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Old 02-26-2010, 12:56 PM   #31
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I've spent SO many nights in a tent that I won't do it any more, I bought a pop-up tent trailer finally.

My thoughts are this... you don't need a big tent and you don't want one that is the least bit complicated to erect. Some tents are frigging nightmares to erect.

Two things I would demand of any tent before I bought it and I wouldn't compromise on them.

1) Shock-corded tent poles that hold it up. That means they literally pop together as they have a shock (bungee) cord running through them all. You just pull them apart slightly when you're done with the tent & fold them into a short compact page. Separate poles are a nightmare to figure out if it's late & dark... & not much better during the daytime.

2) Sewn full-length pockets in the tent fabric to slide the assembled tent poles into. Straps, hooks, etc. to hold the tent to the tent poles are a PITA. Once you slide the tent poles into the sewn full-length pockets, the tent is 95% up.

Avoid the cheap vinyl coated fabrics, they sweat inside & you'll have moisture dripping on you as you sleep. A separate rain fly that is positioned 3-4" above the tent will keep the rain out if you need it, most make attaching that on top an easy thing to do.

Enjoy tent-camping. I did for over 35 years including over 75 nights in a tent as a Boy Scout leader. But I'm too old for tents now, they hurt my back.

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:57 PM   #32
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:00 PM   #33
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:04 PM   #34
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well i just found out that you cant camp on South Padre Island, TX beach. so i dont even know if im going to go camping now.

does anyone know if you can camp on Corpus's Beaches or Galveston's Beaches in Texas
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:30 AM   #35
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When my husband and I were dating (as teenagers) we bought a tiny pup tent at Big Lots for like $12 I'd sneak out at night, we'd canoe across the river and camp out. It's gone to Key West with us for beach camping as well us on some backpacking. We've been using it for over ten years and even though a cheap-o tent, it surely has held up! Noted, we are on the small side (5'4 and 5'5 130#) so we fit fine in it! I plan to buy a second hammock and try that route next time, although we both can fit in the one we have - Double Nest Hammock - Eagles Nest Outfitters Inc - Your Complete Hammock Sleep System

Grew up camping a lot and one of my jobs was to put the tent together and break it down which has made me appreciate a much smaller tent - it's easier! My Dad went from a two-room winebago brand tent, to a huge dome tent and kept going smaller till we had a 4-person sized dome tent. BUT if it's super windy and raining the pup tent is not the easiest to keep from touching the sides causing potential leaks, but it can be done!

couple of pics attached, one you can see the tent strapped onto my husband's pack and then get a slight size reference seeing him put it together.

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Old 06-27-2011, 01:32 AM   #36
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Oh yeah, if you have a Jeep and it's going to be with you, it's super for sleeping in the back of! We just throw 4 "dog beds" (Zabutons are the "sitting mats" which the zafu, smile cushion, or bench is placed on. These Meditation Mats provide essential cushioning for the feet, ankles and legs.) in the back and a couple of blankets.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:35 AM   #37
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College student + beach + spring break = no tent. Beer, girls and a sleeping bag.

If your GF won't sleep on the beach w/o a tent, time to upgrade chicks because she REALLY wants to date a 41 year old with a motorhome anyway.

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