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Old 08-06-2008   #11
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thanks for the advice folks. I have heard horror stories of tents basically being "done" after a GC trip, and the last thing I wanna do is drop 400 on a tent that is going to be toast. Im thinking in the fall, that weather wont be as brutal on gear, but i have been wrong before.

one thought i have with the mutha, is the privacy thing. 95 percent of the time it wont be an issue, BUT....

and also the Hub design one the poles......any more thoughts?

I have also heard that lots of outfitters are using eureka timberline 4's.

but they arn't giving those away either

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Old 08-06-2008   #12
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One thing that probably makes tents last longer on some GC trips is whether or not you sleep on your boat. Less sand getting into everything there than if you are on the beach. And there was a lot of sand in April.

That is one nice thing about the one layer tents, the privacy, but hot as sh!t. If you find the need for privacy, then you put up the fly?

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Old 08-06-2008   #13
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You should just get a huge hunting wall tent.they are built to be rugged and if its a car camping boat tent you wouldn't need a light one...
Their tough as rocks
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Old 08-06-2008   #14
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Tent Tips

For GC trips during the high heat, sleeping on a boat is great. Unfortunately I was paddling a little solo cat, so was stuck sleeping on the sand.

A couple easy drills to keep your tent in good shape on a GC trip.

1) Take a little pump spray bottle (rinse out an empty liquid sunscreen jug). When you make camp, get into the tent and wash the zips (aiming the spray outward). You can do it zipped up, but it's more effective unzipped. Takes about 3 minutes and gets the sand out of the nylon zipper teeth. Every third night or so, and after sandstorms. Don't use zipper lube: it collects sand.

2) Shake out your tent really well before stowing— turn inside-out & repeat. Never fold the tent— stuff it. Folding tends to wear the coating in the same places, worse if there's sand on the fabric. Stuffing makes the folds random. Tent lasts longer.

3) Don't scatter food (especially greasy food) or spill beer in the tent. Mice, packrats, rock squirrels, ringtails, marmots, and similar toothy buggers will chew holes in it. Especially if you pitch it and then leave it unattended. (Also had holes chewed in heavy-duty dry bags on GC trips.)

You probably know all this. I have to keep reminding myself. The payoff is not having a zipper blow the first night out on an 18-day trip.

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Old 08-07-2008   #15
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I also have a Zeus EXO tent. The only bad thing about it is the condensation. You need to bring a sponge with you to wipe down the walls, even with all the side vents staked out it still traps a lot of mouisture. The sponge is also helpful for people with normal tents and wet rain flys. It lets you dry them a lot faster.
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Old 08-08-2008   #16
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thanks for all your help, and advice. a friend had the fall 08' sierra trader, and I found exactly what I was looking for!!

Marmont "MONARCH" 3 season, 4 person, 51" head room, 2 doors, 2 vestibules, 4 pole, 2-sleeve, 2 clip. I was looking for a High quality "family tent", and I belive I found it!

thanks again


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