Recreational vehicles, or RVs for short, are a type of a trailer or a motor vehicle which has living quarters that are designed for accommodation. There are different types of RVs such as the motorhomes, the caravans (also known as travel trailers and camper trailers), campervans, truck campers, fifth wheel trailers, and pop up campers.

RVs are very roomy and spacious vehicles, and thus plenty of living space is allowed. However, after some time, they may feel constricting and confining. A solution to this problem is purchasing a screen room that is attached to the awning (a sheet of canvas or other material that is stretched on a frame and is used to keep the sun or rain off) may allow the creation of a considerable extra living space. These are then called RV awning screen rooms, sometimes called awning rooms, or extend-a-rooms. These rooms insulate the living space against bugs and protect the residents against heat and rain.

The DIY RV Awning Screen Room: The Basics

If you have the budget, you may buy screen room panels that easily attach to the awning in roughly five minutes. These come with attachment panels that slide into the roller tube opening, allowing you to zip on screen panels. Then, side panels attach with an elastic band around the roller tube and rail clip and clamp onto the awning itself. Velcro panels also hold the edges straight along the sides of the RV, and tent stakes hold the screen room secure. A skirt that attaches to the RV with pre-installed mounting hooks provides a layer of protection from things that can come in underneath.

This idea sounds very ideal due to its convenience, but these come at a higher price. Prefabricated screen rooms cost about 500 to 1,700 dollars, and some people may not be able to afford it. If you are on a tighter budget, you can create your DIY RV awning screen room. Creating the frame from PVC pipe, which is a very lightweight material, the DIY RV awning screen room will be very easy to set up and take down with corner connectors. At least a 1-inch pipe should be used, or for a sturdier structure, 2 to 3-inch pipes could be utilized. Here are the steps in doing so.

1) Decide the size of the structure itself.

A part of this will be dependent on the size of screen roll available in the area.

2) Determine the prospect size of the pipe.

Do not resort to trying to figure out storage space for 10-foot poles. Each pole should be cut in half or thirds, and extension fittings could be used to join them again when the structure is about to be set up.

3) Construct the frame.

A basic cube should be built using eight three-way corner fittings.

4) Connect the screen to the frame.

Clamps should be used to attach the screen to one pole.

5) Include a topper in your RV awning screen room.

Attach a tarpaulin that is slightly bigger than your screen room’s measurements over the top.

With these five easy steps, your DIY RV awning screen room will be ready in no time.