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Old 08-30-2015, 10:37 AM   #43
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An interim update here with some food for thought on the biters whose thought is that you are food.

The reason why commercially-available Sprinter screens are hundreds to thousands of dollars apiece is that they are so nightmarishly hard to fit. Because of the 3-D vehicle body curves, appurtenances, etc., the labor to craft even the simplest device is just over the top (said the voice of burgeoning experience). For this reason, I'm trying to simplify the underlying problem, and I'm about to test the prototype shown in this attached pic.

I'm in the deep south, so no-see-um netting is non-negotiable - I have to have it (which eliminates every commercial seller from my consideration as they only offer mosquito screening). I found a really nice crafter piece of black no-see-um netting on Amazon for $8.69. I then took the bug psychology that I learned while boondocking and built it into the prototype.

Regarding that bug psychology, here is what we all know: bugs will go to the light and biting flies will go primarily to the carbon dioxide. They both tend to fly toward their attractant until they meet with a barrier such as a screen, at which point they proceed laterally across the barrier in search of a breach. They proceed usually in a roughly straight line and usually upward (especially in the case of June bugs). They are extremely good at executing this function as they've been evolving it for about 400 million years.

The problem with trying to fit a Sprinter screen is that bugs will proceed all the way to the edge and then will reliably exploit the smallest gap that they find there. They proceed all the way to the edge because, with most products, the screen extends all the way to the edge. So what I did instead was take my no-see-um netting and sew an 8-inch opaque nylon border around all four sides. What I'm hoping is that they will hit the screen and proceed only to what they THINK is the edge - the opaque seam. And then they will hopefully confine their breach-search efforts just to the interior square of netting.

If that proves to be the case, I will have the freedom to be much less precise about my top, bottom, and side seals, which represent the impossibility where labor is concerned. My original anticipated workaround for this challenge was to use flexible magnetic strips to attach the screen to the door frame, thus making a good seal at all points without having to attach anything permanently. However, the magnetic strip products I've found in the consumer market are not strong enough. I think I have to use neodymium magnet dots, which means discontinuous seals. Which might not matter much if the winged crowd is tricked into confining their collective obsession to the interior screen square.

I hope to test this prototype within the next several weeks. I already know it will be better than the unbordered screen piece I had been using previously (which was almost useless). I just don't know yet if it will be good enough.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:13 AM   #44
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Very clever, IB.

Let us know how it works, as others may want to purchase these from you.


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Old 11-11-2015, 08:48 PM   #45
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Revisiting this issue - here is another angle that wasn't explicitly discussed when the thread was hatched.

If your primary objective is ventilation rather than views, it might be worth skipping a sliding door screen altogether, and just going with cab window plus rear door screens. I have noticed that, much of the time, I get the best ventilation when I open the very front and the very back of the Interstate - it makes for a nice little wind tunnel. Slider not so much.

Sprinter cab window screens are available commercially for fifty bucks a pair - AND they are no-see-um screens to boot (not just mosquito). So there's potentially half an AI owner's entire bug problem solved for very little money. That would just leave the rear screen which is an easier fit than the side slider for which, correct me if I'm wrong, we still have not identified a commercial no-see-um screen source anyway.

I actually made a cab window screen out of no-see-um netting this past weekend, and here's a pic. In the blog post I discuss the DIY steps and also the commercial seller.

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: NO-SEE-UM FRONT WINDOW SCREEN FOR THE AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:42 PM   #46
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I have Screenz for the 2 cab windows. They're the kind that fit over the frame of the door, like a pillow case. Only had to use them 10 times, at most, last summer on our cross-countries trip. They worked great. Not sure about the no-see-ums though, as I'm not sure that we ran into any of those. But they were great for keeping the regular old skeeters out.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:01 AM   #47
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Just one more opinion, if you don't mind.

Our new AS Ext 9 pass has the screen option.

We're not particularly fond of the mid-cabin screen and had it removed. We live in the mountains with few flying pests in Jackson Hole, Scottsdale, or Bend, Oregon.

The screen unit functions admirably, and seems really practical for those who deal with mosquitos etc. on the negative side it also reduces the "open" feeling upon entry (mid-cabin).





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Old 04-23-2016, 11:12 AM   #48
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Its that time of year and I am pondering this again. Are there any new options for screen doors out there?
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:41 PM   #49
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We use our screen constantly and can not imagine being without it. We be in BUG country
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:32 PM   #50
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Anyone think about something like this design?
https://youtu.be/QtyLJ0vGYfA?t=345

Or what about this concept?
http://www.asseenontv.com/magic-mesh...l.php?p=346828
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:39 PM   #51
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Also this

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:08 AM   #53
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I also have the Sprinter Store zipper side door screen. Agree - it was very difficult to install. I find it effective for limited use in warm areas with lots of bugs.


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I made a bug screen that slides onto the roof gutter when parked with sliding door open.
The fore and aft edges have magnets sewn into the leading edges with an off center opening that has longer 2 inch magnets to close the ingress and egress through that opening. Used plastic and rubber shower edge piece to hang the screen from.on the roof gutter. Have not found it necessary to attach the bottom, as it hangs down below my running boards. "Very expensive solution ($20.00 to $30.00 complete). It really does work well.. SORRY still don't know how to attach photos to these quick replies. AEW
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Click on "Go Advanced" next to "Submit Reply" and then click on "Manage Attachments" and then you can upload pics from your computer and/or anything that's attached to it. Just go to "Browse".
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I made a bug screen that slides onto the roof gutter when parked with sliding door open.
The fore and aft edges have magnets sewn into the leading edges with an off center opening that has longer 2 inch magnets to close the ingress and egress through that opening. Used plastic and rubber shower edge piece to hang the screen from.on the roof gutter. Have not found it necessary to attach the bottom, as it hangs down below my running boards. "Very expensive solution ($20.00 to $30.00 complete). It really does work well.. SORRY still don't know how to attach photos to these quick replies. AEW
We're not all as clever and handy as some here , but I bought one of those removable patio screen doors on a tension rod for about $25, and it has worked very well for high-bug times.

It has a couple of magnetic clasps in the center opening, to keep it closed, and rolls into a neat and small bundle to store under one of the rear benches.

Simple, easy, and effective...I like.


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