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Old 03-27-2018, 02:27 PM   #1
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Protecting Screen Door from dogs

I recently picked up our 2018 Escape 19. We have a Brittany Spaniel who likes to jump & scratch at our doors when he wants to go out or come in. The screen door on the Escape Trailer would be destroyed fairly quickly if we left our dog in the trailer. What have others done to protect the screen door from the affects of their dogs.
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Old 03-27-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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I build catios - outdoor cat enclosures - for a living and often use a very tough screen material called Super Screen: https://www.metroscreenworks.com/rol.../super-screen/. It's impervious to cat claws and would stand up to some degree of attention from a dog as well - with an active dog the issue would be how durable is the door itself if the screen doesn't tear. They also make a thicker screen material called Pet Screen - I don't like it as much because it is thicker and restricts visibility and airflow a bit. Super Screen looks almost like regular window screen material and doors / windows can be rescreened with it just like you would install traditional screen fabric. In our older rig I rescreened all the windows with Super Screen and plan to do the same thing when we get a 5.0TA so that we can leave the cats alone in the trailer with the windows partly open and not have to worry about them messing with the screens.
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They make screen door guards for rv doors- check out Camping World.
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here you go https://www.amazon.com/Camco-43991-A...rv+door+guards
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Old 03-27-2018, 03:09 PM   #5
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We have a Brittany too. He usually does not charge the screen. We have a painted design on the 21 and had one on the 19 too. He really doesn’t want to run into the screen. At home we’ve trained him to ring a string of sleigh bells hanging on the front door when he wants out. Maybe you could do that? Where he doesn’t have the bells he goes to the door and says “Woof”’
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Might consider having a panel cut using plexiglass or lexan to screw onto the inside of the screen door. Worked well to protect our home screen door.

Thin stuff is available at Loews/Home Depot stores.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:22 PM   #7
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I recently picked up our 2018 Escape 19. We have a Brittany Spaniel who likes to jump & scratch at our doors when he wants to go out or come in. The screen door on the Escape Trailer would be destroyed fairly quickly if we left our dog in the trailer. What have others done to protect the screen door from the affects of their dogs.
Just do a search for screen door protector, dozens of options out there, from plastic to expanded metal.😊
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:35 PM   #8
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My dear dog, Keziah, is quite large. She doesn't know the strength of her love taps, let alone a paw to screen. She once broke a double pane window going for a squirrel. (Amazingly neither furry friend suffered drawn blood.) I don't have screen doors on my home, and Keziah has figured out how to open the sliding back door to go out, and press down the front door latch to come back it. She DOES know what doors are for.

Ironically, when she was a 25# puppy she learned she couldn't knock over the gate into my cats' sanctuary. At 90# she could easily do it now, but comes to a screeching halt at the gate, whenever the cats lead chase. I've ordered a similar gate, which I am planning on attaching to the closet wall perpendicular to the door, and opposing wall (next to the fridge), as far away from the screen as possible. Plexiglass was going to be too complicated to attach...not to mention Keziah would have the door latch figured out in little time. And her toes (toenails) would get through any grate.

On order: ALLAIBB Walk Through Baby Gate Auto Close White Child Safety Gates, Ex. 24.0-27.56 in :https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...1?ie=UTF8&th=1

Am hoping she doesn't have enough room to gain the momentum to jump OVER, into a space which she wouldn't fit
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