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Old 03-18-2016, 09:15 AM   #1
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Tell me about your screen house!

I am still researching/looking for my tow RV, but also thinking about the items that make life comfortable. I love the outdoors and am a former backpacker/ultralite canoe camper, but my netting bug suit went everywhere with me as bugs, skeeters and no seeums just love me! With my bad back I can no longer wrestle with heavy items or that take a lot of set-up and tear-down, so I will possibly be looking at the lightest weight possible instant setup screen house. Also will possibly be giving our 3 cats outdoor time in it. SO...what screen house do YOU use? Advantages? Disadvantages? What would you replace it with?

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Old 03-19-2016, 08:35 AM   #2
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I have a CLAM. Search for it on youtube... it goes up in just a few minutes. Can be done by one person, but way easier with two. We really like it! Only bummer is that it collapses into a carrying case that is 6 feet long. It does fit in the floorboard of our Casita Spirit Deluxe.

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Old 03-19-2016, 08:40 AM   #3
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Trailer: 1977 Trillium 4500
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Trillium 4500 screen room

Fortunately our 1977 Trillium 4500 came with the original screen room, in really good condition. It attaches directly on to the trailer, with screens on all three sides (that can be closed against rain), and with a neat skirt that snaps onto the base of the trailer to seal against mosquitoes flying in from underneath the trailer. It allows us to keep the door of the trailer open for super ventilation in all weather and gives us a whole other room. It fits the standard picnic tables at campsites (but it's tight). We love our screen room - but it takes two to set up. Store the metal poles in plumbing tubes that are fastened on the back bumper of the trailer and the rest gets folded up and stored inside the trailer. Wouldn't enjoy our camping experience as much without it - we are so lucky to have it!
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:33 AM   #4
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I use the Clam as well. Holds our Golden Retriever very well, so long as we are in site of her. We go about our business around the site and she is very comfy. Nice when it is damp and drizzly, we all do not have to be stuck inside camper. Good Luck, Carl
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:58 AM   #5
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We spent the extra money to get a Eureka Northern Breeze. I can't say enough about it. It's not terribly light, but it's indestructible, operates as a screen house but becomes a waterproof tent when raiining. It's large enough to go over a picnic table, warms up nicely with a heater when the walls are down. Not cheap, but very practical.
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:20 PM   #6
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We have the E-Z UP Swift Instant Shelter Canopy, 10 by 10', Blue and E-Z Up Screen Room for a 10'x10' Dome or Sierra Instant Shelter. You need both. One is the tent/frame and roof, the other is just the screen around the frame. We bought the roof/frame from K mart on sale for 60 bucks or so, so we bought 2. One busted because I got careless, but I use it for spare parts.

Very easy for 2 peeps to put up. Very durable and can withstand some degree of wind, but not strong wids or storm level winds.
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Old 03-19-2016, 02:18 PM   #7
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I have the smaller, 4 sided Clam Traveler, and the bag is 54" long by 7" in diameter, and weighs about 20 pounds. This is it:
It was daunting to set up (in my living room) but I'm sure that will get easier. The quality is excellent. And, it fits back into the bag with room to spare.
I spend most of 5 months on a mountain top (it's a job), and last year I was unable to do anything outside for most of the season due to a massive population of Yellow Jackets. They can severely limit your outdoor enjoyment.
So, I can only say that it's well made and it breaks down quickly to fit into a fairly small package. I bought the optional side panels, and I will use this as a rain/wind/sun shelter and shower house, as needed. I'm looking forward to a comfortable season this year.

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Old 03-19-2016, 02:52 PM   #8
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With my bad back and inability to lift my 35 lb Tent Mahal anymore (Eddie Bauer 9x12 ft tent with power port) I don't see the 34 lb clamshells as an option. The 20 lbers, maybe. Need good quality but also to fit into my ultralight lifestyle.
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Old 03-19-2016, 03:14 PM   #9
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Clam all the way
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:18 PM   #10
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We have an REI screen house that has seen us through quite a few years of service, from our Scamp days to Casita days and now our Oliver. It's 10X10 and 13 lbs.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:27 PM   #11
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Another vote for the 4 sided Clam Travler! Big enough for 2 people and their stuff to enjoy with room to spare yet packs small enough to store in the back of the Parkliner closet.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:02 PM   #12
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Paha que.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:49 PM   #13
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We have the 6 sided Clam-easy peasy to put up and take down.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:40 PM   #14
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I also bought the bigger Clam, but in retrospect I wish I hadn't. It's so long when folded, it's inconvenient for me to pack along. I spotted this one the other day and am wishing I had it instead: SportCraft 8 ft. Pop Up Screen Room With Floor
It is one of those lightweight things that springs up almost by itself. There's a youtube video of it being put up and taken down:

I also have this small spring-up dome screen room by Genji that's just tall enough for me to use while sitting in a folding lawn chair. It provides very little shade, but it only weighs 6.5 lbs with the optional rain fly and stakes in the bag, and it packs to a 22" disc. Here's a link: Robot Check
Here's a video of it being taken down:

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