A Screen For Your Truck’s Rear Window
Sometimes the aftermarket comes up with an idea for vehicle customization that is so popular it eventually becomes adopted by automakers as an option right from the factory. Sliding rear pickup truck windows are a perfect example. A simple concept that took a long time to be adopted across the entire industry, sliding rear windows are a great way to bring cool and refreshing air into a pickup’s passenger compartment. They can also be left open on a hot day to help keep internal temperatures down, or opened during a rainstorm while driving to help ventilate your truck without getting you wet.
But you already knew that. This is the part where you say “Ya ya sliders are great, but what about when they empty the contents of my pickup bed into my lap?“
Yes – there are a few problems associated with sliding rear windows. Namely, they’re a prime entry point for a road debris, bugs, and dust, all of which can be sucked in by the vacuum that is created at certain highway speeds.
In a nut shell, sliding rear windows can be be frustrating. Keeping your passenger compartment clean has to be balanced against keeping it cool and comfortable…and for many truck owners that means the slider never gets much use.
Clean Breeze (great name! – sarcasm) has come up with a solution to this dilemma. They manufacture what they call a “Truck Screen,” which is essentially a screen that fits over the gap left by the sliding rear window of your truck. The screen is small enough to keep out the majority of dirt and bugs while still promoting good air flow through the cabin.
Unlike many other rear window accessories, the Truck Screen doesn’t require any window disassembly in order to be installed. In fact, it doesn’t even call for the use of a screwdriver – the unit can be properly mounted using simple 3M tape, which makes for fewer headaches should the screen ever need to be removed and cleaned.
The Clean Breeze Truck Screen doesn’t replace any current components of your truck’s sliding window. Rather, it simply fits over your existing window gap and tapes into place.
Here’s what we like and don’t like about the Clean Breeze Truck Screen:
- It works as advertised – leaves and gunk stay out of the truck while cool air comes in.
- Installation is baby food.
- It doesn’t look too bad – they’re custom sized for most popular truck models.
- The screen removes for cleaning.
- Since it’s mounted from the outside, it could interfere with any banners or decals that you have currently installed on your truck’s rear window.
- Since it’s mounted with tape, it may not hold up well in areas with temperature extremes, particularly if winters are long, cold and harsh.
- It’s a fair price – about $40
All in all, it’s a nice little idea. Depending on how you use your truck’s rear window, a Clean Breeze rear window screen might be a good investment.
Filed Under: Toyota Tundra Accessories