Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Co. Down
My Motorhome: Hymer B598PL
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We have a Hymer B598PL which as you know is an A class. We also own a silver screen external cover (genuine silver screen company).
At 5’ 10” I can put our screen on single handed, but it is a bit of a faff. I know you are quite tall, you may remember we met at a C&CC Motorhome section meet in Coleraine a while back.
It can be very difficult if you have had to put the van on ramps, even that extra few inches complicates things and as you know Hymers sit low at the front.
I start by sliding the envelope over the passenger door and unrolling the screen round the windscreen. The wipers arms, If lifted off the glass act as a ‘shelf’ for the lower edge of the cover. The other end of the screen cover (with the suckers) gets fed inside the sliding drivers window. You can nip the fabric by closing the window till you get inside to secure the suckers and window. Be aware that the window will no longer close securely, so you need to get a wooden dowel or water pipe to wedge it closed. I use mine as an extra security feature for that window anyway without the screen.
You then need to futter (good Norn Iron word) to get the screen set to your liking. Then finally I close the passenger door which tensions the screen in its final position. As Barry stated at least the cover is in 3 sections (front and 2 sides) which can be adjusted for your van or circumstances.
Worth its weight in gold, both in heat, but especially in winter to avoid condensation and retain internal heat. It can be very awkward to get right if the windscreen is wet through rain as the cover sticks and is very difficult to slide into position.
I have been thinking of buying a step, either folding or fixed to assist with the operation, it probably would help with accessing the area above the windscreen when I try to wash the dead bugs off. I dare say there are other uses I could put it to, although I am fortunate that 90% of the time both of us can rig the screen, but you know the crack, if you plan and use your wits you can generally evolve methods to solve all sorts of problems.
We are in Newcastle (co Down) although parked at Donaghey’s tonight for service tomorrow. If you are at home over the next lot of weeks you would be welcome to come down and try putting the screen on and off my van to make your own judgement.