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    Coleman tent/stove on sale (and other things)

    Coleman is clearing out some of their "2008" camping gear on their website. On really good deal is their "Crestline 4-person tent" for $29.99. I actually used this the first time I went to the MOA rally ('06). It's big for one person, but roomy for two. If you were there, you remember the rain the last day - I didn't get a drop on me in this tent. In fact, all the times I used it it kept me very dry, wasn't too hard to setup (4 poles, two in an "X" and two on the sides, that give you a bit more area) - it's very stable in the wind and has a 59" center height, so you can stand all bent over to get pants on, which can be nice. If I recall, it's around 8 pounds. Not a lightweight, but a good roomy tent for two that works OK for bike touring and great for car camping, and a steal for the price:



    They have some other stuff on sale. There is a small stove that runs on their "powermax" fuel for a decent price, a cheap "HPZ" stove, a few of their "Exponent" backpacking tents (I have two that work well for motorcycle camping, though none of the ones on sale), and some flashlights and other sundry items. Check them out if you're interested.

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    You stupid, fix it! r11rs94's Avatar
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    That is a really good deal. I been using a Coleman for 5 years now. Mine looks like yours but is not as big. Still plenty roomy for me. Mine too has never leaked. The extra room comes in handy for stowing your extra gear when going out on rides, bad weather, or just going to the Beer Garden. I looked at the pricer tent's but for the little camping that I do, I could not justify the cost. Good luck with yours.
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    Just got one!

    Been thinkin about a tent had no idea what to get been walkin the sporting goods sections at Walmart ,Dicks and Cabelas so on your expert advise and nice tent at cheep price I just ordered one.

    How can you go wrong at that price. I wont use a tent too often but when I do Ill have one and if I camp its sure to rain. If it will keep me dry and the bugs out thats all you can ask for.

    Thanks for the tip! R and R
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    What is the packed size of that?
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    size

    Shipping size is 23.5 x 7.25 x 7 , 12 lb so I would think you could take a little off of all of these for packaging. my guess.
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    Air mat / Cot

    What do you guys/gals use for a cot/air mat? Anything small light and still usable out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsonr View Post
    Shipping size is 23.5 x 7.25 x 7 , 12 lb so I would think you could take a little off of all of these for packaging. my guess.
    Received mine, today. They changed the packaging a bit from my "old" model, which only came in a stuff sack. This one has a longer package with a zipper.

    First things first - I was a bit worried when I pulled out a tightly packed green bag, but inside the green bag is another cardboard box with the tent inside. The rolled up tent by itself is pretty close to the figures above. It's pretty much right on at 23". I'd say 7x7 for width and height, though maybe 6.5. Not bad for a tent this size.

    Here it is rolled up:


    Here it is with it's green bag. It's plenty roomy, so I don't think there would be a problem re-packing it if you decide to use the green bag. I may use a separate stuff sack, myself.


    For proof, here it is fitting easily into my large Ortleib bag that I strap to the rear seat:


    And here it is with it's green bag separate to show that there is room enough for two, plus space on top of them, yet. I know the green bag is not expanded. It would still fit, trust me. There is also plenty of room on top for other things. Maybe not enough for a sleeping bag rolled (you probably wouldn't be able to roll the Ortleib bag down).


    And finally, just a shot of the Ortleib bag holding the tent. Again, it's the "large" size:


    I hope everyone who ordered likes them. Seems like a steal for $29. If you don't like it, sell it on E-bay for $40 or $50. If you have a yellow bag like mine, I think you could get the tent plus two therm-a-rests, or one therm-a-rest and a small sleeping bag (that rolls up to a similar size) in there. Possibly more. Judge for yourself, of course.

    And sorry, no set-up pictures. It's very cold and snowy outside, I have a cold, and I'm not sure I have room in my house to set it up without moving furniture.

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    ground cloth

    I just ordered one of these (I need more room), but forgot about a ground cloth. The people who use this, do you not use a ground cloth? If not, any problems?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theLuz View Post
    I just ordered one of these (I need more room), but forgot about a ground cloth. The people who use this, do you not use a ground cloth? If not, any problems?
    I never use ground cloth. Never for years of personal use or for the Sherpa camp.

    I've always found the ground dry under the tent when packing up wet tents. I've seen ground cloths that extend beyond the footprint of the tent, and water stays on top of the cloth (usually vinyl, etc) and thus ends up being trapped between the cloth and the tent. I've just never seen a need for ground cloths with today's tents.

    I've also had mild flooding (Georgia Mountain Rally, it usually rains during that rally) where my tents were situated in several inches of water. The tents remained dry inside, a testimony to the Coleman bathtub bottom.

    There will be others that have a different opinion, but you got my $0.02.
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    When I used mine, I never used a ground sheet. This tent has a pretty tough bottom. If you REALLY wanted to make it last forever you could use one, but I would say unless you frequently camp on rocks, you won't need it.

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    Thumbs up

    Received my Crestline today. A very nice tent especially considering the price. I wondered about a footprint/ground cloth but will try the tent without one for the time being. I like the size of the tent as it will accommodate a twin size air mattress leaving a generous space for bags and incidentals. I will use this tent for the Winter Rally at Camp Blanding in February. Ride Safe

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    Thanks for the link on this sale. I've used a Eureka Wind River Geo dome 2-3 man since 1989 with excellent service. It's still working fine but I'm sure it'll wear out sometime and I've been looking at the MSR Mutha Hubba as a high quality replacement.

    After reading all of the great comments about these tents combined with the $30 price tag, how could I not take a flyer and try this tent out? I'm aware that this isn't a backpacking tent but I either motorcycle or car camp anyway. As long as I stay dry and the tent can withstand a thunderstorm I'm going to be pretty happy. I suspect this tent will last more than a season or two but even if it doesn't I will have received a good value.

    Can't wait to try it out but it's -7F at 1:00pm here today.
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    I hate to admit stupidity, but...........

    just got the tent. Cool size and looks like it'll be great. I had a bugger of a time figuring out the poles for the rain fly.

    If you haven't gotten yours yet, the fly poles are threaded through the pockets on either end of the rain fly. I couldn't find what the instruction was describing and couldn't understand the front and back of the fly.

    Probably just me, but I'll never get back that 30 minutes..............
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