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« on: June 19, 2016, 12:05:46 am »

Well a few weeks ago, I came across an "outdoor movie screen" on Craiglist that was advertised as new and never used. The only thing I could make out in the picture was "O.E.G." on the bag which indicated to me that it was the Camp Chef that I had just recently noticed on someone else's screen when I saw it for the first time. He didn't know which model or what the exact size since he had never even taken it out of the bag or set it up.

Well, I show up across town to pick it up and I open the bag to see that everything is still wrapped in the foam on the poles and unused. I reach inside the screen bag and feel velcro which excites me because from my reading I'm pretty sure that mean's it is either the 132 or 144 because they are the only ones with the backing that drops down for rear projection.

I take it on vacation and start setting it up one night and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger causing me to feel pretty strongly that I have the 144. After doing some research on here, I find a few review pictures of the 132 and 144 and I discover that my instructions are sewn into the bag just like the 144.

Why was this a score? I was able to get it away from him after some discussion for $110 brand new. I was pretty excited about this and feel that this is helping me to continue to upgrade my set-up with quality equipment on the cheap. (I've been hawking Craigslist and eBay finding some great deals).

Well my 2 questions are as follows:

1) Has anyone found a good way to keep the stickers on the poles or mark them permanently? I was thinking packing tape over them to secure them in place.
2) What does everyone do to anchor them to the ground? I usually use dog stakes into the ground with the canvas straps with hooks that I can tighten easily but the hooks won't fit into the small attachments on the end pole. Has anyone rigged something up?

Thanks so much for the help.

I knew if anyone would care about my screen, it would be here.  Grin

Ryan
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 01:06:49 pm »

Hi Ryan, I own two of the Camp Chef screens so I think I can help you with this. First of all, $110 is a great deal on the screen. I think I paid north of $200 each for my OS132 and OS144 when I purchased them new. The stickers on the poles will wear/fall off pretty quickly, but I don't mark them at all. Once you've put together the screen a few times you'll quickly memorize the layout and the stickers become unnecessary.

The tiny tie-down lines and stakes that come with the screen are not durable for long term use. Here's what I use:

Stakes:
https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Tarp-Hook-Stake-Orange/dp/B00D3P83EO/

Clips (to connect to stakes and tighten):
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KSKY3PA/

Rope:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005I4MGXM/

This isn't a cheap way to secure it, but it's far easier than what is included with the screen. Hope that helps.
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Now I own eight commercial rental screens ranging from 9x5 to 30x17!
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2016, 09:14:45 pm »

11visions -

Thanks so much for the feedback. I will look into those items.

Ryan
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 10:56:42 pm »

color code the poles with your wife's nail polish
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2016, 07:05:07 am »

color code the poles with your wife's nail polish

That's a good idea.

Thanks
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2016, 11:43:44 pm »

We used a Brother P-Touch labeler to make new labels for our Camp Chef screen frame:

 

A complete review of the OS132 can be found here:

  http://backyardtheater.com/forums/index.php/topic,8489.0.html

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