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Old 04-21-2018, 05:45 PM   #1
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Clam or no Clam

Hi all,
We are headed out in about a week to make a big loop from St. Louis, MO to the west coast, up to Vancouver, across Canada , down the East coast and back home. We will be in Canada during May through mid-July. Opinions on whether a Clam shelter is advisable with no see-um netting. The biting insects love me , so this is important info to me! Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-21-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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We have a clam. They are very nice, especially after you get adept at setting it up and taking it down. Setup time can be as little as 1 minute, and takedown about 2 minutes. Very cool. That, of course, doesn't include staking it down, if you want to.

They are quite nice, so nice, we don't miss the old awning we removed from our Casita.
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Old 04-21-2018, 05:51 PM   #3
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We have a clam. They are very nice, especially after you get adept at setting it up and taking it down. Setup time can be as little as 1 minute, and takedown about 2 minutes. Very cool. That, of course, doesn't include staking it down, if you want to.

They are quite nice, so nice, we don't miss the old awning we removed from our Casita.
Thanks. We lost our awning on the Casita we owned to a Thunderstorm. Tried to order the Escape without one but they said we had to have it! I'm sure we will enjoy it now that we know to use common sense care with it.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:17 PM   #4
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Thanks. We lost our awning on the Casita we owned to a Thunderstorm. Tried to order the Escape without one but they said we had to have it! I'm sure we will enjoy it now that we know to use common sense care with it.
I am looking forward to the automated nature of the new Escape awning, but the Casita one got hung on branches too many times and was getting long in the tooth, plus there were a few leaks at the attachment points, so we pulled it off. I'm glad we did. The clam more than made up for the awning, and makes a nice "porch".
We will probably be bringing our clam with us when we pick up our new 21' in June ! Cannot wait !
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:24 PM   #5
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We have a Clam and love it, bring it all over when we're camping.

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We too like our clam, we opted for the smaller one, 6x6, perfect for a couple and our dogs and easier to stow.
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I've only used mine a few times, and those for bugs, worked as advertised. If I were going to be out in bug season I'd take it along, no need once it cools down enough.

I have the small one, 2 people with a small table just fit. If you are thinking about the bigger one, might take a look at it's size when folded up. The small one is somewhat bulky, I imagine the big one is considerably more so. Just something to check on.

I've not used the optional side rain covers although I have 3 of them, I've just taken it down and put it in the back of the truck.
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Just got my Clam and used it for a tent trip with grandsons last weekend. It did well in the wind. It's much better than the REI screen room I've used for several years. Going to Utah next week and hoping it will withstand the wind there. I think it will be like an additional room. The rain panels go on really easy. I'm hoping they help for shade too.
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The rain panels are good in the rain, otherwise they prevent any air movement.
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Old 04-21-2018, 07:57 PM   #10
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While I like the Clam, my problem is a 5' bed in the truck. Maybe the next one will have a long enough bed to hold one. Right now I have an EasyUp that fits. I have both solid & net sides for it.
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