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Old 04-29-2019, 11:36 AM   #1
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Clam or Gazelle

We are looking to add a screen room to our camping equipment. We have seen quite a few Clams and quite a few Gazelles in use at several rallies. How do you campers that have actually owned one or the other feel about your particular style of screen room?
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:08 PM   #2
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We own the 12' Clam and it's like a "den" for us! We now move all our toaster oven, coffee pot, etc in there and live when we're not in the Scamp getting ready for bed or sleeping.

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE!:
Which ever brand, get the version with the "rain" deflectors built in! They're flaps that are made onto the canopy at the top of the screens that laps over the wind panels when they're installed. If you dont rain will pour in at the tops of the screens windpanels. Since the screen walls lean inward? Yeah...

We would NOT be without our Clam now with the 13'er Scamp.

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We are looking to add a screen room to our camping equipment. We have seen quite a few Clams and quite a few Gazelles in use at several rallies. How do you campers that have actually owned one or the other feel about your particular style of screen room?
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:49 PM   #3
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We own the 12' Clam and it's like a "den" for us! We now move all our toaster oven, coffee pot, etc in there and live when we're not in the Scamp getting ready for bed or sleeping.

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE!:
Which ever brand, get the version with the "rain" deflectors built in! They're flaps that are made onto the canopy at the top of the screens that laps over the wind panels when they're installed. If you dont rain will pour in at the tops of the screens windpanels. Since the screen walls lean inward? Yeah...

We would NOT be without our Clam now with the 13'er Scamp.

How can you tell which ones are the versions with built in rain deflectors? The product descriptions don't mention anything about rain deflectors. Is that just your descriptive name for them? If so it does not help find out which one have that ability and which ones don't. Giving product numbers is more useful.
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We have the octagon 6 side Clam with the rain/wind shields sold as and addon, but have never used the shields. We did not order the awning on our Casita and so far we think we made a good choice with the Clam. We got our Clam from https://www.landmsupply.com/departme...kl4aAjOR8P8HAQ

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Some appreciate what info they can get. I will provide a link and others will just have to do the research for info on the ones designed for - or not for- rain usage.

CLAM Portable Gazebo | Canopy Tent | Screen Popup Tent
Mine is the Escape- Green.

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How can you tell which ones are the versions with built in rain deflectors? The product descriptions don't mention anything about rain deflectors. Is that just your descriptive name for them? If so it does not help find out which one have that ability and which ones don't. Giving product numbers is more useful.
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That's the one I have. We use the panels at night for privacy when we sit out. But again, this one- though it says the top is "water resistant roof"- will let the rain in with the panels. People just need to know that. Unfortunately, the others are considerably more expensive. But then again, the panels are extra with this Clam.

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We have the octagon 6 side Clam with the rain/wind shields sold as and addon, but have never used the shields. We did not order the awning on our Casita and so far we think we made a good choice with the Clam. We got our Clam from https://www.landmsupply.com/departme...kl4aAjOR8P8HAQ

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Old 04-29-2019, 04:52 PM   #7
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getting the right keywords do matter a lot when you are looking for things online.


In this case you need to make sure the "rain fly" is included with the canopy.


Some places call it rainfly...as one single word but in this case the Clam company uses it as a two word phrase.



So if you want to find it do not go searching for a "rain guard" as you won't find that term in any of their product descriptions.
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I had a clam quick set escape. I sold it and bought a five sided gazelle instead. Both seem fine, but I wanted a lighter, smaller one. Just keep in mind that they are better on cool days than hot days, because the screen mesh is so fine it does cut down on air movement more than one might expect.
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I had a clam quick set escape. I sold it and bought a five sided gazelle instead. Both seem fine, but I wanted a lighter, smaller one. Just keep in mind that they are better on cool days than hot days, because the screen mesh is so fine it does cut down on air movement more than one might expect.
Mike do you find much difference in the setup or takedown between the two? Also I noticed the Gazelle is slightly less expensive. Is that because of inferior construction or materials or just name brand?
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I haven't had a chance to use the Gazelle much yet; I got it too late last year for camping opportunities. It should get more of a workout this summer. Construction appears to be about the same, as far as I've noticed.

Setup of the Gazelle is a little easier simply because it's close to 10 lbs lighter, with one exception: the top takes twice as much push to pop up. Not sure if it's just mine, or all Gazelles, but I had to stand on the edge of the bottom fabric while pushing up or the whole thing would go up in the air without popping upward. Very tight. I guess that means it's not going to come back down by accident in the wind!
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This will show different Clam shelters, most I have seen and what I have are the basic model in green for the price I put in another post above. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=clam+shel...l_95yb27yeae_p

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We are looking to add a screen room to our camping equipment. We have seen quite a few Clams and quite a few Gazelles in use at several rallies. How do you campers that have actually owned one or the other feel about your particular style of screen room?

Hi Steve! We bought our Clam in 2016 and love it! I prefer cooking outside so it's and extension of our Snoozy. We didn't buy the extra panels as it would get too warm as the screen really does keep out the 'no seeums' so the air flow is decreased as well. Fits perfectly in the Snoozy while traveling as well. Bought ours from Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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5 Sided Clam

We bought a 5 sided Gazelle last cyber week, the 6 sided Clam or Gazelle seemed too big and the 4 sided Clam too small. I noted the local farm store had a 5 sided Clam for $200 in their flyer this week, that was new to me. Haven't used either one, but they look to be about the same quality.
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How about a specific question? In Quartzsite in February I talked with a gentleman as he was putting up his Clam. He said putting it up if almost as easy as the company claims. However he also said taking it down is an absolute pain in the butt. Is this a pretty common assessment amongst you folks who own either a Clam or a Gazelle?
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