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Old 11-04-2015   #11
Rainy Northwest, Washington
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. After 18 years and a couple hundred nights of camping on it the fabric on my extra large roll a cot begin to fray. Camp time sent me a new fabric top for about 15 bucks. Mine will probably last another 15 years, but if it does wear out I'm buying another roll a cot from Camp time

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Old 11-04-2015   #12
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What is Roll a Cot's warranty like? I (believe it or not) broke the female end of one of the connections on mine.

How'd you do that? Well, the water came in and I sleepily pulled the cot out of the wet sand, moved it a few feet and slumped back in with the male end not quite in the hole.

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Old 11-04-2015   #13
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My roll a cot is about the least expensive piece of gear or equipment I own, if you can't shell out for one of those I am not sure what one does. Main advantage to the roll a cot is you can dry it super fast,the other ones get wet and they are wet forever,even in a dry bag they sweat and get moisture soaked.

I just finalized a lite weight canopy design for roll a cots and will be testing it soon turning it into a complete shelter system
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Old 11-04-2015   #14
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Originally Posted by DanOrion View Post
What is Roll a Cot's warranty like?
Camp Time is a one person company. Call Dave. He was very helpful when my 20 year old roll-a-cot needed new mesh.
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Old 11-04-2015   #15
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Camp Time gets my vote. My cot is 17 years old and going strong. Well worth the investment for a great piece of gear that will likely last as long as I do on the rivers.
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Old 11-04-2015   #16
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Just saw a camp time roll cot today in the upstairs scratch and Dent area at nrs for under 100.

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Old 11-05-2015   #17
Park City, Utah
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We bought a couple of Roll-a-cots in great condition off of the local SLC classifieds for $70 each. With so many rafters in the area, good used river gear comes up on regularly.
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Old 11-05-2015   #18
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My favorite sleep rig:

Camp Time Roll-a-Cot
An old Thermarest
Sleeping bag
Tarp shelter

If there is high wind and horizontal rain, I add a bivvy sack to put my sleeping bag in.

If there are lots of bugs, or very few trees, I break out the tent, but only if I really have to. I can rig my tarp without trees, but it's just faster to put up a tent.

One of the beauties to cot camping is not needing flat level ground to sleep on. I can rig up a nice place to sleep, even on really rocky uneven ground. Hammocks work well in this regard, too.

I love the Roll-a-Cot, and I miss it when I don't have it. They're well worth the price. I occasionally see gently used ones out there for less.
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Old 11-05-2015   #19
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I am on board with that, a lot of times when its nasty, I use a tarp over an oar-tripod to make a tipi. Fits 2 rolly cots nicely.

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Old 11-05-2015   #20
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I have a "Thermarest ultralite cot", although I got it before the company that made them was bought out by Thermarest. Therm-A-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot: Sports & Outdoors

It's expensive ($190), but at 2lbs it's the lightest cot I've ever seen and packs up the smallest. It's not sturdy though, and you have to be somewhat careful getting in and out so as not to bend the poles (you can double the poles if you're overweight, but then of course it's a bit heavier). I like that it's low to the ground since I can set it up, and then set up my tent on top of it so the cot is under the floor of the tent. Then you don't have to worry about the cot legs causing wear and tear on the tent.

I looked this one up for a friend that had never camped before several months ago: : Texsport Deluxe Folding Camp Cot : Sports & Outdoors

I've never used it, but it seemed a good compromise between price ($55) and weight (15lbs).

That helinox cot looks sweet. I have one of their chairs I like quite a bit.

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