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    Camping Stuff

    Last night I dragged out the old tent from the storage area. A 4 man Hillary from Sears nearly 20 years old. Needless to say, not much left at this point. At my ripe old age I don't see myself doing a lot of camping (can you say mini-bar?) but I am thinking about going to my first National this summer. I'm looking for recomendations for both a 2 person tent and a sleeping bag. I don't want to spend tons of money. Hopefully fairly easy to fit on a bike. No, I won't be using it in the Himalayas or in a hurricane. If it can be bought in a discount store, all the better. Summer weight, keeps me dry, enough room to throw my bags in with me and be able to sit upright. Thanks

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    maybe use the tent camping service?

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    Paul and I are very please with our 60 second set up tent:
    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...roductId=12223
    Sixty Second Set-Up Dome 2-3 Person Tent
    Item Number: 24450

    And Campmor has a great deal on a light goose down sleeping bag:
    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226
    Campmor 45?? Down Lite Tapered Sleeping Bag
    Item Number: 40064

    Then all you'll need is a sleep pad:
    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226
    Slumberjack Family Camper Self-Inflating Camping Mat
    Item Number: 64401

    Or you can wait till you get there, go to a local store that sells camping gear and get stuff not designed for packing small. Don't forget a camp chair.

    Camping at the National. The only way to go!
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    You could take a short trip to Prairie du Chien and check out the Cabela's that is there. Plus I believe there is a Gander Mountain in LaCrosse. Neither of these places is too far from you.
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    [QUOTE=Geoff Miller]If it can be bought in a discount store, all the better./QUOTE]

    Here's what I got...

    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226

    ...but I got it at Wal-Mart ($74.97), along with an air mattress and pump. My $25 sleeping bag was from Gander Mountain. The tent is available in a 2-person size, but I like the extra room. I can't make any claims for these items, since I've only camped at one rally (dry, 50-75 degrees) since I got them last year. There won't be any rain at the National this year, anyway - right?
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    Go to your local Wal-Mart and check out their Coleman tents. I've had mine now for three years or so and it does a great job. It should be pretty cheap. At Charleston when all of the North Face and Eureka tents were busting their poles in the tornado, the only damage I had was a wet sleeping bag because I hadn't zipped my flap up. Wal-Mart should also have the other stuff that you need as well at reasonable prices. If you find that you enjoy the whole camping thing, then you can start to spend some of the big bucks on stuff.

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    Tent Preference

    I have been using Coleman tents for many years.

    They are a good cross between the expensive well made tent and a $29 throw away.

    I prefer a 7 x 7 Sundome and have been in some rotten weather and survived quite well.

    I just bought the new 7 x 7 Sundome with 4 sides of windows and many other upgrades for $35 at the local Sport Chalet. WOW what a nice tent, especially for the money.

    BTW- I heard but have not verified that Coleman makes a lesser tent for Walmart...

    For a slightly bigger tent I highly recomment the 10 x 10 or 12 x 12 Sundome. I spent a night in one (10 x 10) at about 9,000' in a high wind and surprisingly the tent held up.

    I paid $49 for my frst 7 x 7 and have had it for 6 years now.

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    A Good Rule of Thumb

    If the tent info says, its a two person tent, then it will sleep one comfortably, if it says it sleeps four consider it a three person tent and so on and so forth.

    And remember to make sure it has the bath tub style bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sibek
    I have been using Coleman tents for many years.

    They are a good cross between the expensive well made tent and a $29 throw away.

    I prefer a 7 x 7 Sundome and have been in some rotten weather and survived quite well. .
    They also make a copy of a Eureka Timberline. One of the best long-term tents.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Sibek
    BTW- I heard but have not verified that Coleman makes a lesser tent for Walmart...
    I've heard that about Walmart, Home Depot and a few others. That what looks like the same product is actually made cheaper. Might be true, might be urban legend and could also be becuae the big chains buy in bulk at huge discounts. Maybe the manufactures dump their sub-par products in bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkF
    I've heard that about Walmart, Home Depot and a few others. That what looks like the same product is actually made cheaper. Might be true, might be urban legend and could also be becuae the big chains buy in bulk at huge discounts. Maybe the manufactures dump their sub-par products in bulk.
    Actually they are probably all really similiar products, it is expensive for manufacturers to make lots of different products, however to simply repackage something is relatively easy and is a great sales & marketing tool. Think about all of the "we will match any price" protection items, however how often can you actually match model numbers across the major retailers? The exact same product is simply rebadged to allow this practice.

    Yes, there are some manufacturers that will grade their products, but that is typically done on more small run products, cause after all how does one grade a tent quality during the build?
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    Eureka

    I have owned the same Eureka Timberline tent for 25 years. I have camped in this tent in some of the worst weather imaginable. On one occation this tent withstood a 60 mph wind and rain and kept everything completely dry. The Timberline is a fantastic tent.

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    I'm with bklyn pete on the use of a cot ..when I travel all the itis bros. come along,arthur,burs,tendon...also my go-kot has never deflated on me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkF
    [/I've heard that about Walmart, Home Depot and a few others. That what looks like the same product is actually made cheaper. Might be true, might be urban legend and could also be becuae the big chains buy in bulk at huge discounts. Maybe the manufactures dump their sub-par products in bulk.]
    I called Coleman customer service several years ago and asked about this. I was told that Coleman made a line for mass merchandisers which was manufactured with lighter sheet metal, etc. to sell at a lower price point. She also told me how to identify the mass market items and the "premium" line. I went to a Sports Authority and there was no mistaking the differences when you could compare the items side by side.

    The customer service rep also told me that Coleman had licensed their name and trademark to Walmart for textile items and sleeping bags, tents, etc. were not actually Coleman products if purchased at Walmart.

    Walked through a Walmart the other day and noticed the Coleman name by it's relative absence. Maybe Coleman has decided to go back to being a premium quality manufacturer?

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    In the summer we use some CHEAP foam blankets that compress to almost nothing! Our tent is a Coleman "back-pack" that weighs 4 lbs. and fits in a 5"X10" cylinder. We trimmed a pair of military insulation pads to fit the bottom of the tent. The only problem is the tent is SMALL, but it cost only $55.00 at Sports Authority and we don't spend a lot of time in it except to sleep. Good luck.

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    The Norh Face

    Almost All of my camping gear is from The North Face. My sleeping bag in the winter is a North Face Cat's Meow -10, and a Backside (I forget the model name) in the summer. My tent is a North Face tadpole solo tent. The tent is really light and has only 3 poles. I carry all of my camping gear in a North Face Box Boy Duffle Wolfe Trapped on top of my Mags Bags Adventure Small bag.

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