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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a new tent and would like some suggestions and opinions from some of you that actually camp on a regular basis. It seems like every tent I have ever owned was junk. I don't need anything fancy, but I do want something decent that is going to last. What I'm looking for is; big enough for two people and some gear(prob a 4 man), quick to set up alone, 3 season, for a somewhat reasonable price. Weight and size isn't that much of a concern as I'm not into backpacking, but small is good since I do own a Jeep. This is something I will only use a few times a year or so, but I get tired of buying a new one all the time... thanks in advance for any suggestions...
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #2
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my only suggestion is to buy bigger than you think you'll need. my wife and i have a 4 person tent and once you get the air mattress and gear in there's no room to move around at all. and something you can stand up in is always nice.

and as far as quality, just like anything else you get what you pay for. but with that being said i've got three tents right now ranging from cheapies to middle of the road and the middle of the road has given us the most trouble.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #3
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my sister just bought a coleman tent last year big as hell could easly fit to queen size mattress. has been a really good ten theyve used it like three times and worked awesome every time. was easy to setup also and was like a 100 bucks
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:27 PM   #4
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I've been shopping around a quite a while for the same thing, but for something that will double up as a deer camp cabin in the snow... It's about $350 but the Alaskian Outfitter series from Cabellas is the way to go! It will be the last tent you ever buy....
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:29 PM   #5
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I buy the biggest one I can find and put all my gear in it when I leave camp for the day.
My current one is 16x16 and holds 2 queen size mattresses and all of our clothes in bags with extra room.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #7
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:35 PM   #8
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army surplus tent chem/bio warfare resistant
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I just picked up a Coleman 10'x17' from bass pro for $80. I don't think it's on sale anymore but it was originally $99. Very nice tent, easy to setup by yourself, plenty of space for queen size air matress and all your gear. Best part is it is tall enough to stand in.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #11
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Old May 29th, 2009, 02:10 PM   #12
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Go to REI.
Pay $10 to become a member.
Talk tents with an expert there.

Buy the tent. If you ever tire of that tent or it just plain sucks, you can return it for full purchase price ANYTIME. I returned one tent that was two years old that started leaking (I had used it almost 50 times) and bought a model that looked cool. Took that one out west for three weeks and camped in it every night - the cool design actually sucked when two people used it. I returned that tent and bought the one I have today.
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He's just "sore" cuz his troop leader showed him how to use a "pump tent" and he never fully healed.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 06:33 AM   #14
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I got a Eureka 6 man dome 15 yrs ago and it's still in good shape. Probably used an average of 15 nights a year until I got a camper 3 yrs ago. Now it only gets used a couple nights a year, but still stays dry.
I know Eureka isnt the best out there, but I'd consider it the best bang for the buck.
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Go to REI.
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REI is a great idea, except lifetime membership is $20 not $10.

I've had a swiss gear tent for almost 6 years. 2 Room tent designed for sleeping 8 but with 2 dogs, gear and queen size air mattress it fills up fast. Tall enough to stand in and has a shoe pouch inside/outside so you dont have to track your muddy shoes all over the place.

Unfortunately we were setting it up last summer to clean it out and the wind got ahold of it and dragged it down the driveway and a couple places have some minor tears. I'd like the tent enough that I'd rather pay someone to repair it (if possible) than buy a new one. I just don't know where to go.
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Just use vinal tape inside and outside the tears.
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My Kids just bought me a Coleman 5 man at Meijer, for my Birthday. I set it up last Saturday for the first time, and it seemed to go up in less then 15 minutes. It took about 20 minutes to pack it away, when I took it down on Sunday.

Overall, I like it so far, seems to be durable and sturdy, keeps the bugs out, but still has good ventilation. The real test will be during the UA in July.
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i need a stake loop re attached to my tent..where does one go for that?
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Bust out the needle and thread man, should not be too hard.
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I have a Swiss Army tent, it's a bit big and can easily fit 4 people and all the gear but I like it for the fact that it's been through several strong rain storms, heavy winds and no issues with the tent. I was cringing inside seeing it wobble and bend but nothing broke or tore. I did waterproof the heck out of all the seams so no leaks. I like the fact that you can stand up inside it and you don't feel claustrophobic laying inside it.
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