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Murraycroexp

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I have to admit, Mosquitos have not yet been an issue for me. I've just turned mu FanTastic Fan on "IN" and I think it kind of helped "push" them out as they might have come in the window. But feeling the need to have one of those window screens made me start thinking how easy it might be to just fabricate one.
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"Privacy lattice"
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Window screen material. $12
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Spray adhesive already had.
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Medium duty stapler that I already had.
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Plastic "tile H strip" trim. $3 at Lowe's.
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I forgot to take pictures on a couple of steps but were completed while hanging out in my van. Easy peasy.

1. Use whatever cardboard you can find to make a template to perfectly fit in the window channel around the top and sides.
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2. After template is done, place it up in the channel and mark the bottom across the top of the window. Cut it to the line.
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3. Cut the lattice to match the template an test fit it. Trim where needed to fit well all the way around.
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4. Spray the "outside" of the lattice with the spray adhesive. Lay the window screen material on it and press firmly. Clean overspray off. It kind of balls up like cotton candy. Mine came off pretty easily.
5. Trim screen to where there's about 3/4" excess all the way around. Fold that excess over and staple it down to keep it from peeling. Bend staple points over so they hold.
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6. Trim and fit the H trim to fit along the bottom of the lattice and staple it in a few places to hold.
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7. Once assembled, the screen should fit snugly into the window channel. Just carefully roll the window up to it making sure the window slides right up in the bottom of the H channel strip.
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billg27

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Same idea, just made different. Made with the masonite board most use to cover van walls. Vents have regular house screen door screen material pulled tight to keep out bugs. Used with my Maxxfan seems to help me sleep at night when it's cooler outside.
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billg27

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2,000 watt Honeywell generator for $375 off eBay, $300 for a 10,000 btu LG portable A/C from Home Depot. Was in Laredo and it was 104 and I slept great! Didn't really cool the whole truck but I just had it blowing on me and was fine.
 

Murraycroexp

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2,000 watt Honeywell generator for $375 off eBay, $300 for a 10,000 btu LG portable A/C from Home Depot. Was in Laredo and it was 104 and I slept great! Didn't really cool the whole truck but I just had it blowing on me and was fine.
THAT would do it. I'll start saving my sheckles!!
 

Murraycroexp

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Same idea, just made different. Made with the masonite board most use to cover van walls. Vents have regular house screen door screen material pulled tight to keep out bugs. Used with my Maxxfan seems to help me sleep at night when it's cooler outside.
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Your vent looks WAY easier to assemble than mine was. Yep, jealous. Maybe if I didn't have all this lattice and screen left.......
LOL!!
 

billg27

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I was going to have a shop make them up in aluminum so when installed it would be as secure as the glass is. I didn't get any interest from others wanting a set, so I just made a cheap pair for myself. I was looking to sell some to help cover the cost of the initial shop setup fees to make the templates. Didn't happen.
 

Murraycroexp

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The security is worth it to anyone concerned with security AND ventilation.

Count me in if the project gets underway. But no pressure if not.
Since we currently have the same window shape fit will be easier.
 
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