scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Tents
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG
Sun Apr 02 2000 - 19:27:29 CDT
Tim Rapp asked:
>New question about tent durability: Eureka standard tents took
>some criticism for poor durability for boy scout use and a reluctance
>for Eureka to honor warrantee repair because of industrial usage.
>Eureka does make an outfitter tent called the Timberline Outfitter
>which comes in 3 sizes, 2/4/6. Has anybody had bad experience
>with Eureka or any other manufacture with warrantee repair or bad
>experence with standard shelf tents durability for boy scout use?
Our experience with Eureka does not mirror the one Tim mentioned. Our troop
uses the 4 man tent for the youth (usually 2 per tent) and the 6 man for
adults (2-3 comfortably including gear -- I have used it solo for staffing
The Council has used these for Jambo, and sold them afterwards. That is our
primary source. We are currently using tents older than the boys who sleep
in them. We have a tent or two from '77 and a couple or more from '81.
Our troop camps year around (I have just finished 5 years continuously). We
have a large-ish troop (60 =/-), yet have only minor problems. As former
CC, I heard favorable comments from the Quartermaster staff about the rapid
repairs and reasonable cost for screen replacements and other major issues.
Disclaimer, I have no relationship with Eureka or Coleman. I do own a
personal Timberlite XT. When I had problems with the "bones" they shipped
replacements, no questions asked.
Michael Golrick Michael.Golrick.email@example.com
Troop 68, St. Theresa's Church, Trumbull CT
...and a good old Buffalo, too