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Installing a Retractable Screen Door

Hi, I’m Mark Polk with RV Education 101, and today, we’re doing an RV DIY project. At a trade show we attended, I was walking through a new RV, and I noticed it had a retractable screen door. The screen conveniently slides open or closed, and it’s stored out of the way when not in use. When we returned home, I researched retractable screen doors for RVs.

And today, we’re going to install one on our RV. Let’s get started. Ever since we bought our motorhome, we have had trouble with the screen door. It didn’t stay latched to the entry door when you weren’t using it, and I had to replace the latch mechanism twice. You can see here it still isn’t working properly now. After seeing a retractable screen door at the RV trade show, I discovered Plisse, a company that specializes in retractable screens. After more research, I was convinced Plisse was the company to do business with. The retractable screens are all custom designed and made for your application. They’re affordable, and it’s an easy DIY project for RV owners.

Before we get to the installation, I want to briefly discuss the ordering process. The staff at Plisse was great to work with, and they had me measure everything they needed to ensure a proper fit. Based on my photos, the Plisse staff identified the need for custom spaces for my application. And after requesting more details, they were able to provide them. This saved me from trying to create my own custom parts.

There’s a blog article on the site that helps explain accurate measuring for your door. And you can contact Doug directly if you need assistance. Next, you place your order with free shipping. And before you know it, the retractable screen arrives by UPS. The screen is delivered in a secure box, and all the parts are clearly labeled and easy to locate. There’s also a very clear set of printed installation instructions in the box.

The installation is pretty straightforward. And because it was custom designed, you don’t need to make any difficult adjustments or cuts to make it fit. The DIY installation involves on packing and checking the box contents, assembling the unit, installing the unit, adjusting the tension, and installing the trim pieces. My installation also involves relocating my electric step switch so the steps operate properly.

Watch the show to see Mark install this great screen door!

Now, you can sit back and enjoy the breeze provided by your new Plisse retractable screen. For more information on retractable screens, take a minute to visit

Happy camping!

Mark Polk, RV Education 101

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