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Old 02-10-2015, 09:16 AM   #15
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OK, I should of said - Not a popular option with Airforum members or airstream owners. You might try your question on the SOB forums.
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What happens if the wind comes up suddenly and you have to take it down quickly? I find the Zee Dee not the easiest to deploy and retract quickly and could image a screen room makes it harder. I would go with a good screen tent as mentioned before.

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Not all Airstream owners use this forum, so the size of the response crowd is smaller than the OP may have thought.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:14 AM   #18
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What happens if the wind comes up suddenly and you have to take it down quickly? I find the Zee Dee not the easiest to deploy and retract quickly and could image a screen room makes it harder. I would go with a good screen tent as mentioned before.

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That is a concern I also have. Trying to decide if it is worth the effort to install and use my Tropic Room.
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What happens if the wind comes up suddenly and you have to take it down quickly? I find the Zip Dee not the easiest to deploy and retract quickly and could image a screen room makes it harder.
A screen room would make the awning more difficult to retract if wind comes up. But by the same token the awningó with screen room attached and the walls properly staked downó has a higher wind resistance than an awning that doesn't have a screen room because the staked-down walls add stability. There's also less uplift force on the awning because the screen acts as a partial windbreak.

That said, the time to take down a screen room and retract your awning is when you first wonder if you should, exactly the same as when taking in your awning if there's no screen room attached.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:46 PM   #20
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We decided not to include the screen room when we installed our new Zip Dee's on our 65 Safari. We had one for our SOB camper and did not like the amount of time and effort to install and take down. We now set up a screen tent right in front of our awning. It works really well. Keeps out bugs and we even grill in it during rain.
MUCH MORE PRACTICAL and if the wind destroys it, it doesn't rip the crap out of the side of your Airstream where the awning braces attach. (DO set it up a few feet away from the side of the A/S and anchor it down so that it doesn't fly into your A/S in a sudden storm.) These shelters can come down in about 3 minutes flat if the wind whips up.

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Zip Dee Tropic Room Enclosure

I have also considered the screen option. I usually have to camp during the summer in Florida with the bugs. I called Zip Dee and it was around $1200 so I bought a screen room tent. It was awful the thing took forever to put together and then the arching frame around the bottom let the bugs in anyway. My last outing I was brushing nice big black and yellow spiders out of it. I hate spiders. I threw it out.

Then I tried again this time looking for something for one person and quick setup. I will attest that the Coleman Instant screen room is fantastic-about 10 min at most once you know what you are doing. The have two sizes a hex 10x10 and a 12x10. I got the smaller one for around $72. The bottom is lined so it is less likely to allow openings. It also will free stand. I can do it alone.
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I have the Clam Mag screen house and it's everything it's advertised to be. I can definitely set it up on my own (average-sized female), in under five minutes. It is fairly long when folded up, but fits in the bed of our Tundra easily.
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Zip Dee Tropic Room

Just wanted to let folks know our experience with the Tropic Room. We purchased it for our 2005 31ft Airstream Classic in 2008. At that time the 21-22 foot room cost us $1132.00, including shipping.

Zip Dee was very helpful in getting us just the size we needed. We had the room shipped to our dealer and they installed it for us. Whew!

Speaking from a woman's perspective, I couldn't have been happier with it! It was beautiful and drew a lot of comments from passers by.

As far as bugs--it did an excellent job of keeping them out. It comes with a skirt that snaps into the side of the airstream to keep little critters from crawling out from under the Airstream and into the screen porch.

It gave us the feeling of having so much more space to sit and enjoy the outdoors. When we took some of our extended family camping with us, they actually opted to sleep outside on the "porch"--so it was kind of like having another room. We liked being able to leave our door open and walk in and out of the trailer without worrying about bugs coming in with us.

Now, from my husband's perspective--it did require a bit of time to set it up and break it down. Not complicated--just time. I usually helped him do it. The only thing to be aware of is that when installing it, you have to install snaps on your rv--they can become loose over time and if you aren't careful, will come off. We lost one of them over the years. Not bad though all things considered.

I'm speaking in past tense, as we sold our Airstream recently and with it our Tropic Room. I was very sad to see both go.

We bought a new 2016 25' Flying Cloud and am now itching to buy a Tropic Room for it! We hope to get it very soon, as I sure do miss our old one!

Just my two cents worth...
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Jh, did you ever put water in the bladders? So far I have not felt the need.
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No--we never put water in either. We were tempted but figured getting the water completely out might be a bit of a problem...
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Michael--I take it that you decided to get the Tropic Room. I also see you are from Biloxi. My question to you is...did you have Foley RV out of Gulfport install it? That's where we purchased our new AS. If so, would you mind telling me approx how much they charged for installation. Thanks!!
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Michael--I take it that you decided to get the Tropic Room. I also see you are from Biloxi. My question to you is...did you have Foley RV out of Gulfport install it? That's where we purchased our new AS. If so, would you mind telling me approx how much they charged for installation. Thanks!!
It came uninstalled with my trailer. I installed myself. Easy project, it only took a couple of hours to install the required snaps. The included instructions are clear and asy to understand. If you can pop rivet and use a screw driver it is a good DIY project.
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No--we never put water in either. We were tempted but figured getting the water completely out might be a bit of a problem...
thank you, my thought also.
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