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Old 04-01-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Awning with Screen/Tent attachment

Does anyone have experience with those awnings which have the detachable/attachable screen/tent flaps? Sure sounds good in theory, but I haven't seen them in practice on Airstreams.

I have a 2009 27FB Flying Cloud, lived on it full time for about 8 months. Loved it. Still love it and heading out on a long journey from South Carolina to NC, VA, MD, then across to Denver, and beyond. Leaving in about 4 weeks and am getting the Silver Parachute all spritzed up. Denver will see me getting flexible solar panels. A long held dream.

Anyone out there with experience on the awning screen/tents? Please give whatever advice you have.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:19 AM   #2
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We made our own after seeing prices for the new ones. We made it out of screen panels used for the 12x12 pop up structures. We put snaps on the trailer and made a skirt with material to hang down at the bottom of the trailer. We love it so much we are currently making one for our 86 trailer we are restoring.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:37 AM   #3
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Does anyone have experience with those awnings which have the detachable/attachable screen/tent flaps? Sure sounds good in theory, but I haven't seen them in practice on Airstreams.

I have a 2009 27FB Flying Cloud, lived on it full time for about 8 months. Loved it. Still love it and heading out on a long journey from South Carolina to NC, VA, MD, then across to Denver, and beyond. Leaving in about 4 weeks and am getting the Silver Parachute all spritzed up. Denver will see me getting flexible solar panels. A long held dream.

Anyone out there with experience on the awning screen/tents? Please give whatever advice you have.
I had a "rope & pole" awning & "add a room" made for my 59 Ambassador International about 10 years ago. The walls were done in the same sunbrella fabric as the awning. The screens go from about 2 1/2' from the ground up to the top of the wall. They also have roll up fabric blinds built onto the wall that are secured down by velcro, if you want to cut the wind or add privacy. The wall sections zip onto the perimeter of the awning. The created room is 18' X 10' & is the best thing I ever did to the trailer. The room is large enough to create a folding chair room layout, it keeps the bugs out in mosquito territory, wind & rain out in stormy times, plus we like to use it in the colder shoulder seasons with a portable propane heater. As it has multiple configurations, you can set it up to suit a variety of conditions.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:08 AM   #4
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:25 AM   #5
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Does anyone have experience with those awnings which have the detachable/attachable screen/tent flaps? Sure sounds good in theory, but I haven't seen them in practice on Airstreams.

I have a 2009 27FB Flying Cloud, lived on it full time for about 8 months. Loved it. Still love it and heading out on a long journey from South Carolina to NC, VA, MD, then across to Denver, and beyond. Leaving in about 4 weeks and am getting the Silver Parachute all spritzed up. Denver will see me getting flexible solar panels. A long held dream.

Anyone out there with experience on the awning screen/tents? Please give whatever advice you have.
By far and away, Zip Dee has made the finest products of what your looking for.

They have been on top of the "best" awnings, rooms, etc, for many years.

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:02 AM   #6
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:25 PM   #7
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I have one for my Interstate, which has a Fiamma awning. I like the extra enclosed space, but I don't bother bringing it unless I'm going to be occupying a site for at least a week. The time to set up and tear down isn't worth the effort for shorter stays.

Plus since the edges have to be staked down all around, it's not really usable at paved campsites.

Last time I used mine, an unexpected thunderstorm caused me to take down the screen room in a gawd-awful hurry and pack it away wet, and retract the awning lest the wind tear it apart. It's more weather-resistant than the awning alone because it is staked down better, and because the wind doesn't get underneath as easily if I roll down the plastic windows to cover the screen. But considering what I paid for it I didn't want to take the chance of damage. Checking the online Weather Channel 10-day forecast to make sure there won't be any wind gusts over about 20~25 mph for the next several days before setting it up would be a prudent move.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #8
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Here is ours. You can see more photos on this thread: (post 56 is ours)

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:50 PM   #9
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Sorry, the link didn't work. Not sure why I can't get it to work- sorry.
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While screen room additions to awnings are neat I wouldn't have one until I retire. Simply I'm often away from the trailer for 12 hours and the gust of wind of heavy rain could damage the awning and the airstream. I'd probably go with a freestanding screenroom instead. With luck you might find one on deep discount if you buy before spring.

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While screen room additions to awnings are neat I wouldn't have one until I retire. Simply I'm often away from the trailer for 12 hours and the gust of wind of heavy rain could damage the awning and the airstream. I'd probably go with a freestanding screenroom instead. With luck you might find one on deep discount if you buy before spring.

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I actually have one of those as well, a lighted Coleman Instant Canopy. It includes four battery-powered LED light fixtures permanently attached to the rafters. To enclose the canopy, I got the Instant Canopy Screen Wall. And to provide a solid wall to serve as a wndbreak, privacy screen, or to block late afternoon sun, I also picked up a Coleman Instant Canopy Sunwall. Actually three of them, so I can provide solid walls on up to three sides if I want. The sunwalls can attach either with or without the screen walls. To date I've only needed to use two sunwalls at the same time, though, on the south and west sides of the canopy in midsummer.

I use the Coleman canopy, with or without the screen walls or sunwalls, far more often than I use the Fiamma Privacy Room attached to my awning. There's more flexibity about where to set it up, especially handy for campsites where a picnic table is provided but there's no roof over it. Alternately, by setting up the canopy right alongside the awning, I can extend my shady space when there's no tree cover.

Plus, if a sudden storm pops up, I don't have to worry much about the canopy damaging my Interstate, unlike the awning. If the canopy is destroyed, I can just toss it in a dumpster. On the other hand, if the awning was destroyed, I might have to borrow a tall stepladder and spend several hours removing the danged thing from the Airstream before I could drive it home.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:17 PM   #13
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We love our screen tent. We can put it up in less than five minutes-- more like three! It more than doubles the size of our living space, and we like to hang a sheet from one end of the awning and project movies for the kids. It's a blast! It takes the same amount of time to take down if a big storm is coming and we need to put the awning away. I was really bummed when I realized that the awning on our "new" airstream is longer, so the screen tent we made wont fit! We will include it in the same when we sell the '29 this spring and I will have to sew another for the the '32. Bummer. It works great for us!
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Do we just contact Zip Dee to get the panels? Is there such a thing as an awning being too long to safely add the additional weight? We have a 34' AS and the awning is pretty long.

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