Tent with Concerns...

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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby aserendipity » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:10 pm

That looks great

certainly better than my last one
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby GreyCoyote » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:38 pm

Cryptofishist: how about a geodesic dome, about 15 feet or so in diam? Lots of headroom and very sturdy. They can also be assembled by one person from a chair if you pack a jib pole and a hand winch. Given just one helper it becomes a snap, and Helper could be in a chair too.

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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby Savannah » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:58 pm

VultureChow wrote:What about something like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-18x18-teepee-tent.aspx?a=884278

I was thinking about the Kodiak or springbar. The entrance is not flush to the ground which might make it unworkable with the chair. This on the other hand has the height and the entrance flush to the ground. I assume you could pound a straight piece of rebar in the center to slip the center pole over for some additional stability.


Good find! I own 2 of one of their smaller tents (the single pole wigwam--one dusty one, and one clean one!) and am very happy with them. Easy to put up, and hardier than I imagined. Mine has windows that zip; this one has ones that appear to roll up and down, so spring clamps & fleece would probably be needed for the mesh at minimum; possibly sewing or outdoor GOOP. But it might be nice to leave two windows maybe just clamps-only, so that the option of opening them would remain.

This one might be a worthy experiment.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby lucky420 » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:59 pm

theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:37 am

lucky420 wrote:
http://www.blueskydesigns.us/freedomtent.htm Eureka discontinued their line but wondering if you might be able to find it elsewhere?
I thought it wasn't

I thought it wasn't made at all anymore. Eureka wasn't the manufacturer


I called blueskydesigns and they dont make them anymore and did not have any other resources for this. I did a check on ebay but couldnt find the freedom tent.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby VultureChow » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:07 pm

Savannah wrote:
VultureChow wrote:What about something like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-18x18-teepee-tent.aspx?a=884278

I was thinking about the Kodiak or springbar. The entrance is not flush to the ground which might make it unworkable with the chair. This on the other hand has the height and the entrance flush to the ground. I assume you could pound a straight piece of rebar in the center to slip the center pole over for some additional stability.


Good find! I own 2 of one of their smaller tents (the single pole wigwam--one dusty one, and one clean one!) and am very happy with them. Easy to put up, and hardier than I imagined. Mine has windows that zip; this one has ones that appear to roll up and down, so spring clamps & fleece would probably be needed for the mesh at minimum; possibly sewing or outdoor GOOP. But it might be nice to leave two windows maybe just clamps-only, so that the option of opening them would remain.

This one might be a worthy experiment.


They have a 10x10 one for $101. The smaller ones might be more stable. I'm glad to hear that they are hardy. I would never give up my kodiak, but that does look like a nice tent.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:52 pm

VultureChow wrote:What about something like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-18x18-teepee-tent.aspx?a=884278

I was thinking about the Kodiak or springbar. The entrance is not flush to the ground which might make it unworkable with the chair. This on the other hand has the height and the entrance flush to the ground. I assume you could pound a straight piece of rebar in the center to slip the center pole over for some additional stability.

I think the slope on the walls--and the foot print, I was hoping for 10 x 10 at most--make this rather useless... But thanks for looking.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:54 pm

The dome sounds like we are back at the size when unassembled limit. All those struts.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby VultureChow » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:14 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
VultureChow wrote:What about something like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-18x18-teepee-tent.aspx?a=884278

I was thinking about the Kodiak or springbar. The entrance is not flush to the ground which might make it unworkable with the chair. This on the other hand has the height and the entrance flush to the ground. I assume you could pound a straight piece of rebar in the center to slip the center pole over for some additional stability.

I think the slope on the walls--and the foot print, I was hoping for 10 x 10 at most--make this rather useless... But thanks for looking.


Hmm.. You're right.. did my math on the 10x10 and you wouldn't have much room with clearance above say 4 ft. And looking at the website, it looks like it also has a lip at the entrance. I'm back to the kodiak again. I've stepped on my kodiak's entrance many times, and it doesn't seem to hurt it. Though I'm not positive about the width. How wide does the opening have to be?
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby Savannah » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:20 pm

Yeah, the 10x10 would definitely be too small because of the shape. (My wigwam is approximately that, and I think it would be a pain for Fishy.) I'm guessing the slope only begins to manageable at 18x18, which is a bigger footprint than desired, so it's probably back to squares or dome shapes.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby VultureChow » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:28 pm

ooh one more option. Cabela's Alaskan Outfitters. It's a dome, but center height is 6' plus
http://catskills.craigslist.org/spo/3872222350.html


http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting/Hunting-Outfitters-Camp/Outfitter-Tents|/pc/104791680/c/104757480/sc/104481180/Cabelas-Alaskan-Guide174-Geodesic-Tent-with-Aluminum-Poles-150-6-Person/1571267.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse.cmd%3FN%3D1100136%26WTz_l%3DSBC%253BBRprd1571266&WTz_l=SBC%3BBRprd1571266%3Bcat104481180

If you're interested, I could see if it's still available and purchase and send to you.

ETA: IT doesn't list door height, but the vestibule height is 4.5 feet.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby Capt. RON » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:41 pm

Fishy, I sent you this months ago.......

http://www.kelty.com/p-733-mach-4.aspx

It's EASY to setup, AIRBEAMS instead of poles, you just pump it up.

Add a piece of carpet accross the front door and you roll right in
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby Turtleburp » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:23 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:
Turtleburp wrote:I wonder if there are any spare carpets that could come in with BDV?


The next newsletter will mention that we are looking for 6000 square feet of carpeting for the central area of the camp (shade, foosball table, wine bistro, piano, sofas). If there's any left over you're welcome to it.


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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby Zrob » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:03 pm

VultureChow wrote:What about something like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-18x18-teepee-tent.aspx?a=884278

I was thinking about the Kodiak or springbar. The entrance is not flush to the ground which might make it unworkable with the chair. This on the other hand has the height and the entrance flush to the ground. I assume you could pound a straight piece of rebar in the center to slip the center pole over for some additional stability.


I have a Kodiak Canvas 10x10, I can assure that there is no possible way to put rebar all the way through the center pole, mostly because the center pole is two poles you put together then slip a nice steel sleeve over the joint so it doesn't come undone.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby MacGlenver » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:25 pm

Zrob wrote:I have a Kodiak Canvas 10x10, I can assure that there is no possible way to put rebar all the way through the center pole, mostly because the center pole is two poles you put together then slip a nice steel sleeve over the joint so it doesn't come undone.


She was referring to the teepee tent she linked (sliding the center vertical pole over a piece of rebar). Vulture also has a Kodiak.
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Re: Tent with Concerns...

Postby gyre » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:53 pm

http://www.springbar.com/vagabond-tents ... gbar-tent/
They had a smaller scout listed for $400 a few days ago.
They do custom work, but there is a lead time.
http://www.springbar.com/vagabond-tents ... gbar-tent/
More vertical walls on this one, better materials.

There are some nice military tents, but I'm not finding one like you want cheaper.
Plywood does seem like the best flooring option.

I had a chance to see the Alaskan Outfitter at cabelas, and it was not as suitable for burning man as another less alaskan looking and sounding tent.
Might check their closeouts.
Lots of cheaper, but less sturdy tents there.
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