Car Camping Window Screens





Introduction: Car Camping Window Screens

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Oh, the joy of car camping! Oh, the agony of mosquitoes and other biting insects!
Here is a simple way to cover those car windows to allow the fresh air and goodness of the great outdoors in, while keeping uninvited guests out.
And it can be done for just a few bucks! (or a few hundred yen, depending on where you are.)
Here's the simple steps it took to put window screens on our Minivan.

Step 1: Materials

These screens were made in just a few minutes from materials bought at a dollar store..
•Laundry bags- the kind clothes is put inside of to protect them while inside the washing machine.
•Magnets- strong hardware type used here, but could possibly use stationary/ refrigerator type.

Step 2: Cut & Mount With Magnets

Simple! Once the bag has been cut open to get more surface area and make it one-ply, just mount it in place on the steel window frame of the car using the magnets.
The screens can be left in a basic rough cut way...
Or they can be cut to custom fit the shape of the window.

Step 3: Enjoy the Outdoors!

These screens can be put up and taken off very quickly and easily without tools or modifications to the vehicle.
And the zippers on these laundry bags make it super convenient too, if anything needs to be passed through the window while the screen is in place.
People around the world enjoy car camping- the Japanese expression for Van Life is "Car-Danchi"- hope this little idea makes your Car-Danchi camping experience more enjoyable wherever you are in the world!



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    Love your quick solution! I'm working on a similar project, but I might abandon it and just implement your solution with the bonus zipper.

    I want to see yours when it's finished!

    Well done, I love your simple and good solution. People being scared of scraping the car with the magnets can put them into a small piece of shrinking tube and heat it up for shrinking. Then the magnets are perfectly covered for this use, you can separate them more easy for using and they won't destroy each other when clicking together. For sure this will work best with rare earth magnets because the old "fridge magnet" style ferrite magnets maybe aren't strong enough to hold both the screen and tubing between car and magnet. Thanks and good luck!

    Magnets, love, smart! Respect!

    So smart !! I like it this idea ❣️

    Excellent. I love simple solutions to real world problems.