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Old 12-29-2015, 04:20 PM   #1
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Canopy/Shelter Recommendations?

Hello all! We're going camping to the California coast in mid-February and I'm looking for a decent to above average shelter/dome tent/canopy tent with walls that will withstand some rain and wind. A floor is desirable but I know I can always put a simple AstroTurf type floor down. I've looked at the Coleman Event shelter that has walls but it's only available in the UK and the US equivalent doesn't seem to offer walls. I'm looking for something minimum 12'x12', but can't seem to find anything so far.

Any recommendations?
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:39 PM   #2
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I believe the USA version of the Coleman Event Shelter is called the Coleman All Day Shelter. It can be purchased as just the shelter or with walls similar to a tent.
Here's a link to the 2 in 1 version.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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Here's another with a half tent under the shelter.

And finally... Here's just the dome shelter.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:14 PM   #4
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Here's another with a half tent under the shelter.

And finally... Here's just the dome shelter.

Thanks 5picker! Hoping I can find something a bit bigger as we'll have 6 people total, but this gives me a good start! Otherwise I wonder if the EZ-UP canopy I have with the walls might be an alternative. I worry about it being stable enough should the winds pick up.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:23 PM   #5
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:37 PM   #6
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This is my recommendation *for* this Coleman something or other. It flipped upside down and came through with no actual damage other than a few holes in the roof fabric. It's hexagonal (or an octagon) shaped. Each leg was staked down but apparently not well enough - AND the ground was just saturated (so much for a drought ridden California!). This is 12' across at the legs.

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The tree got beat up, too.

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It all looked so nice before hand:

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Old 12-29-2015, 05:50 PM   #7
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Looks like the awning poles and brackets did their job though!
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:39 PM   #8
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We have the Clam Quickset Escape tent. The clam has optional panels to enclose the screen room. We used it at Cape hatteras and it held up well in those windy conditions. The clam has pockets for both stakes and tiedowns.
http://youtu.be/beVtDKuXf38
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Looks like the awning poles and brackets did their job though!
Sure did, but the saturated ground sure made me nervous. I had to move my The Claw on one side and hammered the other back in a couple of times. Before I moved it, the wind yanked it all high enough that the pole was left hanging.

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The wind was bad and strap soaked enough that the strap actually slipped once and left the pole hanging again.

Truth be told, I should have dropped the poles and stowed the awning. But since I don't self-store the poles like OldCoot designed, that's a hassle in bad weather.

Anyway, enough with the hijack.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:47 AM   #10
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We have the Clam Quickset Escape tent. The clam has optional panels to enclose the screen room. We used it at Cape hatteras and it held up well in those windy conditions. The clam has pockets for both stakes and tiedowns.
http://youtu.be/beVtDKuXf38
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This looks awesome Butch! Looks like all 6 (4 adults 2 kids) of us plus a propane fire pit would fit perfectly! I found there's a deluxe version that's bigger and has walls you can let down to block the wind. Looks like this is the one for me! Clam Quick-Set Pavilion Six-Sided DLX Screen Shelter Brown/Beige - Overton's
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