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Old 08-23-2011, 11:57 AM   #11
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Re: Bug Screen.

Here is a photo of a screen that came with my van. Attaches with buttons in the door jams and the right side rolls down and zips in the middle. It has been very handy.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:43 PM   #12
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Re: Bug Screen.

It may be hard to tell from the photos, but I folded-over the edges of the screen and sewed an approx. 3/4" wide channel, leaving the ends open. I then (painstakingly) fed the magnets up inside through the channel to their desired locations, and sewed the magnets into place on either side. This might be easier using epoxy, however I worried that the shiny-surface of the magnets wouldn't stick well.

The 4-layer gusset at the top of the screen is because I had extra material and thought this would add some strength (probably not necessary). The LH and RH sides of the screen overlap in the center by about a foot. I had thought that I would have to sew some weights or magnets into the bottom of the screen to keep it from blowing around, but it's not a problem and usually sits against the bottom of the door frame well-enough, and allows the dogs to slip in/out easily.






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Old 06-03-2012, 08:00 PM   #13
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Re: Bug Screen.

After we left the 2012 Overland Expo, we boondocked south of Sedona on our way home to Southern California. Somehow, in two years of camping with Sporty we never had a significant bug encounter. A cloud of tiny flies descended upon us and until we noticed the welts, we didnít even know they bit! The bug repellant we applied was too little and too late. Two weeks later, we still have itchy bumps.

Following Yubariverís excellent instructions, we got to work sewing up our own barn door screens. Those little rare earth magnets are both powerful and effective. My sewing machine seems to be built totally of aluminum except the throat area where the needle does its magic. If the magnet was in the seam, it stuck and nothing would move forward. I ended up sewing three sides for each magnet pocket and hand stitching the fourth side after inserting the magnet. To counter act the tendency of the vertical header to slide down, we added a strip of thin grip shelf liner to the top. I was careful to keep the magnet polarity all pointing in the same direction so when it is folded up, there is not much of a problem with the magnets sticking to one another.

We are well pleased with our weekend Sporty mod. We spent about $53.00 which would have been less if we had the patience to wait and purchase the magnets on line.


Inside looking out through bug screen with 9" overlap


Outside looking in through bug screen with 9" overlap


Top of rear side door


Top of front side door


Thin sticky shelf mat sewn to top edge 1" for 1/2" magnets
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:58 AM   #15
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Great job , very professional looking finished product !
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:27 AM   #16
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Both my godparents and inlaws have the screen with magnets you speak of. They work really well on their house doors. The dog was a little weirded out Ag first but now goes in with no trouble. I want some for my doors too but have no idea how to mount them.
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Re: Bug Screen.

Available from Sportsmobile. I didn't even know they had a online store.

http://www.sportsmobilestore.com/produc ... -Ford.html
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Available from Sportsmobile. I didn't even know they had a online store.

http://www.sportsmobilestore.com/produc ... -Ford.html
Except the velcro has never stayed on for me.
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Available from Sportsmobile. I didn't even know they had a online store.

http://www.sportsmobilestore.com/produc ... -Ford.html
Except the velcro has never stayed on for me.
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Velcro sticks much better if you use alcohol (on the part not in a bottle) or my favorite if its the original paint laquer thinner and clean it well before applying. Some brands stick much better than others.

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my favorite if its the original paint laquer thinner and clean it well before applying.
Lacquer thinner - highly flammable and very toxic. Be sure to only use outside and wear nitril gloves. It is great for cleaning.

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