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EricGT 05-23-2016 11:49 AM

Good quality rainproof picnic tent?
 
Camping last weekend the four of us were crammed under a 10x10 instant up canopy in the pouring rain.

So shopping today for a picnic tent that will cover a picnic table and possibly allow an additional chair or two.
I see Clam Corp has a pretty nice canopy for a mere $400+! :o

I do believe one gets what they pay for, but is this worth the investment?
https://www.amazon.com/Clam-Corporati...=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

TonyDi 05-23-2016 12:30 PM

You're going from 10x10 to 12x12+- and it costs $400. Sounds like a lot.

Brian W 05-23-2016 01:47 PM

I used ecanopy.com when looking for a tailgating canopy. Don't know if you have looked there or not, but huge selection at different price points.

EricGT 05-23-2016 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by TonyDi (Post 3081676)
You're going from 10x10 to 12x12+- and it costs $400. Sounds like a lot.

I see your point. But that Clam canopy is quite a canopy, and has rainproof sides, and screens.

Dutch Star Don 05-23-2016 02:18 PM

I looked at the Clam Canopy and it's NICE. I'm a gadget guy and would really like to have one, but we just wouldn't use it enough to justify the purchase.

nothermark 05-23-2016 04:20 PM

As far as worth it goes they all have a limited life expectancy due to UV damage as well as normal wear and tear. That had us doing the 12x12 and a couple of side walls every few years before we switched to the port a cabin. We would still do a screen house if we got into stopping more than a couple of nights in one place. We found 10x10 was still tight in wet weather with the average 6 ft picnic table.

Victory Blue 05-24-2016 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyDi (Post 3081676)
You're going from 10x10 to 12x12+- and it costs $400. Sounds like a lot.

It's more than 50% larger than the 10x10.

EricGT 05-24-2016 04:39 AM

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Originally Posted by nothermark (Post 3082032)
As far as worth it goes they all have a limited life expectancy due to UV damage as well as normal wear and tear. That had us doing the 12x12 and a couple of side walls every few years before we switched to the port a cabin. We would still do a screen house if we got into stopping more than a couple of nights in one place. We found 10x10 was still tight in wet weather with the average 6 ft picnic table.

Most of our camping trips are 3 nighters.
I am the type that once the jacks hit the ground the only time I spend in the mh is sleep or bathroom. It also never seems to fail that one of the days/mornings there will be rain. So then the furniture all needs collected and everyone heads inside.
I thought, especially after this past weekends 2" deluge, how it would be nice to have a shelter from the elements.
We also have 2 labs and this may be a nice way to corral them while outside. They are pretty well mannered and would not jump or push on the walls.

Dutch Star Don 05-25-2016 09:31 PM

"EricGT".....If I were doing your type of camping, it would be a no brainer getting the Clam. Just make sure you're aware of the closed/storage length, over 6'.

EricGT 05-26-2016 04:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Dutch Star Don (Post 3085820)
"EricGT".....If I were doing your type of camping, it would be a no brainer getting the Clam. Just make sure you're aware of the closed/storage length, over 6'.

I actually just ordered it. I found it for $360 with free shipping which seemed like a pretty good deal.
I have a hitch rack that I can strap it to if it doesn't fit in my pass through.
;)

jondrew55 05-26-2016 05:06 AM

Follow up when you get it. It looks nice. The two things I'd be concerned about are that it is very big (some sites we stay at I can barely get my 12x12 to fit in) and the other thing is I'd wonder how hot it would be here in Florida since it looks like you can't roll the screen up.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EricGT (Post 3086017)
I actually just ordered it. I found it for $360 with free shipping which seemed like a pretty good deal.
I have a hitch rack that I can strap it to if it doesn't fit in my pass through.
;)


jondrew55 05-26-2016 05:11 AM

What's a port a cabin?

Quote:

Originally Posted by nothermark (Post 3082032)
As far as worth it goes they all have a limited life expectancy due to UV damage as well as normal wear and tear. That had us doing the 12x12 and a couple of side walls every few years before we switched to the port a cabin. We would still do a screen house if we got into stopping more than a couple of nights in one place. We found 10x10 was still tight in wet weather with the average 6 ft picnic table.


TwoDogDad 05-26-2016 06:27 AM

I have a newbie question. Generally, how difficult is it to drive stakes into the ground at RV camp sites (class A) for a pavilion like the clam?

Thanks

Mike

EricGT 05-26-2016 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by TwoDogDad (Post 3086106)
I have a newbie question. Generally, how difficult is it to drive stakes into the ground at RV camp sites (class A) for a pavilion like the clam?

Thanks

Mike

We never have a problem. FWIW, it is sometimes the opposite when we are camping near a beach area. The sand is too soft to adequately hold the stakes.
We use a rubber mallet for the hammering.


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