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Old 05-01-2019, 03:19 PM   #21
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I agree Mike. They CAN have their "issues". It takes a little practice to get good with them. Personally...I'm still not down to 45 sec!

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My only trouble taking down the 6 sided Clam was when I forgot to undo the velcro on the doorway supports... now why won't this *%^# thing collapse!? LOL.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:32 AM   #22
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We have both the Clam with built-in panels and a 5-sided Gazelle. We purchased the Clam a year before the Gazelle. The Clam is a monster to haul, so it only goes to the "Family Campout". Otherwise we take the Gazelle, since it's all Terry and I need, and takes up much less space in the bed of the pickup.

Both go up just as easy. The Gazelle is water resistant and after a half hour rain drips on you. However, we sprayed 3M waterproofing on the top and no more drips.

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We bought the 6 sided Gazelle in January and will be taking it camping for the first time this weekend.

Is the 5 sided version big enough to put over a standard campground picnic table? Or is it more bistro table sized? Did we over-purchase? We went bigger hoping the screen walls can seep rain all they want and the canopy is big enough to keep the table mostly dry.

Will spray with 3M.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:45 AM   #23
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Just this morning I ordered a 6 sided Clam off of Amazon. I also ordered 6 privacy panels. It might be overkill but I learned last winter at Quartzsite that if we are staying in a small trailer for an extended period we NEED more room LOL!
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:11 PM   #24
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We have the gazelle 5 sided because we wanted something smaller and we picked it up on clearance on amazon for about $120, couldn't pass up the deal. We have 2 of the weather panels and they come in handy sometimes for privacy if the sites are close together. We have a toddler and really appreciate the gazelle when the bugs are out.
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:21 PM   #25
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Tan or Camouflage Clams more appropriate for rainy conditions

In looking at the Clam ads in Amazon, it appears that only the tan or camouflage versions incorporate the rain flaps intended to keep water from leaking into the sides. Perhaps because of this, these two versions are more expensive. The complaints about the fine mesh keeping breezes out may be right on, but as someone who has suffered from the fiendish Michigan No See-ums, I would opt for the fine mesh...
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:21 PM   #26
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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?



The answer is "yes."
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:31 PM   #27
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In looking at the Clam ads in Amazon, it appears that only the tan or camouflage versions incorporate the rain flaps intended to keep water from leaking into the sides. Perhaps because of this, these two versions are more expensive. The complaints about the fine mesh keeping breezes out may be right on, but as someone who has suffered from the fiendish Michigan No See-ums, I would opt for the fine mesh...
Not positive but I have been told that when you look at the picture of a clam for sale look above and to the sides of the screen. If you see black squares that is exposed Velcro without the small flaps that the add on panels would fit under. The very expensive clams come with the panels permanently connected rather than an add on. I guess I will find out LOL on Friday when it is delivered.
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:57 PM   #28
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Just received clam by ups. Ordered through Walmart. $298 including 3 wind panels. Took about 2 minutes to erect and about 3 minutes to take down. Took another couple of minutes to stuff back in carry case. I have factory Fiamma 45 awning on our recently purchased 2010 FD Casita so the clam will add a bunch of space. Really nice 12’ clam. Looking forward to using it.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:34 PM   #29
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We have the gazelle 5 sided because we wanted something smaller and we picked it up on clearance on amazon for about $120, couldn't pass up the deal. We have 2 of the weather panels and they come in handy sometimes for privacy if the sites are close together. We have a toddler and really appreciate the gazelle when the bugs are out.
Looks like you could juuuust squeeze that thing over a picnic table. Not much space left over for coolers and 4 people circulating. It looks perfect for a small folding table and a couple of chairs though. Maybe when we’re empty-nesters we’ll “downsize”.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:51 PM   #30
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I talked with another camper at Quartzsite who had the small square Clam. He said he used it when camping by himself and used his larger Clam when the wife came along. A 2 Clam family.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:46 PM   #31
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Gazelle is cheaper and packs to a shorter length.
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:14 AM   #32
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We have a 1974 - 13 ft. Boler and for several seasons we have used a Eureka Northern Breeze Screened shelter. This we find is the very best of both worlds. It go up very quickly and provides a maximum of protection. For us it is the bugs and the rain we wish to keep out. This shelter is totally weather proof, and will take very strong winds. It has very vertical walls so must must space is lost to sloping sides. It also has six zippers which gives you a wide variety of options including total open end so you could drive your SUV right in, not that you would want to but the option is there. There are four full flaps so you can open all four sides on sunny days and enjoy the woodlands without the bugs. So for us this is the best bang for the bucks.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:33 PM   #33
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We have a 1974 - 13 ft. Boler and for several seasons we have used a Eureka Northern Breeze Screened shelter. This we find is the very best of both worlds. It go up very quickly and provides a maximum of protection. For us it is the bugs and the rain we wish to keep out. This shelter is totally weather proof, and will take very strong winds. It has very vertical walls so must must space is lost to sloping sides. It also has six zippers which gives you a wide variety of options including total open end so you could drive your SUV right in, not that you would want to but the option is there. There are four full flaps so you can open all four sides on sunny days and enjoy the woodlands without the bugs. So for us this is the best bang for the bucks.
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Old 05-11-2019, 06:00 AM   #34
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Is the 5 sided version big enough to put over a standard campground picnic table? Or is it more bistro table sized?
The 5 sided Gazelle will fit over normal size picnic tables, but we do encounter huge tables that will not fit inside our Gazelle 5.

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Old 05-14-2019, 05:41 PM   #35
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Our weekly sales flyer from ALDI came in the mail today. For anyone who has an ALDI store nearby, this week's flyer advertises a 6-sided Clam look-alike (it is Aldi's Gardenline store brand), a 127"x139"x88" pop up gazebo for $99.99 USD. Of course it's hard to know if the quality is as good, but at that price some budget-minded folks might want to give it a try.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:21 PM   #36
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Our weekly sales flyer from ALDI came in the mail today. For anyone who has an ALDI store nearby, this week's flyer advertises a 6-sided Clam look-alike (it is Aldi's Gardenline store brand), a 127"x139"x88" pop up gazebo for $99.99 USD. Of course it's hard to know if the quality is as good, but at that price some budget-minded folks might want to give it a try.
Was just at Aldi and saw that... you beat me to it. Trying to decide if I want to give it a try.

https://www.aldi.us/en/weekly-specia...pop-up-gazebo/
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:03 AM   #37
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WE have used our Gazelle 'five sided' for a year now and love it. WE bought 4 of the 'velcro-on' side panels so it can become water/wind resistant sometimes. It has survived several nasty thunderstorms [in which we rolled in our Casita's awning]. No problemo.

FWIW Aldi is supposed to have a copy of the Gazelle out soon for around $100. Nice thing about Aldi is their easy return policy..and their food is priced right. Aldi's copy of the Ritz cheese crackers, called "Savoritz 4 Kids Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers" are good enuf to hunt for at yer local Aldi. ;-)
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:28 PM   #39
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Our main screen house was the Coleman screen house that looks like a Clam but has two entries and no optional wind panels. When we planned our trip to the rainy NW last year we decided we wanted another option, one with wind/rain panels. We liked the Clams but except for the tiniest one, they would not have fit straight into the back of our short bed pickup truck.
We saw the Gazelle G-5 and it fits just right in the back of our 5'4" pickup bed. It goes up and down just like the clam and has held up well on our trips.
The Coleman is actually better for summer, it allows more airflow and the screens can also be removed. The Clam/Gazelle is better for colder and wet weather as it has the wind panels that can be added, but the tighter screen reduces air flow.
I've added photos of our Coleman sitting in the overflowing Hiawassee river (it survived), another of our Gazelle with the wind panels attached, and one of the Gazelle G-5 box as it fits in the back of our short bed pickup.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:49 PM   #40
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Hi!

I live in Canada and I will be on vacation on the east coast at the beginning of August. I need a new screen house, so I'll be ordering a 6 sided gazebo pretty soon and have it shipped to the campground.

It's going to be either the Gazelle with added flaps, the comparable Clam with added flaps or the Clam with integrated flaps and have it shipped to the camping. I need to make the right decision right away, as returning the item will be complicated.

What's the general consensus when you compare both brands? They seem to be made nearly identical, with the same quality. We know that Gazelle uses YKK zippers, so that's a plus for them.

Someone mentioned that the added flaps means the rain sometimes comes inside the screen house, has this been experienced by others? I was initially set on ordering only 3 flaps for the tent, but if it rains, that means 3 sides will be wet, which isn't good. I might as well order 6 flaps right away.

Comparing the Gazelle with 6 flaps, do you guys think that an extra $120 is worth it just to have integrated flaps?

Thank you very much!
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