RV Screen Door

Mod #30: Plexiglass Screen Door

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Mod Description:

The Plexiglass screen door mod is one of those mods you have to experience to understand its appeal and usefulness. When it’s hot out, you generally close up all the windows and blinds (or curtains) and turn the A/C on. But then you don’t get to see the view and it becomes a bit dark in the RV. This mod can help you get back some of the lost view and let some light in, all while keeping the cool air inside the RV.

plexiglass-screen-door-installed-1.jpgMod Difficulty:

Top of Plexiglass Panel Installed

Middle of Plexiglass Panel Installed

Bottom of Plexiglass Panel Installed

Plexiglass Panel Secured With Velcro

The first thing of note is that you want to use Lexan instead of Plexiglass. Lexan is both lighter and less expensive for the same thickness, but you can still use Plexiglass if you want. You will need a piece about 24″ x 72″, wider if you have the wide door option. 1/8″ is plenty thick.

Start by making a template of the screen door using cardboard by tracing the outside of the screen door using a marker. You can do this with two pieces if you don’t have a large piece of cardboard or if you opt to use two pieces of Lexan instead of a single large piece to cover the door. After tracing, trim the cardboard to the exact size of the screen door.

plexiglass-screen-door-bottom-1.jpgNext, trace the cardboard on the Lexan using a dry erase marker. This way if you make a mistake, you aren’t stuck trying to get the ink off. To cut, use a jigsaw with a fine blade designed for cutting plastic. It can be a bit tricky if you try to cut too fast as the Lexan can melt. Use 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the edges after cutting.

To mount, you have a couple of choices. You can use screws or Velcro. Most use industrial strength Velcro so the Lexan can still be removed for cleaning but remain securely attached through repeated use. White is a good color to use if you can find it as it makes the Velcro inconspicuous. If you do choose to use screws, be careful when drilling the Lexan as it can split if you use too large of a drill bit.

If you opt for a single piece of Lexan to cover the entire screen door, you will have to notch it where the screen door latch can be still be used. Some just use a string attached to the handle to avoid having to notch the Lexan.

ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:

Camco Camco 45513 Screen Door Slide (12" x 11.5", White)
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Camco)
  • Comes in white color
  • Measures 12 x 11.5
  • Highly durable
  • Weatherproof
  • Easy to use
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RV Designer Collection RV Designer Collection E287 Left Hand Amerimax Entry Door Latch
Automotive Parts and Accessories (RV Designer Collection)
  • Brand New
  • Comes with manufacturer warranty
  • International shipping available
  • Fits various makes and models
  • Carefully check vehicle fitment before purchase
AP Products AP Products 015-205998 Polar White RV Entrance Door
Automotive Parts and Accessories (AP Products)
  • 30 inches x 72 inches rough opening
  • Polar white
  • Individually boxed
  • Comes with screen door matching the color of the aluminum extrusion and clear side panel
Camco Camco 45543 12" Screen Door Slide Stop (White)
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Camco)
  • Designed to fit Camco 12 screen door slides
  • Not needed on all doors slides
  • Required to block the opening between the slide and the door frame
  • Made of ABS
  • Easy to install
  • Not needed on all doors
  • Old model number - 7001
Valterra Valterra A77025 'P Series' Black Screen Door Handle
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Valterra)
  • This is an exact replacement slide for Philip s
  • Creation and other brands of screen doors similar in appearance
  • Easy to replace: No tools required
  • Exact OEM replacement item
  • 11.68 inch height x 11.88 inch Width
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