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terrillr

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Posted: 10/01/13 11:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm looking for something this grandma can use to go camping with the grandson, specifically Cub Scout Family camp-outs (for now). His mom won't go camping and his dad (my son) is currently having medical issues which prevent him from outdoor activities.

I need something easy to setup/take down by one adult, tall enough to stand up in, and fit at least one cot (two would be better though). Plus, I'm looking for something sturdy that will last and can transition to the RV as the grandson gets older and wants to "rough it" or when his dad gets well enough to start camping again.

Suggestions??

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Posted: 10/02/13 03:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is an "easy up" (or so they claim) Coleman Tent - priced right.

Coleman 4 Person Tent

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My favorite TENT over the years was one of those three room tents. Mine was a 12x15 size which has one large room across the front part of the tent with two side door entrances. The back two rooms are divided off into two equal sizes smaller room.

The beauty of this setup is it will allow the use of the above floor tent bed fold out frames where you can insert a standard size air mattress. This looks just like a regular bed and easy to setup...

Jeep BRAND 12x15 tent...


This is a smaller tent we used before the getting the JEEP BRAND tent which we were able to setup the same air mattress folding bed. Just makes a nice setup inside the tent.


This is another three room size tent we used alot as well. I have
the room dividers taken down in this photo making one large room.
All my tents got passed down to the kids when we got the OFF-ROAD
POPUP tent trailer...


OZARK TRAILS Fold-out Tent BEDs with air mattress inserts...
Comes in half bed or full bed sizes. We used the half bed sizes
which we can tie wrap together to make a full bed size.
Sure beats sleeping on the ground... Beds come in nice tote
carry bag...


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Call Eureka outlet. They are extremely helpful. I have first hand knowledge since I've outfitted my son's, grandson as well as myself.


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Posted: 10/02/13 06:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks everyone, I'll check these out... especially that cot!

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What WoodGlue said, Coleman instant tent.Friends of ours have one and it is a cinch to put up/take down. I'd probably go with the six person tent for a few bucks more,gives you more cot space.

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Yeah, I was just about to post the 6 person version to comfortably hold 2 cots and still have a little walking room.

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Look at LL Bean or Cabelas for lots of choices.


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A 4 or 6-person tent, no larger than 10 X 10, is the right choice for sleeping from 3 to 5 comfortably using self-inflating sleeping pads. Unless you are unable to get up off the ground, avoid cots or hollow-tube air mattresses at all costs. They have R-Values of 0.75, meaning they're thermo-negative heat sinks that suck the heat out of you while you try to sleep. Self-inflating sleeping pads or big thick foam pads are typically around 5.0, meaning thermo-neutral. They will insulate you from the cold air above and around you and of course the easier to insulate solid surface under you and your tent. Quality tents have full-coverage rainflies, color coordinated parts, anodized aluminum poles and lifetime guarantees. Companies like Coleman and Jeep, Wenzel, etc. are made to be inexpensive and may let you down for wind and rain integrity. Eureka! does have SOME quality tents, but they mix in a lot of cheap stuff along with them to capture market share. Nothing wrong with a cheap tent, just be a ware of what you're buying.

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I can recommend Pahaque http://www.pahaque.com/ or Kelty (own both)

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