My wife and I were tired of being attacked by bugs when preparing and eating meals during our camp trips, so we purchased this screenhouse at our local Walmart after doing some research and reading reviews. I set it up first in the backyard first for practice/weather sealing and then took it on it's first trip to a state park this last weekend. The fabric material and stitching/mesh screening were decent for the price and had no issues. The shockcorded poles (2 red and 4 black went together easily and held up fine. Here are some of my thoughts: 1. Do a practice setup before taking it out. The 2 red poles go in the red marked sleeves in a X pattern forming the "roof" and the black poles go in the other sleeves forming the "walls". The end of each red pole goes in a velcro pocket and do not actually connect/touch the black poles. I studied the picture before setting it up. After the first time, setup goes very quickly.
2. After reading reviews noting the leaking at the top 18" center square, I sprayed CampDry on it several times before use. During our trip, it rained and everything under the canopy portion stayed dry. But remember, it is a screenhouse and the walls slope slightly. Our picnic table stayed dry-an area of about 9x9 ft.
3. It can be set-up by one person, but the job is much easier with two.
4. As with any camping gear, know how to setup/take down and take your time. Nothing should be forced. Re-stake/adjust if zippers are tight.
4. Comes with cheap metal "sticks". Buy larger, stronger, true tent stakes to replace the ones that come with it. I used metal 8" nail type stakes with the plastic tops. Properly used, good stakes will keep most anything from blowing away during high winds.
5. I found it easier to use the zippers with one hand if one side of the zipper door was staked down. I used one of the cheap stakes that came with the screenhouse. To keep from trying to use this 'staked down' doorside, we put a cooler/stuff by it.
6. Take down was easy, put poles into the bag, and rolled the screenhouse around the polebag. Everything fit back into the carrying bag very easily. All in all, we were pretty pleased with the performance of this product for the price we paid. It exceeded our expectations. At first, we thought the neon green color would look out of place in the woods, but it grew on us and looked good at camp. The color made it easy to locate our campsite at night-a green glow when lit from the underside!. We had several other campers stop and admire it during our stay-including non-tent folks, asking where we got it, etc. And it was the only one in the park--which was neat too! Recommended - if you are looking for a screenhouse, give this one a look and a try.
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