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Old 07-26-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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Screen for sliding door on 2014 interstate

Has anyone found a good screen for the sliding door on your interstate? I saw a couple listed in the sprinter store. Are they good or do you know another supplier
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:31 AM   #2
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Has anyone found a good screen for the sliding door on your interstate? I saw a couple listed in the sprinter store. Are they good or do you know another supplier
I would check out the new screen for 2017 that comes on the Ext Lounge. I haven't seen it up close but it is totally retractable. Maybe yours can be retrofitted with it. I have a 16 with the sliding screen door and it is a pain. And passenger in the back is always looking through a double screen.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:15 PM   #3
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I just bought a 2015 Grand Touring. It's in great shape but the original owner had some problems with the sliding glass door and threw it away out of frustration I guess. Now, I'm looking at replacing it to the tune of about $800. I've notice that in past there were a lot of issues with it coming off the tracks. My question is if that was resolved by Airstream in the newer models? Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:52 PM   #4
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We bought a $25 patio screen door, the kind with a tension pole at the top, and it has worked great.

Easy up and down, stows under a rear bench.


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Old 08-01-2016, 05:10 AM   #5
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I talked to Advanced RV about the installation of a screen door on our 2012 model as they previously advertised that was one of their services. They told me they had discontinued the program. I have also take to another retro fitter and they too have discontinued the use of sliding screen doors because there were no products with quality they could warranty. Apparently the product(s) they were using or had used were requiring a lot of warranty claims.
I have not found a sliding door option yet. So I will be happy with the zipping-unit I got from the Sprinter store.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:06 PM   #6
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I made my own out of a spring tension curtain rod, mosquito netting, and magnets. It stores on Velcro tabs on the ceiling screws behind the driver and passenger seats. I was wary of spending hundreds after reading about them breaking easily and getting stuck.
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:58 PM   #7
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i talked to advanced rv about the installation of a screen door on our 2012 model as they previously advertised that was one of their services. They told me they had discontinued the program. I have also take to another retro fitter and they too have discontinued the use of sliding screen doors because there were no products with quality they could warranty. Apparently the product(s) they were using or had used were requiring a lot of warranty claims.
I have not found a sliding door option yet. So i will be happy with the zipping-unit i got from the sprinter store.
thanks i called advanced rv also with the same response. I ordered a screen from sprinter store last week. I'll give it a try. What do you think of the screen from the sprinter store?
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I've got the screen from the sprinter store on my 2007 AI. It's not as easy to use as the factory installed slider but it certainly does the job and beats the magic mesh set up I used to have in terms of set up. With the sprinter store screen you only zip the screen in as needed.
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I also have the SprinterStore's sliding door screen. It was very difficult to install, but works well.


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I asked my local dealer about installing the 2017 accordion style screen in mu 2016 AI. The response was that it can be done, but that "the parts cost north of $2000, with labor on top of that". Not sure if they just didn't want to do it, or if the "parts" include a different cabinet over the second row seat and so forth. Either way, for me it will be sprinter store version or tension rod version.

I just completed an 8000 mile trip in my AI -- will post some thoughts separately, but I'm not sure after this trip that a screen door is even necessary....
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I just completed an 8000 mile trip in my AI -- will post some thoughts separately, but I'm not sure after this trip that a screen door is even necessary....

Use of screen door depends a lot on where you camp. I've used mine only once or twice each season.


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Old 08-10-2016, 05:24 AM   #12
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General perspective note on Interstate screens in general.

Yes, the need does depend quite a bit on where and how you camp, and also when (what time of year). Biting insects have been one of our two biggest challenges on our current trip (the other has been the lack of propane supply which is described in this On The Road thread).

I have spent considerable time and effort designing a custom bug screen for our 2007 Interstate. However, the whole idea of bug screens runs somewhat contrary to nature in the area where we currently are. Here are some Great Truths of Life for contemplation:

(1) The sun rises in the east.
(2) Bears defecate in the woods.
(3) The Canadian wilderness is overrun with biting insects.

No matter how good or expensive your Interstate screens, in an area like where we are, the problem is not keeping them out via screens - the problem is that every time the dog is let out to pee, at least 20 mosquitoes follow the dog back into the Interstate. Which then causes my husband to lose his mind and go on an obsessive interior kill-a-thon. Like, every single time. When we get back home, I'm going to have to wash every single interior surface of the Interstate to remove the blood and insect guts that are now everywhere.

In other words, the real problem in an insect-rich environment is not keeping insects out with effective screens. The real problem is the minor catastrophe that occurs each and every time people and animals must enter and exit the vehicle.

Therefore, why spend thousands on screens?! Better to go lower-end because if insects are present in abundance, you're going to be up to your navel in them either way.

We are not done thinking about this issue yet. There may be ways to reduce the intensity of the enter-exit insect surges. That's a project for future development.
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We have a Dyson portable vac that we suck them up with - works great!
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Yep, the little hand vacs are great for mosquitoes....not so much for flies, which tend to be fast.

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.


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