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Old 08-04-2020, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default ROLEF screen door for Travato 59K

I have a 2107 Travato 59K, and the sliding screen door has been useful, as well as an ongoing source of frustration for us. I have adjusted it many times; yet it still had a tendency to come off the bottom track on a regular basis. I also found it to be more difficult to use if the door was in the direct sun (I assume something was expanding slightly). My wife refused to use it.

So last summer we contacted Rolef http://rolef.ca to see about a door for the Travato 59K. They put us on a waiting list for the door, and contacted us around the end of November, 2019, to tell us it was ready to ship. I told them that we would come to their factory in Laval, Canada at the end of April, 2020, and have them install it (they do a free install). We planned a short cycling trip around the installation.

Then COVID-19 hit. They closed for 2 months, and by the time they reopened, the US-Canadian border was closed. So I finally had them ship me the door.

The installation is not very difficult. The existing screen door comes out easy enough - you do have to remove the trim above the sliding door inside the Travato to remove the top track, and it's only 2 screws to remove the actual screen assembly. They sent me a batch of photos showing how to hang the screen door. You can see the door installation on a 59G here https://youtu.be/o2PAWAZWyuY

It works fine, although you have to duck slightly when exiting the RV. It's expensive ($800), but it's very well made and I had no trouble getting support from the company. I looked at other screen doors, but I liked that this one was specifically designed for the 59K. The magnetic seal works well.

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Old 09-19-2020, 01:46 AM   #2
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I have a 2107 Travato 59K, and the sliding screen door has been useful, as well as an ongoing source of frustration for us. I have adjusted it many times; yet it still had a tendency to come off the bottom track on a regular basis. I also found it to be more difficult to use if the door was in the direct sun (I assume something was expanding slightly). My wife refused to use it.

So last summer we contacted Rolef http://rolef.ca to see about a door for the Travato 59K. They put us on a waiting list for the door, and contacted us around the end of November, 2019, to tell us it was ready to ship. I told them that we would come to their factory in Laval, Canada at the end of April, 2020, and have them install it (they do a free install). We planned a short cycling trip around the installation.

Then COVID-19 hit. They closed for 2 months, and by the time they reopened, the US-Canadian border was closed. So I finally had them ship me the door.

The installation is not very difficult. The existing screen door comes out easy enough - you do have to remove the trim above the sliding door inside the Travato to remove the top track, and it's only 2 screws to remove the actual screen assembly. They sent me a batch of photos showing how to hang the screen door. You can see the door installation on a 59G here https://youtu.be/o2PAWAZWyuY

It works fine, although you have to duck slightly when exiting the RV. It's expensive ($800), but it's very well made and I had no trouble getting support from the company. I looked at other screen doors, but I liked that this one was specifically designed for the 59K. The magnetic seal works well.

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How long/complicated was the installation? Any drilling or just Velcro?

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How long/complicated was the installation? Any drilling or just Velcro?

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Looks nice, but too bad they can't price it reasonably.
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How long/complicated was the installation? Any drilling or just Velcro?

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The installation is not difficult, although I spent two days looking at the original door to figure out how to remove it. In the end, it was less than an hour to remove the original door - you just have to remove the trim above the door (the screws are hidden behind caps in the trim) to take off the top track. I left the bottom track in place.

After the door was out, it took me about 45 minutes to install the velcro (Rolef has pictures for that). Most of the time was spent checking that I was putting the velcro in the right spot. (There is extra velcro.) On the rear side of the door (above the TV) it gets a little tricky, as you have to place some of the velcro by feel.

Once the velcro is in place, the next step is to hang the door, followed by re-hanging the door, to make sure it hangs properly and closes correctly. It's not very difficult; but it does take time.

Once everything is done, you do need to install some screws, especially at the top. Again, they have photos to show where to put the screws in. They are small screws, and easy to install with a cordless drill. I suppose you could leave them out, but you might have to rehang the door on occasion.

Start to finish for me was about 4 hours; I'll bet Rolef does it in under 1 hour.

We have gone on three trips since installing the door, and it works great.

Yes - the door is expensive, but it's well made in Quebec, and cleverly designed so it has both a magnetic closure (which is very nice), along with the ability to unzip the door to roll it up for travel, or if you don't want to use it. So I don't really think it's over priced. Plus, if the US-Canadian border ever opens up again, Rolef will install it free of charge, and you won't have to pay shipping charges to get the door. Not to mention that the province of Quebec is a great place to take an RV.

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The installation is not difficult, although I spent two days looking at the original door to figure out how to remove it. In the end, it was less than an hour to remove the original door - you just have to remove the trim above the door (the screws are hidden behind caps in the trim) to take off the top track. I left the bottom track in place.

After the door was out, it took me about 45 minutes to install the velcro (Rolef has pictures for that). Most of the time was spent checking that I was putting the velcro in the right spot. (There is extra velcro.) On the rear side of the door (above the TV) it gets a little tricky, as you have to place some of the velcro by feel.

Once the velcro is in place, the next step is to hang the door, followed by re-hanging the door, to make sure it hangs properly and closes correctly. It's not very difficult; but it does take time.

Once everything is done, you do need to install some screws, especially at the top. Again, they have photos to show where to put the screws in. They are small screws, and easy to install with a cordless drill. I suppose you could leave them out, but you might have to rehang the door on occasion.

Start to finish for me was about 4 hours; I'll bet Rolef does it in under 1 hour.

We have gone on three trips since installing the door, and it works great.

Yes - the door is expensive, but it's well made in Quebec, and cleverly designed so it has both a magnetic closure (which is very nice), along with the ability to unzip the door to roll it up for travel, or if you don't want to use it. So I don't really think it's over priced. Plus, if the US-Canadian border ever opens up again, Rolef will install it free of charge, and you won't have to pay shipping charges to get the door. Not to mention that the province of Quebec is a great place to take an RV.

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Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
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