Privacy panels like the ones we looked at in our post on Tough Top Awnings privacy panels are fantastic for providing superior shade and better separation from other campers in the neighboring site. But for protection from biting insects and other pests, nothing beats an RV awning screen room.
RV awning screen rooms attach to your existing RV awning and provide an enclosure that can help keep you bite-free, along with other additional advantages. So, today we’re looking at screen rooms for RV awnings.
- 1) What Is an RV Awning Screen Room?
- 2) RV Awning Screen Room Pros & Cons
- 3) Who Makes RV Awning Screen Rooms?
- 4) Do You Use an Awning Screen Room?
- 5) Free RVing Tips, Tricks, Reviews, Giveaways & More
What Is an RV Awning Screen Room?
RV screen rooms for awnings essentially provide an extension of the RV with walls made of mesh screen-like material. They attach to existing awnings, extending the RV into a great indoor-outdoor living space. It allows you to enjoy more of the great outdoors.
A high-quality awning screen enclosure effectively adds a room that allows fresh air in but keeps biting insects out.
The additional space can be used as an extra living room/family room, office space, a place to visit with friends, or just to relax and enjoy the outdoors without the threat of bugs and excessive sun exposure. It’s also a good place to sit outside even when it’s raining.
RV Awning Screen Room Pros & Cons
As with anything else, despite their many benefits, there are a few things to be aware of if you’re considering a screen room for an RV.
As we’ve already mentioned, there are many advantages to having a screen room that attaches to your awning. The additional living space it affords, complete with fresh air, and the protection from biting insects and the elements are perhaps the most obvious.
Because it takes advantage of your existing awning as the support, there’s less to buy, carry, store, and set up. Screen rooms are also great for cooking/grilling because there’s good ventilation.
When you have an awning screen room, you should be more aware of incoming weather. You may not be able to use them in heavy wind or pounding rain. In those conditions, your awning will need to be retracted, so your screen room will have to be stowed to do that.
Also, some screen rooms may not be recommended for use with power awnings due to the potential for accidental retraction (a gust of wind may cause the awning to automatically retract, for example). Overriding/disabling the wind sensor may be an option, but then, of course, a wind gust could damage your awning.
Whether an unsuspecting person pushes the button or you forget (or are unable) to turn off your awning’s wind sensor, retracting it with the screen room attached wouldn’t be good!
Also, depending on the type of screen room you buy, you could end up with one that’s difficult to set up or lacks adequate ventilation. This is where reading user reviews can be particularly beneficial. And finally, some awning screen rooms can be rather expensive.
Who Makes RV Awning Screen Rooms?
Dyer’s RV has several awning-mounted screen rooms, as well as some free-standing models. You can take a look at their website to get an idea of what’s available. Note that you should know the make, model, and length of your RV awning to find the right screen room that will attach to it.
Some common manufacturers of awning screen rooms for RVs include the following:
- Carefree of Colorado
- Dometic / A&E
- Lippert Solera
- Zip Dee
Let’s take a look at a few of the available options:
Carefree 291800 Vacation’r Screen Room
This lightweight screen room is designed to fit most manual and 12-volt power patio awnings with an 8-foot extension. It’s available in 12′, 14′-15′, 16′ -17′, 18′-19′, and 20′-21′ sizes, and fits awning-rail-to-ground measurements of 86″ to 150″.
It attaches directly to your awning and there are no poles, rafters, or permanent fasteners to attach to your RV, so setup should be quick and easy. The Vacation’r comes with stakes, skirting, a wheel-well filler, and a carrying/storage bag. Note the various sizes available via the following link:
- Fits awning rail to ground measurements of 86 inch to 150 inch
- This high quality, lightweight room is specifically designed to fit nearly all traditional and 12 volt patio awnings with an 8 Feet extension
ShadePro – Villa RV Awning Screen Room
Made of heavy-duty marine-grade polyester and vinyl materials with weatherproofing, this model comes in 10′ to 21′ sizes. It has privacy panels, heavy-duty zippers, and snapless side panels that are custom-made to match the pitch of your awning.
This screen room fits most straight-sided RVs with awning rail-to-ground dimensions of 100″ to 141″. It will fit electric awnings, including the Carefree Eclipse, Travel’r, Longitude, A&E Weatherpro, 9100 Series, and Solera power awnings.
- Awning Screen Room for RVs: Fits most straight-sided RVs with awning rail to ground dimensions of 100" to 141" with side panels custom made to best...
- A RV Screen Room That Fits: Heavy-duty marine grade fabric, privacy panels, heavy-duty zippers, and custom-made side panels. Fits Carefree Eclipse,...
Lippert Solera Family Room RV Awning Screen Room
This screen room fits most power and manual RV awnings ranging from 10′ to 20′ and accommodates RVs with awning rail-to-ground measurements of up to 130″. Compatible with 8′ awnings by Solera, Dometic, and Carefree, this screen room is made of strong weatherproof polyester material. It comes with three room panels, a bottom skirt panel, a wheel-well filler panel, a nail bag, and a carry/storage bag.
- ADDED SPACE — This screen room is a great way to add extra space to your campsite for dining, entertaining, sleeping or more
- PEACE OF MIND — The Solera Family Room comes complete with weatherproof, polyester panels and privacy panels for added peace of mind while you're...
Do You Use an Awning Screen Room?
If you use an RV awning screen room, we’d love to know which one you have and what your experience has been like. Have you found it to be a worthwhile investment for your camping style? Do you have recommendations for others who are looking into getting a screen room for their RV awning? Let us know in the comments section below.
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