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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:48 pm    Post subject: El Cheapo window screen for rainy days! Reply with quote

I picked these up at Lowes for @ $2 a piece. They are 8" x 16" aluminum vents. I pop riveted them together to make one piece. The size is perfect to fit in the window opening. It is flexible enough to "bend" into place. I had to increase the radias on the top and bottom to fit the contour of the frame better. I closed the window to hold it in place using the outside of the latch to push it towards the frame. I think I'll end up painting it black so it doesn't look so obtrusive.
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I don't recon they'll hold up in a hurricane but they should do fine in a rain shower Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one of the better DIY and el cheapo projects ive seen since the libby bong, bravo. for me, it will give the dogs more ventilation but keep em safe in the van (maybe with a slight reinforcement in case that pesky squirrel comes around again) on top of keeping you dry.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you are in Florida you become good at venting.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When you are in Florida you become good at venting.



Man, you got that right! This time of year isn't so bad though.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bigsteveob... now that's inspired!!! my highest compliments
I can't tell you how many times I've had to pull my screens during a rainy camping trip
at last... a simple, elegant and inexpensive solution
and to honest, I like them better than my 'stock' plastic screens

thanx for the excellent mod
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how much is a pop riveter?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very very good mod...

I even have the same van as yours, same color too

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a nice pneumatic rivet gun @ 9 yrs ago when I restored my Airstream(a crap ton of rivets) along with a hand squeeze one. I think it was $30 bucks or so.....but cheap ones can be had for much less.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE! I like it!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one dude. I dig those. That's as good as the cheapo mirror fix.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serial Kombi has something similar but they want something like $100 for it. That is a great idea! Something I will definitely be doing. You can get a pop rivet tool from Harbor Freight for under $10.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great DIY inexpensive solution to the stock screens which s&ck during a rain.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it! Simple, practical, inexpensive and good looking! Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Good deal.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job! Great for those of us who've converted to camper but still have the 1/2 sliders! Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ohhh.. man... NICE ! ! !

one vote for the DIY MOD of the Year...

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take those UPC stickers off from the inside. Have pride in your work man, don't stop before it is fully elegant.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, stickers removed and paint applied! Mmmmmm.......... elegant Wink



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang! they're too big for Westy windows. Gotta start searching for some smaller grills that fit.
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