring clamps to hold it up. The last time I gave up after a frustrating hour of trying.

It is difficult to install - I think it took me a couple of hours with lots of frustration. I think the end result was worth it.


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Old 06-14-2015, 11:51 AM   #33
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SprinterStore Screen Pictures

Here are pictures of the SprinterStore Screen installed. I took from both the outside and the inside so you can see how open the view is. The installation isn't terrible if you use spring clamps to hold it in place while you install. A second pair of hands is helpful too.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:44 PM   #34
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Here are pictures of the SprinterStore Screen installed. I took from both the outside and the inside so you can see how open the view is. The installation isn't terrible if you use spring clamps to hold it in place while you install. A second pair of hands is helpful too.
It looks like you went with the type where you pull off the weatherstripping around the door opening, insert the screen, and replace the weatherstripping. It's quick and easy, and I had that on my van for a couple of years.

However, that type has one downside that I didn't realize at first, until I happened to be camping in my van when a thunderstorm hit. With fabric behind the weatherstripping, you have a path for moisture to enter the van, by wicking action. If you live in a generally dry climate, that's not necessarily a problem, but here on the gulf coast… I ended up taking the screens out because the water the screens let in was worse than the bugs the screens kept out.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:46 PM   #35
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I have noticed the problem Protag mentions about water intrusion. Mine has not been too bad, just a little water on the side step in heavy rain. I won't use that type on my rear door. I'll go with the simple type recommended by Maggie.
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As I stated previously, if anyone want a first generation Sprinter-store screen for the sliding door, that I never used, at a considerable discount, drop me a private email. Any offers considered as right now, it's just sitting in a box taking up space.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:57 PM   #37
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$3,000 for OEM... and currently $435 for rear door Screenz... I'm not sure I wish to invest in any of the available choices, and so I'm working on engineering my own. Absent a happy medium, attached you will see a $10 off-the-shelf version from Academy strung up with super-strong magnets. This is not where I need to be, tech-wise, but it is a stop-gap.

Let me ask a pivotal question that I did NOT see addressed here:

Are the commercially-available fitted screens fine enough mesh for no-see-ums? Or are they simply the coarser material intended for mosquito (and black fly if you are up north)?

Last night, at Steinhagen Lake in east Texas, I was beset by no-see-ums despite this cheap draped netting that totally excluded the corresponding mosquitoes. I realize this is not everyone's cup of tea, but I do boondock in the subtropics in high summer (I actually had 30 amp service but turned off the a/c and opened the doors after the sun went down). Not much point in being out there if I can't listen to the wildlife all night. But these are prime no-see-um conditions (after-dark temps in the mid-70's to mid-80's with humidity near 100%).

Another issue for those of you who wish to try the DIY magnet-screen route: The effing June bugs are neurologically pre-wired to hit any such barrier and promptly scale it upward such that they intrude along the top edge. You are going to need a LOT of individual magnets if you want to keep them out. Either that or maybe solid flexible magnetic strips like are produced as spatial barriers for robot vacuums. I might experiment with that next. As soon as I locate good no-see-um netting.
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By the way, when I took my chairs in for repair, the service guy explained what it takes to retrofit the 2016 OEM screen to a 2014.5... It is VERY involved and labor intensive. They have to do a lot of cutting, refitting and even have to reroute the black tank pipe! They did it once but will not do it again. They gave me the name of an upfitter that might be able to do something custom without hacking up everything to make the 2016 door fit. I will probably look into it in a few weeks.


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The Sprinter Store screen I have for the sliding door is the courser screening that would only keep out Mosquitos.


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My screens would not keep out no-see-ums, and I don't know that anything will.

If you close up the inside, and then run your vent fan to pull fresh air in, they come in thru the screens on the windows.



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My screens would not keep out no-see-ums, and I don't know that anything will.

If you close up the inside, and then run your vent fan to pull fresh air in, they come in thru the screens on the windows.

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Good point. I'm assuming that partial relief could be achieved by using no-see-um netting on the much larger back and/or side door area, even if the flaps are open. Actually many no-see-um species are as delicate as they are small, preferring still air conditions. I got relief the other day by turning on the Fantastic, which moved enough air through the vehicle to dissuade their biting intentions. But I would rather not listen to that racket, either. I am used to being in tents where this is not an issue.
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Hmmm.....I haven't seen no-see-um netting, but then, I'm a Yankee and we don't have them way up here.

When I am in the presence of these nasty biters in the South. I just stay inside.


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