Originally Posted by advenas
... all the RV screen doors I've seen are made the same. They all sandwich to the outer door and have a latch that either holds it to the outer door or allows the screen door to stay shut when the outer door is open. And since you have to reach through the screen door to open or shut the outer door there has to be an access hole which is usually covered up with a slider to keep the bugs out. All this makes for a really dysfunctional door design.
I agree - except that I wouldn't call it dysfunctional... it just has its challenges. Overall, it's a clever solution to the problem that most RVs don't have room to have a door swinging inward.
They key to making this work is that access hole, and the cover is not always the slickest design.
Just remember to close it when using just the screen door.
The quality of the component parts varies, and worst of them are problematic. The original latch that holds the screen door of our motorhome closed, when the main door is open, was a piece of junk which barely held on when we were lucky. A few dollars and two screws later, we had a vastly better latch and no problems since.
The other problem we had was that the gas strut which holds the main door open (no place for a regular holdback on this RV) got weak, which allowed the door to swing closed, which latched the screen door onto the main door (and release the screen from the door frame), so the whole mess would swing open letting the cat out.
Should be no problem with a normal holdback (and isn't anymore with my new gas strut).
I'm sure Reace will make the setup on Escapes work smoothly.