Add a room without attaching to side of trailer?

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  1. AndreD

    AndreD Active Member

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    I was just speaking to my dealer and he said that the add a room has to be clipped to the side of the trailer, where there is permanent fastened hardware attached. I really don’t want to make any additional holes in the trailer.

    As such, how well does the add a room work if you don’t use the mounting hardware to fasten it to the side of the trailer? Presumably there will be a bit of a gap but how bad is it? Is it still worth doing?
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Probably not worth it, do you have the room allready? If not just get an ez up with sides.
     
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    Clear silicone caulk, goop adhesive, duct tape, and wd40. 4 things a man should never be without.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I say, if you use enough DuckTape you wouldn't need fasteners. [;)]. With that said I think a separate ez up with screens would be more beneficial and less of a pain in the rear to set up and probably cheaper too. Besides many campgrounds I go to are so vastly different having a separate canopy is actually easier as I can set it up where I have room. Bad enough I can't always use my awning where I camp.
    If I were you, I would get a season in of camping first. If you think an add a room will be beneficial for you, go for it. Everyone is different and every one camps differently. I personally wouldn't go out buy an add a room only to find it's too much trouble to use and find it gets thrown in a cabinet. Never to see daylight again.
     
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    kcsa75 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    @jmkay1 makes a good point. We tried to set up the screen room for our bag awning one time. We probably spent 15 or 20 minutes before I starting throwing things. We put it back in one of the cubby holes under one of the seats and as far as I know it's still there (we gave the pup to our daughter and family four years ago.
    If you decide you really want a screen room I would go for an E-Z-Up with a sides or one of the instant up screen rooms -- I think people call them clams.
     
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    I currently have a Coleman 11x11 instant up screen house (ez ups are prohibitively expensive in Canada, more than an add a room)

    https://www.amazon.ca/Coleman-Instant-Screen-11x11-Feet-Center/dp/B00K7ZWL5U

    I like it for what it was designed for, bugs, and I can set it up alone in minutes…but it is a pain to rig tarps to if it is calling for rain, as it wasn’t designed with this in mind

    the add a room seemed like a nice way of adding more screened in real estate, with the ability to wall up in the event it rains.
     
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    I will say there more $$$ , whole $&#* batman. Yea, the add a room i had was never set up. It was a pita to use. It went with the pup, and was brand new i think even though the camper was 20 years old. The old owners never used it eaither. You may just like sitting under the awning in the rain. I do that all the time now. The gazzell screen room i have only gets set up when the bugs are bad.
     
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    I have a screen room for my pup. It uses snaps to secure the skirt/curtain on the bottom, which is a separate piece of material from the main room. The sides of the room have a velcro section that goes around the lift posts, and I think some fabric ties down on the bottom. I love it when it is set up - it has drop down weather panels for shade/rain as well. However, it is heavy (same material as the pup canvas) and it takes some effort to set up initially, and it is a royal pain to have to drop in the event of a bad storm, but then again the awning sucks for that too.

    Overall I am still torn on the utility - on the one hand I love having the kitchen right outside the pup in a bug free zone. unfortunately in the summer that screen room can get hot, especially while cooking. I do have a Coleman 10x10 canopy that has shade walls and a screen room attachment, and it works well too, but that takes up a ton of room inside the camper for travel. When I use it in lieu of the awning/screen room it ends up being in a different part of the campsite. I can't put it next tot he camper, as that prevents properly securing the guy lines on the camper side.

    I really like the Gazelle/Clam style shelters, and have an Aldi knockoff I got for cheap a couple years ago. However, I have found in the last 2 years since I owned it I haven't used it once. It is longer than any other EZ-up style canopy I have which limits transport options, and it gets ungodly hot in the summer. The screen is so tight that minor breezes don't even get through. My screen room his a little wider mesh, so breezes work a little better, but still not ideal.

    Eventually I would like to get a good awning like the FIAMM one, and a screen room that attaches to it. That would give me better options at deploying/retracting the awning for inclement weather at least.
     
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    when we got our PUP, it came with an awning [Dometic "Trimline"]... DW thought that an add-on screen room would be nice to have a screen right off the PUP door but, since we already had a seperate screen room we decided to hold off.

    Over the years, we've seen them on a couple of PUPs and she'd comment "wouldn't that be nice"... but we stuck with with the seperate screen room deployed over the picnic tables at our sites [she's the FRUGAL one... a "nice to have" goes way down her priority list]

    old screen room.jpg

    There was ONLY ONE TIME when we had to move the screen room up against the PUP [and tarp it] because it was raining "cats & dogs" and we wanted a clear shot to the picnic table... thank God for a 6'4" teenage son LOL]

    The Old Screen Room had gotten "long in the tooth" [preceded the PUP by many years] so, this year, we got an "EZ Up" [Gazelle G6]. We just got back from the G6's "Maiden Voyage" and it WORKED OUT GREAT!... 9 feet at it's peak and 10x10 at it's base... more than enough room to hang out in... a bit pricey but when DW makes up her mind, there's no arguing [LOL]

    Happy Trails!
     
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