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wolfe10

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Posted: 09/10/22 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chum lee wrote:

The previous owner of my 1999 Southwind Class A (Ford F53 chassis) zip tied some cut to fit 1/8" square galvanized steel mesh to the back side of the front radiator grill.


Ya, that is what the Chevy chassis guru referred to as "hardware cloth". Much more open than any screen-- and "approved".

Excellent for keeping rocks out of the radiator, but will not do much for bugs.


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wolfe10 wrote:

Chum lee wrote:

The previous owner of my 1999 Southwind Class A (Ford F53 chassis) zip tied some cut to fit 1/8" square galvanized steel mesh to the back side of the front radiator grill.


Ya, that is what the Chevy chassis guru referred to as "hardware cloth". Much more open than any screen-- and "approved".

Excellent for keeping rocks out of the radiator, but will not do much for bugs.


I don't understand. I regularly pull bees, grasshoppers, moths, dragonflies, butterflies, June bugs, beetles, horseflies, etc. out of the wire mesh. Are these NOT bugs? In addition, it's also stopped pea gravel, broken glass, drywall screws, paper, plastic, leaves, etc. I know my RV didn't come from the factory with the screen, but, that's why I left it installed. Your experience may vary.

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Posted: 09/11/22 02:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hardware cloth has an open enough weave that it will not catch many bugs but will stop most rocks and larger debris:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/YARDGARD-1-4........d-Steel-Hardware-Cloth-308231B/313791430

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Wow! This is why I do not regularly post here any more. In my previous post in this thread, I clearly say I have 1/8" mesh, which, so far, works well, . . . . . then this guy (wolfe10) posts a link for 1/4" mesh and then says it wont work for the application which I'm not using it for.

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I wasn't looking to stop small rocks, grasshoppers, butterflies etc..the grill does that fine. I wanted the finer debris silt, dogwood, dirt without excessively restricting air.

I found that.


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Clearly we have two different discussions going on here.

I totally agree that Chum Lee's open mesh hardware cloth is just fine. None of my comments in this thread were directed to his selection of screen material, but only to the OP's.

Again, my comments are directed to the OP's "fine mesh screen" question (see again his original post AND his post immediately above).

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The grill in my rig is a 1/2 square grid that will whistle at around 50 MPH. The fix was to disrupt the air flow thru the grill with window screen material. As an added bonus I have yet to need to clean the insect carcasses out of the radiator sandwich. No noticeable loss of cooling of the power train or loss of dash A/C performance.

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udidwht, Which MH did you put the screen on your Chevy or the Westfalia? How many miles have you driven with it on? Have you taken it over the continental divide coming east yet?

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Gjac wrote:

udidwht, Which MH did you put the screen on your Chevy or the Westfalia? How many miles have you driven with it on? Have you taken it over the continental divide coming east yet?


1. Chevy P-30 chassis. The Westy is 1972 air-cooled Type 4 2056cc

2. It was just shy of turning 45K (US)when I bought it. Now at 75,090. Have owned it since Sept 2014.

3. No. But am planning to go to Florida Keys perhaps later this year or early-mid spring 2023. From Seattle area.

I just finished replacing the AC condenser w/integral oil cooler, new front air bags and AC service. You can have a read of it here...

https://www.gmt400.com/threads/condenser-oil-cooler.59140/

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