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RV Screen Doors – No Match for Dog and Cat Claws


The screen door in our first RV was pristine. It was brand new, like everything else in our new travel trailer. Brand new, that is, until our cat decided he wanted to get my attention by plucking at it with his claws.

I happened to be outside and he wanted me to be inside with him. So, he extended his claws and poked them through the small holes in the screen and pulled. It made the perfect sound to get my attention. It also made perfect larger holes in my new screen.


Our fix was to cut a piece of cardboard box and slide it between the diagonal supports and the screen on the bottom of the screen door. We were on the road so didn’t have many options. It worked, but left us with only half of a screen door to look out of. Not to mention that it was just plain ugly.

It’s hard to tell where the clear plexiglass has been installed. But, that’s the point. We can still see out!

In our next RV, a 5th wheel, we decided on something different. We still wanted to keep bugs out so liked the screen door, but didn’t want it destroyed like in our other trailer. We chose to use a piece of plexiglass. Since we already had a piece, we just cut it to fit the bottom space of our screen door.

It fit in between the supports and the screen. We had to unscrew the supports first, add the plexiglass next to the screen, then replace the supports. The plexiglass was now sandwiched between the screen and the supports, keeping the screen on the outside of the door and away from kitty claws.

We like this arrangement so much more than the cardboard! We have a clear view from the top and bottom of the screen door, the kitty can get my attention when I’m outside, and our screen is still intact.

Update: Our new puppy can scratch at the door to go outside and not destroy our screen! The plexiglass is still working!

Please share your tips or hacks.

  • How do you protect your RV screen door?
  • Did you create it yourself or was it commercially made?

Let us know in the comments below!

Jeannie / Lead Writer, Tires & Tails

Hi, I'm Jeannie! I'm a full-time RVer with a lifelong need for travel. I used to be an elementary school teacher and had a dog training business in Washington State. I have had numerous pets throughout my life, and love to travel with them. I started my full time RV adventure with one dog and two cats. I currently have a dog who comes with my husband and me on our traveling adventures.

3 thoughts on “RV Screen Doors – No Match for Dog and Cat Claws

  • Sandra

    When I purchased my travel trailer one of the first things I did to make it dog-friendly was to have screen grates installed on both of the screen doors. I do not have cats, and my dogs are small, but the grates (on the inside of the screen door) are just enough deterrent to keep the dogs from jumping on the door, and especially good at protecting the screen from being ruined should a dog try to go through the door! They are usually available at RV stores and dealerships, as well as home depot stores, etc. Well worth the effort!

    • Jeannie / Tires & Tails

      Great idea! Thank you, Sandra!


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