And here’s the only part of the conversion we didn’t build ourselves: the mosquito screens! Have a look:

 

Rear Doors

Fully Closed Mode: the fabric is waterproof so we can take showers back there.

Mosquito Screens Ford Transit Van (3)

Mosquito Mode: Full venting, yet no mosquito!

Mosquito Screens Ford Transit Van (4)

Partially Open Mode: To get our stuff in/out of the van.

Mosquito Screens Ford Transit Van (2)

Fully Open Mode: Because.

 

 

Side Door

Mosquito Mode: Full venting, no mosquito

Fully Open Mode

 

 

 

And here’s the magnetic door doing it’s thing (it’s probably our favorite feature!):

 

 

Where to get them?

Here is the “bad” news… our mosquito screens were obtained from a small company near Montreal (in Canada): Rolef.ca. The product is very well made and we’re very impressed by the quality, but unfortunately (if you don’t live near Montreal) it’s custom made and it has to be installed by Rolef themselves; so it’s not available online. When we bought them, the sliding door and rear door screens were priced at 750$ CDN each (that’s about 580$ US each).

 

Down By The River…

Finding mosquito screens online is not an easy task, but after some research we found “Down by the River” on ebay.  At the time of writing these lines, they make the following mosquito screens:

 

All of their mosquito screens are held by rare-earth magnets, so there is no fastidious installation involved (no screws, no need to remove the door seal, etc.). The slider and rear screens have a divider in the center that is connected with magnets, which make it easy to enter/exit the van.

Down by the river Mosquito Screen Ford Transit (slider door 2)

Slider Door

Down by the river Mosquito Screen Ford Transit (slider door 1)

Slider Door

 

Down by the river Mosquito Screen Ford Transit (Front Door)

Front Doors

Down by the river Mosquito Screen Ford Transit (rear door)

Rear Doors

 

Installation of the slider door mosquito screen:

 

 

We haven’t personally tried Down By The River mosquito screens, but we would give them a try if we had to start over: the price is right and with eBay’s money back guarantee (14 days return), it’s a no brainer!

 

 

On Second Thought…

We’re glad we went with Rolef and we highly recommend them, but they’re kind of hard to get and are definitely not cheap…

 

 

 


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5 comments

  1. Comment by Terri

    Terri Reply January 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

    That explains it, thanks.

  2. Comment by Terri

    Terri Reply December 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Antoine, on the sliding door screen, it looks like there’s a magnetic closure and a vertical zipper near the B pillar, but it’s hard to understand from the photos (both yours and rolf.ca’s) why both are there. Do you mind explaining how that part works?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 3, 2018 at 10:05 am

      When we don’t need the screen, the door is rolled up top using the zippers;
      when the screen is in use, we enter/exit using the magnetic closure.

      The magnet is quite rigid and cannot be rolled; that’s why a zipper is needed, to allow the door to be rolled.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply September 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    We just had a similar bug screen project quoted out by a local business… exact same price as what you paid:)

    Thanks for the cool idea

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply September 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      The price is right!

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