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Old 08-03-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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Child proofing a screen door

I am surprised that I can find very little concerning ways to child proof the trailer screen doors. We have a 2 yr old grand son who is always pushing on the screen door. With only the very lite weight "Latch" holding it shut, he is only one small push from falling out the door.

Looking for a way to add a more robust latching mech which can be operated from inside and outside.

Any help would be great.

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Old 08-03-2009, 11:12 PM   #2
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I have an 18 month old and will be doing some sort of mod there myself. I will be interested in the replies.

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:24 AM   #3
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In our previous trailer, we added a small hook & eye type latch on the inside to keep my son from falling out of the trailer a second time.
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:08 PM   #4
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My son has been camping with our trailer sense he was 6 months old, now he is almost 4 and the screen door is no longer an issue. But when it was, we carried a plastic baby gate that kept him contained away from the screen door and it also doubled at night to keep him in the bunk house area of the trailer.

We used velcro on the plastic slide door that accessed the screen latch to keep him from opening it.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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This summer our 1 1/2 year old granddaughter was kept inside because we would fold the outside assist rail over in front of the door. We had to be on our toes though and make sure everyone remembered to fold it back over when entering or exiting the trailer! The only other thing we've tried were bungees, I drilled a hole in the slide cover, and put one hook from a small bungee in there, wrapped it around the inside oak assist bar, and back around to be hooked in the slide cover again. We were also told by a dealer that the only fool-proof system was the hook and eye. Does seem like there should be a more secure way of latching those doors; sometimes they just push open without unlatching them!
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:33 AM   #6
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Here's what my screen door has for an auxilary latch so that i can keep my 14lb min pin & very large kitty from pushing the door open, these slide latches are available @ places like Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, it was easy to install & adjust.

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Old 10-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #7
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Here's what my screen door has for an auxilary latch so that i can keep my 14lb min pin & very large kitty from pushing the door open, these slide latches are available @ places like Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, it was easy to install & adjust.

14lb min pin??? That's not real min for a min pin. LOL
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:21 AM   #8
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Here is what I did.
We added a pull or handle to assist in pulling the screen door shut from the inside. Wanted this anyway.

I used a piece of para cord I had lying around but any quality 1/4" rope or smaller will do fine.

Got one of the quick disconnect key rings like this http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/PROD/keychain/BCX11

Tied each end of the cord to each split ring. Just run the string through the inside handle next to the door and the other end through the pull handle we added to the door.

Our 2.5 year old can't disconnect the key ring but we can as can the older kids. You can also reach in through the slider in the screen door and undo it if need be.

Cheap and effective.
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Here is what I did.
We added a pull or handle to assist in pulling the screen door shut from the inside. Wanted this anyway.

I used a piece of para cord I had lying around but any quality 1/4" rope or smaller will do fine.

Got one of the quick disconnect key rings like this http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/PROD/keychain/BCX11

Tied each end of the cord to each split ring. Just run the string through the inside handle next to the door and the other end through the pull handle we added to the door.

Our 2.5 year old can't disconnect the key ring but we can as can the older kids. You can also reach in through the slider in the screen door and undo it if need be.

Cheap and effective.
Any pics please?
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Here's what my screen door has for an auxilary latch so that i can keep my 14lb min pin & very large kitty from pushing the door open, these slide latches are available @ places like Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, it was easy to install & adjust.

That's exactly what we need with our two doors that are ridiculously easy to to open. (One will pop open with just the Chihuahua pawing at it.)

(I bought a little hook and latch from Home Depot but the mounting bracket was too wide for the frame.)

Thanks!!
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