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Old 05-15-2019, 04:53 PM   #21
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Magnetic screens

I bought screens for my house that attach via stick on velcro and have a magnetic catch down the center. If you can sew at all making these custom seem the way to go. They are fabric screen and do work. Having the magnetic opening down the center would allow easy window opening and would avoid magnetic sticking to metal. I plan to do this for the back bus door as well. Would keep the screens inside so they dont get trashed.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:20 PM   #22
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I've been thinking about practical screen design for bus windows for a while. I'm working on the bus tomorrow. I'll see if I can come up with any good ideas.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:31 PM   #23
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Since many busses have similar sized windows, someone could clean house making a universal screen kit that could attach inside and be useable while in travel mode.
Wish I was smart enough to do it, I'd be happy to take your $$. Or pay someone for this product...
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:38 PM   #24
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I bought screens for my house that attach via stick on velcro and have a magnetic catch down the center. If you can sew at all making these custom seem the way to go. They are fabric screen and do work. Having the magnetic opening down the center would allow easy window opening and would avoid magnetic sticking to metal. I plan to do this for the back bus door as well. Would keep the screens inside so they dont get trashed.

I would love to see some (detailed) pics of this!
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:18 PM   #25
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Since many busses have similar sized windows, someone could clean house making a universal screen kit that could attach inside and be useable while in travel mode.
Wish I was smart enough to do it, I'd be happy to take your $$. Or pay someone for this product...



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My $.02...

I used plaque card holder clips, used for dangerous goods on trucks/trailers. Had 12 screens made up at Castle Glass in Etobicoke On. all the same size, cruised the highway at 120kmh with no issues. Can have someone open and close windows easily from inside while driving, doesn't work for the double pane insulated glass [1 on left and 2 on right at the front or the rear larger 2]. Wife made a quilted bag to store them in over the winter.
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Redd, those are nice. if you can leave them in while travelling, that that is a plus in my book!
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:41 PM   #27
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GOOD repurpose of DOT placard holders!!!
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My $.02...

I used plaque card holder clips, used for dangerous goods on trucks/trailers. Had 12 screens made up at Castle Glass in Etobicoke On. all the same size, cruised the highway at 120kmh with no issues. Can have someone open and close windows easily from inside while driving, doesn't work for the double pane insulated glass [1 on left and 2 on right at the front or the rear larger 2]. Wife made a quilted bag to store them in over the winter.
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I like that idea, plain and simple. You could make 1/2 screens to save material. I knew how important those would be the first night I owned my bus. On the way home from Seattle I pulled into a rest stop to take a nap. It was a bit warm out, middle of June, so I opened a bunch of windows to get some circulation. Within minutes I was inundated with mosquitos buzzing in my ears. I tried to cover up with the blanket to keep them out, but that only made me sweat more. I finally said screw it after about 20 minutes and got back up and started driving again.
Yours open from the bottom? Mine open from the top.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:52 PM   #29
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I bought screens for my house that attach via stick on velcro and have a magnetic catch down the center. If you can sew at all making these custom seem the way to go. They are fabric screen and do work. Having the magnetic opening down the center would allow easy window opening and would avoid magnetic sticking to metal. I plan to do this for the back bus door as well. Would keep the screens inside so they dont get trashed.

That's what I used on our back door. I hemmed the bottom, but that's the only alteration it needed.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:39 PM   #30
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My $.02...

I used plaque card holder clips, used for dangerous goods on trucks/trailers. Had 12 screens made up at Castle Glass in Etobicoke On. all the same size, cruised the highway at 120kmh with no issues. Can have someone open and close windows easily from inside while driving, doesn't work for the double pane insulated glass [1 on left and 2 on right at the front or the rear larger 2]. Wife made a quilted bag to store them in over the winter.
Those look nice. Even though they mount outside, I'd go for something like that if I could get some!
How much for 6?
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Thanks Rovobay...I think it's a plus being able to drive with them in.


Haz Matt...not repurposed, bought them new from a truck supply shop
[Fort Garry Industries]...Stainless steel. Buck and a half each.


Mark... Standard bus window, open from the top.


Peteg... Thanks, I paid 300 for 12 screens.


I'm thinking of modifying them a bit... A piece of 1/8 x 1 inch flat bar running the length of all the windows tucked up under the drip rail screwed to the posts. Then I could eliminate the top clips and use them on the other windows. The three remaining double pane windows will be replaced with single pane....they're all fogged up and can't see out of them. I could also mount my awning rail to the flat bar.
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Never paid enough attention to notice the upper window is the outside window.
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Thomas Bus Screens

Just took delivery of our "Buster"
we now have the screen question as the summer months mean mozzies....and they are out in full force.
We would love to incorporate some sort of screen + window covering in one shot, but we have a rounded window opening side to side.

And of course window frames are aluminum.
In my boating days, we put a fabric binding tape around the screen and then put in snaps which we screwed into the interior wall. Worked like a charm don't have that ease here.

Has anyone had any screen success with a Thomas bus.
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Define, "success"
In post 10 of this thread I delineated my screen solution for my Thomas, so no need to reiterate, here. I will note the mag tape pictured in #14 was a bust.
Since then, I've built in overhead (well, over window), storage. Its floor is low enough to still reach the window slides to open them, but barely.
That nice strip of steel is now buried, so I had to do something different:
Rolls of adhesive-backed Velcro were used, putting the "hook" piece on the frame, it's plush mate on the screen.
Good adhesive, but not good enough on the screen, so some well spent time sewing them on did the trick!
Maybe, one day, I'll make exterior screens, but for now, especially in TX:
"Close enough is good enough..!"
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:09 AM   #35
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Yeah, the magnetic tape just did not have the grip needed to hold itself up, let along some fabric.
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Doubly sorry about that bad intel...
The good tape that I used was acquired, not bought, somewhere down the line, so no telling from whence it hailed.
Too bad, too- living in an iron box, magnets can make for an nice, non-destructive fixative!
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So long's the mistake wasn't lethal...
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I couldn't agree more!


Having fun is a plus ... and even that failed attempt had its moments and even provided a little humor. It must have been funny watching me attach one side, move to the other and as it was getting close to being attached, the first lost it's magnetic pull. Too bad I did not have a video going!
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I still have not yet tried the hook-n-loop. I think I will sew the loop to the screen. I saw a video where the person used some binging tape to give the screen a little stiffness. I think I may do that as well.
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