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PostPosted: August 28th, 2017, 11:58 am 
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I really like the idea of an opening window with a screen in the back door. That would address my security concerns while still allowing more air into the unit. I had to pay quite a bit to replace my double-paned back door glass (which had become almost completely clouded over) with a single pane of tempered glass. If you find a window that fits let us know - this would be a big improvement over leaving the door unlocked at night.

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PostPosted: August 29th, 2017, 12:07 am 
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Speaking of screen doors, has anyone figured out a way to lock the screen door from the inside of the rig? We usually camp in spaces with no hookups so we sleep with the solid back door open and the screen door closed. A simple latch to slow down anyone trying to open it from the outside would be sufficient but I haven't seen anything that would work. Ideas?

Holy coincidence, Batman! Just ran across this article about using a sash lock:

http://www.trailerlife.com/tech/diy/scr ... -solution/

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Of course, it's where it's too easy to unlock from the sliding piece, unless you could figure out an extension plate to attach one side to the slider maybe?

Or use two of these, one 1/3 down from the top of the door, and the other 1/3 way up from the bottom. Still easy for someone inside, but stronger and harder to reach from the outside. Or three, with one in the middle holding the slider closed as well.

Hmm... these would have to be kept snug to turn, though, yes? Otherwise one could rotate around and lock you out accidentally.

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PostPosted: August 30th, 2017, 6:12 am 
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My '99 Premier has the plastic latch that seems standard on most current RVs (my mother's brand new camper uses the same latch).

A previous owner added a gate hook (hook latches into a round eye) to the screen door to hold it shut when the solid door is latched open. Not a ton of security, but holds it enough to discourage the dog.

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PostPosted: August 30th, 2017, 11:41 am 
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Kev - great solution! I'd probably opt for mounting it away from the sliding plastic panel but this would work. Won't keep determined intruders out but would at least slow them down long enough for me to wake up and greet them appropriately. Thanks!

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PostPosted: August 30th, 2017, 5:14 pm 
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What, no one likes my stick and cord? :lol:

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PostPosted: August 30th, 2017, 8:49 pm 
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Kirah wrote:
A previous owner added a gate hook (hook latches into a round eye) to the screen door to hold it shut when the solid door is latched open. Not a ton of security, but holds it enough to discourage the dog.

That works too!
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What, no one likes my stick and cord? :lol:

Personally, I'm struggling to visualize it :) Got a pic?

re: Dutch door -- Not quite one, but I just read a post where someone put a frosted plexiglass panel across the bottom half of the screen door, in order to provide more privacy with the main door left open. Also keeps dogs from seeing out and barking at everything.

As for the rear window, yeah an opening one would be handy. With my own window, I frosted it using thin painter's tape and Krylon frosted glass spray in a pattern that allowed me to peek out, but make it hard to see in. The pattern also matched the outside stripes
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I also added a bottom adjustable width RV screen door protection grill off eBay, so the grandkids wouldn't accidentally kick out the screen.

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PostPosted: August 31st, 2017, 1:04 pm 
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kdarling wrote:
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What, no one likes my stick and cord? :lol:

Personally, I'm struggling to visualize it :) Got a pic?


Well that's because it's so complicated :P

I hereby present the Door Stick™

I'm fostering a pup at the moment, and although I really like the magnetic screen door, the fact that the pup is "new" and the door can be pushed open.... led to the Door Stick while out at a boondock. Necessity being the mother of invention, etc.

I found a stick that had a decent shape and no bark. Hastily wrapped some cord around it and tied a knot while fending off pup with foot, slipped it into place and.... it's worked out pretty well! It can be used from outside obviously (say I'm out and want the pup to stay in), or from inside by sliding the panel over to install it (so now I do have to do that sometimes). It's not a lock, but it keeps the pup from pushing the door open, and I suppose keeps someone outside from just mindlessly pulling open the screen door.

And how nice to actually have a use for that "knob" besides catching on pants' pockets :D (I know, it actually is a good feature as it's a moving vehicle door style lock vs. just a baggage type; but boy can that thing catch on stuff!).

It could probably even look sorta cool with a proper Turk's Head knot or something like that.

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PS: I will post here if/when I get info on a screened door window. This would be for the "symmetrical" rectangular door-window hole (I notice that later Chinooks have a window that has large radius corners on the top and then more squared off corners on the bottom).

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PostPosted: August 31st, 2017, 2:17 pm 
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I can see it now at Camping World - "the Door Stick - its organic and sustainable!"

Hey Blue - we need some puppy pictures!

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What?!? A stick with rope randomly wrapped around it!?

Are you kiddin... err... wait... I mean..

How clever you are, Blue!!!

* shaking head to clear it *

Okay, well, at least I can now finally say that "I have actually seen everything!"

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Heck, you should make that stick your forum avatar :o ;)

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PostPosted: September 1st, 2017, 11:44 am 
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Ha ha, I know, right? Although I did build two temporary upper cabinets for my Chinook at a boondock last summer (and they are not too shabby), so it's not always just a rope and a stick :lol:

But it actually works ridiculously well, doesn't scratch anything, and can easily be completely removed, so ... let's hear it for Rope-and-a Stick! :mrgreen:

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