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Old 01-28-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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I'm looking for resources or advice on adding a screen door to my 16' Casita. I did a search, but did not find much on this topic. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-28-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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You might want to make or buy one of these.
http://www.bugoffscreen.com/

We have had one for four years and it works great. Just walk thru with hands full. ( of course you have to duck with a 13' Burro) no hands needed. When it hangs right it closes itself. Bugs haven't seemed to figure out there is a small gap ( maybe 1/16 ") at the bottom yet.

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Old 01-28-2008, 04:09 PM   #3
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Here's a slick one:

Gord's Trillium Screen Door
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:45 PM   #4
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I did something like Gord's, but not as nice, using the side boards (got the idea from a Boler group), an aluminum window kit from Home Despot and some screening. The difficult part is having something across the threshold for the door to seal against.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:33 PM   #5
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I've had these instructions for a long time. Some of it came from Maggie O. (pre-hack) and I think some is info gathered at Bolerama. I have a stock bi-fold from Scamp and the bottom seals against a piece of threshold made out of oak, about a quarter-inch thick.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:28 PM   #6
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Check out the picture of Escape's screen door on the 17 foot. www.escapetrailer.com. Go to the layouts tab, 17 foot, it's the third pictures if you click on the centre camera icon.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:33 PM   #7
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Would the Scamp Screen door fit?

The PDF file looks interesting. It appears that there's no track at the top to keep the end panel in line.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:38 AM   #8
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Would the Scamp Screen door fit?

The PDF file looks interesting. It appears that there's no track at the top to keep the end panel in line.
Scamp sells "Johnson" hardware for the bi-fold, to track the door. I took that down in my trailer, it was all worn out from use and the door kept falling. I've now got three piano hinges (top, middle and bottom) that are screwed into one side of the door and into the side panel. Works great!
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:46 AM   #9
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I made a door using two replacement tent poles from a camp supply store (the kind that use shock cord to hold them together) and hatch screening (about 6 feet long) from a marine store. I stitched pockets in the side for the poles (cut down a skosh to be about 2-3 inches taller than the door is high) and another pocket at the bottom for a row of marbles to hold it down against the floor. I just sewed it with a regular sewing machine.

I attached hammock hooks on the sides of the door opening (a pair on the closet door wall and a pair on the wall that forms the door side of the reefer/overhead cabinet wall) to flex the poles against the curvature.

To go in/out I just unhook one side and lean the pole against the closet wall. Normally when I'm going in and out a lot I just use one of the hooks on the reefer side.

I took my time getting the width right so that the screen is tensioned smoothly side to side.

It's worked fine for 3 or 4 years now.

It doesn't open and close like a bifold door which would be ideal in my mind. However, my closet mounted air conditioner makes hanging a door frame on that side difficult. It's right edge intrudes into what would be a plumb line from the top of the door to the bottom.

It's hard to get far enough away from it to get a decent picture or I'd include one.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:07 AM   #10
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You might want to make or buy one of these.
http://www.bugoffscreen.com/

We have had one for four years and it works great. Just walk thru with hands full. ( of course you have to duck with a 13' Burro) no hands needed. When it hangs right it closes itself. Bugs haven't seemed to figure out there is a small gap ( maybe 1/16 ") at the bottom yet.
pjantis,
Could you tell me a little bit more about your installation of the Bug Off screen. I'm not really familiar with the Boler and am wondering if it has a curved door like the Casita. My Casita is the 16' model that has the curved door and I am wondering how I can install a screen that will fit against the curved wall. I know others have built a frame and installed a bifold door, but as Steve mentioned in his post, the front mount AC doesn't allow room for a door frame. Also, do you have any pictures of your installation? A screen would be a really enjoyable addition to an already enjoyable trailer.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:20 AM   #11
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Thank you everyone for responding. I believe Gords Trillium door or the bi fold door from Donna's PDF will be the one I choose to attempt. It all seems less daunting knowing others have gone before and succeeded.

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Scamp sells "Johnson" hardware for the bi-fold, to track the door. I took that down in my trailer, it was all worn out from use and the door kept falling. I've now got three piano hinges (top, middle and bottom) that are screwed into one side of the door and into the side panel. Works great!

If I can remember that long, I want to take a look at what you did in April. It seems to me that things would get a bit hard to handle without the top track, but maybe I'm wrong.

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If I can remember that long, I want to take a look at what you did in April. It seems to me that things would get a bit hard to handle without the top track, but maybe I'm wrong.

Sure, stop by. It works just fine, differently for shur, and I can still use the snap holdback when it's stored.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:12 PM   #14
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I'm looking for resources or advice on adding a screen door to my 16' Casita. I did a search, but did not find much on this topic. Thanks in advance.

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Member - HaroldB has a beautiful screen door he made for his Casita. Search for "Two More Oak Wood Projects, Screen door and utensil drawer" and you'll see the amazing photos.
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