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Golf Cart Side Doors-Curtis Cab Enclosures
At LSL two nights ago I saw a couple of golf carts that had doors on the sides to keep out the rain instead of the sunbrella side covers that zip or snap. Not sure of the material or these doors -- plastic - fiberglass? The doors looked like they would slide back and forth, kind of like the doors on a minivan. Pooh called these doors Curtis Cab enclosures. What do these doors cost? Can they be installed on a preowned cart, or are they only available on new carts? What are the drawbacks to having these doors on a golf cart? If I ever do move down here I think these doors would be a lot easier for me to use to keep out the rain than the roll up side covers.
Last edited by Schaumburger; 07-09-2011 at 05:17 AM.
We are in the process of buying a golf cart & were considering this enclosure. However, a couple salesmen said they are hot in the summer even w/the doors open because the airflow is restricted. We were told they cost about 2000.00
One thing to remember with a golf cart enclosure, they add weight to the cart and speed will be less than maximum for the particular cart it's on. They also aren't available for all carts so if you're thinking of getting one, ask if it can be fitted to the cart you're planning on getting.
In the summer, I do find them very warm, but everyone has different tolerances for temperatures. They are really great in the rain, but again, if it's warm outside and you've got your cart closed up, it's going to get warm, just as it does with roll down enclosures. As far as I'm concerned, they really are the best in the winter...when it's cold. Just shut the doors and the cold wind is shut out in a flash. Also, remember when you park your cart, leave enough room to be able to open the doors....they push out first, then slide back.
Guess you just have to figure out what's important to you, the ability to seal yourself from the elements or the breeze. Everything has its pluses and minuses.
Good luck....and enjoy the hunt.
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We are also considering the Curtis Cab and have been told the same thing about the heat. However, if you have the doors open and the flap down in the back you have a lot of air flow. You can also open the front window and screens are available if you are not fond of picking bugs out from between your teeth...
There is also a bit of a "closed in" feel as opposed to the totally open feel without it. On the other hand, letting them dry and having to roll up those flaps is a bit of a pain in the ash, it seems to me... On the third hand, how often do you need the flaps down, or the doors closed? Not having owned one that's hard for me to say. Perhaps someone else can address that question.
The doors go on Yamaha, EZ Go, and Club car. Club car has the most colors available.
The weight may be a bit of a factor, but we have not noticed any difference on test drives. Perhaps an electric cart (one with poor range) would not be the best candidate for a Curtis Cab due to the added weight (I have been told up to 180 pounds).
There is also a bit of vision obstruction (some more than others depending on the model), but I think I could get used to that... some dealers will install the heater / fan that Curtis Cab makes. You can "google" Curtis Cab for thier webiste for more info.
The cost seems to vary from about $1,700 to $2,400. You can check them out with the local dealers.
One other consideration... it's easy enough to get to your golf clubs with the cab, but the sand bottle is a bit more difficult... though not impossible. Finally, the cooler will not fit on the Club Car with a Curtis Cab on it, but you can always put a cooler in the basket.
We continue to go back and forth with the idea... Decisions, decisions!
I have had a Yamaha gas cart with the Curtis enclosure for about 18 months now and love it. Since I bought it new the cost was less than having the cab added after the fact, maybe $1,500. The Villages golf cars told me the extra weight was 100lbs and that they adjusted the cart speed to account for the extra weight. There is a slight temp difference in the summer but not anything that bothers me. There is some air flow restriction but as mentioned previously just put a screen on the front window and open the back curtain. A friend of mine rigged a mount for his sand bottle so that it sits on the rack between the golf bags and is easily accessible. The only small negative I would have is that there is a slight noise increase from the engine versus an open Yamaha cart.
that if you are tall, with long legs, they are very difficult to get out without whacking your knees, and of course, I'm a slow learner.....If I MUST share a ride with a cart with these enclosures, I'll usually do a lot of walking, as the other option is a first aid kit!....Ugh!
I have a Curtis Cab that I purchased with the Club Car. I also have a speedometer and can go my max of 19 MPH so I'm not slowed down. One comment I will make about the Curtis Cab is that it can be drafty with many small openings so that when it's very cold in the winter I would suggest a heater. However, when it rains their is no leakage inside the cart.
I would recommend the Curtis Cab and when it rains it sure beats dealing with the curtains. Also with the doors open, the front window down and the back curtain off there is no problem with being cool.
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An alternative to the Curtis is the Mee Cab. See thru on both sides, tinted and lighter weight than the Curtis Cab. Carts and Clubs is the dealer. We had it installed when we bought our cart and we are very pleased. The "doors" slide back and forth, not out and away from the cart. By the way, when we inquired about the Mee Cab at the dealer in Lake sumter Landing none of the sales people had even heard of it.
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