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Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:14:51 pm »
Plan to travel south to Disney next month and was advised that I should have a bug screen on the front of the PC.  What is everyones opinion and where is the best place to get one.  I have real fine screenng on a role but I think it would be a chore to make it and cannot figure how to keep it on .  Any suggestions.   ?????

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TomHanlon

Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 06:10:17 am »
If you do a google search for "auto bug screens" you will find lots of them and even how to make one.

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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 07:32:40 am »
I have lived in FL for 20 years and I have never put a bug screen on the front of my vehicles and it's rare to see a vehicle with a bug screen on it.  I've never had any issues with bugs except love bugs (looks like a firefly without the glow).  They are a real problem because they are a pain to clean off your vehicle and it's not uncommon to have hundreds smash into your windscreen, bumper, grill.  A screen doesn't help much because they hit the screen and the guts fly through and still coat your vehicle.  Their guts are acidic and need to be cleaned off very soon to keep from pitting your paint.  There is a large spring hatch and a smaller fall hatch.  The fall hatch will just about be over when you go to Disney.  If you are concerned, bring a bottle of cleaner and wipe off the bugs when you get settled in.  We drove 300 miles this past weekend from the Panhandle to AL and back and probably had about 200-300 love bug splats on the front.    Enjoy your trip, bring some cleaner and elbow grease, and don't worry too much about our bugs.
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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 09:23:06 am »
I agree with Skipper--you really should not need a screen. We have lived in FL for 17 years now and the only bug issue that we have encountered is the Love Bugs. On our way back home from the Grand Canyon two weeks ago, we had to wash them off twice--both times in N. Florida. We thought that we would have millions of deceased bugs splattered on the windshield when we drove down 75 to Punta Gorda but not one! Go figure!

Don't waste your time and $$$. They should be gone by the time you get to FL.

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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 06:01:39 pm »
I agree with Skipper--you really should not need a screen. We have lived in FL for 17 years now and the only bug issue that we have encountered is the Love Bugs. On our way back home from the Grand Canyon two weeks ago, we had to wash them off twice--both times in N. Florida. We thought that we would have millions of deceased bugs splattered on the windshield when we drove down 75 to Punta Gorda but not one! Go figure!

Don't waste your time and $$$. They should be gone by the time you get to FL.

Judi
Thanks for the update on the screening.   Will take your advice and not bother with a screen.  Will just wipe them off.  Going to Good Sam Rally in October and then venture down to Disney by end of October to meet my daughter in Disney..and head towards home about Nov.9th. 

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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 06:02:18 pm »
Last August we drove 5500 miles round trip from Chicago to Seattle and back without any special consideration to bug protection.  I was tempted to clean the rig at a wand-wash place but never did  At one point there was a blanket of bugs on the leading edges, so bad that when stopped, the live bugs fed off the dead ones.  A good rain while driving helped immensely.

Once back home, it took numerous hours of cleaning to get the bugs off, some splats seemingly semi-permanent in the Diamond Shield film.  I suppose a good paint polish would make the reflection right.

I spent some serious time under the hood cleaning dead bugs which turned out great.

As far as a fine screen bug shield goes, I would be concerned of the air restriction to the radiator when clean, worse with a serious accumulation.
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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 06:19:11 pm »
I go with skipper and judi,,, we also have the seasonal hatch of love bugs here in Texas,,, any bug from big to small bad for your front end and paint,,, most us have some cleaning stuff,,, I do not wash the unit too much traveling,, how ever,, every day after travel,,,, I use a scrub sponge, spray bottle, soak the bugs,, scrub and rinse off,just water only takes a few minutes   ,,if campground allows washing take out the extender pole and scrub the bugs off the  front end cap normally just water,,,, I keep the windows clean hate dirty windows haha
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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2013, 07:19:10 am »
For getting bugs off, this is absolutely the best stuff ever, recommended by a friend: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EW5FWU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and when used with a long handled scrubber like this, makes easy work of the cab-over: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G246T6/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

along with a handheld bug scrubber for the grill, mirrors, etc. like this bought at AutoZone: http://www.amazon.com/Viking-845100-Microfiber-Sponge-Colors/dp/B001GJ7HCI/ref=pd_bxgy_auto_img_y
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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2013, 08:08:12 am »
Thanks for the sites,,, I tried to look up what the Bug Off is made of,,, all I could find is bio-degradeable,,,,   is there a list of ingredients on the bottle.... I have bug.tar remover at home,,, I just do not like using any of that stuff unless I can use some soapy water to wash afterwards,,,most of those products have some petro distillates in them and are hard on your finish,, that's why I wash after using,,  I like that scrubber  will have to get one of those.  again tks
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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2013, 11:41:40 am »
Stopping before dusk helps, I know too obvious, but requires planning.  Fort Wilderness expensive but allows washing RVs and few perks like free parking at theme parks and easy access to deluxe resort parking lots for a great breakfast or dinner, better than theme park food.  -  Randall

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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2013, 12:32:18 am »
As for the B.E.S.T. Bug-Off Bug Remover - yes, I always wash with soapy water after using.  And as quickly as possible.  But the stuff does remove bugs quickly.
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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2013, 07:35:15 pm »
We live in Florida and I simply keep some bug off spray and Dawn detergent water in a spray bottle.  If you stay up to date and don't let the bugs get baked on they don't appear to be a big problem down here.  It also helps to keep your vulnerable areas freshly waxed.

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Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2014, 01:28:54 pm »
I use warm water, Dawn dish detergent, with the Magic  Eraser,  bugs come right off.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2014, 07:16:12 pm »
I use warm water, Dawn dish detergent, with the Magic  Eraser,  bugs come right off.
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