The Best Screen Door We’ve Ever Seen on a Camper Van


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth 60,000 words per second.  So first, let’s get right to it:

 

We first encountered this screen door on a Pleasure-Way Lexor at an RV show.  It closes automatically with magnets each time you pass through it!  Our screen door had been known to be finicky on its track, so this was very appealing to us.  But this screen door also addresses another issue we’ve had in our van:  James forgetting about the screen door and closing the sliding van door on it and breaking it.  I’ve actually done that about 6 times, and I’m not proud of it.  That won’t ever happen again, or if it does, it won’t be an issue as the new door is entirely made of fabric.

When we saw the door on the Pleasure-Way, we took note of the manufacturer, who you can find here:  http://rvcustomscreen.com.

I wanted to order the Pleasure-Way door, but there was an issue.  The Lexor screen door wouldn’t work for us, even though it is based on a ProMaster like our Travato.  This is because the Lexor is accessed from the front of the sliding door opening, and our Travato G requires access from the back of that opening (due to our water tank/ottoman).  I filled out their “Contact Us” form, and waited.

This is the most literal response ever from a “Contact Us” form

It didn’t take long before I was contacted by Roger, the owner.  Roger agreed to find a Travato G, develop a pattern, and make a screen door for us.  They made not one pattern, but two – one for the sliding door, and another for the rear door.  Once they had them complete, they arranged to come to Salt Lake City and install them for us.  This was their first attempt at a Travato, and they wanted to be sure to get it right.

The install was actually not that difficult.  The door is mainly installed with Velcro.

 

The Velcro is ingenious, because it allows them to move and adjust the door during installation.  This way, they can get the drape and sweep correct, and they can keep tweaking it until it closes perfectly every time (as ours do).  Once the position is completely dialed in, they finalize the installation with a few screws.

 

The rear door is even more impressive than the side one, because it contains an extra tent-flap like piece that allows us to completely visually close off the rear of the van.  So when we don’t want the screen, we zip it up and have an opaque wall.  It works well enough that I’ve now removed the MCD shades we had previously installed.  Two doors, no-see-um netting, nothing to store in a cabinet, no sticking or jumping off the track… perfect.  (Plus, Stef says this style of door is more #vanlife.)

 

If you’d like one, here’s what to do:

First, go to http://rvcustomscreen.com.  That will actually redirect you to rolef.ca, which is them.  Now that they have a working pattern for a Travato, they can sell more of them, so fill out the contact form and they’ll get back to you.  As I write this, the Travato G doors are not on the website yet, but they can make them.  I imagine our screen door would also work for other Class B ProMaster conversions where you need to enter and exit through the rear of the sliding door opening.  Beyond the Travato, they make the same style of screen for various Sprinters, Transits, old-school vans, you name it.  They seem to have a pretty good library of templates.

Here’s the really cool part.  If you can gather enough people who want one in one place (and the number seems to be about 8 or more), they would consider heading out to your location to install them!  So if you’re planning a rally, get-together, or meet-up, this is something to consider.  I can’t make promises on their behalf, but they did seem very willing to make this happen.  And naturally, if you’re in the Montreal area, you could always stop by their place to have them install one of their screens for you.

Full disclosure:  We won’t earn any commission if you buy a screen door.  But I couldn’t get Roger to accept a check for our prototype.  This wouldn’t have made a difference to us, as we frankly just love this door, and would have installed it and shared it with you in any case.

 

Roger does make other products which I’m sure we’ll eventually try, but for now, I’ll just bask in the cool breezes from our hassle-free screen doors.  Cheers!



James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.


    28 thoughts on “The Best Screen Door We’ve Ever Seen on a Camper Van

    1. Robert Moore

      Scat mat is the answer, and they make a long thin one-
      PetSafe ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Strip, 46″ L X 3″ W
      It is battery powered and one can be very creative in its use, like placing on the bottom of this RVcustomscreen.
      I’ve used Scatmats for years with dogs and cats. It is just as ingenious as this screen door is.

      My question is if they have a pattern for our Promaster 1500 high roof (with no obstructions in the sliding door area), can I purchase, they ship and I install?
      Or do I have to drive to Canada or do they have to come to me ???/

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      1. James - Post author

        We use scat mats all the time in the house AND in the RV. Haven’t considred using one in that area, but it’s not a bad idea. By now, Mel just avoids stepping on any plastic altogether, so we could probably use something else even…

        Regarding their patterns, I don’t know if they have one for a door with no obstructions. You’d have to contact them and ask. They have, I believe, shipped for self-install on occasion. But I think they honestly prefer to install them. Pride in their product I think… they don’t want to see their product installed incorrectly.

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        1. Robert Moore

          OK, I’ve written. We’ll see what they say. We did a self-build and after
          the electrical this screen install looks cake.
          Back to ScatMat, For others who might read this (James I’m sure you know already), that after a mild shock the ScatMat can be subbed out with a ‘fake’ scat mat and the animals will leave it alone……well for a while anyway 🙂

    2. Tom Vanderbeek

      I tried to install it and it keeps coming out of the door seal. I live in SLC can you show me how to install this were it does not keep slipping out of the door frame

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      1. James - Post author

        Unfortunately, we’re not around right now. (And I’m not an official ROLEF support tech anyway!)
        I’d suggest contacting them directly for support. Roger installed ours – he’s the one with the real knowledge.

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    3. Dave hickman

      Went to the site and did not see an option for a pleasure way lexor. I gathered from your post that this company already made for that model but I only saw options for pleasure way on the sprinter chassis. Am I missing something?

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      1. James - Post author

        Their web site is incomplete. I know they do offer something for the Lexor.
        If you can’t get hold of Roger, perhaps you could order it from Pleasure-Way directly as a replacement part?

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    4. Sheila Martus

      can you provide a number to call for those that live in the US, I cannot find a number to cal the at, I have emailed a dozen ties but no response ,does anyone have a number for them if you liven the US. there is no us number on their website..

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      1. James - Post author

        The number I have for them is 514-943-8284.
        It’s on their website under “Nous Contacter”.

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    5. Donell Cullen

      Is there a phone number I can call?
      I have a
      Dodge Pro master 3500
      Travato 59g
      Year 2015
      Couldn’t find any place to ask them any questions
      Thanks

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      1. James - Post author

        They should be able to make screens for your rig no problem.
        There is a “contact us” page on their website. You can find that here:

        http://rolef.ca/nous-contacter/

        Just remember that Roger’s first language is French, so expect that if you call. (They speak English just fine.) They are also very busy, so email may be the better way. That is how I got in touch with them initially.

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    6. Lynn

      Saw these at the 2016 Hershey show. I though they were the best thing at the show. Best execution of a magnetic screen door yet. Unfortunately our Class B is neither a Sprinter or a ProMaster.

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    7. George Paradise

      How easy was the install, i have heard it can be tricky. I want one ! But I suspect I may be on my own with the install. In Boston, MA area and have a 2016 PW Lexor which is also built on the Ram ProMaster.

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      1. James - Post author

        It didn’t seem that difficult (but of course, I had the owners/designers there doing it for me).
        The Velcro really helps out in this regard, because once the velcro is up, you can keep moving/adjusting the material until it hangs just right.

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    8. Ron Cook

      James, I saw this on a PW at a rally and had to have it. Like you I marvelled at the design but also at the quality of the product. This is great workmanship! Roger with partner came out and installed ours on the west coast and I I was happy to meet this talented duo. I tried to make my own and have had others comment on cost, but for what we got this was a must have for our rving and worth every penny. I also can’t believe how Roger has designed a screen for pretty well every make given the openings aren’t a simple flat square. Enjoy because we have.
      Ron

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      1. James - Post author

        You’d have to either unzip the screen or slide your hand around somehow.
        Typically, when inside with the slider closed, you’d roll it up. At least, that’s our plan.

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    9. Shane Egan

      Interesting product. I would be concerned about how vermin proof this is though. I reckon a determined snake could get in pretty easily (we have had more than a few Eastern Brown snakes – the second most deadly land snake in the world – slip around our screens.) as well as mice.

      Also, couldn’t a pet inside the rv, like a dog or cat, or even a small child (not technically a pet) easily push the screen open from the inside and escape?

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      1. James - Post author

        Uhhh…
        I think they mainly intend this screen for insects. They probably haven’t tested it against mice, snakes, bears, etc. This screen is open at the bottom – just as our previous screen was. So at least we have not made things any more vulnerable.
        And as far as pets, they did tell me that pets can eventually figure out the screen. Our cat, Mel, would just go underneath our last one, so we’d have the same issue here.

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      2. Susan Huff

        My SIL has a door like this on her house just so the dog can go in and out. Wouldn’t be good on an RV with dog or cat that you don’t want to escape. We don’t have pets (or small children), so not a problem for us. I like the idea.

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    10. Robert

      Nice ! James, tell us, how enthusiastic are you about this, really 🙂 ?

      I like the solution for the back especially. Now we need to get rvcustomscreens to add this to their list of supported vehicles !

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        1. Jeff P

          I live in Canada and I’ve had this screen on the sliding door opening of my Lexor TS (ProMaster) for two years and its been excellent. It’s exactly as James has described and same for the excellent service from Roger and his team! I’ve also bought their custom fit front window cover and screens for the driver side and passenger side door windows – also excellent.

        2. James - Post author

          Glad to hear that our experience with Roger and his team is not unique. Super nice people and a great product!

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