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Old 05-29-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question Adding Screen Doors to a 2014.5 Interstate... yes or no?

After seeing those lovely screen doors on the 2016 AI Ext., I made an inquiry at my dealership to get them installed... The service guy said it would be a whopping $3k for fit my 2014.5 because the retrofit will take extensive work... I know the grand tour had a different layout and the doors would not fit but I thought the new 2016 Ext doors might work on my 2014.5 Ext... oh well. I'll have to think about it a bit more because that is very pricey.

He directed me to this website but I am not confident that the sloppy fitting screens will be effective. Do any of you have these? Do they work well?

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Old 05-29-2015, 02:34 PM   #2
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I have a Bug Screen that attaches with Velcro to the rear opening, has a zipper up the center, and I'm very pleased with it. About $300, perhaps 6 years ago.

I have a patio door screen on a tension pole that works very well for the sliding cargo door. About $25 online.



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Old 05-29-2015, 10:34 PM   #3
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Wow! I'm surprised as the cost for retrofit. We bought our 2015 Grand Tour last October, just after the screens were introduced as an option. The dealer agreed to "throw them into the deal", but we had to wait a few months for them to arrive from Jackson Center. Once installed we would not dream of doing without them, especially with the warm months coming up and not wanting to have to swing that big slider each time we enter and leave the coach. The fit and finish of the installation was outstanding, especially considering that they were installed by dealer service techs who were getting their first look at the product.
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:02 AM   #4
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interesting, as I just took delivery of my 2011 Interstate and was trying to find out who and where to discuss such options...the screens make such great sense. Maggie - did you buy "off the shelf" and retrofit them yourself?
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:54 AM   #5
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The Bug Screen for the rear doors was ordered online, per model year of the Sprinter chassis.

I don't know if that company is still in business, but I think I have read here that the Sprinter store has the same thing.

Ours is very good quality. You put the Velcro tape up around the back opening, then attach the screen when you want it. Great for beaches.

The screen we bought for the side door we ordered online. They are sold by length of opening, go up on a tension pole. The pole is dark, screen is dark, blends in nicely.

They work fine, if a bit less visually appealing and inconvenient. $25


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Old 05-30-2015, 12:05 PM   #6
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I also have a 2014.5. I asked my dealer to order the screen doors for me and Airstream said they prohibited dealers from installing them on anything but the Grand Tours or newer 2016 Interstates. I asked for more details, but they said that Airstream won't let them do it and won't sell them to me. So I went for the same screens you've pointed out from SprinterStore. I installed the back screen first. When I first got it, I thought it was kind of expensive for the quality. Once it was installed, however, it looked great. It's a clean install and is wonderful to open the back doors and get a breeze. I liked it so much, I ordered the side one and plan to install today. My worry about the side/sliding door screen is how hard it would be to open and close if I go in and out. I'll have to report on that. I decided that it was worth it because most of the time it would be rolled back and not be in the way.

I really like the screens on the newer Interstates. It's one of the reasons why I'd consider upgrading to a Grand Tour. So, if my dealer could do it for $3K, I personally would go for it.
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:41 PM   #7
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Personally, I like the soft nature of the Bug Screen and patio screen cobble-up we did. They both store nicely under a rear bench.

I would be concerned about the frame-up of the screen doors they are putting on, and if they would bend out of shape/become problematic.

There have been some comments here about the screen doors having problems, but can't remember if those were on Interstates or some other Sprinter based Class B.

I guess if I'm content with what I have, that's all that really matters.


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Old 05-30-2015, 01:52 PM   #8
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We are on the road and are very unhappy with our screen door on our model 2015 sprinter. We have had it repaired twice as the screen pops out of the frame and it is constantly coming off the track. I now carry a screw driver to push the screen back in place and to get the frame back on the track. The back screen works perfectly, but I can't open the little side windows as there is a gap between the screens and the windows.
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:00 PM   #9
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Glad you're on the road, gghayes, and hope you're having a great time.


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Old 05-30-2015, 03:21 PM   #10
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We have had our new Grand Tour out 3 long weekends since getting it a month and a half ago. I can't imagine 2 things:
1) not having the screens
2) paying $3K for a retrofit

The side door is like every other sliding patio door I've ever had. Comes off the track easily, and overall fragile and aggravating. We had to have the dealer replace a bottom track wheel, which has broken; and the "set screws" which raise/lower the wheels ... the top screws keep dropping out from road vibration (other forum posters have given me suggestions for that).

Plus ... you really have to remind yourself that you can NOT close the side door with screen door closed. It's natural to want to do so, but it will wreck the screen door. So you can't do it.

Finally, it makes the side door curtains hard to close at night, although there are simple remedies for that.

The back screen is very nice, but it works by a remote control, and when down, prevents rear access to that storage space behind the lounge. At least one of the workarounds sounds like it would give better access to that back, since it has a zip-up the middle.

Net, I love the functionality; would never spend $3K; and would definitely explore some of the ad hoc solutions instead.
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This site has the same screens as the Sprinter store, slighhtly less expensive.

I believe these are made one at a time, not factory or mass produced, which is probably why the cost.

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Sprinter store rear screens are good.
Side screens terrible.
They also have a bad return policy (30% restocking charge) and aren't very friendly,
I complained and they said they will give me full credit. We'll see.
I bought 2 magnet screens for 30 bucks each.
I'm having a friend sew together.
It's going to be great.
Plus easy to take off and no material framing on 100% of the time.
I'll put pics up next week.
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Sprinter store rear screens are good.
Side screens terrible.
They also have a bad return policy (30% restocking charge) and aren't very friendly,
I complained and they said they will give me full credit. We'll see.
I bought 2 magnet screens for 30 bucks each.
I'm having a friend sew together.
It's going to be great.
Plus easy to take off and no material framing on 100% of the time.
I'll put pics up next week.
I wouldn't call the Sprinter Store side door screens terrible. They are just REAL difficult to install. Mine took hours of frustration to get installed correctly. We do use ours a lot during our summer travels in bug country. If you have them you do need to remove the large door bumpers if you want to close the slider with screen closed. Otherwise the bumpers will rip the screens when closing the door. I found out the hard way.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:49 AM   #14
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Marks 71, I was interested in your post that said there is an easy fix for the side door curtains. I struggle with them and am glad my arm fits into the small space. Could you please share your easy fix. By the way, we are on day 7 of our trip and the side screen door suddenly decided to behave and is working just like it should.
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