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|06-27-2011 02:32 AM|
|andreafahy01||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.|
|06-27-2011 02:30 AM|
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.
|02-26-2010 03:04 PM|
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|02-26-2010 02:00 PM|
'BINGO", just wanted to see if anybody would notice--
|02-26-2010 01:57 PM|
|4point||Dodge Xterra? Hah!|
|02-26-2010 01:56 PM|
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.
|02-26-2010 01:40 PM|
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
|02-26-2010 11:03 AM|
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
They're about $250/300 bucks but, super strong and ventilated, well sealed around the perimeter also
|02-26-2010 10:51 AM|
UV is what finally killed it.
Some of the "cheap" stuff is pretty well crafted. Not all; but some.
|02-26-2010 10:02 AM|
--AIRZONE, doesn't use poles and it'll take hurricane winds, as long as you have it staked well
|02-26-2010 09:58 AM|
+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.
|02-26-2010 09:54 AM|
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.
|02-26-2010 09:45 AM|
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.
|02-26-2010 09:24 AM|
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.
|02-26-2010 08:50 AM|
--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
|02-26-2010 04:28 AM|
[/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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|02-26-2010 12:44 AM|
...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!
|02-26-2010 12:38 AM|
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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|02-26-2010 12:13 AM|
|PecosRiver||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.|
|02-26-2010 12:09 AM|
|thechink09||ooh well 1200 isnt that bad. but i dont need anything that big|
|02-26-2010 12:08 AM|
|thechink09||hahahaha yeah im pretty sure that think is a little out of my price range for a tent|
|02-26-2010 12:08 AM|
|PecosRiver||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.|
|02-26-2010 12:06 AM|
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|02-26-2010 12:04 AM|
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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