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Old 03-18-2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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Can I use Aluminum Screen ?

I have a 58 Traveler and I'd like to redo the screens. Has anyone used Aluminum screen instead of the Gav. Metal screen on RJs site ? Like everyone I can only find Metal in 100' rolls. For thoses unfamiliar, the earlier screens crimped in a grove. They don't use a spine to hold them in. Hope someone can help.

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Old 03-19-2008, 09:00 AM   #2
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We found galvanized screen at our small mom & pop hardware store - not the "big box" home centers. It was available by the foot...it is much more rigid than aluminum screen and I think will be worth searching out. We have aluminum screen from another non-Airstream project and side-by-side they are quite different.

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Old 03-19-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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I have a 58 Traveler and I'd like to redo the screens. Has anyone used Aluminum screen instead of the Gav. Metal screen on RJs site ? Like everyone I can only find Metal in 100' rolls. For thoses unfamiliar, the earlier screens crimped in a grove. They don't use a spine to hold them in. Hope someone can help.

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Greg,

I think you need to use the metal screen, since the windows do not use a spline to hold the screen. Like Shari, I have found it at a local glass and screen store for about $1 per square foot in rolls of two and three feet wide. You will also need a special tool which VintageTrailerSupply now has.

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Old 03-19-2008, 12:00 PM   #4
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I need galvanized screen, too. I haven't been able to find it anywhere (other than the 100' rolls). Steve at Vintage Trailer Supply tells me that they will begin selling the Galvanized "in 25' lengths ... in about a month (April)."

I'm waiting.

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Old 03-19-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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I think my screens were redone with plastic. The RV tech guy said he used material that would stand up to the vicious claws of our Pomeranian attack dog.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:54 PM   #6
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I think the plastic/fiberglass/aluminum screen material would work fine in the newer Airstreams - they have more traditional installation.

On the early 60's "door-within-a-door" and older, they don't. It just folds around the aluminum frame and is held in place with rivets sandwiching it between the skins. The screen really needs to hold it's own shape and be strong enough not to fray/break on the folds - thus the need for galvanized screen. Unless you want to be re-doing it every couple of years. We just finished ours...while not difficult, the entire door needs to be disassembled and riveted back together. See the pictures linked in post #2 to get an idea of what's involved. Not something I wanna do regularly ~ I'd rather be camping!

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Old 03-19-2008, 03:41 PM   #7
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Different door within a door

My screen set up for the door within a door is different than what is being described here. My door screen is in a slightly curved aluminum frame that inserts into an upper and lower band of aluminum on the door in door opening ( the upper band having extra height ). The screen frame is moved up under the upper band, then slid down behind the lower band. There is a screw through the lower band and the bottom piece of frame.
This may be a P.O.'s modificaton, but it does work well and is a lot easier than taking a door apart.

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My screen set up for the door within a door is different than what is being described here. My door screen is in a slightly curved aluminum frame that inserts into an upper and lower band of aluminum on the door in door opening ( the upper band having extra height ). The screen frame is moved up under the upper band, then slid down behind the lower band. There is a screw through the lower band and the bottom piece of frame.
This may be a P.O.'s modificaton, but it does work well and is a lot easier than taking a door apart.

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That sounds like our 1964 GlobeTrotter's door-within-a-door. The pics and of we just did was our 1956's.

Seems that they modified the design along the way for the better...

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Old 03-19-2008, 11:15 PM   #9
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I found some Galv. steel wire screen! It took some work, but it seems like the material to use. Thanks for everyones help! I'm sure I'll have more questions as the restoration continues!
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WooHoo! That's great Greg ~ let us know how it comes out! Holler if you need any help ~

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The aluminum is really fragile I changed the door one with it in the Overlander, tough to install and it did last literally 2 minutes when my small dog decided to say hello.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:38 PM   #12
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Too late for us, but it's hard to come by!

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We found galvanized screen at our small mom & pop hardware store - not the "big box" home centers.
VTS to the rescue again! They now cary galvanized screen for the Hehr Standard windows...

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