Clam Quick-Set Escape Review (Absolutely Awesome!)

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The Clam Quick-Set Escape Portable Camping Screen Tent is the newest addition to our RV outdoor gear. And it’s awesome! Every time we set it up, I am amazed at how incredibly fast and easy it is. So step right in, welcome to my office, breakfast nook, screen porch and all around hang out room!

Have you ever been happily sitting outside at your campsite only to find yourself surrounded by mosquitoes or the target of an angry bee? Super annoying right? Not anymore. Enter Clam Quick-Set – the bugs can buzz around the outside of your screen room but they can’t get in!

Truth be told, I went back and forth over the Clam Quick-Set for a long time before finally placing the order.

  • Could it really be that easy to put up? (Absolutely!)
  • Would we actually use it? (Yes!)
  • How would it withstand the wind and weather? (So far, so good!)
  • And most importantly: Is it worth it? (For sure!)

We already had a 10×10 pop up that we had been using for years. The problem was, it was a pain to set up – so we didn’t put it up. Especially if we would only be at a site for a few days. And, of course, it wasn’t screened in.

So, I really wanted a tent or gazebo that was able to withstand a variety of weather, fully screened in and most of all, easy enough to set up that it would be worth doing it even for a short stay. As it turns out, the Clam Quick-Set Escape was the perfect solution – it’s everything I hoped it would be and more.

Main Advantages of the Clam Quick-Set Escape for RVers

  • Easy – like really easy to set up.
  • Screen mesh is small enough to keep out tiny bugs like no-see-ums along with larger pests like mosquitoes and bees.
  • The combination of the screen room and the wind/sun wall panels gives you the flexibility to create privacy at your site when you want it or enjoy the view.
  • Shelter from sun, wind and rain.
  • Effectively, add a screened in porch to your campsite!

Clam Quick-Set Escape Screen Tent

I absolutely love our Clam Quick-Set Escape. It’s like an additional pop up room for our RV. We use it as an office or just a great place to hang out and relax or even eat dinner. At 11 1/2 feet across, it is big enough that it feels spacious inside the tent and is small enough to fit on most campsites. In fact, I am happily sitting in our Clam Quick-Set Escape at this very moment as I write this article.

And, yes, it really is incredibly easy (and fast!) to put up and take down. Once you watch the video above to see how it works, you’ll be able to put it up instantly. Awesome!

All of that said, there are a few aspects of the Clam Quick-Set Escape that could be better. So, enough chit chat, let’s get to the details.

What we love

  • It is ridiculously simple to set up and take down.
  • No bugs! The screen mesh keeps bugs outside where they belong. A ground skirt around the entire screen tent keeps bugs from sneaking in under the walls.
  • Visibility through the screens is spectacular. Screens are taut when the gazebo is set up so it feels like you are looking through a window.
  • Wind & sun panel walls have roll up windows so you can see out and have airflow when the walls are on.
  • Rain flaps on all walls (not the door) attach over the wind panels so that rain flows to the ground, not into the tent.
  • Tent easily fits back into the storage bag for transport. There is even plenty of space leftover to put the walls in the bag too.
  • 37 pounds is manageable.
  • Slightly domed roof adds head room and makes it feel roomy inside.
  • Built in eye bolts on each hub and grommets on each leg make it simple to stake the tent down.
  • Quality of materials appears to be quite sturdy. (We’ve only had it for a month.)
  • Wind & sun panel walls fit well and attach easily with both velcro tabs and corner hooks.
  • Door zipper is strong and moves well.
  • Light colored roof provides protection from the sun and lets light through.
  • Replacement parts and patch kits are available so if you do break something, you should be able to repair the tent, not replace it.

What we don’t

  • No rain flap over the door. Rain drips directly onto the door screen.
  • Gazebo is water resistant. Not waterproof. That said, it does stay pretty dry inside unless there is a good downpour or strong wind.
  • No wind & sun panel attachment for the door. (I’m working on a DIY option. Look for updates right here.)
  • Size when stored in the bag is fairly large at 8 inches x 8 inches x 6 feet. Make sure you have a good place to stow it for transport.
  • Have to duck ever so slightly when entering. (I’m 5′ 9″) Once inside, there is plenty of headroom.
  • Wind & sun panels are an add-on item, not included with the screen tent.
  • Not all colors of the Clam Quick-Set Escape have rain flaps. (Brown and Camo versions have the flaps.)

*Clam Quick-Set has other sizes and styles available. The other two we considered were:

  • Clam Quick-Set Traveler – Size: 6 feet x 6 feet, square footprint. 20 lbs. Packed size: 4.4 feet x 7 inches x 7 inches.
  • Clam Quick-Set Pavilion – Size: 12 1/2 feet by 12 1/2 feet, 6 sided footprint. 41 lbs. Packed size: 6.79 feet x 10 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches. Built in wall panels on all walls and door.

Clam Quick-Set Escape Details and Specs

  • Dimensions – set up:
    11 1/2 feet across
    90 inch center height
  • Dimensions – stored in bag:
    8 inches x 8 inches x 6 feet
  • Weight: 37 pounds
  • Door support poles are built in. (No loose pieces.)
  • 7 stakes and 5 tie down lines with storage bag included.
  • Built in grommets at each leg and eye bolts at each hub for staking.

Would we buy it again?

Definitely! Did I already mention that I love our Clam Quick-Set? While there are some things that could be better, all in all I’m pleased. I had been considering buying one for quite a while and am glad that we finally took the leap. We use our screen tent all the time, even when we are only at a campsite for a few days. It’s like an extra room we can just pop up outside and as full time RVers, that’s a big deal!

That’s it for now. See you somewhere down the road!

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