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Old 08-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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A Frame Screen Room Ideas

Hi Folks. We're pleased to report that our new A122 has proven to be a real joy throughout our camping adventures over the last month. Yay!

Also, as often stated, but still worth repeating, it's great to know that this forum serves as an excellent source of advice pertaining to these cool little trailers. The entertaining travelogues from hardside owners are a real bonus!

Now that we've got a few trips under our belt, we've been mulling over the purchase of a screen room to complement the trailer. It would be nice to have a little extra covered living space where we could store overflow items. The subject has been discussed at length (i.e. A Frame Screen Tent Awning?) but we wanted to explore further, maybe get some additional recommendations from the group. The factory awning designed for the hardside looks terrific, but is pricey and too labor-intensive for us. There are a ton of different awnings out there, but possibly a specific model would work best with our trailer.

Our ideal features: set up in approximately 5 minutes, have screened walls, big enough to enclose a typical Forest Service picnic table, offer 'some' rain protection, and, potentially, could be pulled up next to the A122 and used as a 'screen porch'.

Thanks, everyone, for any input!
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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I use a 10x10 commercial EZ Up with zippered side walls...I can put this up by myself if I have to...2 person set up is def much faster (3 min versus 10+ incl staking)...well the side walls takes me an addtl 10 min because Im so short I get neck cramp tippy toeing up to attach to the top rails of the canopy. Haha

I love my EZ Up - It had endured some pretty wicked wind and rainstorms and with the exception of the last storm (it was freakish Idaho weather in June - flood warning and torrential rain) it has never dripped. This last storm was the worse -nearby aread had flash floods and road closures...I should have left sooner than later - but that is now in hindsight! LOL
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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Appreciate the good info, handbuilder. Sounds like a very hearty awning!

Would you happen to recall the specific EZ Up model you've been using?

Thanks again!
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Gosh - I dont remember - its about 8 yrs old. Heres a picture of it next to the trailer. Three sides are pulled up for a breeze & the back side panel is dropped down to keep the sun off the dogs underneath it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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Nice perspective shot of your trailer next to the awning. Thanks again,
handbuilder. With your feedback, and researching some more through the forums, think I have enough background info to procure an awning/screen room that fills the bill. Cheers and regards.
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I use a 10x10 commercial EZ Up with zippered side walls...I can put this up by myself if I have to...2 person set up is def much faster (3 min versus 10+ incl staking)...well the side walls takes me an addtl 10 min because Im so short I get neck cramp tippy toeing up to attach to the top rails of the canopy. Haha

I love my EZ Up - It had endured some pretty wicked wind and rainstorms and with the exception of the last storm (it was freakish Idaho weather in June - flood warning and torrential rain) it has never dripped. This last storm was the worse -nearby aread had flash floods and road closures...I should have left sooner than later - but that is now in hindsight! LOL
Is it possible to attach the side walls before raising up the poles completely?
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ROFL - Terier! All these years & I have never thought of that! Yes big yes, I can attach the sides before full raising it! Haha...this is an "a-ha" moment for me...now why hasnt anyone ever thought of that? I think we've always been in a rush to just raise it up! BIG THANKS for your common sense!
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pics please ...thanks much .

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ROFL - Terier! All these years & I have never thought of that! Yes big yes, I can attach the sides before full raising it! Haha...this is an "a-ha" moment for me...now why hasnt anyone ever thought of that? I think we've always been in a rush to just raise it up! BIG THANKS for your common sense!
Being only 5'2" I also stuggle with reaching the frame of my pop up canopy that goes over the AG pool. It's actually easier to move in the lower position.

Hopefully it works for you as it has for me.
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