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Old 03-30-2008, 10:42 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if the medium is just like the large except smaller?

The picture is not the same. The description (number of poles, windows, etc, is.) there is a ton of confusion on which carport is which when you try to find it. The large one seems like it would be too large for my trailer (since it would go on the back, not the side) but I am having trouble figuring out if the medium is the same.

Have you ever tried to set your Carport Deluxe up without the car/trailer? Can you set it up so the poles hold up the front and the back sits on the ground (for example at the beach?) Someone referred to this on a review but wasn't very descriptive.

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Old 03-30-2008, 12:16 PM   #2
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at Bandon, there was a guy in a teardrop next to me that had 3 of these things, in different sizes. He managed to have them attached in all different manners.

I would think the TW would be easy.

I saw them at Sportsmart. Maybe you could go look and touchy feely...
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at Bandon, there was a guy in a teardrop next to me that had 3 of these things, in different sizes. He managed to have them attached in all different manners.

I would think the TW would be easy.

I saw them at Sportsmart. Maybe you could go look and touchy feely...
Never heard of Sportsmart. Seems to be the same as Sportsauthority; they don't show it online. Maybe in the store? Might be worth a visit. We have two of these stores- across the street from each other!! It's one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.

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Old 03-30-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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Yeah, its just called different here (weird.)

I'll have to check to see if they have it- thanks for the tip! Edit: I looked again at their website and they show the Kelty shelter and car tarps but not the Carport Deluxe- sure that's what you saw?

My other option I'm considering is to use the fly from the old tent to make a similar awning but it isn't light-colored material so could be hotter.

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I also just discovered this, which looks like a possibility, too.

http://busdepot.com/details.jsp?partnumber=A7905

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I used the rainfly from a defunct A-Frame tent when I camped with just my Element. The could work, but it would not be very industrial, so to speak.
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Well, I went to check. I went to both stores and neither carried any Kelty shelters. (And not much else of anything useful.) But I was reminded when I was up there that we have an REI store finally, so checked that. Nope. But if I order one with my discount (today!) I could pick it up there and save shipping.

Unfortunately I'm still undecided.

I keep thinking I want something lighter than my Ez-up. But then I remember that the long trip is to Washington and back, and on the way back I go to an agility trial where we can't camp right on the show grounds, so I'd need shade that is free-standing for that. (If shade is needed- it is usually pretty cool as it is up in Eureka.) I could still use something lighter the rest of the time, though.

Still wondering if the Kelty Carport Deluxe can be used as a clamshell-type shelter free-standing.
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I had the predecessor to this one Wally World Screen shelter that was fairly easy to set up.. and it was lighter than air as well.

This one is smaller, but may do the job you want.. and certainly cheaper than anything with the Kelty logo on it.

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Smaller IS better in this case.
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I had the predecessor to this one Wally World Screen shelter that was fairly easy to set up.. and it was lighter than air as well.

This one is smaller, but may do the job you want.. and certainly cheaper than anything with the Kelty logo on it.
Not water or wind resistant according to the reviews, and heavier.

The sizes on the Kelty are either 10+ by 10- (not quite square) or 8+ x 7+. I'm looking at shading the back of the trailer, not the side, but when the 10x10 EZ up is behind it it isn't that big by comparison. So maybe large is better, so it goes completely over the area. On the other hand, it would probably be less stable when attached, and harder to put up. Price difference is about $50.

Interestingly, most vendors have the large at $20 MORE than MSRP.

I'm trying to decide because if I order from REI it won't be quite the cheapest, but by far the easiest to return if I don't think it will work, and today is the last day to use my member 20% discount.

Btw, besides the weight, what I don't like about the EZ-up is that putting it up is a 2 person job, at least.

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I was the guy next to Gina in Bandon last year.
We use a large sized Carport over the galley of our Tear and a medium as a privacy screen on Norma's side.
I like them because they are easy to set up and pack much smaller and lighter than our EZ Up.
I don't know how to post pics here, but if you want to join Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers, here's a link to my album there.
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I was the guy next to Gina in Bandon last year.
We use a large sized Carport over the galley of our Tear and a medium as a privacy screen on Norma's side.
How would you describe the medium compared to the large? Is it the same except smaller? Would it be too small to work over your galley for one person?

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How would you describe the medium compared to the large? Is it the same except smaller? Would it be too small to work over your galley for one person?

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The medium is quite a bit different. It has more curvature to the main poles, so it give you head room above the top of the Tear when used on the side.
I bought the Large when they were on close out ($50!!) hoping to use it on the side, but it doesn't curve as much to provide head room.
Depending on how high the back of your rig is, the medium might be what you want.
I see Sierra Trading Post has mediums on sale for $131.95. They are a first rate company to deal with...I've never had a problem with a return there.
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