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    Mossie door curtain

    I wonder if anyone has fitted a mossie door curtain to their 20lo . ( not very good at DIY so needs to be simple>!!We did have problems this holiday in the south of France. Thanks.

    #2
    Originally posted by carole View Post
    I wonder if anyone has fitted a mossie door curtain to their 20lo . ( not very good at DIY so needs to be simple>!!We did have problems this holiday in the south of France. Thanks.
    Stick on velcro strip above and below the door,sew on velcro of the opposite kind ( hooks or wooly stuff) attatched to net curtain big enough to cover door opening ( charity shop job )

    Works well,dead easy!

    Ian
    Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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      #3
      You would need a very fine net, in my opinion. Amazon stocks a range of netting apparently used for this purpose. For example, this one:

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/CostMad-Curt...o+net+for+door

      It costs £4.29 plus p&p and is described as 'CostMad Mesh Door Magic Curtain Screen Net Fly Bug Flying Insect Mosquito Wasp Magnetic Snap Fastening Hands Free Barrier Guard (Beige)'.

      As Ian suggests, I would use sticky Velcro to fasten it in place. That stuff is magic as you don't have to SEW it. I would consider fastening some light weights to the bottom of the net so it won't flap around too much. (Not too heavy though or the curtain might not stay fastened at the top.) Or perhaps one or two extra bits of sticky Velcro?
      Last edited by NomadSue; 21-08-2014, 16:06.
      Carpe diem! :)

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        #4
        Sue suggests adding weights to the bottom and I would agree, I used fishing weights on the one I made. However, don't rely on glueing the weights in or possibly using stick on velcro. I did both and they came unglued and fell off when the van was left in the sun one day!
        Colin

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          #5
          I was discussing this with Brian the Snail at Moira.
          We have an R20 Lo and I used one of the cheap mesh door curtains with an extending tension rod at the top.
          Then I just extend the rod and drop it into the space created when the roof is raised and the weight of the curtain keeps it down.
          Because it comes out over the padded area I hook the sides under the cooker lid and the side of the sink.

          This does leave a small gap at the sides, but I now know what to do about that.

          When not in use I just twist the mesh around the rod and store it next to the porta-potti

          Brian and Liz have a similar arrangement in their R20 Hi but permanently in place with a wooden rod supported on twist-suction hooks (sorry don't know the proper name) and a small piece of velcro either side of the door at about cooker height.
          Sue

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            #6
            I think an anti mossie curtain on the door (and heki!) sounds a very good idea!
            Carpe diem! :)

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              #7
              On our R20 Hi we have, as Sue says, two large suction hooks either side of the door about 2 inches above the door top. A piece of 1/2 dowel sits on the hooks right across the length of the van and so forms a curtain rail. Liz has simply hemmed a piece of fine mesh so the dowel curtain rod slides through the hem. The bottom of the curtain is just above the van floor and again has a hemmed channel capable of taking curtain chain weights although we don't use them. Half way down on either side of the van there is a small piece of Velcro stuck on and a corresponding bit of Velcro sewn to the curtain so it can be held in place tightly across the door.

              The curtain rail dowel also provides somewhere to hang tea towels etc, simply by adding a small loop to the corner of the towel and slipping it over the end of the dowel.

              In the winter we replace the mesh with a proper curtain to keep the drafts out.

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                #8
                Originally posted by BrianTheSnail View Post
                In the winter we replace the mesh with a proper curtain to keep the drafts out.
                Good idea, off to see what I can find in the charity shop.

                Also, following our chat on Sunday, I now have a new ukulele strap (not home-made but £2.33 from Ebay, have just ordered some more - one for each uke otherwise I am sure to leave it in the wrong case) plus a leather strap hook for my guitar which is good. I am finding it bit easier to do the C chord. Thanks Brian
                Sue

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by BrianTheSnail View Post
                  On our R20 Hi we have, as Sue says, two large suction hooks either side of the door about 2 inches above the door top. A piece of 1/2 dowel sits on the hooks right across the length of the van and so forms a curtain rail. Liz has simply hemmed a piece of fine mesh so the dowel curtain rod slides through the hem. The bottom of the curtain is just above the van floor and again has a hemmed channel capable of taking curtain chain weights although we don't use them. Half way down on either side of the van there is a small piece of Velcro stuck on and a corresponding bit of Velcro sewn to the curtain so it can be held in place tightly across the door.

                  The curtain rail dowel also provides somewhere to hang tea towels etc, simply by adding a small loop to the corner of the towel and slipping it over the end of the dowel.

                  In the winter we replace the mesh with a proper curtain to keep the drafts out.
                  Clever things!
                  Carpe diem! :)

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                    #10
                    Sue, you and Liz & I think alike! Our winter curtain is from a pair of large curtains found in a charity shop. More than enough material to make the rear door curtain, a front curtain, a pair of cushion covers. Not bad for £7!

                    The front curtain is just a little curtain on a curtain wire which goes between the driver's and passenger's seat headrests. It just blocks the draft from the cold cab coming up between the seats. Particularly useful since I sit at that end!

                    Glad you found the uke strap useful. I'd planned to buy one but long term I want to weave one so we thought we'd have a go at making one from webbing and braid just to sort a pattern out. Yours is much cheaper, cost less than the braid alone I suspect.

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                      #11
                      I made two pairs of trousers out of a pair of curtains - £6 from the charity shop!
                      Sue

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                        #12
                        To shut out the light in the Western Isles / for extra warmth if we are not using the silver screen, we suspend a blanket from the luton and tuck it in with cushions.
                        Sue

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                          #13
                          From long experience in Portugal, in the coastal "scrubland" near Cascais, a reasonably priced "proper" mossie net, being permanently impregnated with ph.... whatever it is, is extremely effective at simply keeping the little devils away, not just doing in the persistent ones ! And there's a lot of material in even a single net, and easily cut up and adapted for other uses than being all Casablanca - available from any decent outdoor specialist - Millets, now defunct, used to sell 'em, but that sort of place.

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                            #14
                            Question for Brian the Snail.

                            Thinking about a second curtain behind the cab instead of draping the blanket from the luton. Where did you get the hook to replace the blank disc above the drivers seat? And was it easy to fit?
                            Sorry, two questions there.

                            We have just been measuring up for the door curtain and have decided to use your method of hooks supporting the tension rod. Then we will be able to use the curtain even if the roof is down. It didn't matter when it was just the mossie net - if the door is open, the roof is up!

                            I am also going to make matching curtains for the roof window. They will be darker and a bit thicker.
                            Sue

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                              #15
                              Sue, I hunted round and couldn't find a hook. I asked on here and replies confirmed my thought that the most likely place was a scrapyard. I phoned the local scrappers and they did have a Berlingo van in the yard so sent a lad out to check it had a hook. Mind you it did take a little while before I could get the guy on the end of the phone to understand exactly what it was I wanted. They are not exactly commonly requested items.

                              Cost me a tenner which I thought a touch expensive, I'm sure things are cheaper oop north.

                              Fitting was a doddle - I made sure the hook from the scrapyard came with its fixing bolt. Above the driver's seat is a small round blanking bit of plastic, so that just needed to be prized out and the hook bolted in.

                              We don't suspend our curtain from the bar going between those two hooks though. We've used a couple of cheap carribiners to hook on to the seat headrests and stretched a small curtain wire between them.

                              Hope this helps.

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