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Quick Closure

by | Feb 3, 2022 | Cool Gadgets, RVEXPERT

How to make your screen door close automatically

Like the entry door, there’s nothing exotic about an RV’s screen door that’s integrated into the frame hinges. The design has been around forever and, frankly, it works. That said, it doesn’t close without some help — a common annoyance is having to reach out the doorway to grab the screen and swing it to latch into the frame. Aftermarket handles are helpful, but many times the reach is awkward. This can be a problem when parking in areas where bugs are on full attack. Lippert’s Screen Shot fixes this dilemma by allowing the screen door to automatically close behind you.

The design of the Screen Shot is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” products. It simply uses a length of webbing attached to a spring that is secured to the screen frame and door jam. There are a few small parts in the kit and it only takes a few minutes to install (once you figure out how it’s assembled). After threading the webbing and spring through a tube, the latch and hinge side-support brackets are attached to the ends before securing (using provided screws) to both sides of the screen door frame. Lastly, the open end of the webbing is stretched across the door jam and a metal screw is installed through the brass eyelet 1/2-inch from the edge. A rivet can be used in lieu of the sheet metal screw; we found no issue with using the screw.

Lippert’s Screen Shot being held in a hand
To start the installation of Lippert’s Screen Shot, the webbing and spring are threaded through the plastic tube and the hinge-side support. The hinge-side bracket has the notch in the plastic body.
positioning the screen shot
The latch-side support is held in place against the screen door frame while the other side is positioned on the opposite side.
using a sheet-metal screw to secure the device
using a sheet-metal screw on the other side of the devide
A sheet-metal screw is driven into the channel closest to the screen material, holding the latch-side support in place. The same process is repeated for the hinge-side support.

It’s a quick project that nets long-term benefits. The screen door closes by itself, but you shouldn’t allow it to swing the entire way; doing so slams the door hard enough to be disconcerting. Owners will quickly find a “sweet spot” and enjoy the convenience of not having to go through other motions to close the screen door. In fact, there’s actually enough spring to allow the entry door and screen door to close by itself when latched together, which we really liked. The only caution is being aware that the door is closing behind you by itself and can hit you in the rear — or trap your dog — if you’re not paying attention.

marking a spot after measuring
The mounting location for the webbing on the door jam is measured at ½-inch from the edge and marked.
screwing the pre-marked location
Webbing is pulled across the door-jam and a sheet metal screw is driven through the eyelet at the pre-marked location. A rivet, supplied with the kit, can be used in lieu of the screw, which we found unnecessary. Project done.

Before ordering, you’ll have to measure the door from the frame edges and match the size with the proper part number. The Screen Shot ($23.95) is designed to work on Lippert doors with hinges on the right side, but don’t worry — you’d be hard-pressed to find a contemporary RV using something other than a Lippert door today.

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