Installing New Screens - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Installing New Screens

Hi all,

I do not seem to be able to make any progress with my windows.

The current problem is that I cannot manage to install new screening.

I started by trying to do it myself, which meant getting hold of the right size spline, which itself took over three weeks.

I tried to put it in myself, but found it very difficult, and I was making a mess of things.

So I took the window frames (the windows have been completely disassembled, cleaned, and now I am putting them back together) to a local glass place that has always proved reliable in the past. At first, they were sure that the screens didn't go in the way I said they did. Then they said they would try, but they called today to say it could not be done.

(The windows had screens when I got the trailer. So, I know it can be done, and how the screening more or less goes in. And I was careful to get the right kind of spline.)

So, now I am back to trying to do this myself. I find it very hard, literally, to push the spline in with the tool, and I just realized that I was breaking the screen where it pushed up against the aluminum edge of the window.

I am at my wit's end. I don't know what else to do, and I wonder whether I just have to give up on the trailer.

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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try this video
Replacing camper screen part 1 - YouTube
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:14 PM   #3
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That for that link. But it was not helpful really. It would be helpful, I suppose for people who don't know that scissors are for cutting. And he is rescreening some sort of screen insert for a window. I should have said that I am rescreening the windows for a 77 Scamp. If I only had to do what he is doing, I would be fine.
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The principle is the same, whether permanent or removable screen. It's the process of rolling the spline in the groove that tightens the screen. It may take some practice. There are other videos also, try them.
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:32 PM   #5
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Hi again,

The thing is, in my 77 Scamp, there isn't so much a groove into which to roll the spline, as much as a space between parts of the aluminum frame. And it doesn't face you as you work on it, it is parallel to the surface on which you lay the frame. I think you are right, Jim, that in principle it is the same, but in practice, what I am doing is really difficult. My knuckles are bleeding from where they brush up against the screening while I work.
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Did you get plastic screening vs metal? Plastic should not hurt your knuckles.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:53 PM   #7
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Hi,

I just came from my favorite local hardware store, where I went for advice. She also suggested the fiberglass screening. I was hoping to stay original with the aluminum, but I think that is a lot of what was making it so difficult. I also got some very helpful hints. So, I am going to try again.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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Okay, I've actually gotten one done! It's not great, and I will probably consider it my practice one and go back and redo it, but using fiberglass rather than aluminum has made an ENORMOUS difference.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
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Ha! Two down, three to go.

Thank goodness I figured this out. Because my next option was to torch the whole trailer, and I bet that would have bothered my neighbors.
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