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Old 04-29-2015, 12:44 PM   #1
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What are your opinions / experiences with the ETI installed screen room that attaches to the awning? I am considering having one installed, but it is pricey...
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:51 PM   #2
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What are your opinions / experiences with the ETI installed screen room that attaches to the awning? I am considering having one installed, but it is pricey...
Some folks like them, but I didn't like the idea of all the snaps on the trailer. Don't know how easy/hard they are to set up, having never seen one in person. Easier for us to get a screen shelter such as a Clam. Those were quite popular at the Bluebonnet Rally. Very roomy and inexpensive too.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:04 PM   #3
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I have the screen room. I think a lot depends on where you camp and how large the mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, horse flies. It is quite easy to set up ( once you remember how ).
The snaps are no issue, but there are a lot of them. Minor irritation with mine is that you can't use the step that is attached to the trailer because the skirt that prevents insects from coming in under the trailer goes over the step.
Bonus is, as I understand it, the screen room protects the awning from wind gusts.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:50 PM   #4
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The Escape Trailer screen room costs $400.00 Canadian dollars
The Clam 12x12 screen room costs $300.00 US dollars
Basically the same price today. I think the Escape screen room enlarges the living area better than the Clam screen room but then I have neither.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:12 PM   #5
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We also have the screen room . The best part is it is under your awning almost being part of your trailer increasing your living area . Snaps look fine to us .
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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I bought the Clam Screenhouse. I have only set it up, and that took less than 2 minutes, though without stakes or guylines if needed. Looking it over, it is of excellent quality. We prefer to be able to have something separate from the trailer, and only bring it as needed.

I plan to do a review on this shelter, I just want to give it a real world try first.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:15 PM   #7
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We opted to continue using the separate, stand-alone screen room that we already had. Some advantages over the one attached to the trailer are:
  • Can put it over the picnic table at campsites where we cannot get the picnic table under the awning. Gives us rain and bug protection at the picnic table too.
  • Cheaper than the one attached to the trailer.
  • If something breaks, cheaper to get a new one, and more options available.
  • Get to keep it if we ever sell the trailer.
  • No extra things attached to the trailer - fewer points of possible leaks or other failure on the trailer.
  • Easier to wash the trailer - less things to scrub around.
  • Don't need to open/close the screen everytime someone wants to enter/exit the trailer.
  • More options of where to put the screened in room.
  • Another outdoor place with protection from the rain - doubles the size of outdoor rain-sheltered area!
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:34 PM   #8
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We have had in the past screened in rooms attached to awnings they are greatly appreciated when the bugs are bad or when it's raining. But one thing I want point out is the door zipper never last long when kids are around.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:10 PM   #9
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We opted for the screen room as I prefer something attached to the trailer that gives me the feeling of an "extra room" -- especially with two dogs running in and out. As it is, we always have the awning out when we camp so the screen room is just an added bonus (we also have portable dog fencing that fits nicely under the awning). Also, I understand that it's hard (impossible?) to have it installed after the trailer is built due to the snaps.

But like everything else, it depends on your camping style. You may prefer a movable screen room so as to take advantage of picnic tables, views, etc.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:29 PM   #10
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My screen room was installed about a year after I got the trailer. Wasn't an issue, that I know of.
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