We ordered this item about a month ago. It’s very well made, and not too terribly hard to install, except… forget about the cheapo... “Common sense” (the official name of the twist-locks) fasteners they supply. I had the single-screw things popping apart faster than they could be installed. I went to an upholstery shop where they make boat tops, and bought two dozen stainless steel, two-hole marine versions of the fasteners. Problem solved forever. Cost: about $20, and the marine versions do NOT break. (The skirting piece also uses Common sense fasteners) Each sidewall is held up by a spring bar, then slide-on anchors that connect to the Common sense fasteners. (In a line up the RV wall) The corners zip together with large zippers. Be sure to carry a stepstool in your RV, as you will need it to compress the stiff-spring bars into their places, and reach the top of all the zippers. You have to drill a 3/8” hole in each end of the awning roller, which is easy enough to do. There’s a pin on one end of the spring bar, and a socket (cup) that mounts on the RV wall to hold the upper end of the bar. Installing the Patty O Room is mostly lining up and installing all of the Common sense fasteners into the right places, drilling the two rail holes, mounting the two sockets, and cutting the skirting piece out for the steps. After that, putting the room up for the weekend is just putting on the skirting piece, sliding the front panels into the awning rail’s accessory groove, putting up the sidewalls, and zipping them all together. I made a special hook-bend in my awning pull bar that hooks the zipper handle of the front panels, and I can set it up all by myself. The hardest part is sliding the front panels into the awning rail, but with two people, it’s very easy. A tip: have the awning dropped down low to make the accessory rail easy to reach, then raise it back up to normal after the front panels are in place. The screen is fine mesh, and the walls are tight against the RV.
We installed the Patty O Room and found the tension poles were not long enough. Any strong wind would knock them off. We purchas...ed two utility comp springs and inserted them in the pole to give it more tension. It worked great. problem solved. We also found the fasteners very cheap and will purchase the ones from the boat store and replace as needed. We already replaced three of them. Room is great idea just a few cheap parts. But otherwise works out well.
I installed the patty-o-room with an additional panel about a year ago on my 5th wheel. As mentioned before, the connectors are c...heap and good marine metal fasteners should be purchased and work well to correct the problem. As I do not travel with my 5th wheel the room works well to keep weather and bugs out. However, if I traveled frequently, the room would be "very difficult" and very time consuming to un-assemble and take down and store without help and a lot of storage space. I recommend it for more "permanent" installations only and not for full time year round travelers.
I have a 24 ft class c with a 15 ft awning. I got the Patty-o-room and it
adds 8 x 15 ft additional living space..so it's like ...having a 39 ft RV ! I
can set it up myself, and I'm a 58 yrs young female, and have been
using it for 8 years...it still looks great...and i've camped with it in
heavy rain, heavy snow, and desert sun...It's been up in a lot of
unexpected heavy snow, I lower it so that the snow slides off of it-with
my help..but it was great becasue I still had the outdoor room and no
snow in that space...I have been camping with several friends, who
would use an air mattress and use it as an additional sleeping room-
instead of making the dining table/convert to a bed area....I usually
have the rain flaps on the outside, to prevent rain water from coming
inside during heavy rain...IT IS AWESOME ! The ceiling is high so
easy for any friend who is 6'2 or taller...and with the electric plug I
have on the outside of my RV, I use a tall pole lamp, and enjoy it after
dark as well. There's enough room (8' x 15' ) so I can set up a nice
dinner table and chairs for 6. or we can sit around and watch a DVD
after dark with the panels down -so other campers aren't
bothered..and just really nice to keep out the bugs...I have friends
who drive the huge 40 ft motorhomes,but since I'm the driver, it's
much easier to drive a class C that's only 24 feet...also can squeeze
in anywhere,set up the Paty-o-room, and I've instantly got the same
space of a 38 ft motorhome ! Without the hassle of driving one that
big...a lot of beautiful state parks won't allow RVs over 27-28 feet
long...I've seen 32 ft RVs turned away due to size..TRY IT ! I keep it
folded and ready to set up in the back seat of my little tow car
Makes a nice ante-room for the fifth wheel. Resourceful mosquitos and other critters will find a way in and it can be sort of a pa...in to set up, espescially by yourself...
Initial setup of this product is a bigger pain...Make sure you have silicone sealer, a small adjustable wrench, a spring loaded center punch, and a ladder in addition to the stuff they say you need. Also, block out about 2-3 hours and have a friend available for the stuff that needs 4 hands.
Consider buying 2' panels over 4 foot panels to make up the space on a big awning as it is very difficult to roll up those privacy shields on the wider panels.
The part number for the Patty O' Room Anchors (water bags) through Camping World is #10923-worth getting.
You WILL be drilling holes in the side of your vehicle and installing those metal twist clamp thingys to anchor the sides of the Room to the vehicle...Carefree's Add-A-Room may not have this requirement, check with them if this stresses you out.
Buy extra light for outdoors-you WILL lose access to the groove in your awning tubing so you may want to come up with another strategy for hanging those tacky pink flamingo lights-I did...The extra light is nice, espescially if you're going to hang out there.
We've not had anyone sleep in ours, and many campgrounds won't permit this anyway, but my concern would be for carbon monoxide poisoning as both the water heater, and furnace for my fifth wheel vent into this space. If I was travelling with my Mother In Law (God Forbid) this may be an attractive option...Happy Trails
We love our Patty O'Room.
It's a breeze to put up (after the initial installation). The initial installation was a bit of a pa...in, but once we got it up, we were thrilled.
The additional living space it gives us is great. It helps block the wind and rain and keeps us comfortable when sitting inside.
We agree with another reviewer the rain does drip inside the room when the privacy panels are down. We have decided to put a tarp over the outside to block the rain. (another option is to put the privacy panels on the outside)
The advantages of this product far out weigh any negative.
We are very pleased with our room and wish we would have bought one sooner.
Concept is wonderful and I have only two negative issues. The side poles that come as part of the standard kit, are a very weak a...luminum. They bent during the first major storm. The replacement poles that I purchased were of a much stronger aluminum. My second issue is that the privacy shades, when rolled down, do not prevent rain from coming into room. I am going to attempt to reverse them when I assemble for this season.
We just sold our trailer after 11 years, and have used the Patty O'Room on most trips. The dealer installed snaps on the trailer ...and the side panels to fasten corners. We have never had any problems with it, and have often used it as extra sleeping space, with a tarp on the ground, covered by area rugs, cots, etc. My husband and I could usually have it up and ready to use in less than 20 minutes, including flooring. Maybe the people that have had problems were using it for long periods of time or in bad weather. I would highly recommend this product and am considering purchasing a new one for our new RV.
We love our room as well. It provides great bug-free protection and
privacy when wanted. It goes up in about an hour and back ...down and
packed away until the next use in about an hour as well. Well worth it!
This the best addition to our coach. After the initial setup, the
setup/takedown is much easier. I can do it in 20-30 min. I d...on't
understand the previous review about having to take it down in in
rainy conditions. It works best in the rain with the privacy flaps on the
outside to keep more rain out. We enjoy being able to go out when
it's raining and stay dry. We are able to free up indoor space with the
additional items we take along for extended stays. Even in the wind,
it is great as it adds extra stabilization to the awning from the added
weight and being staked down. We've endured pretty high winds in
the Arizona desert with no problems. A must have for long stays.
Provides additional outdoor space to enjoy. Make sure your
measurements are correct when ordering/purchasing and get an
exper...ienced salesman at the camping store to assist. We had
measurements correct and with inexperienced salesman was told to
purchase panels we did not need and were missing a critical panel
that had to be ordered and took weeks to come in! Installation took
my husband 5 hours to set-up by himself. The extra outdoor room it
provides is wonderful. The size we purchased covers our carpeted
deck and protects 8 chairs, 2 tables, a full-size refrigerator, and
27inch tv. Even with the recent days of rain, nothing got wet. The
privacy panels that you can roll down are an excellent addition to the
patio as well. We highly recommend this product as opposed to the
cost of building an overhead roof and screening it in. Our Patty
O'Room cost just under $800. It's a perfect compliment to our travel
trailer. For the camping stores...please display a Patty O'Room on
one of your campers. This will provide the salesmen with the
knowledge to actually measure, set it up and be able to properly sell
this product to the customer. It also allows the customer to see it set-
up, and ask the salesmen any additional questions about
This was one of the best investments I have made to my RV.
once you figure out how to set it up the first time(came with no
in...structions) even though I had it installed, it still wasn't explained.
a fellow camper helped us put it up. But once up, it was great!
no bugs in the RV,we were able to leave our door open so our dogs
could come in and out. And at night we lowered the rain flaps so we
all the privacy we wanted,and felt comfortable leaving stuff outside,
it was like we had a second RV added. I highly recommend this screen
room. Only thing I would change is the door to get out the zipper
sometimes sticks,they need a better way.( I though I saw a regular
screen door that could be purchased to fit, but can't seem to find it
again) Definitely a must have! Would never go camping without one
again. Easy take down & put away. recommended to clean before you
put away. this will make put up easier.
Great, Great product!!!!!
We bought our 5th wheel in 2004 and traveled to Mexico on the Pacific Coast side. As
many R-V owner's do, we discovered that t...heir are still lots of biting bugs south of the
border who also love the heat. So, on returning home after wintering in Mexico, we
purchased a Patty O'Room and usually put it up whenever near fresh water. The
screening works well and lets enough air through to keep us comfortable even in the
heat with a fan boost on occasion. It is sure great when hit with the occasional tropical
shower. We sit, protected, and watch our neighbors run around, putting their furniture
away while we can still use ours.
We've had our Patty O Room for 5 years now, great investment. Gives us additional living space, and storage space. We have a freez...er, TV and Muskoa deck chairs along with a fish pond in ours. I would suggest buying a 2nd hardware kit, about $50.00, gives you 2 extra poles, and more clips to attach to the trailer. I found that in high winds the screw on snaps pull loose from the trailer siding. The only thing I think would be a great option is adding tinted window coverings along with the privacy coverings. We use our unit year round, and the screens are too cold in the winter, the privacy curtains too dark to leave down. We replaced the door opening with a regular house screen door, made a frame using 2x4's, and attached to the awning, and patio floor, works great, no zippers to deal with. Great product and great service from Dometic when I called to order the parts kit. I would buy another one when we upgrade our trailer. Not sure about the above mentioned install / ordering issues. I found both to be very easy. Measure awning arm to arm like you would to replace the awning, and that is how many feet of panels you need. Clips attach to unit side, just inside awning arms, straight down. Biggest decision would be if you need tall or short model.
We used to spend Christmas in Florida visiting my in-laws while staying in our 29' class C. We would set the Patty O' Room up and ...put our Christmas tree there so Santa would visit. I stopped in Dalton, Ga. on the way down and picked up a piece of heavy backed carpet and cut it to fit the Patty O' Room. I would roll the carpet over the extra length of the walls that were on the ground and it made a nice, cozy, sealed room. The boys would awake Christmas morning to find that Santa had found them in Florida and left their gifts (that we had hidden in the toad on the way down.) We absolutely loved the Patty O' Room as it tripled our living space. With a portable table and lawn chairs it was a dining room and den. I watched many a bowl game relaxing on a chaise lounger in our Patty O' Room. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because of the snaps that attach it to the motorhome. When windy, the snaps wouldn't hold. I finally took the Patty O' Room to a local canvas shop and had the snaps on the canvas replaced with oval stainless grommets and installed wood screw twist studs (epoxied the screw threads) on the motorhome in place of the male part of the snap. Problem solved. I would highly recommend the Patty O' Room.
We are in infested mosquito country, Manitoba. This past
weekend we used it for the first time, and the pros out
number the cons.... One big pro, it did a great job keeping
out the bugs even tho there are several openings here and
there where they could have come in. Most major con was the
zipper for the door way was a headache. Did not operate
properly, ...everytime it was a battle to zip open and shut.
It seems uneven sewing of material next to the zipper is
causing the problems. We found a tear in the screen of the
doorway, and my guess is it was from the constant pressure
we put on the door zipper. Wonder if Patty Room will
compensate? Another major pro is you dont have to
continually remind people to shut the camper door, as now it
is inside the screen area, which now has few bugs to allow
in. From camper to screen room, no fighting bugs. Setup
and tear down is simple and fast. After your first time,
you could set it up within 15-20 min, and tear down less
than that. You do need another person to help slide in the
longer sections, which takes 5 minutes. Ours is 20 ft long.
We like it even tho we are having door problems. Hopefully
Patty Room will look after us, we'll see.
We had this product for 10 years and it was wonderful! It is up year round. Six months in Florida and six months in Canada. Had to... replace part in 2014. The screening is terrible and we have had to replace it twice already and it needs it again. (Camping World were very nice in replacing it). Dometic needs to re address the new construction and quality of the screening. I did complain the first time but they were not the littlest bit interested. I am now going to write another complaint to the company and see how they are going to handle it. The product has been enjoyed by us for many years but what do we do now. The screen just comes apart and it is not where it is sewn... the screen develops holes. All I can say is be careful when buying.
We no longer have any pieces to the Patty O'Room. Dometic has relabeled the product as the "Veranda Room", the starter kits are listed as SKU#88280 for standard height and SKU#88281 for tall. Individual panels are added to the starter kits to make a whole screen room to match size of the patio awning. The starter kits provides 5'. Ex:Starter + 4' panel = 8' to 9' awning | Starter + 8' + 2' = 14' to 15' awning | Starter + 8' + 4' = 16' to 17' awning | Starter + 8' + 4' + 2' = 18' to 19' awning | Starter + 8' + 8' + 4' = 24' to 25' awning
Standard Height Panels: 2'(SKU#76594), 4'(SKU#76593), 8'(SKU#76592)
Tall Height Panels: 2'(SKU#76598), 4'(SKU#76597), 8'(SKU#76596)
by Camping World – June 14, 2016
This appears to be a closeout. Are some still available?
by MikeS – April 28, 2016
April 28, 2016
Called the 888 number, the agent didn't know anything about these.
No, we no longer have any pieces to the Patty O'Room. Dometic has relabeled the product as the "Veranda Room", the starter kits are listed as SKU#88280 for standard height and SKU#88281 for tall. Individual panels are added to the starter kits to make a whole screen room to match size of the patio awning. The starter kits provides 5'. Ex:Starter + 4' panel = 8' to 9' awning | Starter + 8' + 8' + 4' = 24' to 25' awning
Standard Height Panels: 2'(SKU#76594), 4'(SKU#76593), 8'(SKU#76592)
Tall Height Panels: 2'(SKU#76598), 4'(SKU#76597), 8'(SKU#76596)
by Camping World – April 28, 2016
Yes, the Patty O'Room is designed to fit a standard roll up awning. However, Dometic relabeled this product as the "Veranda Room" with new manufacturer part numbers making the "Patty O'Room" obsolete and no longer available. The starter kit at Standard height(93"-110") is listed as SKU#88280 while the starter kit in Tall(111"-120") is listed as SKU#88281. The starter kits contain both side panels, a door panel, skirting, wheel-well cover, hardware kit, and zippered storage bag. Individual panels of 2', 4', or 8' have to be added to the starter kits to match the size of the patio awning. As there is no selection wizard available at the moment on our website, please consult with our Technical Service Group @ 800.622.6264(M-F, 8:00-5:00 CST) to order this screen room.
by Camping World – April 14, 2016
No, the Patty O'Room does not have a floor.
by Camping World – June 09, 2015
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