Screen room?

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  1. NoleFan

    NoleFan Member

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    Ok, so our new to us Starcraft Starlounge pop up camper comes with a screen room that somehow attaches to the awning.

    This is a family pop up, and it was our turn to purchase and use, and my FIL says he never used it because he couldn't figure it out.

    Any tips and tricks on how to set this thing up?
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    I have a dometic add-a-room that came with my starflyer. The walls of the add a room zip to the underside of the awning.
     
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    You will find a screen room adds a lot of space to the camper, but can be a bit of a chore to setup. We don’t use our Add A Room (AAR) unless we’ll be set up for 3 or more days (unless the weather is really crappy).

    This is how we setup our AAR on our Fleetwood/Coleman Bayside. YMMV.

    The AAR is made of 3 panels, 2 sides and a front that zip together. Again you may have a different setup, and we leave the panels connected.

    Raise the roof to a comfortable working height, 1/3 to ½ way up for us.

    Spread the RV mat. This will protect the AAR from any sticks or rocks etc. on the ground.

    Open and extend the awning. We have 3 rafter poles and place the middle pole in now to help support the awning.

    Open and spread the AAR on the mat

    The AAR side panels have a pocket at the ‘roof’ side, ties for the outside rafter poles and a the front panel has a grommet for the rafter pole to pin the panel on to the awning header. The awning and panels have Velcro closures to hold the panels and awning together. The front panel has Velcro and snaps along the awning header. (Some AARs have zippers and snaps).

    Insert the roof end of the rafter pole in the pocket, the pin end in the grommet and install the rafter pole between the roof and the awning header. Secure the Velcro and ties.

    Repeat this step for the other side of the awning.

    Work your way across the front of the AAR/awning securing the snaps and Velcro from one end to the other. The AAR has a grommet for the center rafter pole also.

    Finish raising the roof then secure the bottom of the AAR with tent stakes etc. Our AAR has a skirt that attaches to the side panels and frame of the camper to close off the gap between the frame and the ground. Attach this last.

    Enjoy the extra space!

    We added a magnetic screen door to our AAR so we didn’t have to keep opening the zipper every time we wanted in or out. (similar to this: https://www.biglots.com/product/mag...edBJD4sm9xkqCV_nuUAaAvohEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds )
     
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  4. NoleFan

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    Wow, thank you so much for the detailed information!

    Your awning sounds exactly like mine, so this helps a good bit.

    Opening up the pup to get her cleaned up and ready to go today, and will pull the AAR out and take a look.
     
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    Just remember to take your time. And watch/think things through. After a couple of times setting it up it will seem easy! (but wait for the fun of folding it back up to fit in the same bag! That took more than a couple of times before we got it right :) )
     
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    We have used ours once, takes a while to set up and reducing traffic freedom. If we know it is going to be super buggy, we being a screenhouse.
     
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    We have Carefree screen room. It is a very thick material and looks like it will stand up well. I have even set up a little outside kitchen up out there with our toaster oven, instant pot, and induction burner to keep the heat out of the rv and to give me more working space
     
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    Mine zips to the awning. I lay it out flat in front of the awning. Then pick a side/end to start at. Then zip that panel/side, and do the same to the the front and finally the last side. I religiously use mine due to mosquitos.
     
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    Our 1996 Laredo AAR is the exact same setup. Key was getting it all situated while half way raised. It was fantastic for additional sheltered space and an additional obstacle for bugs looking to get in... plus it let us leave the awning-side screens open overnight while still having privacy and not having to worry about rain getting blown in. We do have to replace the zipper though - for some reason it has a #3 that splits like crazy - not sure if it's original or a poorly thought out replacement. (It came with Bear Creek canvas so I don't know what the original zippers were on the trailer side.) I ordered up a #5 and a #20 - haven't decided which to use yet. Also the velcro around our step is gone, and the rear of the step is right up against the spring mount so I'm not sure how it's supposed to come together back there once I get new velcro tape.
     
  11. fronsm

    fronsm First time owner at 67

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    I have one that zips onto my awning. I camp alone so I don't intend to use mine, it's too heavy for me. I want to sell it but I can't find any information online for it. I have a 2013 Rockwood 1940 LTD with a Domestic awning. Any suggestions to find information.
     

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