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Old 02-25-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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whats a good tent?

whats an all around good tent? ive never bought a tent before, but me and my girl friend and some other friends decided we wanna camp on the beach during spring break.

im a college student so i dont have alot of money to spend. but i would definitely wanna reuse this tent so i want something that is gonna last me a while.

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depends on what your looking for in a tent. i love my tent, but its a 2 person backpacking tent, so its not the best choice for everyone

so if you know what needs you want this tent to meet, we can better help you out.

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If you're planning on camping in warm weather on the beach and not have to deal with a whole lot of rain...honestly, most tents will probably suit your needs just fine...just make sure when you're buying one that it looks like it has a nicely designed rain cover that will guide the water away from the tent and not down the sides of it. Also, search on how to create a "footprint" for your tent, which basically is putting a tarp underneath your tent (but not sticking out the sides) so if it rains, it'll guide the water out and keep it from seeping in through the floor or something like that. I have no idea exactly how it works as I've never done it...but many people who do a lot of camping swear by it.

The best tent I've ever owned is my current Swiss Gear tent... it's lasted me quite a few years with no leakage problems, even when I spent weekends camping where it rained almost the entire time we were there. At one point I was camping on a hillside and I woke up because I could feed the water underneath my tent rushing down the hillside like a small river (and I freaked out because we were camping right on the Mississippi River that night...I thought the river had flooded...LOL). It didn't take in any water.

The last trip I made with it unfortunately I wasn't so lucky and it began taking in water at the seams...I plan on either buying a new one before my big trip this spring or if I'm tight on cash, I'll just pick up a can of camp dry/tent sealer and spray the seams down good. It should be good for another few years then.

I got that one cheap though...I think it was like $60 and it sleeps 4-6 people or something like that.
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if you want a light weight backpacking tent, mountain hardware makes some great tents.
i bought a tent from then 5 or 6 years ago, and i still have not had any problems with leaks or anything.

this is the current version of my tent:
Mountain Hardwear: Superlight : SkyLedge 2.1

they are a little pricey, but mine has lasted a very long time, and survived some pretty harsh conditions. i figure id rather spend some money up front for a quality product that will last a while.
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well i just want something that i can use pretty much anywhere, woods, beach, when my woman kicks me out hahaha. something that will fit 2-4 ppl comfortably.

something that if it does rain will keep me dry.
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oh and i would prefer it to be something pretty easy to set up and take down haha
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Ultra Dome Tent, Four-Person: Family Tents at L.L.Bean

LL Bean makes some nice entry level tents.
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I had one similar to this one, but some jerk stole it last summer. I spent 2 weeks in this one winter while hunting. With the stove and floor in place it was very comfortable.

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I had one similar to this one, but some jerk stole it last summer. I spent 2 weeks in this one winter while hunting. With the stove and floor in place it was very comfortable.

Something tells me that's not a cheap tent... lmao
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Hell, I'd be happy to live in that thing!
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Nope. Bought it used around 20 years ago and it cost me $400. The one pictured is around $1200. I am seriously pissed about the loss of my tent. I loved that tent. I wish they were cheaper.
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hahahaha yeah im pretty sure that think is a little out of my price range for a tent
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ooh well 1200 isnt that bad. but i dont need anything that big
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The kids loved it. My friends loved it. My wife hated it. Set it up in several wilderness areas over the years we had it and spent a lot of time in some really beautiful areas. Winter camping in that was almost luxurious.
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I had one similar to this one, but some jerk stole it last summer. I spent 2 weeks in this one winter while hunting. With the stove and floor in place it was very comfortable.

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Hell, I'd be happy to live in that thing!
if i can live in my little 2 person backpacking tent for a week with another person, i could definitely live in that thing for a while
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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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...and if you're a 41 year old without a motorhome, PM me. I work for an RV/Chrysler dealership and I can get you really good pricing!

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I had one similar to this one, but some jerk stole it last summer. I spent 2 weeks in this one winter while hunting. With the stove and floor in place it was very comfortable.

I was going to buy a dirtbike after i put in the new engine and t-case.....but now i think i want that freaking tent. Come summertime id move out of the house for the summer and live on the beach take showers at a truck stop and live the life of a beach bum.
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I had one similar to this one, but some jerk stole it last summer. I spent 2 weeks in this one winter while hunting. With the stove and floor in place it was very comfortable.

Where the hell is the garage?
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I had one similar to this one, but some jerk stole it last summer. I spent 2 weeks in this one winter while hunting. With the stove and floor in place it was very comfortable.

That is a spectacular tent. My dream tent.
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[/IMG]Big Woods Dome Tent: Family Tents at L.L.Bean

i have this one but with Jeep Logos on it its awsome !!! so much room not too big and not small.. just perfect with lots of ventilation.. really good deal !
10 min. set up. and when packed it fits in to a big duffle bag..
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--AIRZONE--minute up/minute down

I've got one on my trailer, Goldfinch (2 person) and one for company Odessy (4 person)



Either one can be be packed in small places, very light and goes up, goes down with NO EFFORT

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Go to Walmart and get a cheap 4-year tent. Your needs and income potential will change right around when it wears out.

I went from Craptastic tent to Columbia to Conqueror.

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Old 02-26-2010, 08:45 AM   #24
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Don't take a cheap tent to the beach. One good blow, and the thing will be shredded, plus the cheap poles really can't handle the wind. You'll have the tent blowing up against you in any kind of wind, and as you are aware, it can get pretty breezy along the shore.

Eureka makes a nice line of tents, but some of them are a bit pricey. I have a 2 person, 3 season backpacking tent that is great. Handles all kinds of weather and keeps me plenty dry and comfy.

When you are picking a tent, look for one with sturdy poles that won't overflex in a strong wind, good double stitched seams, reinforced seams are even better. Look for a good fly design that sheds the water and gives you adequate ventilation, and consider whether you want to do anything more than sleep in the tent. I have a 20 year old Hillary (Sears) family tent that it still holding up well, and I can stand upright in most of it. That's a great advantage when you want to do things like get dressed, or even just for ease of setting up the inside gear.
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I have a Hillary tent from Sears that is about 10'x10' with a small vestibule to store gear. It looks a bit like an igloo. It is just over 6' high which is important to me so I can stand up in the tent. Have you ever tried to get dressed in a 4' high room in 100? It fits a queen size air mattress with plenty of room to walk around. Even though it is pretty big, I've never had any problem setting it up or taking it down by myself with no help.

If you prep the seams on just about any tent, it will be pretty waterproof. I've had this tent almost 10 years with no problems. Even in the 100+ temps @ TX lakes, in an extreme downpour that completely filled the back of my pickup in 30 minutes & well below freezing @ Rocky Mt. Natl Park.

Oh, make sure you stake that sucker down really well. I saw on the show "1000 Ways to Die" that a young lady in a poorly staked tent got caught in a wind blast that sent her flying to her death. I don't know how true that show is but better not take any chances!

And if you're new to camping, NEVER store food in your tent. You'll have all kinds of critters knocking on your door. And don't pitch that tent too close to the tide either unless you want to end up like Gilligan.
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+1 on Eureka Recommendation. I used to camp and backpack a lot....cheap tents fall apart.

One rule of thumb we had when tent shopping was avoid tents that have a "built in Tarp". you want to buy a separate tarp to lay down, then the tent should have a regular (non tarp material) botttom...the tarp ones have a way of shredding.

I can't remember then name of our (now ancient) family sized tent...but I think it might have been a Hillary as well.
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Don't take a cheap tent to the beach. One good blow, and the thing will be shredded, plus the cheap poles really can't handle the wind. You'll have the tent blowing up against you in any kind of wind, and as you are aware, it can get pretty breezy along the shore.
I used the same tent from the time I was 11 until I was 20; I think it was $17.
UV is what finally killed it.

Some of the "cheap" stuff is pretty well crafted. Not all; but some.
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I just happened to think--"HATCH TENT"

I know there are a bunch of diff. mfg's and several that will work for the jeep

I bought one 4 years ago for my Dodge Xterra

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I have since tightened it up to work with my JK and these are great for security/privacy/weather/parties-etc

They're about $250/300 bucks but, super strong and ventilated, well sealed around the perimeter also

Checkemout

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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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