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Old 07-27-2016, 11:10 AM   #11
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Agree. But wire cutter is also right about the size of the clam. I'm happy with the clam but the Coleman one definitely seems worth checking out.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:35 PM   #12
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Clam also makes a smaller size.....
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:26 PM   #13
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Sounds like wire cutter did their homework, but to me they weighted their recommendations too heavily on the color. The Clam is far far easier and quicker to set up, and the ground skirting material means less bugs. It's built better too.
In the comments section many experienced broken poles and bad customer service with Coleman. Most, if not all, comments seemed to be negative. That's enough to keep me away. Coleman may need to work on the customer service relations.

Some other comments had to do with products not included in the review.

I find reading and relying on reviews can lead me to "analysis paralysis".
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I find reading and relying on reviews can lead me to "analysis paralysis".
You've got that right!
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:52 PM   #15
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I find reading and relying on reviews can lead me to "analysis paralysis".
Plus I think it a given that unhappy consumers are more likely to post a review than those who are happy with a product and just move on with their lives.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:52 PM   #16
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That's enough to keep me away. Coleman may need to work on the customer service relations.
Coleman is a lot like Dometic, with way too broad of a product line, and far from top quality with any of them.
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Plus I think it a given that unhappy consumers are more likely to post a review than those who are happy with a product and just move on with their lives.
So true. Many years ago I worked in the hotel industry. One of the things they preached was that a guest who had a negative experience would tell 10 people on average. A guest with a positive experience would tell maybe 1 or 2.
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Jim, like you after seeing them in Townsend, we are thinking about purchasing one of the Clams. I am curious if the model that you received from Gander Mountain was a Clam or their house brand? The people that we spoke to in Townsend, did not have any issue putting theirs up. I think that the tan color would be cooler, but from what I have read, the side panel are currently only available in green.
We have the Gander Mountain version called a Gazelle - it is virtually the same as a Clam just different label and color.
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We just bought one -- our daughter loves hers and I convinced Terry that we could find a place to store it while we're traveling -- We read that a lot of them are delivered inside out and therefore hard to open the first time but ours came packaged right and we got it set up really fast.
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Anyone know if there is any where in Canada to buy the Clam Shelters? Americans get all the good stuff
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