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Old 08-10-2016, 07:24 PM   #15
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Screen for sliding door on 2014 interstate

Or do like we have, and deploy the flypaper streamer in a spot that you won't walk into it (don't ask!) and toss it when it's covered.

I like the fan on full speed exhaust trick to trap the little buggers. Will have to try that one, then deploy the 1 gallon shopvac we carry for clean ups.

We avoid the dog issue somewhat. Our pups all fit through the sliding door in the screen, so they get walked a couple at a time, and the door opens fully only one time to let the designated dog walking person out, after a good lashing of bug repellent applied all over.

The doggies think the slider is a 'normal' doggie door by now. They just wait while they get leashed, and then handed out the slider. Took only a couple times to get them used to it. Even the 24-pounder can get through ok😀

Some of this may be why they regard the AS as their home territory now.


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Old 08-10-2016, 07:56 PM   #16
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Also, close up almost everything and turn your vent fan on high...they will be sucked up to the screen, where you can get them with the hand vac.
Better, you can remove the screen and turn the fan on high, so they'll be sucked right out. You only need the screen in when the fan isn't running.
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My daughter gave me a "bug-zapper" that looks like a small tennis racquet. Works great!
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I think you can get those from Harbor Freight.


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Good suggestions. Expounds, because a complete arsenal is needed:

(1) I find the vent fan works best when one comes back to the truck after some time away, and the flies inside are already P.O.'d about not having anyone to bite. Somehow they don't snap to the realization, "Hey, dinner just arrived" and they just want to get out of the truck. So turn on fan at THAT point, plus shine flashlight up into it if it's dark, and they will go right to it.

(2) Some sort of hand vac / fly sucker was definitely on my list of things to get.

(3) I also thought about some sort of screen vestibule for the outside of the truck. Maybe not a complete elaborate patio pop-up like I've seen offered commercially, but something, maybe a repellent-treated screen that could be hung magnetically on the outside of the truck such that one pulls that around oneself before opening the door, airlock-style. Perhaps an over-the-bed mosquito canopy adapted to this purpose, small enough to store in the Interstate.

(4) According to what I've read, none of the ultrasonic mosquito repellent devices have shown any efficacy. It's just marketing bunk.

(5) My husband wishes fervently that the Gates Foundation would continue stimulating the development of a laser zapper which apparently it had been collaborating on as a malaria control measure. As an engineer, that one appeals mightily to him. We could mount one on the outside of the truck. He would pay any price.

(6) Something is needed to drive mosquitoes away from the rear window flaps. They can congregate there in such numbers that they are sometimes loud enough to wake me up! Plus my husband freaks out when he hears the whine and I have to convince him that the remaining mosquitoes are on the OUTside of the flap screens, not inside buzzing around his head (in the Interstate RS model, one sleeps with one's ear about 18 inches from the flap windows).

(7) I cannot put repellent directly on the dog as she will lick it off. I have experimented with soaking a kerchief in repellent and hanging it around her neck. It may help a little but it's not a total solution (no single measure is). She hates the odor. Here's a nice study in contrasts - sad face with the stinky kerchief (BTW that fabric is Cape Breton tartan) and her normal "we're going somewhere!" happy face.
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Throwing this out there just as food for thought.

We stopped at our local Holiday World to view a GT Twin yesterday. They had three identical 2016 Sprinter conversions all in a row. Initially I thought that they were all Interstates, but it turns out that one of them was someone else's Class B called a Galleria, which I had never seen before, so we took a look.

Fit and finish were obviously not as high-end as the Interstate (no surprise - nothing else equates at this point) but neither were they hideous. However, they had obviously put their thinking caps on with respect to the build, and had resolved the rear screen predicament in a way that I'd never seen done before - with a pull-down side-to-side roller screen, top to bottom, set in its own track. Sooo easy to use! Zip, zip, up, down.

There are no good pics on the internet that I can find - it sorta has to be seen and felt in person. I annotated this attached stock pic to show the features to which I refer.

It's interesting to me that they would put this much effort into that one feature because personally I think Airstream dropped the ball in de-emphasizing the potential of the Sprinter's rear doors via an overabundance of lounge models which cut off ingress-egress use of those doors (as well as the floor-to-ceiling views). Obviously Coachmen had every intention of taking a different tact and playing up that potential, and why not?! THAT is where the million dollar travel view is always going to be best displayed. Plus it's the maximization of the rear door usage that alleviates Class B claustrophobia IMO.

It's got me noodling about what do do with respect to evolving our own rear screen. We wouldn't be able to install a similar structure due to the other elements of Airstream's T1N build, but it's something to think about for possible idea refinement.
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