Sprinter No-See-Um Screens and Standard Mosquito Screen Specs.
We often encounter customers with questions about how to choose the best door screen material for a Sprinter van or RV conversion. Some factors to consider when choosing between standard house screen and no-see-um screen for your Sprinter van include mesh size, air flow, light, strength, and price.
Below are some specs and additional information on the screen materials being used for the Sprinter slider door insect screens and rear door screens. If suppliers or manufacturers cannot supply you with the specifications, and blocking no see ums is your main goal, then you should do your homework before buying.
It appears that only the smaller ones in the no-see-um family will be an issue. The larger bugs within that species should still be blocked by the standard house screen, and we have sold that material for years with many happy customers.
House Grade Screen: Standard Mesh Fiberglass for Windows and Doors
Mesh count: 18x16
Yarn Diameter (inch): .010 - .011
Fabric Thickness (inch): .0125
Burst Strength (psi): 92
Light Transmission: 69%
Mesh Weight [not listed]
Bond Strength: [not listed]
Tight Durable Mesh to Stop Tiny Insects
Mesh Count 18x18
Yarn Diameter (inch): .013 Warp / .013 Fill
Fabric Thickness (inch): .021
Light Transmission [not listed]
Aperture: [not listed]
Composition: Vinyl on Polyester
Keep in mind there is always a trade off when comparing two different materials. The standard house screen is lighter and could provide more light and more air flow while blocking mosquitoes and most other small insects. If you are looking for something that will allow maximum air and light in while keeping flies and mosquitoes out, you may want to choose the standard house screen fabric. The standard screen is also a bit less expensive. Now if you are dealing with the biting midge, no-see-ums, or if you want to get scientific (or just quote Wikipedia) the Ceratopogonidae, then the no-see-um screen is a good choice. The no-see-um screen is also a bit stronger and therefore more pet friendly.
Screen descriptions for rear door:
The Sprinter rear door magnetic sealing insect screen is a great option for easy in and out use with no zippers to fuss with. The rear door magnet screen offers a magnet center sealing seam and magnet bottom sweep for a positive seal. These install under the weather stripping or gasket for a strong long lasting installation.
The Sprinter van rear door zipper insect screen has 5 heavy duty marine grade zippers which allows additional flexibility in use. Both sides can be unzipped and rolled straight up and held with the straps supplied, or you can roll the screens to the side if you prefer. This allows full entry for loading and unloading. The bottom is an adjustable velrco sweep panel and is gravity held. The zipper model offers a strong and durable seal at the zippers. This model will also install under the weather stripping.