How to Add a Room for a Pop-Up Trailer

by Lea Saray
Screen rooms make using your trailer even more pleasurable.

Screen rooms make using your trailer even more pleasurable.

Trailers and RVs can easily add more living space with a screened room. This room can be a great place to enjoy a meal or escape from bugs. A portable screened room is a relatively simple project if done properly. The ceiling can be made from tarp and doors can be placed at specific locations to accommodate each individual trailer and RV.

Chart out the size of your room. The size of the room can depend on a lot of factors, such as the height of your trailer and how much area you will typically have to set up your room. A good place to start is with a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet.

Slice up ¾-inch-diameter PVC into 5-foot lengths. These will be the framing supports for the tent. By making them only half of the total dimensions necessary, the tent will be able to be collapsed and stored with ease.

Construct a 10-by-10-foot cube, using PVC fittings. Use eight corner pieces as well as 12 joiners to attach the 24 5-foot lengths of PVC. Create 12 10-foot lengths and then create the cube. The structure should be sturdy if all lengths were measured accurately.

Cut four pieces of screen and a piece of tarp all10-by-10feet. Clamp them into position on the frame. The screens are the four walls, and the tarp is for the ceiling. Make sure that all the pieces fit together correctly and have enough room for stitching.

Stitch the panels together. While the panels are still on the frame, pin them to each other; then remove the tent from the frame. Using a sewing machine, stitch the screen panels together and to the tarp. Be sure to stitch the entire length of the screens using triple stitching. This will prolong the life of the tent.

Hang the tent back on the frame. Plan where you want doors to be placed and mark the outlines with a magic marker. Cut pieces of tarp into the correct size for the doors and sew them onto the tent. Leave on side of the tarp without any stitching to create a flap. The tent is now complete and can be assembled quickly and packed away for storage.

Items you will need

  • 24-foot by 5-foot lengths of PVC
  • 8-foot Corner Fittings
  • 12-foot Extension Fittings
  • 4-10-by-10-foot Screen
  • 1-10-by-10-foot Tarp
  • 2-by-3-by-6-foot Tarp Doors
  • Sewing Machine


  • Use a sewing machine strong enough to go through tarp with thick thread.
  • Tarp scraps can be used to make a carrying bag for the screen.

About the Author

Lea Saray began writing professionally in 1988 with a column on early childhood for her local newspaper. She has had several nonfiction books published for children ages 5-15 and also serves as a second-grade teacher.

Photo Credits

  • camping,trailer image by Greg Pickens from