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Old 09-22-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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ZIP DEE TROPIC ROOM - I Need Advice!!!

Has anyone actually purchased and used a ZIP DEE TROPIC ROOM for their Airstream?? We from time to time, spend 1-2 weeks at the same State Park, BLM area, or public lands location. We thought it would be nice to have an attached screen room for extra outside space, insect protection, etc, etc. So rather than a standalone screen house, we are looking into the ZIP DEE TROPIC ROOM attached screen room.

I was taken-a-back, when I called our Airstream Dealer, and found out they have only sold one one in many many years, and then called other dealers, and none of them had an opinion or had customers that had purchased them and could give us any feedback on ease of use, quality, usefulness?? This seemed to raise a RED FLAG...

Have any of you purchased a ZIP DEE TROPIC ROOM?? I would value your opinion and advice on this.

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Old 09-22-2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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I don't think they are very popular for many reasons but here are a couple links to previous discussions. I also saw a couple for sale in the classifieds. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...ns-134273.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...ure-81677.html
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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My Safari came with a never used or even fitted tropic room. I installed it several months ago and have used it a couple of time. My opinions is it is more trouble than it is worth under most situations. PITA to put up and take down.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:42 PM   #4
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We have one for our Airstream motorhome and use it for extended stays. We spend a lot of time in Maine and find it very helpful to keep out bugs and rain. I have seen them used for sale. I bought mine used and put in on my Airstream trailer. When we got the motorhome I remade it to fit the motorhome. It seem the ones I have seen for sale have been used very little. One thing I did not like was the zipper at the corner which needed to be ziped and unzipped each time you needed to go out. When I remade it It using the magnets from a portable screen door sold on as seen on TV. That way you just push through and the magnets close it. There may be one on the classified in the forumns.
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The corner zippers are also one of my negative issues. I like the idea of the magnets.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:38 PM   #6
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Zip Dee Tropic Room

I have also been considering a Tropic Room, but my wife prefers the Dometic Patty O Room, which has flaps for privacy/rain. We had the Dometic product on our previous 2 trailers.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:49 PM   #7
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Take a ladder unless you are very tall. Also consider that it won't work on an electric awning-the gas struts that stabilize the corners interfere with the tops of the zippers.

Also make sure you have storage space for it. Folded, ours requires around 2'x1.5' in one side compartment. Full ht.
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My Interstate has a Fiamma awning, so I bought a Fiamma "Privacy Room" for it. Like the Zip-Dee Tropic Room, it has one glaring drawback— if high winds kick up suddenly, it's all but impossible to quickly take down the walls safely and retract the awning before one or the other is damaged. So if you use any kind of walls for your awning, make sure to check the extended forecast for your area with particular attention to forecast winds and wind gusts, and take down the walls well in advance.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
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Diy??

Interesting topic. I'd looked into the Zip Dee tropic room too, and concluded that they were too expensive for what you get. I have a design in my head for how to make one that would work just as well, but DH doesn't want to do "another project." I love projects, which is the problem.

Anyway, I might think about it again next season. Interestingly, no place that we camped this year had many mosquitoes, which I find somewhat odd given what a mosquito magnet I usually am!
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:37 PM   #10
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BTW, when I was looking at them I talked to the company. They are custom made to your measurements. That's something to think about if you are considering buying a used one. The tricky part is the piece that fits under the steps to keep bugs from coming at you from under the trailer.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:17 PM   #11
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We looked into it before a long trip several years ago. Found it to be very expensive then, can't be better now. So we purchased a nice easy up and down screen room. Very happy with it. Used it as our outside living room. Works great. If a storm is coming it can be brought down in just a couple minutes.
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Our tropic room came with our used airstream. It has been valuable camping in Florida....extends living space with a 22 ft safari.


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