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Old 06-27-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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Making window screens from scratch

Hi all...new member here.

Have been wanting a small FG camper for along time.

This one has come up for sale near me...of course there is a catch. It's a custom concession trailer which I'm pretty certain is based on a Trillium Jubilee platform.

If I buy it I have no intention of trying to restore it back to an original Trillium camper. I would be happy to just have an electric fridge, perhaps a hot plate for cooking on miserable days, and some other simple creature comforts.

BTW, it has no provisions for plumbing at all and that is fine. It does have a 120 volt service and that is great for serviced sites and really all I need. I have all propane appliances for outdoor cooking, etc.

All I really need is something to separate me from bears.

Anyway...to the question. The trailer has huge windows for vending. I don't see any window screens in the sellers pics. If I can not have screens for cross ventilation the trailer is of no use to me whatsoever. If the existing windows can be screened...I could have a cool little camper.

Any one out there know if the existing windows can be screened?

I would think there would have to be a provision in the window frame for a screen to be placed...but I just don't know??

I have not talked to the seller yet as they are out of town at the moment.

TIA for any help
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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Maybe screens go on an inside track?? Mine do....82 Burro.


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Old 06-27-2014, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply...I have a couple inside pics.

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Old 06-27-2014, 03:11 PM   #4
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Can't really see by the pics if there is a provision for screens. They do look like house windows thou. Maybe get some closeup shots of the frame, in and outside.
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:08 PM   #5
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Have you only seen pictures? Not the trailer in real life? The pictures make the windows look like there are screens in 1/2 the window openings.
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:16 PM   #6
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Have you only seen pictures? Not the trailer in real life? The pictures make the windows look like there are screens in 1/2 the window openings.
If you look at the pic in post 1 the windows are all tinted creating that effect. At first I thought there were screens as well but realized the tint was there.

Only seen pics, I have not seen the trailer as it's 180 miles away.

Thanks for the replies.

You would think Trillium would not install an unscreenable window in an RV even if it's a concession trailer...
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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I'm am NOT an expert, by any means, with trailer windows but I suspect there HAS to be a way to set up screening even if it turns out to be a custom job. Your windows are a simple rectangle unlike many in trailers that have rounded corners. I suggest that you show the photos to someone at a hardware store that sells supplies to make or replace home sliding window screens. Good luck!
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:12 PM   #8
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I sure could learn to love those big windows!
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:40 PM   #9
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If this was a regular trailer that had larger windows added later and had cabinets and bulkheads removed it could have substantially weakened the trailer. If you go to look at this unit I suggest you check carefully for cracks especially at the corners of the windows and also make sure the shell shows no sign of racking. You may have more serious issues than screens.

Those windows do look nice but be careful.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:00 PM   #10
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Hi Boyd,

I'm currently making new window screens for a nonfiberglass 1974 Prowler (Last week she laid an egg so I now have a 1979 Scamp to work on!).

Anyway, I'm making mitered frames from resin molding from a big box store. After constructing the frames (much like picture frames), I staple the screening (also from the big box store) to the backs.

With the Prowler, I can secure them with flip clips. However, depending on the material framing the windows of this fiberglass camper, you have at least two options. First, you could put a magnetic strip on the backs of the screen frames if the window frames are a metal that will respond to that. If that's not going to work, I'd use adhesive velcro. You may need to use a stronger adhesive than what comes on them because of the heat.

There's also the probability that a hardware store in your area could make them for you. Or a local handyman.

I know that would not stop me from buying the camper.

Hope this helps...
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:34 PM   #11
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They do look like house windows thou. Maybe get some closeup shots of the frame, in and outside.
I agree. If they are double track sliders, screens should be an easy mod. Don't forget, you are only going to get 1/2 the opening as screens.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:01 AM   #12
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When I had to repair a window screen on my sister's trailer, I found the frame stock (5/16" x 5/8") at R&G Mobile Home Supply, who were very helpful. As I recall, they also had corner pieces that slipped into the frame stock.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:51 PM   #13
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I sure could learn to love those big windows!
Me too! Would make for a nice panoramic view!

Well folks I'm (OP) back from a get away and sad to report that the trailer sold last weekend. I snoozed and I lost. And they were only asking $1500

So...I'm still on the outside looking in...But I'll find something.

Anyway, thank you so very much for trying to help a perfect stranger. I really appreciate it a lot. This is a super forum and I hope to be back as an egg owner soon.

Stay safe and have a great summer.

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Old 07-02-2014, 02:36 PM   #14
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NO snoozing in the future!
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