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Smilinggator 03-21-2021 01:57 PM

Can I get 5 or 6 sided Clam into my Casita????
 
Before we buy one, does anyone have experience getting a 5 or 6 sided Clam while folded up, into the Casita and stored under the bed in the back just for transport...even if it protruded into the aisle.
Can we negotiate the turn from the doorway down the center and scoot it under the bed until we arrive at destination?

Lynn Eberhardt 03-21-2021 02:35 PM

According to available on-line info, the Clam Venture packed size is 62 inches long.

Casita Greg 03-21-2021 03:14 PM

I have an older Clam 1660 model, which is a 6-sided 12 ft. diameter screen tent which we've had for several years now. Once it's back in the "stuff sack," and stowed for travel, we've had no problem getting it in and out the trailer door, making the corner, as well as storing it on the floor during transit. Just sayin'.

Smilinggator 03-21-2021 03:27 PM

The 6 sided Clam we are looking at has a packed length of 74 inches

AlanKilian 03-21-2021 04:28 PM

I would tape together some cardboard to make a moxk-up and try it before investing several hundred dollars.

New Orleans John 03-21-2021 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Smilinggator (Post 808780)
Before we buy one, does anyone have experience getting a 5 or 6 sided Clam while folded up, into the Casita and stored under the bed in the back just for transport...even if it protruded into the aisle.
Can we negotiate the turn from the doorway down the center and scoot it under the bed until we arrive at destination?


With my wife inside and me holding the bag and pushing up from outside, it goes in fairly easy and slide under the bed.

I have been raking my brain finding a good spot to store it outside. A small narrow 'rack' on the roof ledge, on the street side ? Across the top of the propane tanks ? Under the frame in a aluminum tray ? Where else ?:ask

Casita Greg 03-22-2021 06:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Smilinggator (Post 808786)
The 6 sided Clam we are looking at has a packed length of 74 inches

Yeah, that's about right. Ours is about 2 inches too long to fit "north and south" in our 6 ft. pickup bed without angling it a little. Same one, or at least same size.

Radar1 03-22-2021 11:51 AM

We wanted to be able to pack a Clam directly in the back of our Dodge Dakota quad cab, which has a bed length of 63".
At the time, Clam only had a 4 sided Clam and a 6 sided Clam. We found that Gazelle had a similar shelter with 5 sides (the Gazelle G5) and it was only 62" long when folded. Perfect fit!:loltu
Fast forward to the present and we now have a Ford Ranger with just a 60" bed. :( Well, at least the bed is wide enough to fit the 62" Gazelle directly width wise, as long as we place it on two small boxes to raise it to the wider space.

The G5 also fits straight in the back of our Dodge Durango, so perhaps just getting a slightly smaller 5 sided Gazelle or 5 sided Clam would work for easier transport?

Smilinggator 03-22-2021 12:30 PM

Thank you all for the input. Our friends have a 5 sided Clam and we like it BUT we want a 6 sided one because we anticipate 4-6 adults under our cover at times OR only 2 adults with chairs, tables and bicycles to be kept out of the rain.

M Scott 03-22-2021 12:43 PM

Carrying a Clam
 
I keep my Clam in my SUV while traveling.

Smilinggator 03-22-2021 01:29 PM

The 6 sided clam will fit in our SUV also but we are anticipating travel with 1-2 grandchildren and did not want to be cramped.

HelenK 03-22-2021 07:10 PM

We have the Clam Pavilion and have stored it under the bed in the Spirt Deluxe before we got our truck.

AshleyL 03-23-2021 08:29 AM

I can confirm that the clam (140"x140") is indeed 6 feet in length (72") because we just bought one. Good to know that it doesn't quite fit under the bed. For now we are renting a camper van (until we can get into a fiberglass RV) and we just plan to throw it on the floor til we get to our destination and can put it up outside. It's a REALLY nice shelter!

DavenBecky 03-27-2021 10:30 AM

emergency escape window
 
We carry my 10' x 30" kayak in our Parkliner by opening the emergency escape window on the back of the trailer and sliding it in on top of the bed. Easy and no going around corners. Not sure if this would would work on a Casita for your clam.

PDX Scampo 03-27-2021 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Smilinggator (Post 808780)
Before we buy one, does anyone have experience getting a 5 or 6 sided Clam while folded up, into the Casita and stored under the bed in the back just for transport...even if it protruded into the aisle.
Can we negotiate the turn from the doorway down the center and scoot it under the bed until we arrive at destination?

We had a 13" Scamp with front bathroom, and still have the 11' six-sided Clam. In its original bag, we fit it just fine multiple times on the floor/hall/under the table in Scampo for travel.

JCusick 03-28-2021 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Smilinggator (Post 808780)
Before we buy one, does anyone have experience getting a 5 or 6 sided Clam while folded up, into the Casita and stored under the bed in the back just for transport...even if it protruded into the aisle.
Can we negotiate the turn from the doorway down the center and scoot it under the bed until we arrive at destination?


I have a 2007 17" Casita and a 6 sided Clam that packs into a 74" bag. It travels inside my Casita with no problems and I pack it in and out by myself.

mikhailmol 03-28-2021 04:53 PM

Can anyone tell me what clams you are talking about? Seems like everybody knows what you are talking about and I'm the only one feeling dumb as they only clams I know are those you eat that live in sea or ocean. I have a casita, wonder if I might need those clams too? I wish I knew what they were.

mary and bob 03-28-2021 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by mikhailmol (Post 809424)
Can anyone tell me what clams you are talking about? Seems like everybody knows what you are talking about and I'm the only one feeling dumb as they only clams I know are those you eat that live in sea or ocean. I have a casita, wonder if I might need those clams too? I wish I knew what they were.

Clam is a screen room. They are unique in that they set up quick and easy. They kinda pop open and closed. Have seen one demonstrated being opened and closed but don't own one ourselves. We have a Northern Breeze screen room that we like but set up takes longer

Lora 03-28-2021 09:02 PM

picture of Clam Shelter
 
For those of us that do better with images: :)
https://secure.img1-fg.wfcdn.com/im/...-Up+Gazebo.jpg

Brian n Mary 03-29-2021 05:58 AM

Clam Pavillion fits.
 
We store ours as exactly that way on the floor of our 2019 Spirit Deluxe 17í. And itís a Clam Pavillion with the attached screen window covers. We bring it in with the big end first, aimed high to clear the dinette and then slide it under the rear dinette/bed. One person can do this.


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