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Old 07-07-2020, 08:21 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a screen room/ screen tent or whatever its called that they would like to recommend or to say "stay away from this one"? Or has anyone put a screen on the awning? Just thinking about more space when we are out and about.
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Old 07-07-2020, 09:16 PM   #2
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I've had a Clam Quick-Set and now have a (smaller) Gazelle. Both have been good and are quick to set up once you've had a bit of practice, but the fine-mesh screen truly does not allow breeze to come through; therefore they are not useful in weather above 75 degrees (less than that if sunny). Weekend before last, on a windy day (like 25 mph gusts) the interior of the Gazelle was stuffy and no air movement could be felt unless the doorway was tied open.
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Old 07-07-2020, 09:40 PM   #3
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I've had a Clam Quick-Set and now have a (smaller) Gazelle. Both have been good and are quick to set up once you've had a bit of practice, but the fine-mesh screen truly does not allow breeze to come through; therefore they are not useful in weather above 75 degrees (less than that if sunny). Weekend before last, on a windy day (like 25 mph gusts) the interior of the Gazelle was stuffy and no air movement could be felt unless the doorway was tied open.
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Does anyone have a screen room/ screen tent or whatever its called that they would like to recommend or to say "stay away from this one"? Or has anyone put a screen on the awning? Just thinking about more space when we are out and about.
Do you have the manual or power awning?
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Do you have the manual or power awning?
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ETI used to offer an optional screen room for the Carefree of Colorado Fiesta manual awning. Required snaps on the trailer body. Before Tammy and Reace sold the company they had indicated that they were working to restock the screen rooms but I'm not sure where this landed. I don't think they were very popular overall because from what I have read they are bulky and heavy. It seemed that users preferred to set them up only if staying for longer periods of time. Carefree currently makes screen rooms that should be compatible (like Buena Vista+ and Vacation'r) but they look even bulkier and heavier (more vinyl) than what Escape supplied. If you are just trying to block the sun better you might think about the Sunblocker/Sideblocker made by Carefree.

If looking for some shade, bug and moderate wind/rain protection we have the Clam Escape XL with optional side panels. Really nifty how quickly it goes up and down. Need considerable flat area to set it up. Probably don't use it as much as we thought we would.
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Yup. Bulky and heavy. I've set mine up a couple times in 12 years. Best thing about it is you can easily kill mosquitoes and the like when they find themselves trapped inside.
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ETI used to offer an optional screen room for the Carefree of Colorado Fiesta manual awning. Required snaps on the trailer body. Before Tammy and Reace sold the company they had indicated that they were working to restock the screen rooms but I'm not sure where this landed. I don't think they were very popular overall because from what I have read they are bulky and heavy. It seemed that users preferred to set them up only if staying for longer periods of time. Carefree currently makes screen rooms that should be compatible (like Buena Vista+ and Vacation'r) but they look even bulkier and heavier (more vinyl) than what Escape supplied. If you are just trying to block the sun better you might think about the Sunblocker/Sideblocker made by Carefree.

If looking for some shade, bug and moderate wind/rain protection we have the Clam Escape XL with optional side panels. Really nifty how quickly it goes up and down. Need considerable flat area to set it up. Probably don't use it as much as we thought we would.
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If looking for some shade, bug and moderate wind/rain protection we have the Clam Escape XL with optional side panels. Really nifty how quickly it goes up and down. Need considerable flat area to set it up. Probably don't use it as much as we thought we would.
I researched quite a bit before purchasing the 6' square Traveler. It's now out of stock - at Amazon, anyway.
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My wife and I have an REI screen house. We like it although use it mostly to cover bike and chairs if it’s raining. Mosquitos are rarely a problem where we’ve camped. As Mike said about his, ours inhibits air flow somewhat. We learned from experience to store it in a mesh laundry bag between outings. This provides good air flow. Otherwise the screen house gets a musty odor. We also set up and clean it after each trip. Only takes a few minutes.
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Our Clam - in mosquito infested Colorado.
Note the full size USFS picnic table inside, plus room for some camp chairs.
It is also reasonable at keeping out light rain.
Needs a full length pickup truck bed to carry.
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I've had a Clam Quick-Set and now have a (smaller) Gazelle. Both have been good and are quick to set up once you've had a bit of practice, but the fine-mesh screen truly does not allow breeze to come through; therefore they are not useful in weather above 75 degrees (less than that if sunny). Weekend before last, on a windy day (like 25 mph gusts) the interior of the Gazelle was stuffy and no air movement could be felt unless the doorway was tied open.
It is true that screens cut way down on breezes, but isn’t the primary purpose of screens to keep insects from bothering you? You could make a screen room with mesh having the size of chicken wire, and the breeze will not be restricted, but you better have a can of Off handy. If you want breeze, then forget the screen room; it is one less thing to set up, take down, and maintain. Just pick a nice spot for your camp chairs. You can always use the “chemical” screen room (insect repellent) to keep the bugs away. I have a Clam, and would rather be a bit warm and not be dined on by mosquitos rather than being a few degrees cooler but being chewed up. Just my opinion. YMMV!
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Our Clam - in mosquito infested Colorado.
Note the full size USFS picnic table inside, plus room for some camp chairs.
It is also reasonable at keeping out light rain.
Needs a full length pickup truck bed to carry.
Love that your clamshell covers the picnic table, a great option for two or more campers! I chose the smaller version only because I needed one that I could easily manage, as I generally travel solo.
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Our Clam - in mosquito infested Colorado.
Note the full size USFS picnic table inside, plus room for some camp chairs.
It is also reasonable at keeping out light rain.
Needs a full length pickup truck bed to carry.
It fits straight in my 6 1/2" box, just. While I love using it as it is a great unit, easy and fast to set up, I really don't like the size of it stowed in the truck. It always seems in the way of something.

I have been thinking of moving to the smaller Clam like Jim N has, though it is nice with a group to have a large table inside.
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I've had a Clam Quick-Set and now have a (smaller) Gazelle. Both have been good and are quick to set up once you've had a bit of practice, but the fine-mesh screen truly does not allow breeze to come through; therefore they are not useful in weather above 75 degrees (less than that if sunny). Weekend before last, on a windy day (like 25 mph gusts) the interior of the Gazelle was stuffy and no air movement could be felt unless the doorway was tied open.
Can you open a window to get some ventilation going?
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Screen house

I've used a Clam, borrowed from a buddy and bought a used Coleman screen house from another buddy, who bought a larger Coleman screen house.


Hands down.....the Coleman. Simple and very quick set up, light weight, great value. Get the larger size. I will, when my slightly smaller unit "gives up the ghost".


Clams are the rage, but big, heavy, long in length, ponderous and hot. If you're looking for something that can convert to colder weather use, or an ice shack, Clam is the way to go. They sell screen covers for wind, rain & cold.


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We have a full size Gazelle pop up that fits over the largest picnic table.
It can be warm, but no bugs...is no bugs.
I came across this smaller unit that Costco Canada sells and thought it was a good value at $200.
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Can you open a window to get some ventilation going?
What window? It's screen material! Nope, the screens don't open in any way, except for the door panels which can be tied back. But then bugs can enter at will, of course.
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