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Old 02-02-2021, 01:48 PM   #11
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I wish my top had a rear opening. That way the penthouse occupant could enter and exit via the backdoor ladder.
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Old 02-02-2021, 02:45 PM   #12
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I based my selection on a lube widely used in the Marine industry:

Gear Aid:
https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Clea...language=en_US

I use the stick:
https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Lubr...g-goods&sr=1-2
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Old 02-07-2021, 01:00 PM   #13
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Another good zip lube is silicone spray....Also for the vinyl (and other vinyl), Aerospace 303 https://www.amazon.com/303-30306-Aer.../dp/B000XBCURW


Do not use ammonia based products like windex on the windows...it removes the plasticizors and makes the vinyl brittle....
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None of my screens unzip..just the windows. You can rub a candle on the zippers....
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:06 PM   #15
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...Do not use ammonia based products like windex on the windows...it removes the plasticizors and makes the vinyl brittle....

I use Plexus on any plastic/vinyl windows, and really recommend it.



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I use Plexus on any plastic/vinyl windows, and really recommend it.

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Me too..works great...haven't really used the #3 grit..I usually start with #2.
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Old 02-07-2021, 11:43 PM   #17
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My Westy had a zip-out screen in the front pop-top window. (That was the only window in the pop-top on those models.) It was handy for accessing stuff stored in the roof rack.
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Old 02-08-2021, 04:32 AM   #18
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SMB West replaced my canvas in 2018. They told me at the time that zippers on the front three screens were now standard. Zippers in the rear two screens would never happen “for insurance reasons” (people falling out of bed on the middle of the night), though it would make installing the penthouse a lot easier for them.

I open my screens all the time in hot weather. Cross ventilation goes a long ways towards keeping the interior cool. Also, at least once I had to crawl over the hood and through the open front screen to get back in my van when my dog accidentally locked me out
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Old 02-08-2021, 12:28 PM   #19
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I think I'd rarely open the screens on mine (as opposed to the windows, which I unzip all the time.) You may camp in places with fewer insects than I do. Being able to open them would be handy for maintenance, though.

BTW, out of curiosity, how much did the replacement cost you? Mine's still in pretty good shape but I know it'll come up eventually, if I own the van long enough.
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BTW, out of curiosity, how much did the replacement cost you?
$2400 for new canvas installed by SMB West (in 2018). Seemed like a lot at the time, but they wouldn’t sell me just the canvas, so doing it yourself is not an option, unless you want to repair and reuse the old canvas. In the end, I’m very glad I did it (as is often the case once the money has been spent and the enjoyment begins).
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