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Sure, our current RV – a Winnebago EKKO – is a Class C. But before this, for more than a decade, we were van dwellers. And while there are a lot of changes we like about the move to a Class C, we eventually found ourselves missing our van’s screen door solution more and more. I finally decided to do something about it, and the result is this video:
The screen door in our last camper van was made by Rolef, and we loved it. This style of screen door has just about become the standard for screen doors in vans. And with the large sliding door space in most vans, a solution like the Rolef screen is almost required.
But Class A and C motorhomes, which have “normal” doors, always seem to come with a weird RV screen door. It’s an approximation of a screen door on a house, but – as I point out in the video – it’s far from a perfect solution. So remembering our van days, I set out to create a similar solution for our EKKO.
And I’ll just say right off the bat that while I can actually sew, I’m far from a pro at it. This project was just about the upper limit for my skills, and I learned a lot while making it. But since I’m still not super-confident with my sewing, we decided not to make this a “How To” video.
Benefits of This Door
I won’t repeat the whole video, but here are some of the highlights of this new screen door solution:
- The “frame” of the new screen is insulated (with this stuff) – which makes it a nice way to deal with the too-cold metal door frame that always seemed to frost up in the winter.
- The magnets on the screen are flat bar magnets (these, actually), which would make it difficult for a pet to push past.
- There’s a bar on the bottom of the door that jams against the metal frame of the door. This means you CANNOT open the screen door towards the outside. This also means pets can’t possibly push their way through the door.
- With 3 features designed to keep the cat inside, I’m thinking this may be a cat-proof screen door. (More testing required. Mel considers this a challenge.)
- The screen zips up and rolls completely out of the way if you don’t want it there.
- Rather than straps or buckles at the top of the door, the rolled up screen secures by just dropping it down into some brackets. Easier and faster than Velcro!
- It’s quieter than the traditional RV screen door 100% of the time.
So – what do you think? Is there something I forgot? Is this a great idea? A terrible idea? Would you want one? Never want one? I’m kind of curious.
Like I said in the video, I’ve still got our old screen door (Bangy McRattleton) if we decide this new screen isn’t for us. Or, realistically, not for Mel. Because let’s be serious, if this doesn’t work for the cat, I doubt we’ll be keeping it long term…