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Old 01-18-2009, 12:34 AM
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Re: Recommend a tent ?

Right now it's just for me and my son, And he probably wont be with me as mush as I like. But you think(for the price) it would be OK for 2 or less? only being used once or twice a year, on elk hunt, and only lightly in Tennessee for normal camping in spring and summer?
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:06 AM
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Re: Recommend a tent ?

I think it would work great for two men. I like having the floor. Had a small tent like this one w/ the floor, now have a much bigger one w/o a floor. We put down a tarp and blankets for a floor now. Take your muddy boots off at the door. This a tent not a barn.

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Old 01-18-2009, 11:13 AM
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[quote=RockyMtnM Take your muddy boots off at the door. This a tent not a barn.

Huh!.........Gona have to try that next fall

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:59 AM
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Re: Recommend a tent ?

I did a TON of research before I bought my first wall tent. There are many different options from different manufactures. There are also many types of materials to choose from. I personaly prefer a Sunforger material for my tents, it's water and mildew resistent. In our guiding business we use tents from three different manufactures. We have a 14X16 from Davis Tents. It's constructed very well but has a few minor things I don't care for. One the door is a little too short for my liking. Two they use a fiberglass stove jack that will burn and unravel. Three the door does not come with weather flaps, though you can have them added for an additional charge. Four they use chain stitching on their seams, with chain stitching the entire seam can unravel if you pull the stitching, just like on a feed bag. Other then that they are very good tents. I also use a 15'X18' tent from Dave Ellis in Colorado, he's a great guy to work with and will make whatever changes you want. This is an excellent tent with one minor item , he doesn't completely roll his seams. I had him make it out of 12 oz Sunforger material. He uses a lock stitch on his seams. The door comes with a zipper and storm flaps inside and outside , he uses D-rings to tie them shut, but I had him add straps with quick release buckles to close the flaps. I also had him add a rear door, just in case a bear comes in the front door I can run out the back. He uses a silicone stove jack. The 15'X18' may seem large but we can sleep 6 guys with a stove comfortably or sleep 4 guys with a stove and still have room for all of our cooking equipment. My other tent is manufactured by Cylinder Stoves in Cedar City Utah. They used to have Dave Ellis make their tents but started building their own. It is a 12'X15' and will sleep two with a stove and cooking equipment comfortably. I believe this is the best manufactured tent I have. It comes standard with two doors and they completely roll their seams so you don't have any exposed edges to unravel and they are stitched with a lock stitch, and they use a silicone stove jack. They also use D-rings to tie their storm flaps inside and out, but I had them add the straps and buckles on mine. It's made from 10 oz Sunforger material. I had them install two windows for better ventilation. For frames I prefer an outside frame over a rafter frame kit. You can purchase them from the manufacture of your tent or like I do make your own for a lot less money using electrical conduit and top rail material. Like I said what ever tent you decide to use make sure it's made with Sunforger material. It's water and mildew resistant and it's a LOT stronger then canvas. I wouldn't own any tent made with canvas whether it's treated or not. Canvas tents have to be COMPLETELY dry before you put them away or they will mildew and rot in a very short time. With the Sunforger you can pack them home if they are wet and they won't mildew but you still have to dry them completely before you store them. I also prefer stoves made by Cylinder Stoves. They are made in different sizes to fit whatever size tent you have and are very heavy duty. Hope this helps.


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Old 01-24-2009, 11:07 AM
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That helps alot! Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:57 PM
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Great post Wes. Those kind of details "like the stitching" are what make the tent or break the tent. No pun intended.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:32 AM
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4 people, you have a couple options, a smaller tent 12x12 will work in a pinch. But you will have to set up for sleeping, then clean things up for cooking and day use. It is a pain. I have one - I know. With 2 people you can get by OK.

A 12x16 or 14x16 (or 20) would be very nice. If you are driving to your camp, go with the larger sized tent.

If you are packing it on a horse, you have other options. If you go with a large tent, one horse will be dedicated to the tent, and then you will have to add stock for the rest of your gear. You can get into a 4 horse pack string real quick just for gear and meat.

I have a 12x12, it is fine for my son and I. These days, I use it as a rec hall / gathering place up on the hill. It keeps the mud and dirt out of the camp trailer. The son and his buddies like to sleep when they come up hunting. I use the boys as my pack animals these days.

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