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Old 06-25-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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I let my daughter borrow my tent and she washed it in the washing machine with detergent. I'm going to use it on my wheeling trip next weekend and if it rains I guess I'll see if it is still waterproof. It's a pretty old tent so I'm not real upset about it.

Any suggestion for a good tent to replace it? Wife would like one big enough to stand up in, but it's really only for the two of us (or sometimes just me) so it doesn't have to be huge. Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-25-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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I have a Coleman 4 person tent taht works great. You can pretty much stand in it, but have to lean over just a bit. Deminsions are 8' X 10'. Think I payed around 50.00 at a Big 5 Sproting Goods during a sale.

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Old 06-25-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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Depends if your looking for a backpacking tent which will be light or a vechile camping tent that will be heavy. Not sure if you have and REI around you but if so and you become a member for $20 and you buy an REI tent they have a lifetime warranty. I am a big camper and hiker and have several tents. Ask any questions and i will help you out. I have a Seirra Design and Marmot which are very nice tents and have owned 3 REI tents.
REI Summer Sale & Clearance: Great Deals on Outdoor Gear, Equipment and Clothing Through July 5 and look at tents they have good diagrams which show floor plans and how tall they are for standing uo or kneeing.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:43 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I know Coleman is good and I think the Dick's near me sells those.
Cru - that is a great site. do I need to be a member to get the sale, or just for the discount? I don't need a backpack tent, but I want it to fold up pretty small cuz room in my Jeep is pretty limited since my spare and box are back there.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:05 PM   #5
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No anybody can get the sale price. If your not a member you don't get the perks like the lifetime warranty and the dividend each year. I got a $95 check from them for last year. For example I bought a backpack made by Osprey about 1.5 years ago and hikeded with it about 30 times and it started hurting my shoulders and this pack was dirty and brought it back and got full retail amount in store credit to buy something else
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #6
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eureka alpenlite xt is a great 4 season tent if youre looking for a 4 season
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eureka alpenlite xt is a great 4 season tent if youre looking for a 4 season
oh yeah, definitely 4 season. I plan to wheel all year and camping will be a part of it. I already have a great sub zero bag. I wouldn't mind another Eureka. That's the brand I have now and this tent has been good for over 20 years.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:08 PM   #8
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If you can't find one you like, pick up some 303 Aerospace fabric protectant... That stuff is killer for water repelling.... Boat shops have it, or online.
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I want one of These, Gus. Kinda pricey but it's your bed and roof all in one package. Kinda bulky too though. Anyway, here is a picture to go with the linky. You can get a single or double and it comes with a rain fly that makes a porch roof as well. (See all the pictures.)

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Just for grins

I've got two "AIRZONE" tents that air up in about one minute, the "Goldfinch" on my trailer is 5'x8'x5' and the "Odessy" is 9'x9'x8' and they both can be just crumbled up and put in neat little blackbags, pretty small



You can get a "hatch tent", my Nissan one is 10'x10'x8' and I use it for my jeep, even though it was designed for the Xterra



They all have rain fly's that are treated for water and shield against the rain, the "Airzone" tents are extremely strong and will take (stakes), they say 70mph winds-I don't know that

They all have big view screens with zippered flaps and I think the "Airzones" are warm weather tents

The Nissan (there are other mfg) Hatch tent, I've had in rain/snow 18 deg with heater and 0 deg dual sleeping bag--wasn't cold (she was there) and didn't get wet

The reason I mention the "Hatch" tent is, two tears ago, while we were at Gold Lake, we were introduced to a momma black bear with two little cubs, so we moved our sleeping bags out of the tent and slept in the Xterra--with the doors shut and several times around midnight, we could see momma looking thru our fishing gear and trying to figure how to open the bear box

I didn't have a camera setup thru my Golite spotlite, so it's just a memory

I was told by a Ranger a day earlier, that we might see her, so be alert and he said, if you have to use that S&W, I hope you're justified and don't have any other choice, because, California is pretty proud of its bears, you'll be busy with the investigation-for a long time !!

It's crazy sometimes because some of the black bear cubs are DEEP BROWN and they ain't to friendly !!

This is whats neat about the "hatch tent", you can just jump from the 4x to the tent or viseversa



You can even go to the bathroom inside--if you're of a mind !!



Lotsatents out there !!

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The fact that your daughter washed your tent just cracks me up.

As far as a replacement tent goes, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the quality of some of the Coleman tents that are out there. They don't seem like they would hold up to a whole lot of use.

A relatively inexpensive and very nice tent is the Marine Corps Combat Tent, which is a 2-man tent made by Eureka. You can get them inexpensively from places such as Cheaper Than Dirt, which is where I got mine. It sets up in about 5 minutes if you are by yourself, a little faster if you have two people to put it up.

We have used our little Eureka to sleep both of us, both the dogs, and a mess of gear and it worked out pretty well, although I'm more comfortable if it's just me and the dogs (more room for me!).

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