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Old 10-10-2014, 04:44 AM   #1
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Anybody using a portable screen room and what are the pros or cons of one. We have 2 small kittens that have not been in the MH yet and was thinking it might be good to put them in there while we were in there just to get them out for a while.


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Old 10-10-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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Well, this is just my opinion. Every portable screen room I have been in has been rather flimsy, not sure that a kitten/cat's claws wouldn't rip apart the screen in a few seconds. Most don't have floors so you would have to be sure to find one that does. The other drawback I have seen is that they don't really keep the sun out except at noon and they keep breezes out or slow the air down. The way they are shaped also lets it rain in on the sloped sides. They are great for nighttime dining out or visiting but for daytime they are a bust as far as I am concerned.

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Old 10-10-2014, 01:19 PM   #3
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there are kitty condo cages that have a couple of carpeted sitting ledges in them that are collapsible and pretty easy to transport with the additional feature that they keep your kitties safe from whatever comes by.... about 4 ft x 2 ft x 2ft.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:56 PM   #4
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I agree the screen canopies I've seen don't seem to be strong to hold anythiing more than a mosquito or a few yellow flies. If they were mine, I would encourage them to stay in the RV and get used to it. Are they normally outdoor or indoor cats?
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:20 PM   #5
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I bought a screen room. Thus far I have yet to pull it out and set it up. It is, by far, the biggest space-taker in my basement storage bay... I hate that. I thought I'd need a screen room but I just haven't seen a situation yet where it would be useful. Most times we set up a nice sitting area under the 20' awning. If it's too cold to sit out, we just go inside. But if I really want to be outside, and it's a bit chilly out, I just use my portable propane heater (Heater Buddy is the name I think) and that provides all the warmth we need outside without the hassle of a screen room.

If I could do it over, I wouldn't have purchased the screen room.

Get a propane heater instead.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:04 PM   #6
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We started with a pop up with tent. We have it in the RV. We have no awning, so this will provide outside shade and can even be a tent when we bring along extra passengers.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:12 AM   #7
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We bought one where we could sit outside and not get eaten alive by the insects. We have not used it yet. We did set it up one time, but it rained every afternoon when we wanted to sit outside.

We are hoping to use it on our next trip next month.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:16 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by jettyjock View Post
Anybody using a portable screen room and what are the pros or cons of one. We have 2 small kittens that have not been in the MH yet and was thinking it might be good to put them in there while we were in there just to get them out for a while.

We have a large screen room with floor made by Gander Mountain. Make sure you have one with a floor or the kitties will sneak out the bottom. Never leave them alone in a screen room. Your kitties will love it. Make sure you have a scratching post in it and a small litterpan.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #9
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Anyone have thoughts on the screen rooms that attach to the awning? We have dogs and have been thinking about this as an option for them to come in and out of the MH as well as keeping as many bugs out of the MH too. Anyone have this? Good? Bad? Worth the $? To the OP could this be an option for you?
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:52 AM   #10
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Since we usually have more if us traveling than can comfortably can sleep indoors we were still setting up big tent. Got the carefree add-a-room late this season this and love it. Easier for me to set up than the big tent and nicer to have right outside the door. The connection to the awning rails on the sides is not air tight so if I had a loose cat in it I suspect it might climb its way out.

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