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Post by Jonesie on Mon May 07, 2018 7:27 pm

Anyone with a Winchcombe managed to sort a flyscreen for the habitation door ?
I know it was mentioned a while ago, but no solution was found at the time.
Don’t really want a chenille rag one for a tenner !
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Post by stoneb on Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:28 pm

Hi Jonesie, we still have our Winne and always wanted a flyscreen. We've given up on it.

A/S modified the footwell step on later vehicles and used slightly different physical dimensions on walls etc in order to get a flyscreen into their 'vans. Even then it's not ideal since the screen has to be open in order to close the caravan door with the dustbin mounted on it. And, when you open the door, the dustbin goes out with door so you can't use it to chuck your teabags etc into What a $$$$ "design".

If you want to see a decently fitted flyscreen try looking at Rapido's way of doing it, beautifully done, highly practical and usable in all circumstances. My previous 'van was a Rapido 7099, so I know!

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Post by Jonesie on Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:35 pm

Hi,
Thanks for your message - I’ve given up too - bought a cheap stringy beaded one for a fiver, and used a spring tension curtain net rod !
Even my last AT Imala (budget range new van ) had a proper flyscreen.
Can’t believe you don’t have one on a top of the range van.
Big problem at the moment - had to call Mercedes 24h Breakdown on Saturday, - engine won’t turn over, looks like no feed to the starter.
It’s at the MB dealer at the moment.

All the best,
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Post by harrysp on Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:52 am

On the fly screen front, nothing to add except a moan really. We bought our first van in 2000 and I recall the fly screen as our young spaniel used to break it and I repaired it on several occasions. Since then every van has had one. Of course we knew the AS didn’t have one when we bought it, but you don’t miss something until you don’t have it. This summer has been particularly busy for flies and it’s absence is an real irritant. Buying a new van just to get a flyscreen seems a bit drastic though.

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Post by stoneb on Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:15 am

Hi harrysp, I don't think anyone has considered buying a new van just to get a fly screen, especially here, but I can imagine it might be a deciding factor in the final choice between two very similar vehicles but one having a flyscreen, and the other not so equipped. I don't intend changing vehicles, I love my Mercedes, despite having no flyscreen!
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Post by groundhog on Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:23 am

I did  a lot of work on this a couple of years ago even giving dimension to manufacturers but none could or would produce a screen at a reasonable price. We did though find what we consider to be a reasonable solution.
We cut a piece of chrome radiator pipe which slots in to two chrome wardrobe rail brackets across the top of the door. Then we bought a cheap JML snapscreen which was sewn across the top to create a channel to slide over the pipe and trimmed to fit the door width and height, the edges were seamed on a normal sewing machine.
To secure the bottom you can either sew in weights or as we have done peg the corners to the vent holes in the step ( not sure if the Winchcombe has them).

It isn't perfect but it does work and looks a million times better than those naff chenille things. Happy to post pictures if of interest.

As to the door bin we just took ours off, thought it was useless anyway! up!


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Post by Gromit on Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:23 am

This is interesting, specially 'Hog's solution. We've never had a flyscreen but have thought about it a few times.

The problem as I see it is that screens keep the flies in, as well as out. The little swine will find their way in through the tiniest gap, and it's all but impossible to seal the van completely against them, specially during a period when you are in and out a lot.

Is it worth a lot of bother - as it would be to fit one to our van? We don't have screens in the house and we manage OK with the occasional squirt of aerosol spray.

Hmmmmm. Set me thinking again, but I doubt if it will go any further than another quick ponder!!
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Post by Mike187 on Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:22 pm

We had one on our old Bessacarr, one of our Labradors went through it a couple of times luckily with only pulling it out of the clamping frame round the edge. 

Certainly not a lot of good against midges, as Gromit says they get in anyway. Not noticed a real problem without it on this van against "normal" flies.

 But still religiously pull down the window ones as soon as the windows are open and the roof ones. scratch head

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Post by AndyLouch on Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:20 pm

We've fitted one of these:

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does the job well, relatively cheap and easy to fit; doesn't get caught in door if hooked back.

Previously tried one of the magnetic jobs which wasn't much use!
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