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Old 06-02-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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OK, I am set up in Lake Arrowheads North Shore Campground. It is mostly cedar, grasses and Oak, which attract those nasty no see um teatsee fly things.

My pop up screen house was attacked by an un neutered male cat a couple weeks ago, and we all know it's impossible to get THAT smell out, so in the dumpster it went at Cambria.

Stopped off at Wally World to get a bigger one as I am staying here thru next weekend, commuting to work from here.

I liked the looks, weight and price of this one:

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It didn't click that the thing was BIGGER than my trailer!

Thats OK, it actually is now my awning. It's so big I just shoved it into the side of the Burro and with that big tall opening on either side, it's easy to arrange it so the trailer door opens out into the room.

There are a few gaps on the trailer side, but nothing horrible and it's working quite well! It was also very easy to set up. It's color coded, not numbered, and it has a light cover, so I was able to snap the bits together and toss the screen room on, lift and carry! One person will have no problem with it. The dog (One is in the hospital, so I am having a Girls nite with my old lady Beagle) really likes it too.

It took no longer than your standard dome tent to erect.

Doubt I will use it every trip, but since I am here so long, it was a good choice and I don't regret the time to do it.

We'll see how it puts away tho!

Oh yeah.. and the dog thinks she is the queen cause she doesn't have to share Mommy with "That other one".
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:11 AM   #2
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Gina,
As you said, we'll see how it folds up.
Looks almost big enough to park "The Shady Bush II" inside.
Have you taken a picture of it set up @ North Shore Campground?
Hope you are enjoying the change of scenery during your commute. Does it take much longer?
We are starting to get impatient to start our trip.
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:39 AM   #3
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Interesting! I like the shape, which looks like it could conform to an egg's contours pretty well. I assume it can be guyed down against the wind, right? I'm also curious about the roof. The ad mentions a rain-resistant material- that wouldn't be the screen walls, so it must be the roof, right? I like that it has no floor, the better for draining your teapot showers, but for the same reason, I wish it had a zip-up privacy panel or two.

Every trailer deserves a tent, though. Ours, a big $50 no-name dome with screen walls, serves as outhouse, dressing room and, occasionally, Mom and Dad's midnight love shack.
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:50 AM   #4
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We've had a similar sized (12'x12') Target special for several years and usually put it up whenever we'll be at a particular site for two or more nights. Ours doesn't match up to the Scamp as well as yours due to its hexagonal shape. We actually bought it when we were tent camping so we could sit outside in inclement weather or when the bugs were bad. I think you'll really like it; Can't imagine camping without ours.

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Old 06-03-2006, 11:06 AM   #5
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It didn't click that the thing was BIGGER than my trailer!

Thats OK, it actually is now my awning.
That's actually a good thing! We tried this manuver with an ezi-up style screen room, but with the axle on our trailer being raised, the top of the door wouldn't fit under the canopy. Looks like you saved $600 bucks by not installing a trailer awning!
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Old 06-03-2006, 11:20 AM   #6
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Kurt.. when DO you start your trip?

It is actually working out quite nicely.

Yes, it has guy lines and stakes, but is also free standing if need be. I have it tied off to the trailer frame, I can't stand guy lines so avoid them at all costs. I have tripped and the dogs get tangled in them.

Yes, the rain resistant stuff is the roof. It's like any tent nylon stuff. I don't think I would depend on it tho. There are all kinds of warnings about using it as a rain shelter in a storm (Like, don't do it). It would be OK to keep drizzle and even a dump, but a down pour thats constant I am not sure.

Camera is coming today.. the 13 foot faction will like it, I think. At 45 bones, can't really go wrong.
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:02 PM   #7
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[quote name='Gina D.' date='Jun 2 2006, 11:04 PM' post='187797'

<<My pop up screen house was attacked by an un neutered male cat a couple weeks ago, and we all know it's impossible to get THAT smell out, so in the dumpster it went at Cambria.>>

If this happens again, and you get something pee'd on, sprayed on, or upchucked on, get some of the enzyme spray. It will take out bodily fluid stains, and smells, with enzymes. I know Walmart has it, and Lowe's brand is called "Capture". Just so that you don't have to throw something like that away, again. Happy Trails, Penny
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Old 06-03-2006, 04:22 PM   #8
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Gina,
Our start will be heading to Victorville & the Mojave Narrows Campground on the 14th of this month to attend the "Huck Finn Jubilee". We may have to return home the evening of the 18th, after the show is over. Construction of our house addition has slowed to a snail's pace due to a variety of causes.
But what the heck, now that Ann and I are both retired (last Wednesday was her last day), what's the rush?
Back to Penny's comments, Ann used enzymes when she was the "Laundry Queen" at Forest Home. Not successful 100% of the time, but one of the "big guns" in her arsenal against stain and odors. You probably could have saved your POP-UP, because A male cat sprayed inside the shell of my work truck and soaked all my chimney sweep equipment. Lots of scrubbing and time eliminated the awful odor.
Enjoy your stay at Arrowhead!
And what's with Sticky?
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Old 06-03-2006, 08:03 PM   #9
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Sticky has a bacterial infection and he had to be on an IV and fluids for a couple days, food withheld. He was ejecting everything that went in and was dehydrated. BAD BAD tummy ache too. He slept sitting up. His new name is "The money Pit". I got him back today and he seems no worse for the experience, but he is still on lots of meds. Probably ate a present left by a squirrel. He likes the screen room, he is lounging in the shade enjoying the attention.

Here are the pictures. Yes, It's HUGE! I still have to have a screen on the trailer door. The bottom is not sealed and things get in, but not herds of them.
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PS.. the classic and wooden speedboat show is going on. Some nice looking old machines are here at the lake.
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Old 06-04-2006, 03:27 PM   #10
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Gina, I looked at the link and I love it (the shelter, not the link)! We have been looking for a shelter to take to dog shows that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I agree with you about guy lines -- I hate them. But, how easy would it be for one person to put up on her own? So many of the shelters I see at dog shows look like they need guy lines and more than one person to set up. Can you tell me how easy it is to set up?

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Old 06-04-2006, 03:51 PM   #11
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Gina, Seeing as we have the same trailer, I saw your pictures and said "Why not?"

Picked one up today at Walmart and next weekend we will try it out.

The package it's in is a lot smaller than our old screen room ( two long bags, one for poles) so I like the space savings already.

Of course that's if I can get it back into the same small foorprint.
The wife said make sure you see how its packed when you open it.
The nerve, like I'm an idiot or something.....

I better remember to take the digital camera.....
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The screen room seems like the perfect solution for managing the dogs (and for keeping them out of the squirrel gifts!).
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Old 06-04-2006, 05:25 PM   #13
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Can you tell me how easy it is to set up?
Very easy. At least it was when I did it in a light breeze, no rain. (Anything will be a pain otherwise!)

It is very lightweight. The poles are thin guage steel and color coded to match the PVC junctions. The corners get Blue and Green and red, blue being the roof perimeter that curves, green being the legs, red being the shorter Straight sides. All poles are shock corded BTW.

Lay out the 4 corners and the 2 "T"s that are the center of the long sides. Attach the perimeter poles. As with all the poles, they snap in with a spring clip matching a slot in the PVC. (No falling out and chasing the corners, attaching, only to have the next one come loose.. how many of us have spent hours doing THAT? ) These blue poles are the ones that put in that nice curve. They are pre bent at the factory.


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There are the Yellow poles that complete the roof support. Also slightly curved. They have pvc 3/4 round clips on them. They snap onto the red poles at the center of the roof, and go to the short width of the Red poles on the outside. This pic shows the roof center, it works the same on the outer perimeter.


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Next, attach the 4 green poles to the corners. I left them "Folded" so I could raise the structure easily just by walking around and raising each section at a time.

BUT, before you do that, toss the room on, attached the corners via velcro and start raising. It really IS self explainitory and very easy to do.

PJ, set it up first! THEN take it out and show her how smart you are LOL!!!

There is no floor, so the dogs can go under easily. They actually like that. It will NOT be a good doggie keeper inner.

I had to use the guy lines today, the breeze has picked up. Oh well.
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Old 06-04-2006, 05:34 PM   #14
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Gina, Seeing as we have the same trailer, I saw your pictures and said "Why not?"

Picked one up today at Walmart and next weekend we will try it out.

The package it's in is a lot smaller than our old screen room ( two long bags, one for poles) so I like the space savings already.

Of course that's if I can get it back into the same small foorprint.
The wife said make sure you see how its packed when you open it.
The nerve, like I'm an idiot or something.....

I better remember to take the digital camera.....
I got mine Saturday and although it says it takes two people, I had it up by myself within 10 minutes with no problems.

No problems remembering how it repacks...just layer all the screen fabric within the square roof fabric and fold quarters....fits great.

Most of all the poles are shockcorded together. A simple layout, and the junction fittings are color-coded. The frame snaps together, the legs fit in real simple. Layout the fabric over the frame before attaching the legs, stick the legs on, stretch and hook the four shock-corded corners at each leg base, VOLA!

The poles are a bit light, the whole thing is made for medium light-duty fair weather use. Hard-core campers will probably get two seasons out of it before needing to replace it. At it's price that's not too bad.

I only wish that the roof fabric was ripstop nylon or tarp instead of dacron cloth. It's"water-resistant" not "water-proof". I'm probably going to fabricate a Tarp to velcro over it if rain threatens...that is if the frame can take the added weight.

It's big, goodlooking and worth the price....hmmm alot like me!
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