Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Tents
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 12:38:51 -0600
Bill Corwin wrote:
>I am in the process of shopping for new tents for our Troop.
>Does any one have any recommendations on brands or sizes (How many boys
>per tent)? We are in Missouri and camp all year round.
We've been using Eureka Timberlines for decades!....well, almost. IF you
can spring for the "Outfitter" model, you'll be money ahead. They are more
expensive but will last twice as long and provide fewer headaches. The
zippers are those large 1/2" heavy coat zippers and the floor is double
thick poly in a "bath tub" design. They are designed primarily for those
who rent gear. We are switching over to the Outfitter models slowly but we
have about 35 tents so it'll take a while. The only drawback is that
they're too heavy for backpacking. The 2-man regular Timberlines can be
had for about $100 and the 4-man for about $130-140. You can't really get
4 boys in a 4-man tent (although we do sometimes do this in winter). If
you do put 4 boys in it, the tent won't last long. Campmor is a good
source but of course, there's the shipping. The Eureka factory is located
in the Northeast and they do have a factory outlet there but they do not
ship from that location (well, not to individuals)....you have to know
someone in the area who is willing to go to the store and pick up the
tents. We've done this with great success. You can get em for about
half-price if you do this. My advice is, whatever you do, find a brand and
stick with it. We also have a compliment of Gander Mountain, Cabela's and
other-brand tents.....the poles, which are different lengths, are
constantly getting mixed up...a real headache for the QMs!
Have a cool yule y'all!
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