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Old 05-23-2020, 05:11 PM   #1
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Pop-up canopy

Well sitting in the camper looking at out pop-up canopy that has one side collapsed from the storm, hail and everything. I haven't made it out to check on the truck yet, waiting for it to quit, I don't think it was big enough to do damage. It had a good run of 10 yrs, it was a Quik Shade straight leg. So now I'm looking for recommendations for a pop-up canopy. I prefer straight leg and one that has a screen kit available, here in southern Louisiana our state bird the skeeter can become a problem. So what are y'all thoughts?
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It doesn’t have straight legs, but the Clam shelter comes with integral mosquito netting. It is sooooo much faster to put up then the straight leg canopies we used to have. It also is very, very stable if you tie the sides out plus stake down the corners.
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It doesnt have straight legs, but the Clam shelter comes with integral mosquito netting. It is sooooo much faster to put up then the straight leg canopies we used to have. It also is very, very stable if you tie the sides out plus stake down the corners.
Yes the Clam is great. We love the easy up and down. Just make sure and tie it down or winds can send it rolling. Ours went on a roll down the campground road one afternoon. Didn't harm it. Showed it was darn tough too.
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Also in south Louisiana, and another vote for a Clam, we have a model 8979 with add on rain flys. It is a tight fit getting it into our double storage compartment though, I think the storage bag is almost 6 ft long.
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Also in south Louisiana, and another vote for a Clam, we have a model 8979 with add on rain flys. It is a tight fit getting it into our double storage compartment though, I think the storage bag is almost 6 ft long.
Yes it is large , but they do make a smaller one now that can fit much better. A friend of ours has one. For just 2 people the smaller one works fine.
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How does the Clam handle the rain? It is a problem with the square tents, they hold water on the sides. That is why mine collapsed, with it being old and the joints worn, it held more than usual.
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The newer Clam shelters, the ones built a couple months after mine that I bought a bit over a year ago was built have attachment clips for an optional rain fly which is sold separately. Having said that I have not noticed an issue with mine in light rain, but have not really tried it in heavy rain.
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The Clams have angled sides. We have never had water pool on ours. We do have the optional clip on rain sides which have come in handy a number of times.
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I should clarify that the optional rain fly I mention is for the roof on the newer Clam shelters built in the last year or so.
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Another vote for Clam. Ours has stayed up in down pours and heavy winds. The key is proper anchoring . The top has collapsed a couple of times in high winds, but I just pushed it back up. I've seen several people use a board to prop the center up.

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I have a clam and it is quick and easy. But, it does not function like a pop up canopy for me. I want a pop up over my cooking area and want the open sides of a pop up.
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I have a clam and it is quick and easy. But, it does not function like a pop up canopy for me. I want a pop up over my cooking area and want the open sides of a pop up.
That is what I have been debating, the Clam sounds great, but the open sides are nice, especially with two younger kids. I have been looking for a canopy with removable screen sides so, when I need the screens because of bugs I can put them on. But I have had a hard time finding one with good reviews. Might just have to go back with my Quik Shade, the last one held up for 10 yrs.
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