Here are the basic screen door installation steps to follow.
Check content of package:
Hook and loop fastener
Grey foam roll – keep it! It is part of the door – strictly in side door packages
Before installing the hook part of the fastener, try a dry run by holding the screen door up where it will be installed for a visualization.
Make sure your RV’s ambient temperature is minimum 15 degrees Celsius or 59 Fahrenheit. If the temperature is lower than suggested, the glue bonding will be compromised, and the door may not hold up properly. A hair dryer could help achieve ideal temperatures.
Remove anything that could be on your RV door frame which could weaken an optimal bond between the frame’s metal and hook fastener.
Clean the RV door frame with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease, grim, dust or dirt. Should there be old glue, you can use a product such as GOOF OFF. This product removes glue without damaging various RV surfaces such as wood, plastic, metal and leather. We recommend you clean with rubbing alcohol one last time after that, then let it dry completely.
Peel off the white protective strip behind hook fastener in short sections (3 to 5 inches at a time) and stick it on the door frame, snipping notches to follow door frame curves. You can stick and unstick it a few times to realign the hook fastener.
TIPS: Removing short sections of the white protective strip is easier to handle while applying it to the frame. Moreover, you want to avoid twisting a long strip which could stick to itself having to cut it off and waste.
After you’ve completed sticking the hook fastener around the door frame, you will be trying the screen in place to make sure everything is nice and straight. It is important to keep the zippers closed during the screen door installation. Never stretch zippers. If there is tension on the zipper closure, it will be difficult to zip, and damage may ensue. The two magnets closure must remain naturally joined together. Visualize that a screen door is a rectangle, and its lines are straight from the bottom to the top, as well as perfectly horizontal.
When you install the loop fastener onto its hook counterpart, make sure that the screen door is well suspended, no tension on the zippers, and that the magnets are nicely joining together. Check that the bottom seam does not drag on the RV’s lowest step. If so, you’ll need to adjust the screen door. The hook and loop fastener system provides the wiggle room needed for these adjustments and will help you achieve a perfect installation.
TIPS: Side door note: When installing door, start at the top center working outwards to both top corners, merging loop with frame’s hook tape. Then from bottom (on magnet side), work upwards following the hook tape with door’s loop fastener. Proceed with the left side from bottom moving upwards and readjust the top’s center if needed.
Back door note: Begin by sticking fasteners together at the top. Once this is done, work from the bottom side going upwards. Adjust if needed.
Insert the foam roll into the specific slot at the bottom (for side door only).
Once the door is well set in place, test the mechanism of the door: check that there is no excess tension on the zippers, and that the magnets easily and naturally close together.
Securing the door onto the van’s frame: The screws are best inserted into the center of the hook strip. These screws stop the door from shifting and help support its weight. First use a self-tapping screw for metal, and once you’ve made the hole, remove it. Then insert a wide head heavy gage framing screw which can also be inserted directly in wood or plastic. These screws have a bigger head surface which will provide additional support on the fabric. Put screws every 12 inches on both sides of the frame into the hook fastener. As for the top screen door frame screw placements, they must line up right above the zippers, braids and corners. Again, ensure that the magnets naturally come together easily. Lastly, insert screws at the bottom, on each side as well. Now try your door again for the last time.
TIPS: Drive screws in slowly to avoid twisting or damaging the material if using high speed drill.
Should you encounter any problems during your installation, you can reach us at email@example.com. Your questions will be redirected to our installation team and they’ll answer your questions or, if needed, by video conference call to guide you.